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Helen E. Wessells papers, 1921-1978

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1319
Bib ID 4078370 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Wessells, Helen E (Helen Elizabeth), 1903-
Title Helen E. Wessells papers, 1921-1978
Physical Description 4.59 linear feet (11 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-11. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 4 series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Subject Files; Series III: Printed Materials; Series IV: Photographs.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, subject files, photographs and memorabilia. There is correspondence with Australian librarians, government officials, and U.S. information services officers; manuscripts of her articles, addresses, reports and procedural manuals; Australian library publications and other printed materails. In addition there are some general correspondence files and a few files relating to Wessells' career in the United States, including the New York Public Library, the Victory Book Campaign (1943), the American Library Association and its International Relations Round Table. The cataloged correspondence consists of one letter each from Louis Adamic, Pearl S. Buck, Henry Seidel Canby, Marion Ponsonby Gause Canby, and Daniel A. Poling.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-11. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Helen E. Wessells papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck letter is on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed BRC/RL 08/--/85.

Revision Description

2020-04-10 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)

Subject Headings

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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"CUL Collections:"
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American Library Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librarians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Libraries -- Asia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Libraries -- Australia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Information Service Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Office of War Information Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Librarian (Columbia School of Library Service, 1926); Librarian at NYPL Port Richmond branc, 1929-1941; information consultant and cultural officer in Australia for the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II, 1943-1947; and a director of Asian libraries for the U.S. Information Service, 1948-1951. Wessells was one of a number of librarians whose mission was to foster domestic understanding for America's war effort in allied and neutral nations. She contributed to library development in Australia and later was a planner and spokesperson for the American model of library service in Asia.