Book Buying Committee File, 1935-1937 | The American Library Association Archives
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Files of Book Buying Committee, created in 1935 to report to the membership at large concerning prices and discounts to libraries on American and foreign publications, represent the Association in negotiations with the book trade and before legislative bodies in regard to price maintenance, terms and copyright and to negotiate with publishers for the reprinting of out-of-print books, Chaired by Milton J. Ferguson (1935-36) and Lawrence Heyl (1936-37), contains general correspondence and reports of the committee (1935-36), correspondence concerning the publishing of and additions to Whitaker's Reference Catalogue of Current Literature (J. Whitaker and Sons, Ltd., London, 1936-37), correspondence, reports and memoranda concerning the effects of withdrawal of educational discounts of publishers due to passage of the Robinson-Patman Act (1937), and correspondence with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and government officials, concerning United States' entry into the International Copyright Union (1937), includes correspondence with Senator Key Pittman of Nevada, chairman of the Senate committee, and Senator F. Ryan Duffy of Wisconsin, committee member.
Note: in 1941, the name of the Book Buying committee was changed to Book Acquisitions Committee. The Committee was discontinued in June, 1954. Activities of the Committee are presently carried on by the Resources Section of the Resources and Technical Services Division.