University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • James P. Danky Papers (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Papers of James P. Danky, Newspapers and Periodicals Librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1976-2007), member of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and recipient of the 1987 Bowker-Ulrich Serials Librarian of the Year award, including correspondence, publications, photographs, clippings, cassette recordings, bibliographies, coursework, and conference materials. Subjects covered include alternative publications, newspaper collections, women's, black, Asian and Native American publications, comics, African-American Newspaper Project, 'Alternative Library Materials,' 'Alternative Library Literature,' Black Press Guide, and 'Collectors Network News.' Correspondents include Sanford Berman. Also contains information pertaining to professional organizations, including the Centre for Industrial Relations Librarians (CIRL).
  • Joseph L. Wheeler Papers (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Joseph L. Wheeler Papers, director of the Youngstown Public Library (1916-26) and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (1926-45), including photographs of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Wheeler's notebook.
  • Karen Schmidt Library Artifact Collection (Born Digital)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Born digital records from the Karen Schmidt Library Artifact Collection, consisting of a PowerPoint presentation titled "Library Technology, Gadgets & Paraphernalia: A Briefe Historie" presented during the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The presentation includes images and notes on historic advertisements and photographs of library items and technology.
  • Library 21 Exhibit File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates from the Library 21 Exhibit File, including correspondence (1960-62), contracts, development of the exhibit, feasibility studies (1960), proposals (1961), reports, and reactions to the exhibit.
  • Library Education Programs File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Library Education Programs File including correspondence, visitation reports and completed survey forms dealing with library science sources and programs conducted in the United States and foreign countries. Files contain information of the purposes and goals of programs, course descriptions, curricula, financial support, faculty, admission criteria, certificates and degrees awarded, facilities and enrollment, and visitation reports relating to the accreditation of library schools. The series includes files dealing with the Indiana and Michigan library surveyed of 1937-40, and with Carnegie Corporation support for library education programs. Chief correspondents include Louis R. Wilson, Keyes D. Metcalf, Sarah C. N. Bogle, Anita Hostetter, Harriet Howe and Margaret E. Vinton.
  • Library Vertical Files (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of Vertical Files established by the Library for reference use containing material on ALA organization, constitution and bylaws (1914-51, 1971), elections and officers, membership, publicity (1876-1954), Council (1947-80), Executive Board (1960-79), publishing (1967-79), committees, round tables, boards and divisions and sections. The files include folders on meetings (1952-62), War Service during World Wars I and II, bibliography committee (1924-35), Reading Habits Study (1927-29), international relations, (1941-69), Books for Latin America Project (1942-45), Adult Education Survey and Grant Evaluation (1952-58), Financial Status of Publications Survey (1930), committee reports (1925-80), Wayne A. Wiegand's article The Wayward Bookman about K. August Linderfelt and related reproduced documents, awards (1924-80), headquarters administrative memoranda (1954-69), travel reports (1958-62), copies of articles by Carl Milam (1959-65) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (1969-90), organizational anniversaries, annual reports of the ALA (1973-97), election returns (1953-88), copies of the ALA Constitution (1889-78); a subject file on library topics; historical documents; National Library Week materials (1949-1983); project files; conference materials; and Council of National Library Associations (CNLA) minutes and proceedings (1941-1968).
  • Library War Service Index, 1929 (Digital Surrogate)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Index to the War Services Committee records, this index provides subject access to War Services Committee records as they were originally arranged at ALA headquarters. Index also includes supplementary materials, including materials on the Library Overseas Fellowship, an armistice day pamphlet titled "The Tribute of the 'The Seven'", and a report "Rochester in Library War Work" by William Yust.
  • Mary E. Ahern Papers (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Papers of Mary Eileen Ahern, contains correspondence about ALA meetings and activities before her service to ALA during World War I (1893, 1897, 1905-1916), preliminary correspondence about libraries and the war and private correspondence (1917-1918), correspondence concerning her ALA War Service to American soldiers in France by providing library services to them (1919), private correspondence (1920-21, 1924), and undated correspondence, postcards and photographs.
  • May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Scrapbooks (Born Digital)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Born digital copy of a May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture by Walter Dean Myers, "The Geography of the Heart" (2009).
  • Newbery-Caldecott Press File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Newbery-Caldecott Press Release Files, including press releases, articles, newspaper clippings, biographical material, presentation speeches, acceptance speeches and photographs concerning the recipients of the Newbery-Caldecott Awards for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and the most distinguished picture book.
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom Newsletters (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital copies of reports on the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom (1952-53, 1973).
