Circular Books, 1924-1946
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Brief Description: Circular Books of the Commission (1924-27) and Board (1927-37) on the Library and Adult Education and the Adult Education Board (1937-46) including correspondence, studies, publications, manuscripts and reports relating to bibliographies and surveys on adult education booklists, Carnegie Corporation Support (1924-41), Readers' Advisors (1925-42), Readability of Books Project (1933-41), Democracy and Civic Education Project (1936-42), Workers' Education Project and Rural Adult Education Project (1921-41), annual conference and educational and vocational interests in library public service. Correspondents include L.L. Dickerson (1924- 28), Francis K.W. Drury (1929-31), John Chancellor (1934-42) and Carl Milam.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 30/5/3
Created by: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Adult Education Board
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 1/17/74
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) :

In 1926, the Council established the Board of Library and Adult Education to promote interest and activities in the area of library service to adult education, to act as advisor and as an information center, and to implement and assist in library related projects of adult education (1). To accomplish these goals the Board sponsored roundtables and workshops and published reports, findings, and the quarterly magazine, Adult Education and the Library, which was incorporated into the ALA Bulletin in 1930. As the Board grew in scope, it became the Adult Education Board in 1937, the Adult Education Section of the Division of Public Libraries in 1946 (2) and the Adult Services Division in 1959 (3). In 1972, Adult Services Division joined with the Reference Division to form the Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD), establishing the new goals of "stimulating and supporting full access to library services which are user oriented. The Division seeks actively to foster the fullest use of all media in meeting the educational, research, information, recreational, and social interests and needs of users of all types of libraries in every subject field" (4).

RASD maintains standing committees and sections reflecting the scope of adult services including the Interlibrary Loan Committee, Adult Library Materials Committee, Committee to Advise Publishers of Reference Books and Indexes, Catalog Use Committee, and Machine Assisted Reference Services (MARS). RQ, RASD's quarterly journal, began in 1960 and the Division also authors annual book lists such as Notable Books and Outstanding Reference Books. The Division annually awards four different medals and citations to foster excellence in reference publication and librarianship.

Subject Index
Adult Education Board
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chancellor, John
Democracy and Civic Education Project
Dickerson, L. L.
Drury, Francis K. W.
Milam, Carl H.
Readable Books
Readers' Advisors
Rural Adult Education Project
Survey of Adult Education Activities in Public Libraries
Workers' Education Project
Languages of Materials
English [eng]