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Library Science

Chicago Library Club, Records

Contains correspondence related to the organization of a Board of Public Libraries. Also includes recommendations, reports, and charters of the City Charter Committee of the Chicago Library Club, the Committee on State Legislatiion of the City Council, and Art Commission.

Fussler, Herman Howe. Papers

Herman Howe Fussler was director of the University of Chicago Library from 1948-1971 and Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in the Graduate Library School. He did pioneering work in microphotography and library automation and was assistant director of the Information Division of the Manhattan Project. The collection contains correspondence, records of his many professional activities, and articles and reviews spanning 1911-1984. The bulk of the collection dates from 1937-1980.

Hanson, J. C. M. (James Christian Meinich). Papers

J. C. M. Hanson, librarian. The J. C. M Hanson papers contain correspondence, memoranda, speeches, articles, and book reviews. The papers are concerned primarily with Hanson’s career before his appointment as Associate Director of the University Library in 1910 and with his professional activities outside the Library thereafter. Hanson’s work at the Library is documented in Series II of the University of Chicago Library records.

John Crerar Library. Records

Records of the John Crerar Library from its establishment in 1894 through its move to the University of Chicago in 1984.

Library Quarterly. Records

Library Quarterly was established in 1931 at the Graduate Library School The Library Quarterly Records consist of correspondence between the contributors and the editors. Occasional articles, if found together with the correspondence, have been included in some of the contributors' folders.

Sperring, Beverly A., Papers

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.

University of Chicago. Friends of the Library. Records

The Friends of the Library Records consists of papers pertaining to the initial organization of the Friends of the Library of the University of Chicago, which was an organization comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, and other individuals interested in developing the resources of the University Libraries. The collection includes the correspondence, minutes, membership lists, and financial records of the organization, all organized chronologically, also included are invitations, speeches, and correspondence pertaining to Friends' meetings.

University of Chicago. Graduate Library School. Records

The Graduate Library School Records consist of materials relating to faculty including meeting minutes and faculty files and general administration files made up of correspondence and publications.

University of Chicago. Library. John Crerar Library. Records

This collection includes materials relating to the construction of the John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago and library activities from 1984 onwards. The majority of the material in the collection relates to the construction of the new library building, built to facilitate the transferal of the collection from the Illinois Institute of Technology to the University of Chicago campus in 1981. In addition, the collection contains materials relating to the tracking and processing of missing books during the early 1980s.

University of Chicago. Library. Office of the Director. Ernest Dewitt Burton and J. C. M. Hanson. Records

The University of Chicago Library Records consist of material generated during the administration of Ernest DeWitt Burton (Director, 1910-1925) and J. C. M. Hanson (Associate Director, 1910-1927; Acting Director, 1927-1928). The records include budgets and annual reports to the President of the University; minutes of the Director's Conference and Library Board; administrative correspondence and memoranda; records of the Commission on the Future of the University Libraries (1922-1924); accession logbooks; personnel files; the Library Handbook; and scrapbooks.

University of Chicago. Library. Office of the Director. M. Llewellyn Raney, Ralph A. Beals and Allen T. Hazen. Records

This collection contains administrative records of the University of Chicago Library from its early years through the mid-twentieth century, but most closely documents the years 1928-1948, a span of time when the position of library director was held by M. Llewellyn Raney, Ralph A. Beals and Allen T. Hazen.

University of Chicago. Library. Office of the Director. Zella Allen Dixson. Records

The University of Chicago Library Records contain correspondence, memoranda, minutes, committee reports, budgets, annual reports, accession records, personnel files, the Library Handbook, brochures, and scrapbooks. Materials in the collection document the tenure of Zella Allen Dixson as Assistant Librarian (1892-1895) and Associate Librarian (1895-1910). Also included is material from the administrations of Ernest DeWitt Burton as Director (1910-1925) and J.C.M. Hanson as Associate Director (1910-1927) and Acting Director (1927-1928). Topics include the establishment of the new University's library, library administration, library policies, the Berlin Collection, departmental libraries versus a central library, Harper Memorial Library, classification, gifts and accessions, extension libraries, staffing, information on other libraries, adequate space for collections, and dissertations.

University of Chicago. Order of the Grey Towers. Records

The order of the Grey Tower was an organization of the University of Chicago library staff that arranged plays, dinners and lectures and also ran a tea room. The Records consist of minutes of meetings and reports submitted by such committees as the Nominating Committee, Program Committee, and Public Service Committee, and Executive Committee.

Waendelin, Svend. Collection

Svend Waendelin (1894 -1956) was map librarian at the University of Chicago Library and later archivist at The Dan-American Archives Society. The collection documents Waendelin’s work with Danish and Danish-American archives.

Yuan, T'ung-li (Yuan, Tongli). Papers

Yuan T’ung-li (1895-1965) was a Chinese library administrator, bibliographer, and later consultant in Chinese literature and librarian at the Library of Congress of the United States. He pioneered the modern library movement in China and published several bibliographies on China-related topics. The collection contains correspondence, notes, invoices, manuscripts and typescripts, newspaper clippings, calligraphies, and maps dating between 1940 and 1964, with the bulk of the material dating after 1949 when Yuan moved to the United States. Materials in this collection are in Chinese and English as well as several other languages. The papers primarily document Yuan’s research for his published bibliographies.