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom Speeches (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of speeches of the Director's Office of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, including speeches delivered by Director Judith Krug and by Assistant Directors and other OIF staff.
  • Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Subject Files (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of files from the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Subject File, including files on the American Indian Library Association, Subcommittee on Library Service for American Indian People (1971-87, 1992-93), publication of Establishing Indian Library Service (numbers 1-11), and the Gay Liberation Task Force (1971-75).
  • Office of Public Information Files (Born Digital and Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates and Born digital Records from the Office of Public Information (OPI) Files, contain posters, banners, audio recordings of radio programs, event video recording, press releases, newspaper transcriptions, correspondence, speeches, book cover images, newspaper clippings, articles, rosters, guidelines, and presentation slides, concerning "@ your library, The Campaign for America's Libraries"; Librarian and Book awards; Cuban Libraries and Librarianship; the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), controversies raised over ALA's critical position on this case and press coverage about it; activities of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); U.S. Schools of Library & Information Studies; ALA and ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) media strategies and plans; and media contact information. Materials also include administrative materials as event agendas, minutes, schedules, memorandums, reports, fact sheets, ALA member photographs, financial and administrative reports, related to the OPI's work, to ALA activities and annual conferences. The files also includes the Linda Wallace Working Files (1992-1999), materials were transferred from 102 floppies. Includes press releases, correspondence, and meeting minutes. Press releases from these records have been made available online at the link provided above. Access copy of all digitized materials is available upon request. Records have been reorganized from their original order to provide better access to researchers.
  • Organization Reports File (Digital Surrogate)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of Organization Report File including printed copies of annual reports from the ALA Bulletin; special reports; minutes of meetings; memoranda and correspondence concerning boards, committees, divisions, joint committees, round tables, divisions and special projects of the ALA, and reports of ALA representatives to meetings of external bodies with attachments and newspapers clippings.
  • Paris Library School File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital Surrogates of the Paris Library School File, including files on the American Committee for Devastated France and its leadership, Jessie Carson, Anne Morgan, and Anne Dike.
  • Projects Book Order and Financial Cards (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of book order and financial cards for International Relations Old Office projects contains book orders and financial cards, includes American Library in Paris, Books for China, Book for the Philippines, Books for Latin America, Books for Near East, Books for War Areas, Libraries in War Areas, Special Grants, International Relations Office Books and materials and supplies for projects. Note: the cards contain information concerning order date, order number, dealer, total expenditure and number of volumes.
  • Public Library Association Statistics and Surveys (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Statistics and Surveys, including files on the Kentucky Bookmobile project (1945-54).
  • Rainbow Round Table Issuances and Publicity (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Issuances and Publicity of the Social Responsiblities Round Table (SRRT) Gay and Lesbian Task Force, including A Gay Bibliography (1971-76, 1980), Gay Task Force News (1974-78), "Censored, Ignored, Overlooked, Too Expensive? How to Get Gay Materials into Libraries" (1979), publication and resource lists, news releases (1974-75, 1977-78), Gay Book Award Announcements (1980-81), articles about the Gay Task Force (1971-72, 1979), bibliographies, the GLTF clearinghouse inventory, Barbara Gitting's "Gays in Library Land. The Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Library Association: The First Sixteen Years" (1990), 25th Anniversary booklet (1995), and the GLTF Newsletter (1993-2005).
  • Rainbow Round Table Subject File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Subject File of the Rainbow Round Table, formerly the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Task Force (GLBTF), contains correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, includes Clearinghouse inventory, Correspondence of Wendy Thomas (1992-96), Minutes and Meeting Notes (1994-96), and Monthly Updates (1994, 1995).
  • Reading with a Purpose Autographs
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital copies of an autograph collection and correspondence of authors and reviewers for the Reading with a Purpose series received by L. L. Dickerson, Carl H. Milam, Helen Burling, Frederick K. W. Drury, Rose M. Nammacher, Everett Fontaine, Lawrence Shaw and Emily V. D. Miller, includes correspondence with Mary Antin, Henry T. Bailey, Bird T. Baldwin, Charles A. Beard, Claude G. Bowers, Gamaliel Bradford, Jesse Lee Bennett, Earnest E. Calkins, Barrett H. Clark, Royal Cortissoz, Samuel M. Crothers, W. Stearnes Davis, Thomas Dickinson, Aaron Director, Paul H. Douglas, Walter P. Eaton, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Henry B. Fuller, Hamlin Garland, Herbert A. Gibbons, Fitzhugh Green, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, Albert B. Hart, Allen Johnson, Waldemar Kaempffert, Vernon Kellog, Paul de Kruif, Everett D. Martin, Daniel G. Mason, Alexander Meiklejohn, Sidney B. Mitchell, Raymond Moley, Paul S. Mowrer, Louis Mumford, William Lyon Phelps, Michael I. Pupin, Ole E. Rolvaag, Nicholas Roosevelt, William F. Russell, Harlow Shapley, Dallas L. Sharp, Herbert R. Stolz, Lorado Taft, Frank W. Taussig, J. Arthur Thomson, A. W. Vernon, Dudley C. Watson, Owen Wister, Marguerite Wilkenson, Avrahm Yarmolinsky, and Philip N. Youtz concerning publications in the series.
