Public Libraries Surveys, 1898-1903, 1950-60
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Brief Description:

Public Libraries Surveys, including completed questionnaires (E-M) returned to Director Katharine L. Sharp by Illinois libraries (1898-1903) and correspondence between Harold Lancour, Assistant Director (1947-60), C. W. Stone, Professor of Library Science (1949-60) and Herbert Goldhor, Associate Professor of Library Science, and library administrators concerning the gathering of Library statistics for the Illinois State Library Association (1950-60).

The file includes drafts of the surveys, notes on the libraries and their communities, library annual reports, library and school publications, questionnaires, newspaper clippings, copies of tables from census reports, government pamphlets, blueprints and maps. Surveyed libraries include Decatur, Kansas City, Champaign, Urbana, Highland Park, Pekin and La Grange.

The series includes student papers written for Library Science 401 (Communication) and Library Science 402 (the Reading of Adults), dealing with public library use and reading habits of adults in Urbana and a copy of an Urbana Community Survey (November, 1949).

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University of Illinois Archives
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1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
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Record Series Number: 18/1/12
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Volume: 1.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 7/11/1966
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate School of Library and Information Science :

The Library School of the University of Illinois was founded in September 1893 as the School of Library Economy, and was housed at the Armour Institute in Chicago. In September 1897 the School was moved to the University of Illinois.1 In December 1902, degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Library Science and Bachelor of Library Science were approved.2 The bachelor's degree program was discontinued in 1951.3 In 1950 the Library School was placed under the Dean of the Division of Communications4 but regained its independent status in 1954.5 As of September 1, 1971, the School, which was responsible to the Dean of Library Administration, began reporting directly to the Chancellor.6 In 1962 the Advisory Council of Librarians was created, composed of leading librarians in the state, representing each of the major types of libraries.7 The name of the School was changed in 1959 to the Graduate School of Library Science.8 In 1981, the name was changed again to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.9 School goals are to prepare librarians and information scientists for professional work through essential basic studies and specialization by course choices and independent studies; to promote and conduct pure and applied research; and to provide public service such as continuing education, publications, and consulting.10

1. Catalogue of the University of Illinois, 1897-98, p. 131.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 22nd Report, December 9, 1902, p. 30.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 46th Report, October 23, 1951, p. 1255.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 45th Report, February 16, 1950, p. 988.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 47th Report, April 21, 1954, p. 1323.

6. Board of Trustees Transactions, 56th Report, April 21, 1971, p. 267.

7. Board of Trustees Transactions, 52nd Report, July 18, 1962, p. 4.

8. Board of Trustees Transactions, 50th Report, June 23, 1959, p. 439.

9. Board of Trustees Transactions, 61st Report, February 19, 1981, p. 175.

10. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Announcements 1981, p. 15.

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History of Librarianship
Hospitals - Libraries
Library Statistics
Library Surveys
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