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Margaret Hutchins papers, 1929-1954

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Call No.: MS#0638
Bib ID 4078925 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hutchins, Margaret, 1884-1961
Title Margaret Hutchins papers, 1929-1954
Physical Description 1.67 linear feet (4 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

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

Related Materials

For additional materials, please consult the School of Library Service records (UA#0096) and the Columbia University School of Library Service Records (MS#0269).


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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

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2020-04-21 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)

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History / Biographical Note

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.

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Series I: Margaret Hutchins papers, 1929-1954

American Library Association (ALA)

Box 1 Folder 1 Editorial Committee, Subcommittee on Guide to Reference Books

Box 1 Folder 2 Public Documents Committee, 1954 February-May

Association of American Library Schools

Box 1 Folder 3 Committee on Curriculum Revision

Box 1 Folder 4 Committee on Research


Box 1 Folder 5 General

Box 1 Folder 6 With Deans and Associate Dean

Box 1 Folder 7 Faculty Appointments. Correspondence and Report of Meeting with Dean

Box 1 Folder 8 Hutchins. Introduction to Reference Work

(Correspondence with ALA, 1940 September-1944 May 5; Correspondence regarding book; Hutchins' letter regarding Wyer's Reference Work, 1928)

Home Study Course in Library Science - Reference Work

Box 1 Folder 9 Williams, 1929

Box 1 Folder 10 Hutchins, 1933

Columbia School of Library Service – Curriculum

Box 1 Folder 11 Decisions re: Instruction relating to the Shelf-list, 1951 April 27

Box 1 Folder 11 LS 205 and 206 - Hutchins' undated notes and recommendations

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments to Miss Fay about Bibliography Courses, 1934 April 15

Box 1 Folder 11 Letter, Hutchins to Dr. Williamson on LS 206, 1935 July 12

Box 1 Folder 11 Morley, Linda. Basic Requirements for Special Library Unit Course and Hutchins' Notes on Curriculum copied from C.C.W., 1935 September 9

Box 1 Folder 11 White, C. M. A New Curriculum under Consideration for the School of Library Service, 1945 January 15

Box 1 Folder 11 School of Library Service - Plans for Re-organization, 1945 March 1

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on March 1, 1945 Plans for Re-Organization

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins and Sewny. Report of the Sub-Committee on Audio-Visual Aids, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Suggested Plans for Instruction in Government Publications by Hutchins, 1946 March 20

Box 1 Folder 11 Proposals for Revised Courses and Programs, 1945 April

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on Proposals for Revised Courses and Programs, 1946 April 17

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on Plan for Teaching Administration, 1946 July 23

Box 1 Folder 11 Proposal for a Program of Professional Study, Submitted to Committee on Instruction (COI), 1947 April 9

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on April 9, 1947 Proposal

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on the April 28 revision of the Committee's April 9, 1947 Proposal, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Memo by Martin. Length and Scheduling of New Program of Study, 1948 January 5

Box 1 Folder 11 Memo by Martin. Structure of Courses in New Program of Study, 1948 January 7

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Comments on Martin's Tentative Outline of Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Reading, 1948 July 23

Box 1 Folder 11 Memo by Martin. Student Projects in M.S. Courses, 1948 October 15

Box 1 Folder 11 Resources Courses - Correspondence between Martin and Hutchins, 1948 March

LS 115

Box 1 Folder 11 Reasons for Inclusion in Program and Tentative Outline, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Tentative Outline of Course Content, 1947 November 15

Box 1 Folder 11 Comments on Course by Hutchins, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Possible Ways of Handling Students without Sufficient Background by Hutchins, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Methods of Teaching, memo by Hutchins, 1943 April 29

LS 166

Box 1 Folder 11 Reader Services (combined Information and Advisory Services) Tentative Outline, 1947 November 15

Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchins' Letter to White, 1948 August 11

Box 1 Folder 11 Summary Sheet on Course, with Critical Comment, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Letter, Martin to Hutchins on Committee Discussion on Dividing the Course, 1950 January 12

Box 1 Folder 11 Memo, Martin to Committee on Instruction on Reader Services Course and Foundations Courses, 1950 January 19