  • Reference and User Services Association Subject File (Born Digital)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital copies from the RUSA Subject File, including photographs of awards receptions (2004), CODES reception (2004), Awards Committee (2005), ABC-CLIO Online History, Brody Medal, MARS Award, Bessie Boehm Moore Thorndike Press Award (2003), Dun & Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities (2002-2004), Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award (2003-2005), Dartmouth Medal (2002-2005), Gale Group Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship (2003-2005), Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award (2003-2005), and Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award (2000-2005).
  • School of Library Service Library Vertical Files (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Vertical Files of Columbia University's School of Library Service Library contain library handbooks, reports, community publications, postcards, photographs, dedication and fundraising pamphlets, rules and regulations for staff and patrons, circulation and personnel forms, library cards, state library commission records, clippings and library vendor catalogs. Also included are materials from library, information science, publishing, and bookselling professional organizations. The series is divided into two geographical sections - U.S. States and Territories, and International. Other subseries include Organizations, Subject Files, Catalogs, and ALA Subject Files, which contain annual and midwinter meeting records, programs, souvenirs, and council and division records.
  • Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection was donated by Sjoerd Koopman, a Dutch former librarian, who also for a range of years worked for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Koopman owns a large private collection of pictorial and photographic postcards, depicting libraries throughout the world. The collection of almost 18,000 cards consists of external as well as interior views, in color and black/white, vintage and modern, and is still growing. It holds postcards of buildings of public, academic, national, mobile, medical, museum and private libraries, reading rooms, catalog halls, etc. Koopman is currently donating all of his duplicate postcards of libraries in the US to the American Library Association Archives, which are available in this digital collection. Future contributions and their descriptions will be added to this digital collection.
  • Slavic and East European Librarians Section Subject File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates from the Subject File of the Slavic and East European Librarians Section, including materials on cataloging and classification.
  • Social Responsibilities Round Table Subject File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Subject File, including files on the ALA Black Caucus, Gay Task Force, and the Coretta Scott King Award.
  • Universal Accessibility Interest Group Convener File (Born Digital Records)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital born files of the Convener of the Universal Accessibility Interest Group (2009-2018), including tip sheet for incoming conveners, meeting agendas and minutes (2009-2018), flyers (2015), governance and charge, history of the interest group, renewal paperwork (2015-2018), LibGuides subcommittee (2016), membership statistics (2015, 2018), and end of year reports (2012-2018).
  • War Service Personnel Department Files (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Personnel Files of the ALA War Service Personnel Department, contains job inquiries, application form, references, and correspondence, includes hiring, openings, placement, salary notifications, and transfer.
  • War Service Reports and Publications, 1917-1920 (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogate from the Library War Service Reports and Publications, including informational leaflets and pamphlets.
  • Willis H. Kerr Papers (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates from the Willis H. Kerr Papers, including publicity and speech materials, stories of the Library War Service, brochures, checklists of requesting books, library promotion materials, and personal stories of soldiers using the camp libraries.
  • Work With the Blind Program File
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital copies of the file of Work With the Blind Program, contains correspondence of Gertrude T. Rider, Director of War Services Committee Work With the Blind Program, includes requests to authors and publishers for permission to transcribe works into Braille, and solicitations of contributions.
  • World War II National Defense Subject File (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of World War II National Defense Subject Files of Carl Milam including correspondence on book drives (1941) and campaigns (1942-45); camp libraries (1940-41); U.S. government documents (1942-43); ALA committee activities; national defense activities of libraries in 29 states (1940-41); Japanese Relocation Centers (1943); U.S. Office of Education (1941); devastated libraries (1940-45); Office of War Information (1943-44); Surveys of Public and University Library needs (1941), and destruction of National Socialist literature by the Allies in 1946 and protests against such destruction.
  • Young Adult Library Services Association Officers' Correspondence (Digital Surrogates)
    American Library Association Archives  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogates of the Officers' Correspondence relating to the official business of Young Adult Services Division and Young Adult Library Services Association officers during their terms of office.