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Name: History Section

Historical Note:

The History Section represents the subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research. It brings together representatives of history collections in all formats from all types of libraries, archives, and historical societies.

History was the first section established within RUSA and is the only group within the American Library Association devoted to the discipline of history. Reflecting the Section's broad representation, its objectives are to identify common problems and to recommend solutions that can enhance service to users. Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services. [1]

The first official meeting of the History occurred on July 10, 1961, at ALA's Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, with Gerald McDonald of the New York Public Library, its first elected Chair. [2]


[1] History Section,

[2] History of the History Section, 1961-2001,

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