Box 1 Folder 11 LS 115 Letter, Martin to Tompkins - Record of Discussion on Course, 1949 December 16

Box 1 Folder 12 Evaluation of Reference Books - Lecture and Paper

Box 1 Folder 13 Evaluation of Reference Books - Encyclopedias, General

Box 1 Folder 14 Evaluation of Reference Books - Encyclopedias, Special

Box 1 Folder 15 Evaluation of Reference Books - Dictionaries, Special

Box 2 Folder 16 Evaluation of Reference Books - Literature, Biography

Box 2 Folder 17 Evaluation of Reference Books - Almanacs, Yearbooks, Handbook, Reference periodicals

Box 2 Folder 18 Advanced Bibliography (LS 301-302) - Mudge Course notes, 1929-1930

Box 2 Folder 19 Advanced Reference - Mudge Course, 1937-1938

Box 2 Folder 20 Advanced Reference - Mudge Course, 1930-1939

(Stencils, 1934-1938; Notes on course by five students, 1930-1936; C.F. McCombs' Stencils, 1935-1936; R.B. Phelps' Stencils, 1938-1939; D.M. Reed's Stencils, 1937-1938)

Box 2 Folder 21 Advanced Reference - Second Semester

(History of course; Readings - Reference function; Reference collection building; Evaluation and promotion of reference; Staff manuals; Administration of a reference collection; Departmentalization and staff specialization; Special collections; Archives; Reporting reference work; Children's periodicals (Mudge talk))

Box 2 Folder 22 Advanced Reference (361, 264) Hutchins - Introduction and Administration

Box 2 Folder 23 Advanced Reference - Card Catalog and Verification of References - Lecture and Problems

Advanced Reference - Biography

Box 2 Folder 24 Lectures: Mudge, Phelps, Hutchins; Problems; Final Exam; Mudge creed

Box 2 Folder 25 Columbia Guest Book names - Problems

Box 2 Folder 26 Problems involving names on a collection of bookplates

Box 2 Folder 27 Advanced Reference - Quotations

Box 2 Folder 28 Advanced Reference - Historical Questions

Box 2 Folder 29 Advanced Reference - Geographical Questions

Box 2 Folder 30 Advanced Reference - Statistics

Box 3 Folder 31 Advanced Reference - Location of Materials, Locating printed and manuscript materials in outside libraries

Box 3 Folder 32 Advanced Reference - Interlibrary loan

(Lecture notes: Mudge, Phelps, Hutchins; Problems; Correspondence)

Box 3 Folder 33 Advanced Reference - Instruction in Use

Box 3 Folder 34 Government Publications, U.S., 1930s

(Lectures and discussions; Problems; Miles Price lecture on patents, 1956; Hutchins' report on the government publications course)

Box 3 Folder 35 Government Publications, U.S., 1940s

(Hutchins and Violet A. Cabeen - Class notes)

Box 3 Folder 36 Government Publications, State and Municipal

Box 3 Folder 37 Government Publications, Foreign - Great Britain and "Dominions"

(Syllabus for course)

Box 4 Folder 38 Government Publications, Foreign - France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy

Box 4 Folder 39 Government Publications, Foreign - Course stencils

(League of Nations, final exam, 1941)

Box 4 Folder 40 Introduction to Bibliography (115) - Introduction and General Bibliography

Box 4 Folder 41 Introduction to Bibliography - National Bibliography and Author-Subject Bibliography

Box 4 Folder 42 Introduction to Bibliography - Special Bibliography and Index

Box 4 Folder 43 Introduction to Bibliography - Encyclopedia and Dictionary

Box 4 Folder 44 Introduction to Bibliography - Biographical dictionary and Atlas

Box 4 Folder 45 Introduction to Bibliography - Handbook, Collection, Statistics, Directory, Reference book selection, Test

Box 4 Folder 46 Information Services (168) - Lectures

(Introduction; Citations; Use of catalog; Reference interview; Planning the search; Humanities; History; Comparison of authorities; Current information, including statistics; Procedures and customs; Pictures and maps; Bibliography and index making; Personal relations; Evaluation of service)

Box 4 Folder 47 Subject Bibliography (262) - Course lectures