Charles F.D. Belden Papers, 1902-1927
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Brief Description: Papers of Charles F.D. Belden, ALA president (1925-36), contains personal and official correspondence, clippings, reports, memorabilia, photographs, promotional materials, lists, outlines, conference papers, leaflets, posters, book, statistics and exhibit materials, includes personal affairs (1926-27), the ALA 50th anniversary conference (1925-26), the Swampscott Conference (1921), the Enlarged Program (1919-20), Library War Service (1917-19), the Magnolia Conference (1902), the ALA Publishing Board (1904-14), copyright (1906), the ALA correspondence of Horace G. Wadlin (librarian, Boston Public Library) (1903-16), and Leipzig Exhibit (1914).
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Record Series Number: 97/1/33
Created by: Belden, Charles F. D. (1870-1931)
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 04/26/1974.
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Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by date
Biographical Note for Belden, Charles F. D. (1870-1931) : Charles Francis Dorr Belden was born on October 5, 1870 in Syracuse, New York. He went on to attend Harvard University and graduated with an A.B. in 1895. He continued on at Harvard Law School, working at the Law School Library during his time as a student, and graduated in 1898. He was admitted to the bar of the state of New York upon taking the test after graduation.  Instead of practicing law as he intended, he was hired by Harvard as the secretary of the law faculty, which he held for three years. In 1902, Harvard appointed Belden as assistant librarian of the Law School Library. In 1908 he became the head of the Boston Social Law Library until he was appointed to state librarian of Massachusetts in 1909. At the same time, he also was became chairman of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts and remained chairman until he passed away. While state librarian of Massachusetts, Belden also served as president of the Massachusetts Library Club from 1911-13 and the National Association of State Librarians from 1911-12.
Subject Index
Boston Public Library (Massachusetts)
Conference, Annual, Boston, Massachusetts (1902)
Conference, Annual, Swampscott, Massachusetts (1921)
Enlarged Program Committee
Fiftieth Anniversary of The ALA
Fund Raising
Publishing Board
War Library Bulletin
War Service
War Service Publicity
Languages of Materials
English [eng]