Professional Relations Committee Files, 1950-1974
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Brief Description: Correspondence of the professional relations committee, a liaison committee between the ALA and the National Education Association, located in the N.E.A. headquarters in Washington, D.C., relating to conferences, committees, Encyclopedia Britannica awards, Grolier American awards, International Relations Committee, the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession; meeting with national education organizations, Knapp Manpower Act, legislation, hearing testimony and the Teacher's Library Program. The series includes addresses, bulletins, convention programs, news releases, notes, photographs, receipts, and more.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
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1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 20/42/5
Created by: American Association of School Librarians (AASL) (1915-), Professional Relations
Volume: 7.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 11/3/75; 3/31/93
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Arrangement: By subject and chronological thereunder
Biographical Note for American Association of School Librarians (AASL) (1915-) :

The first annual meeting of the School Libraries Section was held in East Hall, University of California, at 9:30 Saturday morning, June 5, 1915, with an attendance of 250. In the opening meeting, the purpose of the section was outlined. "The school library being one of the great problems of library endeavor, it is fitting that there should be a section in the American Library Association devoted to the discussion of work with all classes of schools" (1).

The American Association of School Librarians (ASSL) is interested in "the general improvement and extension of library services for children and young people."

The American Association of School Libraries became a division of ALA on January 1, 1951. Formerly it was a section of the Division of Libraries for Children and Young People; and before 1941 it was the School Libraries Section of ALA organized in 1915 (2).

Subject Index
Encyclopaedia Britannica Awards
Grolier Americana Awards
International Relations Committee
Justin, Laura D.
Knapp Manpower Act
National Education Association (NEA)
Professional Relations Committee
Stenstrum, Joe A.
Teachers Library Program
Teaching Profession, World Conf of Orgs of The (Mouges,
Languages of Materials
English [eng]