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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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.