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Library. Notes, Memos and Letters, 1935-, 1935

Identifier: RG14-07

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of publicity materials and notices to the campus about library events and services arranged in chronological order. The earliest material is a report from the Sub-Committee on Apportionment of Library Funds, 16 December 1935. There is a 1938 memo addressed to the faculty about funding a portrait of Cornelia Shaw, the first professional librarian hired by the college. Along with practical memos about ordering books and library hours, the records include information about books collected for World War II battleships, publicity about moves to new library buildings, and publicity for tours. The 1940-1949 folder contains a number of notices to the "ladies and families of the faculty" and a poem written by Professor Kenneth Foreman about noise in the library. The folders document the increase and changes in library services, collections and outreach.


  • Creation: 1935


Biographical / Historical

Efforts to establish and maintain a library for the use of faculty and students date from the founding of the College. Beginning with a small collection of donated books housed in the Chapel, the library expanded and moved to the Chambers Building in 1860. The two student literary societies also developed libraries. In 1887, the Union Library was created by the combining of the student libraries and the college library. The college library grew from a small collection managed by faculty and open only a few hours a week into a full-service facility. The library has been housed in four locations: 1) The Chambers Building, 1887-1910, 2) Carnegie Library, 1910-1944, 3) Grey Library, 1944-1974, E. H.Little Library, 1974 - . The first professional librarian was hired in 1907. In 2007, the library had a staff of 26. Over the years, the library developed services and programs for faculty and students.


3.00 boxes (3 boxes)



Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository