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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

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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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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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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.

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Series I: Correspondence



Box 1 Adamic, Louis


Box 1 Buck, Pearl S.


Box 1 Canby, Henry S.


Box 1 Canby, Marion Ponsonby Gause


Box 1 Poling, Daniel A.

Series II: Subject Files


American Library Association


Box 1 A.L.A. Bulletin, 1959


Box 1 Awards Board and Committee


Box 1 International Relations Round Table, 5 folders



Box 2 Miscellaneous


Box 2 Public Relation Section


Australian Libraries-Office of War Information


Correspondence


Box 2 undated


Box 2 1943


Box 2 1944


Box 2 1945


Box 2 1946


Box 2 1947


Box 2 Manuscripts by Wessells


Box 2 Personal Correspondence and Documents



Box 3 Reports, 1943-1947, 2 folders


Box 3 Riverina Report, 1947


Box 3 Australian Libraries-Prison Libraries, 1963


Box 3 Council of National Library Association-Visiting Foreign Librarians, 2 folders


Box 3 Columbia University-School of Library Service-Alumni Advisory Committee


Box 3 Connecticut Survey


Correspondence



Box 4 undated, 1921-1946


Box 4 1947-1949


Box 4 1950-1959


Box 4 1960-1978


Box 4 International Library Information Center


Box 4 International Library Information Center-Visiting Foreign Librarians


Box 4 Library Journal Editorship-Correspondence


Box 4 Libraries-Overseas


Box 4 Manuscripts by Wessells-Librarianship-Aspect


Box 4 Manuscripts by Wessells-Milam's Idea



Box 5 Memorabilia


Box 5 New Books Preview, 1967-1969


Box 5 New York Public Library-Port Richmond Branch-Workbook, 1941

(Wessells served as Librarian for this branch of the NYPL from 1929 to 1941.)


United States Information Service


Box 5 Correspondence, 1948, 1950-1951


Libraries


Box 5 Afghanistan, Kabul


Box 5 Belgium, Brussels


Box 5 Burma, Rangoon



Box 6 Ceylon, Colombo


Box 6 England, London


Box 6 France, Paris


Box 6 Hong Kong


Box 6 India, Bombay


Box 6 India, Calcutta


Box 6 India, Madras


Box 6 India, New Delhi


Box 6 lndochina, Saigon


Box 6 Indonesia, Djakarta


Box 6 Iraq, Baghdad


Box 6 Lebanon, Beirut


Box 6 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur


Box 6 Pakistan, Karachi


Box 6 Pakistan, Lahore


Box 6 Singapore


Box 6 Syria, Damascus


Box 6 Thailand, Bangkok


Box 6 Turkey, Ankara


Box 6 Turkey, Istanbul


Box 6 Manual of Operations, 1950


Box 6 Manuscript, 1947


Box 6 Manuscript by Wessells, 1950


Box 6 Manuscript by Wessells - An Introduction to American the Viewpoint, 1951


Box 6 Memoranda



Box 7 Reports, 2 folders


Box 7 25th Planning


Box 7 Victory Books Campaign, 1943


Box 7 Wessells, Helen E.-Biographical Materials

Series III: Printed Materials


Australian Libraries Printed Materials



Box 8 Articles About Wessells, 2 folders


Box 8 Articles By Wessells, 2 folders



Box 9 Australia and Libraries


Box 9 Government Documents


Box 9 Office of War Information


Lead Magazine

(Leads: A Fact Sheet, the quarterly publication of the Round Table on Library Service Abroad, edited by Wessells from 1957 to 1972)



Box 10 Bound Volumes 1-11


Box 10 Bound Volumes 12-18


Box 10 Bound Volumes 19-25


Box 10 Library About Wessells


Box 10 Library By Wessells

Series IV: Photographs



Box 11 Burma, Rangoon Libraries


Box 11 United States Information Library


Box 11 Williamstown