Director's Letterbooks, 1896-1907 | University of Illinois Archives
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Letterpress copybooks containing copies of correspondence and reports of Katherine L. Sharp (1865-1914), director of the Library School and head of the University Library (1897-1907), with Presidents Andrew S. Draper and Edmund J. James, deans, department heads, faculty, publishers and book dealers, students, prospective students, alumni and administrators at other libraries and library schools, relating to library school reports to the president, library school and library administration, faculty committees and meetings, departmental budgets, staff requests, recruitment and salaries of faculty and staff, letters of recommendation, equipment, printing and binding, selection and acquisition of books and periodicals, interlibrary loans, courses and curriculum, visiting lectures, library visitation and related topics. Most letters related to the administration of the University Library, but the more significant documents relate to the development of the Library School.
Correspondents include Thomas J. Burrill, Charles B. Davenport, Andrew S. Draper, Melvil Dewey, Frank W. Gunsaulus, David Kinley and the Library of Congress.