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Collection Overview

Title: University Libraries, 1900+

Predominant Dates:1950+

ID: RHC/UA/31/

Extent: 35.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1965

Scope and Contents of the Materials

There are three series in the University Libraries record group: administrative files, records documenting staff development and activities, and technical services materials.

The administrative records are strong in the period 1950 to the present and contain annual reports beginning with 1942.  Some files documenting the library's special collections area are also present.  Library Council records contain governance, personnel guidelines, hiring, tenure and related documents.  Staff Association files and staff publications document professional development and social activities, from the1960's to the present.  Automation projects, acquisitions lists and circulation statistics complete the collection.

More information on the history of the University Library may be found in other University record groups, especially in the Provost Office Records.

Collection Historical Note

Jacob Haish, a DeKalb barbed wire manufacturer, donated $10,000 to the newly created Northern Illinois State Normal School to establish a library in 1899.  Named for its benefactor, the Haish Library occupied the center area of the second floor of Altgeld Hall for the next fifty years.  Expansion during these years added stack storage and reading areas, but the post-World War II boom and the addition of graduate programs in 1951 necessitated the building of a new, larger library facility.

On December 10, 1952, Northern students and faculty moved the 85,000 volume collection into the Swen Parson Library across from Altgeld Hall.  Named in honor of a Northern mathematics professor, the new library was built to accommodate an enrollment of 2,500.  It proved adequate for only a few years and the University doubled the building's size with major north and south wing additions between 1960 and 1965.  By 1965 the book collection had grown to 225,000 volumes, three times what it had been fifteen years earlier.

Clyde C. Walton became Director of the University Libraries in 1967 when Bernadine Hanby (1942-1967) retired.  Shortly after his arrival, planning began for a new, much enlarged library building.  Further expansion of graduate programs, increased enrollments, and technological advance in the library field demanded a new physical plant, larger professional staff, and broader collection development.  Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, the new Founders Memorial Library was dedicated April 20, 1979.  It is named for the four DeKalb residents who brought the new Normal School to DeKalb in 1895: Jacob Haish, Joseph Farwell Glidden, Isaac Leonard Ellwood, and Clinton E. Rosette.

Located in the middle of the campus, it serves as the heart of the University's teaching and research missions.  Shortly after opening for public use, the Founders Library collection reached one million volumes. In 2005 it reached the two million volume milestone.

The Library had only two directors in a period of thirty-five years (1942-1977) but that changed dramatically when Clyde Walton left N.I.U. in 1977.  The next fifteen years brought eight different directors to the library.  Lester Smith served as Acting Director until Jean Major arrived in 1978.  After Major left in 1982 English Professor William Williams served as Acting Director for a year followed by Theodore F. Welch who resigned in 1988.  Provost Kendall Baker hired Steven Marquardt as Director in 1989, but he resigned after ten months and Dean Peggy Sullivan consented to fill in as Acting Director.  She served from 1990 until her retirement from NIU in 1992.  Anthropology Professor Ron Provencher then became Acting Director.  Arthur Young was selected to become permanent Director of the University Libraries in 1993.  On June 9, 1999 Art Young was named the first Dean of the University Libraries.  Following Young’s retirement on June 1, 2006, Mary Munroe, Associate Dean of the University Libraries served as Interim Dean through July 31, 2007.  She was followed as Interim Dean by Byron Anderson on August 1, 2007.  Patrick J. Dawson became Dean July 1, 2008.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the records.

Use Restrictions: Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: University Libraries

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired the University Library's records in several installments beginning in the mid-1960's and continues to add to the collection.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administration],
[Series II: Library Staff],
[Series III: Technical Services],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

