Transcripts of Proceedings, 1909-46, 1951-2002
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Brief Description:

Transcripts of proceedings of the Executive Board, including minutes, transcripts, stenographer's notes, dockets and supporting documents about the activities and appointment of committees, budgets, staff salaries, relations of the Executive Board to divisions of ALA and the business of the organization. The series includes transcripts and minutes of meetings with the Committee on Library Cooperation with the Hispanic Peoples and the International Relations Committee (May 1928), the Program Committee (January, December 1930), the Board on Library Extension (October 1939), the officers of divisions (October 1944, July 1951-February 1954) and an open meeting with representatives of Cresap McCormick & Paget regarding the ALA Management Survey (February 1955). The transcript for March 19, 1933 includes notes taken by Alice T. Sukrow. The volume for June 1927 includes transcripts of the Council meetings and the luncheon meeting.

The series includes Executive Board minutes (1909-42) on five microfilm reels containing v.1, 1909-August 21, 1919; v.2-4, September 9, 1919-May 14, 1929; v.5-7, May 18, 1929-May 10, 1936; v.8-10, My 16, 1936-June 18, 1939; and v.11-13, June 24, 1939- June 21, 1942. A subject index to microfilm minutes is available.

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Record Series Number: 2/1/1
Created by: Executive Board and Executive Director
Volume: 21.5 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 1/17/74 [See IWS]; 3/17/04; 2/9/2021
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for Executive Board and Executive Director :

Established in 1876, the Executive Board consists of the officers of the Association, the immediate past president, and 8 members elected by Council from its membership for four year terms. The members of the Executive Board are members of Council (1) Acting for the Council, the Executive Board administers the established policies and programs. As the management board of ALA, it is responsible for headquarters operations, subject to review by Council, and makes recommendations with respect to policy and operations (2).

The Executive Director is appointed by the Executive Board. The Executive Director is in charge of headquarters and its personnel, carries out the activities provided for in the budget, and perfroms such other duties as may be assigned. Originally an elected position, the office of Executive Secretary became an appointed position in 1909 (3). The title changed to Executive Director in 1958 (4).



2-Vice President


4-Executive Director

5-Members of Executive Board

6-American Library in Paris Board of Trustees

7-Endowment Trustees

8-Publishing Board

10-Legal Counsel Committee

30-Headquarters Space Needs Committee

31-Divisional Interests Committee

32-Honorary Members

33-Investments Committee

34-Resources Committee

35-War Mobilization Committee

36-Advisory Evaluation Committee

37-ALA Archival and Library Materials Committee

38-Annuities and Pensions (Staff)

40-Search Committee


43-Finance/Budget Committee

45-Headquarters Building Committee

47-Equal Rights Task Force

93-Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces

Access Restrictions: This record series contains restrictions. Permission from the ALA Executive Director must be obtained to review restricted files. Please contact the archives for further information.
Subject Index
Executive Board, ALA
International Relations Committee
Library Cooperation, Hispanic People
Library Extension Board
Management Survey
Program Committee
Languages of Materials
English [eng]