Audiovisual Materials, 1968-2007
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Brief Description: Audiovisual Materials (3/4 videotapes) contains audio recordings, videocassette tapes, and digital video discs of Washington Office efforts towards library advocacy, copyright law, and news coverage of ALA efforts, includes oral history interviews relating to the 1956 Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), an historical overview session and an interview with Lara Currier. Note: portions of interviews were published in The Library Services and Construction Act (1983) by Edward G. Holley and Robert F. Schremser.
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: 17/1/13
Created by: Washington Office
Volume: 2.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 10/22/1990. 11/22/2017
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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
Cooke, Eileen D.
Elliott, Carl
Federal Aid for Libraries
Federal Relations
Greenaway, Emerson
Holley, Edward G.
Krettek, Germaine
Legislation, Federal
Library Development
Library Services and Construction Act
U.S. Congress
Washington Office
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: ALA Washington Office