Architecture and Art Library File, 1930-74
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Brief Description: Ricker Library of Art and Architecture file, including correspondence with other librarians, the department of Art and Architecture, Acquisitions, library patrons and donors, booksellers and publishers, schoolteachers, architects and builders, equipment suppliers, Cerilla E. Saylor, Marguerite S. Kaufman, Robert B. Downs and Alan K. Laing, and others (1933, 1938-66).  The file includes lists of book and periodical acquisitions (1935-70), budgets for student assistants (1953-64), circulation statistics (1942-60), clippings (1932), listings of slides owned by the library (1919, 1932-34, 1938), appointment papers, financial statements, reports, and catalogs of supplies, equipment and furniture, including lantern slide cabinets (1938-38, 1948-49, 1960-65), indexing guidelines, Library School Alumni Association and Field School Program (1950-54) papers, inventories of Council Building Research Advisory Board (1951-56), New Book Lists of the City Planning and Landscape Architecture Library (1964-70), notes and handouts for Freshman orientation lectures (1920, 1928-30, 1941, 1952-54), Reader counts (1930-41), Library Funds records, use statistics, student wages (1962) and turnstile counts (1962), reference work, applications, staffing, subscriptions, donations, fund allocations, and an architecture postcard collection.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 35/3/43
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services
Volume: 4.4 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/5/ & 10/87, 11/09
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Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services :

Public services of the Campus Library are units that deal directly with the library user. Their chief functions are service and selection of material. Those responsibilities include circulation, reference, bibliographic aids, and inter-library loans. A major part of public services are the operations of the various departmental or branch libraries, which in 1975 totaled thirty-seven. Most of them are organized according to the departmental structure of the University, though many are combined with related fields of interest. Included with the libraries are those with specialized tasks, such as the undergraduate library, rare book room, archives, newspaper library, and the Illinois historical survey.1 The branch and departmental libraries have grown and contracted over the years, sometimes combining with or dividing from collections devoted to similar disciplines.2 Health sciences, the archives, music, map, and geology libraries are among the branches that perform processing activities, although technical services handles material for most libraries.3 The term public service departments has existed since 1944, and the office of assistant university librarian for public service originated in 1945.4 Public service units developed from the reference and loan departments, which were two of the five main divisions of the Campus Library in 1916.5

1. Graduate Course Catalog, 1974/76, pp. 9-11; Library Annual Report, 1974-75, pp. 5-6.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25; Board of Trustees Transactions, 37th Report, June 15, 1934, pp. 355-56.

3. Library Annual Report, 1974-75, p. 8-9.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 43rd Report, June 27, 1946, and appendix, June 19, 1944, p. 794.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25.

Subject Index
Architecture and Art Library
Library Public Service
Library Resources
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Finding Aid Revisions: Revised to reflect addition of postcard collection 11/09