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Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association records

 Collection
Identifier: L1978-08

Scope and Content of the Records

The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association, 1931-1977, contains correspondence, printed items, financial documents, minutes and organization constitutions. The emphasis of the organization's early history was on professional programs and interests, rather than social activities. Topics of discussion included: comparison of the cultural and educational advantages of the U.S. and other countries; the possible inclusion of libraries in the labor movement as advocated by guest speaker, Lucy Randolph Mason; and in the 1940s, how libraries could contribute toward the solution of post-war problems.

Correspondence details the work of the Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association committees, notably the Recruiting-Scholarship committee, and also reflects the organization's relationship with the American Library Association, and specifically its secretary, Carl Milam.

Dates

  • 1931-1977

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

History of Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association

The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association was founded in 1931 as The Library Club of Atlanta, which was changed to the Atlanta Library Club in 1933, and again to its present name in 1966. Clara Howard, Dean of the Library School, Emory University, was instrumental in its creation. Its purpose is to promote the interests of professional librarians. Standing committees have included: Membership, Programs, Public Relations, Recruiting-Scholarship and Intellectual Freedom. The programs have led to activities such as dinners, social and business meeting, fund drives, and charitable donations.

In 1962-1963, there was discussion of integrating the organization, resulting in the unanimous decision of the executive board to allow African-Americans to join. The Recruiting-Scholarship committee awarded scholarships to students interested in continuing their education in library science beginning in 1954. The scholarship fund was financed by a percentage of membership dues and by various fund raising activities. The principle correspondent for the organization was Mary Louise Rheay, Chairperson of the Scholarship and Program committees and vice president and president of the organization. Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association affiliated with the American Library Association in 1933. The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association also affiliated with the Southeastern Library Association and the Georgia Library Association.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association, 1931-1977, contains correspondence, printed items, financial documents, minutes and organization constitutions on topics such as labor union involvement, cultural and educational comparisons of the U.S., integration, scholarship funding, and interest of students in library science education.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Dr. Ralph Russell, May 1978 (L1978-08 and L1978-23).

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Georgia Library Media Association records, 1988-1994 (L1991-11)

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time).

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photographs collection

  1. One photograph, exhibit, "What is Your Specialty?" (1964)

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Freedom to Read Foundation News, vol. 1, no. 1, 1971
  2. Freedom to Read Foundation News, vol. 1, nos. 1-4, 1972
  3. Freedom to Read Foundation News, vol. 3, no. 1, 1973
  4. Freedom to Read Foundation News, vol. 3, nos. 1-4, 1974
  5. Freedom to Read Foundation News, vol. 4, no. 2, 1975
  6. On Intellectual Freedom, vol. 18, no. 2, 1970

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection

  1. 1 pamphlet concerning censorship, 1974

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian at the file level, 1980. This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aid. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
Title
Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • December 2009: Encoded Archival Description finding aid created by Laura Starratt from a legacy finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)