Legal Counsel Subject File, 1956-1978
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Brief Description: Subject file of William D. North of the Chicago law firm of Kirkland and Ellis relating to legal services performed for the ALA, including correspondence, briefs, reports, and copies of published articles and statements on copyright law revision, interpretation and litigation; Office of Intellectual Freedom (Judith F. Krug, Director) and Intellectual Freedom Committee positions on censorship, legal cases, and librarians employment right; and legal issues before and legislation and agreements considered by the Executive Board and Annual Conference. The series includes files on library photocopying, copyright H.W. Wilson indexes (1974-78), and the Williams and Welkins copyright infringement case (1970-73), and the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works-CONTU (1976-77).
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: 2/10/6
Created by: Executive Board and Executive Director, Legal Counsel
Volume: 5.6 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 1/28/81; 10/6/89
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Arrangement: By subject and chronological thereunder
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

Subject Index
Agreements, Legal
Circulation Records
Copyright Law
Intellectual Freedom, Office for
Intellectual Freedom Committee
Internal Revenue Service
Krug, Judith
Legal Counsel
Legislation Committee
Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works, Comm on New
Wilson Indexes
Languages of Materials
English [eng]