Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Friends of the Library Records, 1934-1996

Scope and Content Note

These records document the administration and activities of this library support organization.

The paper records are organized into eight series and date from 1934 to 1996. Series I consists of correspondence and pertains to planning efforts for the annual Library Day dinner and presentation, docent activities, gifts, membership, and the McDonald Rare Book Room. Series II consists of minutes from Board of Director's meetings and a minute book with handwritten notes from various unidentified meetings. Series III contains annual and treasurer's reports, and reports with basic information about the Friends of the Library. Series IV consists of copies of the constitutions and bylaws and their revisions.

Series V contains brochures for the annual Library Day Spring dinner and presentation, a hand-book on the use of the OSU Library (printed by the Friends of the Library), and publications of Library dedication ceremonies and Library Day speeches and addresses. Series VI consists of lists of the membership and officers of the Friends of the Library. Series VII is an undated essay on the history of the Friends of the Library. Series VIII contains copies of the Friends of the Library newsletters: Bulletin of the Friends of the Library and A Friendly Newsletter.

There are 13 series in the microfilm records which cover the years 1940 to 1966. Series I consists of minutes from the Co-op Book Award Committee and the Friends of the Library Board of Director's meetings. Series II contains correspondence primarily relating to meetings, members, and Friends-sponsored events such as Library Day. Series III pertains to the Co-op Book Awards and consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, contest reports, and judge/contestant lists. Series IV consists of copies of the constitution and revisions.

Series V consists of lists of guests at the annual Library Day banquet. Series VI primarily constitutes correspondence relating to gifts and donations. Series VII consists of essays sub-mitted by students for the Co-op Book Award Contest and news releases relating to the contest and Library Day. Series VIII contains membership lists. Series IX consists of lists of officers in the Friends of the Library.

Series X contains newspaper clippings from the Barometer and the Corvallis Gazette-Times pertaining to events sponsored by the Friends of the Library and news about members.Series XI consists of Friends of the Library newsletters. Series XII contains brochures and flyers mostly pertaining to the annual Library Day and other events. Series XIII consists entirely of annual and treasurer's reports.

An addition to the Friends of the Library Records (Accession 2001:047) consists of records generated by the OSU Friends of the Library and includes architectural drawings, building specifications, correspondence, a constitution, membership lists, minutes, reports, and photographs. Most of the documentation relates to expansion and renovation projects of the Kerr (now Valley) Library, including the addition of the fifth and sixth floors to the building. Accession processed and incorporated into the record group.


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