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University of Chicago Library

Preliminary Inventory to the Beverly A. Sperring Papers 1952-2010

© 2011 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Sperring, Beverly A., Papers

Dates:

1952-2010

Accession Number:

2011-178

Size:

15.25 linear feet (4 boxes and 2 oversize folders)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Beverly A. Sperring began her career in 1967 with the University of Chicago libraries as an Assistant Reference Librarian in Harper Memorial Library. She continued to have a career with the University of Chicago until her retirement in 2011. Beverly Sperring documented her tenure with the University of Chicago as well as the historic changes of the libraries. The materials in this collection include a library reference manual, a large collection of photographs of library staff gatherings, library exhibitions and remodeling efforts. Also included are Orientation newspapers, ephemeral materials, articles and timelines tracing the history of the University of Chicago library system.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Sperring, Beverly A., Papers, Accession 2011-178 [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Originally from Rochester, New York, Beverly A. Sperring graduated from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School in 1966. In January 1967, Beverly began her career with University of Chicago libraries as an Assistant Reference Librarian in Harper Memorial Library. She continued to work at the Joseph Regenstein Library and held various positions in Reference such as Assistant Head of Reference and Information Services Department for a number of years. Sperring also served as Collections Manager of the General Reference Collection which involved the selection and funding of all general reference books in the Reference Dpartment as well as many campuswide databases.

In 1980, the Regenstein reference librarians started the Orientation Newspaper, a publication prepared for fall orientation of incoming, mostly undergraduate, students to expose them to available library services and events. Beverly participated in the creation of this publication and was asked to take photographs for the newspaper due to her interest in photography.

Prior to her library career, Beverly worked for Kodak in Rochester, New York. Her passion for photography enabled her to act as an unofficial photographer who meticulously documented major library events and expansion efforts.

Scope Note

The materials in this collection include a library reference manual, a large collection of photographs of library staff gatherings, library exhibitions and remodeling efforts. Also included are Orientation newspapers, ephemeral materials, articles and timelines tracing the history of the University of Chicago library system. This collection would be of value to researchers interested in University of Chicago library history, the historical development of image technology, and a librarian’s documentation of how libraries have evolved to meet the changing needs of its patrons.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

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INVENTORY

Box 1

Computer Workstation Signs, University of Chicago Library, 1999

Box 1

Library Catalog Orientation Materials, Horizon Training Team, University of Chicago Library, 1995

Box 1

User Guide, Online Database System, LDMS, University of Chicago Library, 1986

Box 1

History of LDMS in Pictures, n.d.

Box 1

Library Newsletters, 1995-2008

Box 1

Long-range Plans, University of Chicago Library, 1990

Box 1

Announcements, Last Convocation Brochure, Graduate Library School, University of Chicago, 1985-1990

Box 1

Library Handbook, Rules and Regulations, Online Catalog Guide, University of Chicago Library, 1989-1991

Box 1

Library Society Newsletters, Library Guides, University of Chicago Library, 1988-2008

Box 1

Introductions, Floor plans, The Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago, 1983-2000

Box 1

University of Chicago Magazine, 1985-2008

Box 1

Brochures, Botanic Garden, Hyde Park & Chicago, University of Chicago, n.d.

Box 1

User Survey & Space Utilization Study, University of Chicago Library, 1995

Box 1

Brochures, Crerar Library, Middle Eastern Collection, Special Collections Research Center, 1989

Box 1

Issues, The Library Quarterly, 1980-1983

Box 1

Library Journal, Volume 125, No. 10, 2000

Box 1

Correspondence, 1981-1990

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (A-B), Regenstein Library, Folder 1, 1970-1987

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (C), Regenstein Library, Folder 2, 1973-1984

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (D-H), Regenstein Library, Folder 3, 1965-1976

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (I-L), Regenstein Library, Folder 4, 1956-1977

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (M-N), Regenstein Library, Folder 5, 1965-1980

Box 1

Reference Room Manual (O-Z), Regenstein Library, Folder 6, 1965-1984

Box 1

Sperring, Digital Photographs & Data, Catalyst for Change, 2004

Box 1

Sperring, Digital Photographs & Data, University of Chicago Library Newsletter, 2002-2005

Box 1

Sperring, Data on LDMS Archive, 1999

Box 1

Audio Lectures on the Internet & Online Systems, early 1990s

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Map Collection, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Reference & First Floor, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Area Studies, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, A & B Levels, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Computers & Card Catalog, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Circulation, Reserves & Lobby, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 1

Sperring, Photographs, Preservation Collections, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Training &Tours, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Privileges Office, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Music, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs & Negatives, Interlibrary Loan, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Regenstein Library, 1970

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Eckhart Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Before & After 1987 Restoration, D’Angelo Law Library, 1980s

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Harper Memorial Library, 2000

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Social Service Administration Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago, 1998

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Interior & Exterior, Crerar Library, 2000

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Chemistry Move, Crerar Library, 2003

Box 2

Sperring, Digital Photographs, D’Angelo Law Library, 1980s

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Employees, Regenstein Library, 2003

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Evolution of Technology, Online Catalogs, Regenstein Library, 1990s

Box 2

Sperring, Previously Mounted Photographs, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Kodachrome Slides, Library Orientation Presentation given by Martin, 1985

Box 2

Sperring, Kodachrome Slides, University of Chicago Libraries, 1992

Box 2

Sperring, Kodachrome Slides, University of Chicago Flora, 1978

Box 2

Coasters given to Library Patrons, Librarian Badge, n.d.

