University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visual Aids Service | University of Illinois Archives

Name: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visual Aids Service

Historical Note:

The Visual Aids Service, established in 1932 at University High School "for the purpose of promoting visual education in Illinois and of building a library of visual aids for the use of schools and other educational organizations in the state,"1 became a section of the Division of University Extension in 1934,2 just a year after University Extension was established as a full-fledged division.3 Developing from a cooperative library4 with only a few reels5 to "the world's largest educational film lending library,"6 it provides films and tapes to the University, to schools, and to community organizations and it conducts training programs in the classroom use of audio-visual aids.7

1. Catalogs and Registers, 1935-1936, p. 351.

2. Helen Farlow, History: The University of Illinois Division of University Extension, 1933-1968, A Progress Report, p. 61.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 37th Report, September 26, 1933, p. 374.

4. Farlow, History, p. 61.

5. Ibid., p. 8.

6. Ibid., p. 5.

7. Ibid., p. 61.

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