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At a Glance
The records are divided into four series.
The incomplete records of the New York State Library School, Albany, 1890-1911. Included are diploma lists, grade sheets, examination questions, examination questions with corresponding set of students' answers, pass cards, senior certificate lists, an admissions application, entrance examinations, curriculum materials, and some documents for the class of 1890. Also, records of the New York State Library School Association, Incorporated. In addition to letters from such prominent American librarians as Katharine L. Sharp, Joseph Wheeler, Ralph Munn, and James I. Wyer, there are minutes, reports, memoranda, and printed documents, including the Association's constitution. There is a scrapbook of blanks and forms used in the executive departments of U.S. libraries in 1893, mounted by the N.Y. State Library School for the American Library Association World's Columbian Exposition Comparative Library Exhibit (Chicago, 1893). Also, files of the school consisting of course materials, exams, publications of the School, student records, admission files, class lists and rankings, and some related correspondence.
1992 Addition: Administrative records of the school consisting of correspondence, student records, including card files containing the citation of bibliographies and theses submitted by students, as well as "community studies" covering the libraries of various regions of the world. There are also records of the NYSLS Association consisting of correspondence, minutes of meetings, constitution, financial records and a selection of photographs of prominent librarians, 1886-1967.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
Material in Boxes 1 and 2 is charred and has been microfilmed: Reader must use microfilm. Originals are not to be used unless the particular frame or frames needed are illegible.
Scrapbook in Box 4 is charred and is very fragile.
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); New York State Library School records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Related Material-- at Columbia
New York State Library School Register is in the K. Brown collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Librarians' Portraits Collection. Columbia University Libraries.
Melvil Dewey Papers. Columbia University Libraries.
Alternate Form Available
Material in Boxes 1 and 2 is charred;: Microfilm available.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Columbia University School of Library Service. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1971. Accession number--M-71.
Photographs & printed misc: Source of acquisition--School of Library Service. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--1992. Accession number--M-1992.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.
Photographs & printed misc Processed HR 06/13/1997.
2009-06-26 File created.
2012-11-29 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.