John H. P. Pafford Diary, 1947 | The American Library Association Archives
Series Number: 7/1/20
Volume: 0.1 Cubic Feet
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Description: Original typed manuscript with corrections and carbon copy of Diary of a Visit to American and Canadian Libraries from the 18th May to the 7th August 1947 by John H. P. Pafford, Goldsmith's Librarian, University of London. Pafford's tour of libraries was sponsored by the ALA International Relations Board with Rockefeller Foundation funds administered by the International Relations Office, Washington, D.C. (Frederick Cromwell, Director, 1947-48) for the Exchange of Personnel Program. Circulated to a limited number of librarians, the diary contains descriptions of cities, climate, travel, accommodations, food, the American personality, politics and culture. Individual libraries and librarians are described including buildings, collection subject fields, procedures, physical conditions of the library and collections, eccentricities, security, administration, organization, use and access. Of special interest are comparisons of British and American practices, discussion of the Farmington Plan and descriptions, criticisms and philosophies of education for librarianship. Itinerary included libraries in the cities of New York, Washington, Baltimore, Toronto, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, Knoxville, Charlottesville and New Haven.