European Projects File, 1939-1949
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Brief Description: Files of European Projects contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, reports and lists relating to aid to libraries in war areas, war damaged libraries, the distribution of periodicals, university libraries, international meetings, foreign visitors and related topics, includes The University Library Oslo: A brief survey of its history, collections, and building (1947), Losy Bibliotek Polskich (The Fate of Polish Libraries) by Maria Danilewiczowa (1942), The Black Book of Poland by the Ministry of Information (1942), The Libraries of Poland by Maria Danilewicz (1943), and the Polish Research and Information Service's Cultural Life in Poland (1949), Social Welfare in Poland (1949), and Vocational Education (1949). The series includes files on Austria (1944-48), Belgium (1940-48), Bulgaria (1944-48), Czechoslovakia (1944-48), Denmark (1939, 1943- 49), Finland (1939-41, 1945-48), France (1939-48), Germany (1944- 49), Great Britain (1940-48), Greece (1942-49), Greenland (1940-42), Hungary (1945-49), Ireland (1939-40, 1949), Italy (1942-48), Netherlands (1939-48), Norway (1939-49), Poland (1942-49), Portugal (1940-41), Rumania (1945-48), Russia (1941-47), Spain (1938-48), Sweden (1939-48), Switzerland (1939-49), Ukraine (1944-46), and Yugoslavia (1941, 1945-48).
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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] library.illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 7/1/52
Created by: International Relations Office (IRO)
Volume: 4.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 4/26/74
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/alasfa/0701052a.pdf
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by country name and chronologically by date or alphabetically by subject title thereunder
Biographical Note for International Relations Office (IRO) : The International Relations Board (International Relations Round Table) creatred the International Relations Office (IRO) in June 1942 (1).  The IRO was set up to "carry on its work in cooperation with the other committees of the Association whose work had international implications" (2).  The IRO also functioned as an advisory agency for libraries abroad (3).  In 1942-45, the IRO served "as an operational agency for various projects of the Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other foundations and libraries" (4).  A "new" IRO was created in 1956 (5).  The IRO concentrated its efforts on library development and the director was charged to "study and investigate the state of library education in various parts of the world" (6).  The director was expected to spend several months of each year in nations on the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America (7).  In 1959, the IRO sponsored (with Rockefeller Foundation monies) a group of ten visiting Japanese librarians who studied reference and advisory services in the United States (8).  The IRO was disbanded in 1972 (9). The office reopened in 1976 before closing again in 1982, then reopening.
Subject Index
Aid to Libraries in War Areas Program
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
European Projects
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Greenland
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
War Damaged Libraries
World War II
Yugoslavia
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
German [ger]
Hungarian [hun]
Polish [pol]
Greek,Modern(1453-) [gre]
Portuguese [por]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]