Addendum 1
Series III: Technical Services
Box 39
Volume 1: Accession Record Book (1 volume), 1962-1963
Box 40
Volume 1: Accession Record Book (1 volume), 1966-1967
Folder 1: Collection Development Policies, (1980-1987)
Series II: Library Staff
Box 41
Folder 1a: Library Staff Handbook, 1980
Folder 1b: Library Information Resource Book for Staff, September 1994
Folder 2a: Handbook on Library Security and Emergency Procedures, 1993-1995
Folder 2b: Library Security and Emergency Procedures Mini Manual, 1999
Folder 3: Student Employees Graduate Staff Assistants Handbook, 1991-1992
Folder 4: Conservation Program for NIU Libraries, circa May 1982
Box 42
Folder 1: Library Survey, 1996
Folder 2: Y2K (Year 2000) Issues, 1997-1998
Folder 3: Library Wish List, April 1998
Folder 4: Systems Office History, 1990, 1996
Folder 5: Systems Office, Correspondence, (1993-1997)
Folder 6: Systems Office Project Reports, 1994-1996
Folder 7: Meeting, January 6, 1998
Folder 8: Informal Meetings: "What's Going On Around Here?"; Internet, March 10 & 11, August 25-26, 1994, 1996
Folder 9: LEARN Network, 1995-1996
Folder 10: Network Printer Project, 1997-1998
Folder 11: Library Backbone, 1993-1997
Folder 12: Library Homepage, (1995-1998)
Folder 13: Lincoln Digitization Project, [Drew VandeCreek], 1997-1998
Folder 14: Circulation/Reserves Merge, 1997
Folder 15: INNOPAC Instructions, 1995
Folder 16: Taft Campus, Internet Access, 1995-1996
Folder 17: Rockford Campus Project, 1990-1995
Folder 18: Bar Code Project, 1992-1997
Folder 19: CD-ROM Library Network, 1993-1995
Folder 20: CD-ROM, Products/Proposals; CD-ROM Resources Exhibit, 1993-1994; March 1991
Folder 21: "An Annotated List of Indexes, Abstracting Services and Selected Serial Bibliographies in the Northern Illinois University Libraries," compiled by TJ Lusher, 1994
Folder 22: Workload Assessment Group, December 1992-March 1993
Folder 23: Mathematical Sciences Reading Room, (1981-1992)
Box 43
Folder 1: Academic Advisory Committee/Council, (1989-1998)
Folder 2: Library Automation/Computing; Automated Library Systems Advisory Group, (1989-1997); 2002-2003
Folder 3: Founders Computer Lab, 1995-1996
Folder 4: BRAC (Bibliographic Records Analysis Committee), 1994-1995
Folder 5: Card Catalog Committee/Task Force, (1985-1995)
Folder 6: Electronic Formats Committee, 1993-1999
Folder 7: Innopac Committee, 1995
Folder 8: Internet Committee, (1994-2000)
Folder 9: Digital Library Resources Committee, 1999-2002
Folder 10: Online Computer Library Catalog (OCLC) Cost Containment Study Committee, 1991-1992, 1995
Box 44
Folder 1: Online Computer Library Catalog (OCLC) Field Test, 1997-1998
Folder 2: Online Computer Library Catalog (OCLC) Field Test, CatME, 1997-1998
Folder 3: Grants: HECA, Fiscal Year 1992, Fiscal Year 1993
Folder 4: Grants: Educate and Automate/IPO (Illinois Periodicals Online, 1997-1998
Folder 5: Grants: LSTA, 1997-1998
Folder 6: Grants: Microcomputer Software Acquisition, 1997-1998
Folder 7: Grants: DRA (Data Research Associates), Technology Grant
Folder 8: Application Materials, 1996-1997: Data Research Associates (DRA) Technology Grants, 1997-1999
Folder 9: Application Materials, 1996-1997: Data Research Associates (DRA)/ILLINET Grant, Fiscal Year 1999
Folder 10: Data Research Associates (DRA) Implementation/Committees, 1992-1999
Folder 11: NIU Libraries Consulting Report, October 1996
Folder 12: Data Research Associates (DRA), Electronic Resources Committee, Information, 1996
Folder 13: Library Basement Renovation, 1996
Box 45
Folder 1: Faculty Files: Bauxar, J. Joseph, 1964-1979
Folder 2: Faculty Files: Bliss, Anthony "Tony", 1976-1980
Folder 3: Faculty Files: Major, Jean A., 1978-1982
Folder 4: Faculty Files: Marquardt, Steven R., 1989-1990
Folder 5: Faculty Files: Smith, Lester K., 1973-2004
Folder 6: Faculty Files: Sullivan, Peggy, 1981-1994
Folder 7: Faculty Files: Welch, Ted, 1987, 1989
Folder 8: Munroe, Mary, "From the Interim Dean's Desk...", August 2006 - July 2007
Folder 9: Anderson, Byron, "From the Interim Dean's Desk...", August 2007-2008
Folder 10: Dawson, Patrick Jose, "From the Dean's Desk", 2008-
Folder 11: Faculty File: Larry, Charles - Publications and Publicity, (1990-2009)
Box 46
Folder 1: Collection Development Advisory Committee, (1984-1997)
Folder 2: Disaster Plan Task Force, 1991-1992
Folder 3: Document Delivery Task Force; Local Document Delivery  Task Force, 1993-1994; Fall 1995
Folder 4: Emergency Policy Task Force, (1986-1989)
Folder 5-6a: Emergency & Security Committee, 1993-1995, (1999-2004)
Folder 6b: Library Security and Emergency Manual, 2004
Folder 7: Exhibits Committee, (1995-2003)
Folder 8: Farm Bureau Grant Proposal, 1994
Folder 9: Librarians and Subject Specialists, Meeting Minutes and Memos, 1980-1982
Folder 10: Northern Illinois Computerized Library System (NICLS), 1988-1989
Folder 11: Katherine Walker Library Scholar Award Committee, 1997-1999
Folder 12: Golden Key National Honor Society, Recognition for Service, 1991
Folder 13: Library Graduate Assistant Program Task Force, 1997

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