Correspondence and Subject Files, 1930-
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Brief Description: Correspondence and subject files from the office of Executive Secretaries Richard B. Harwell (1956-60), Mark M. Gormley (1961-62), Joseph H. Reason (1962-63), George M. Bailey (1963-68), J. Donald Thomas (1969-71), Beverly Lynch (1972-76), Julie C. Virgo (1977-84) and JoAn S. Segal (1984- ), relating to officers; Board of Directors; sections, committees, and discussion groups; annual and regional conferences, preconferences, institutes, and conventions; projects and programs; statistics, operations, resources and salary surveys; budgets; grants; publications (1976-88); news releases; speeches; legislation and correspondence files of officers and committee chairs; results of officer elections; and correspondence from national and regional library organizations. The series includes correspondence of David Clift (1957-62); correspondence, applications and reports relating to the Mellon ACRL Internship Project (1974-81) to develop managerial abilities of librarians in black colleges; NEH workshops (1981-87); material on Federal Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (1971-73), academic library survey, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NCLIS, the U.S. Office of Education and the ALA Washington office; state section files (1978-80); Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) Immersion (2003-09); Harvard Leadership Institute (1999-2004); Standards and Accreditation Committee correspondence (1970-82), chapter correspondence and newsletters (1974-90); membership materials and correspondence (1981-85); election files (1957-2007); history files (1953-86); and awards (1984-2007).
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Record Series Number: 22/2/6
Created by: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Volume: 53.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: (see IWS); 7/2006; 9/13/2007; 9/2/2008, 11/13/09; 8/19/10; 10/13/2011; 8/22/12; 8/7/13; 8/15/13; 9/11/14; 9/3/15; 9/22/15, 11/4/2019, 11/18/2019, 11/27/2019
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Arrangement: Chronological by year; alphabetical by subject thereunder
Biographical Note for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) :

According to its 1980 statement of Responsibility, "The mission of the ACRL is to represent academic and research librarians and libraries. This includes all types of academic libraries-community and junior colleges, college and university-as well as comprehensive and specialized libraries and their professional staffs. ACRL also has as its mission the enhancement of library service, in the broadest sense, to the academic research communities" (1).

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) fulfills its mission through programs of identification and evaluation of book and nonbook materials, by issuing statements on library standards, and by concerning itself with the role, function, and status of the academic librarian (2).

The Association first met in 1889, under the title of the College and Reference Section of ALA (3). In June of 1938, the membership voted to change the name to the Association of College and Reference Libraries (4). Under this name, ACRL was accepted as a division by the ALA Council in May, 1940 (5). A 1942 revision of ACRL bylaws provided for the establishment of state, regional, and local chapters (6). The name was changed to the Association of College and Research Libraries in 1957 (7).

The organizational structure of ACRL was streamlined in 1979-80 to provide for a 13-member Board of Directors which includes the three officers )President, Past President, and Vice-President/President-Elect) and the Executive Director (8). ACRL publications include the bimonthly College and Research Libraries, the monthly College and Research Libraries News, the monthly book selection journal Choice, and occasional ACRL Publications in Librarianship. ACRL has sponsored national conferences and has presented the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award annually since 1978 (10).

Subject Index
Academic Status of College and Univerisity Librarians
Agriculture and Biological Sciences Section, ACRL
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
American Council on Education
American National Standards Institute
Anthropology Section
Arts Section
Associated Colleges of The Midwest
Association of Educational and Communications Technology
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Bailey, George M.
Beatty, Cora M.
Bibliographic Instruction
Black Librarians
Branscomb, Lewis C.
Brown, Charles H.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chapters (ACRL)
Clift, David H.
Collective Bargaining
College and Research Libraries
College and Research Libraries, Association of (ACRL)
College Libraries
College Libraries Section
Community and Junior College Libraries Section (ACRL)
Conant, Mabel L.
Coney, Donald
Danton, J. Periam
Deaderick, Lucille
Downs, Robert B.
Educational and Behavioral Science Section, ACRL
Ellsworth, Ralph E.
Geology Libraries
Gormley, Mark M.
Harwell, Richard B.
Illinois-Library Associations
Information Science
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
Junior College Libraries
Kuhlman, Augustus F.
Law and Political Science Section (ACRL)
Lewis, Willard P.
Library Surveys, ACRL Committee On
Lynch, Beverly P.
Mcdiarmid, Erret W.
Mellon-ACRL Internship Project
Midwest Academic Libraries Conference
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (ACRL)
Science and Technology Section (ACRL)
Slavic and East European Section, ACRL
Subject Specialists
Thomas, J. Donald
U.S. Office of Education
University Libraries
Ver Nooy, Winifred
Virgo, Julie A. C.
Vosper, Robert
Washington Office
West European Specialists Section (ACRL)
White, Carl M.
White House Conference on Library and Information Services I
Winchell, Constance M.
Windsor, Phineas L.
Wright, Wyllis E.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Finding Aid Revisions: 3/25/2022