Special Membership Division Reports, Letters and Literature, 1927-1947 | The American Library Association Archives
Series Number: 27/14/3
Volume: 2.0 Cubic Feet
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Description: Reports, letters, and literature of the Special Membership Division, documents reflecting changes in ALA efforts to solicit special funds, contains monthly reports of Esther H. Dixon, executive assistant at headquarters responsible for Special Membership and Endowment, to the Special Membership Committee (1929, 1931-40), reports on fund-raising meetings, luncheons and conventions, letters and literature sent to prospective special members and donors, letters to librarians with prospective donors in their cities, lists of Special Membership Committee members, special members, special member and donor prospects and friends-of-libraries groups, special membership pledge forms, endowment fund status reports, circulars and reports sent to committee members, The Bulletin of the Special Membership Committee (1938-40), correspondence, plans, reports on services rendered and annual reports of the Friends of the Library Committee (1937-40), and literature used to answer questions abound friends-of-library groups (1936-40), and Trends and Techniques in Fund-raising, (1938). Note: Early efforts by the Special Membership Committee were aimed at securing special members whose dues would help create and support endowment funds. The committee changes to the Friends of the Library Committee in 1937, indicating ALA's broader goal of promoting gifts and bequests form all sources (of which special members were only a part) for the endowment of libraries.