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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series: Series I: Margaret Hutchins papers, 1929-1954.
Correspondence, memoranda, notes, course materials, and printed materials. The course materials consist primarily of notes, bibliographies, syllabi, and related items for the classes Hutchins taught on reference, government documents, and bibliography. The papers also deal with the library school curriculum, several committees of the American Library Association, and also of the Association of American Library Schools.
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Margaret Hutchins papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
For additional materials, please consult the School of Library Service records (UA#0096) and the Columbia University School of Library Service Records (MS#0269).
No additions are expected.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--School of Library Service. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--1981. Accession number--M-81.
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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
2020-04-21 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)
History / Biographical Note
Margaret Hutchins (1884-1961) was a renowned librarian, who made a lasting contribution to library reference service through practice, teaching, and writing.
A double major in Greek and philosophy at Smith College, Hutchins was a member of the Literary Society and the Philosophical Club and could also read French, German, and Latin. Upon her graduation with a bachelor of arts degree in 1906, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with a bachelor of library science with honors in June 1908 from the University of Illinois and was a reference librarian at the University of Illinois Library from 1908 to 1927. She came to New York to work at the Queens Borough Public Library and, on a Carnegie Fellowship, pursued her master's degree at Columbia. After earning a degree in 1931, she joined the faculty of the Library School at Columbia. She wrote the classic reference text Introduction to Reference Work in 1944 (American Library Association). She retired from Columbia in 1952.