Box 2

Postcards, University of Chicago Libraries, 1988

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Staff, University of Chicago Libraries, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Staff, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, University of Chicago Centennial, 1991-1992

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Black & White, Staff, University of Chicago Libraries, 1968

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Black & White, Orientation, Regenstein Library, 1980s

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Opening of Crerar Library & Other Photographs, 1984

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, University of Chicago, 2002-2006

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Black & White, Regenstein Library, 1989-2001

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Sabrina, Chancellor Sawyer & Dad, 1998

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, History of Jazz Exhibit, Regenstein Library, 1998

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Oversize, University of Chicago, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of Chicago, 2003

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Staff Birthdays, University of Chicago Libraries, 1999

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Chicago Card Swipe Entrance, Regenstein Library, 2004

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Academic Quadrangle, View from Regenstein Library, 2002

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Outdoor Fair, Graduate School of Business, 2003

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Staff, Regenstein Library, 1999

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Staff, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Harper Exhibit, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheet, Color, Staff, University of Chicago Libraries, 1999-2001

Box 2

Sperring, Photographic Reels, Color, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets, Black & White, University of Chicago Libraries, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Negatives, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets, Negatives & Photographs, Black & White, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets & Negatives, University of Chicago Libraries, 1980-1987

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets & Negatives, University of Chicago, 1998

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets & Negatives, Regenstein Library, 1999

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets & Negatives, Regenstein Library, 2000-2001

Box 2

Sperring, Contact Sheets & Negatives, Regenstein Library, 2002

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, University of Chicago Libraries, 1999-2003

Box 2

Sperring, Photograph, Flood in Regenstein Library, 2003

Box 2

Sperring, Photograph, Staff, University of Chicago Libraries, 1967

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Memorial Trees, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 2

Sperring, Photographs, Memos, University of Chicago Libraries, 2001

Box 2

The Trust Quarterly, Winter 1989

Box 2

University Announcements, University of Chicago, 1952-1953

Box 2

RBIC Emergency Phone Directory, 2006

Box 2

Annual Report, Reference Department, Regenstein Library, 1957-1958

Box 2

Invitations & Brochures to Lectures & Exhibitions, University of Chicago Library Society, 1995-2004

Box 2

Photographic & Computer Imaging Worksheets, University of Chicago Medical Center, 2002

Box 2

Brochures, University of Chicago Libraries, 1979-1999

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Circulation Desk & Entrance, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, 1st Floor, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, 1st Floor Online Catalog, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, 1st Floor Card Catalog, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, 1st Floor Reference Desk, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, 1st Floor Networked Information Sources, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Special Research Departments, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Staff, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Sperring, Photographs, Color, Construction & Remodeling, Regenstein Library, n.d.

Box 3

Information Sheets, University of Chicago Library Information System, 1991

Box 3

Regenstein Library Staff Memorial Programs, 2000-2007

Box 3

Signed Cartoon, David Farley, 2002

Box 3

Business Card, Baby Announcement, Photocopy of Painting, 2000

Box 3

Passwords, FDLP Applications, 1998

Box 3

Exhibition Brochure, 25th Anniversary of Regenstein Library, 1995-1996

Box 4

Newspaper Articles, University of Chicago Libraries, Chicago Tribune, 2008-2010

Box 4

Poster, Martin Luther King Week, University of Chicago, 2007

Box 4

Orientation Newspapers, University of Chicago Libraries, Folder 1, 1980-2000

Box 4

Orientation Newspapers, University of Chicago Libraries, Folder 2, 1999-2005

Box 4

Chicago Maroon, 2008

Box 4

The University of Chicago Chronicle, 2008

Box 4

Poster, Persian Poetry and Painting, Fogg Art Museum, 1985

Box 4

Posters, Events in Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, 2006-2009

Box 4

Enlarged Contact Sheets, Panoramic Photograph, University of Chicago, n.d.

Box 4

Poster, Chicago Card, n.d.

Folder 1

Poster, Map, University of Chicago Library Locations, n.d.

Folder 2

Timelines, University of Chicago Library Chronology From 1891-2004, 1987