Reports, 1946, 1951, 1955-1963, 1967, 1972,1978-1993
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Brief Description: Monthly reports of the Washington Office, includes information on actions taken by the federal government of interest to librarians and biannual Legislative Report of the ALA Washington Office (1979- ).
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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: 17/1/2
Created by: Washington Office
Volume: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 03/28/1979. 10/6/1980, 5/14/1999, 9/3/2013
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Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by date
Biographical Note for Washington Office :

In 1945 the ALA announced the establishment of the Washington office (1).  It began operation on October 1, 1945 (2).  It was to be supported by the Library Development Fund which was planned to cover a five year period, but which was discontinued after one year (3).

The function of the Washington office is to maintain a representative of libraries who monitors federal government activities and regulations, makes official comments on proposed regulations and supports legislation benefiting libraries and library service (4) through press, radio, and personal contacts, in cooperation with state and local library agencies (5).  The Washington Office reported regularly in the ALA Bulletin (1945-69).  Its publications include the ALA Washington Newsletter and a biannual Legislative Report of the ALA Washington Office (1979- ).

The Associate Executive Director of the Washington Office is responsible to the ALA Executive Director (7).

Subject Index
Federal Appropriations
Federal Relations
Legislation, Federal
Washington Office
Languages of Materials
English [eng]