Washington Office Subject File, 1934-2014
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Brief Description: Subject files of the Washington Office, under directors Julia Bennett (1952-57), Germaine Krettek (1957-72) and Eileen Cooke (1972- ), contains correspondence, bills, Congressional testimony, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, press releases and brochures about federal legislation affecting librarians at national, state, and local levels, and ALA lobbying activities, includes censorship, civil rights, communications and technology, Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (COSATI), depository library system (1956-73), library programs affected by Federal educational departments (e.g. HEW), the handicapped, international educational programs, Library of Congress (1954-71), library employment, obscenity (1963-72), reading promotion, taxation of gifts (1969-72), Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), Higher Education Acts including library services and facilities (1965-73, 1975), Library Services Act and Library Services and Construction Act, arts and humanities legislation (1966-76), National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS, 1968-74), National Defense Education Act (NDEA, 1963-69), National Education Improvement Act (NEIA, 1963-64), ALA National Legislative Network Workshop (1972-73), postal rates (1961-72), and appropriations for libraries. Note this series contains a file of statements made by the ALA to Congress about legislative concerns, and two files of correspondence, ordered by states, about ALA legislative activities (1949-51 and 1952-53), correspondence with legislators (1974-1988), and speeches (1966-1967).
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] library.illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 17/1/6
Created by: Washington Office
Volume: 52.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 09/23/1982. 1/3/1984, 5/14/1999, 3/2/2000, 4/30/2014, 6/22/2021
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/alasfa/1701006a.pdf
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject title and chronologically by date thereunder
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
Adult Education
Advisory Committee on Library Service to the Disadvantaged
Afghanistan - School Libraries
American Indians
Bennett, Julia
Boorstin, Daniel
Civil Rights
Clift, David H.
Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (COSATI)
Community Antenna Television (CATV)
Congressional Committees
Congressional Testimony
Copyright Law
Council of National Library and Information Associations
Depository Libraries
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Federal Aid for Libraries
Federal Appropriations
Federal Library Committee
Federal Relations
Federal Relations Committee
Government Publications
Government Relations
Greenaway, Emerson
Grolier Club (New York)
Handicapped, Services and Facilities for The
Higher Education Act
International Book and Library Programs
Kiwanis Club
Krettek, Germaine
Legislation, Federal
Legislation Committee
Legislative Workshops
Libraries--Services to older people
Library Demonstration Bill
Library Depository Act
Library Networks
Library of Congress
Library Service for Blind and Physically Disabled
Library Services Act
Library Services and Construction Act
Lieberman, Irving
Medical Library Assistance Act
Mumford, L. Quincy
National Advisory Commission on Libraries
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
National Defense Education Act (NDEA)
National Education Association (NEA)
National Education Improvement Act (NEIA)
National Endowment for The Humanities
National Legislative Network Workshop
National Library of Medicine
National Science Foundation
Office for Library Service to the Disadvantaged
Peace Corps
Postal Rate Commission Hearings
Postal Rate Increases
Program Evaluation and Budget Committee (PEBCO)
Reading Campaigns
Revenue Sharing
U.S. Congress
U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare
U.S. Office of Education
U.S. Office of Education, Information Science and Automation Div
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-Libraries
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Org
Vocational Education
Washington Office
White House Conference on Aging
White House Conference on Children and Youth
White House Conference on Library and Information Services I
World Book Encyclopedia
Languages of Materials
English [eng]