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Galvin Library records, 1939-2004

Identifier: 025.04.14

Administrative files relating to operations of the Paul V. Galvin Library (on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago). The collection documents library services, programs, policies, and public activities. [Some materials here document the building as well, but a separate collection (q.v.) devoted specifically to the structure will be found as Acc. No. 1998.218. Photographs which primarily document renovation of the building are included in that collection.] Files were created by David Dowell, Anita Anderson, and Sohair Elbaz Wastawy, Wendi Williams, and others. Folder Listing as follows: Box 1 Personnel issues - policies; evaluations; grievance and discipline; travel policy, 1987-1994 Library operations - serials and collections, 1983-1993 Student assistants, 1986 - 1990 Library priorities/planning and task forces, 1985-1993 Box 2 University Library Planning Committee (John Root, chair); self-study; budget; journals; strategy, 1983 - 1988 Jerry Lom (library staff member) correspondence with David Spaeth and Marjorie Smolka re Howard Dearstyne estate collection, 1988 Marvin Camras collection, 1988 Budget; services to IIT/V, IITRI, and IIT West [Rice campus], 1983 - 1987 ILSCO Policy Council; technology; automation; LCS-ILL, 1986 - 1993 KERMIT -Administrative VAX, 1991 - 1993 IIT Library History; a narrative summarizing the years 1940 - 1987 Report on Academic Salaries and Fringe Benefits for 1989 - 1990 by Robert Roth and Harold Spector North Central Association Accreditation, ca. 1939 - 1950s North Central Association Accreditation, ca. 1960 - 1987 Box 3 Library Proposal for IIT West/ Biegler Library [Rice Campus] - funding, staffing, facilities, collections, equipment, 1986 - 1990 Dedication; concerns building dedication events and some coverage of building renovation, 1985 Guide Book/Manuals/Handbook, 1985 & 1993 Annual Reports, 1993 - 2004 Open Houses, 1995 - 2003 Photographs (color postcard image of the building and one group shot of staff ca. 1999) Financial materials (1987 - 1990); Grant Report (GIS Lab, LSTA 98-1009); CD-ROM License Agreement, 1998 Miscellaneous; includes memos, tear sheets, printed materials, emails, reports, etc. Arranged chronologically; 1981 - 2004 "Reference Policies and Procedures Manual/Notebook 1," ca. 1988-1990 Box 4 (oversize) Galvin Library posters, ca. 1990: "Ask a Galvin Librarian," etc.


  • Creation: 1939-2004


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted Collection

Collection Size

3 Box

Biographical Note

The Paul V. Galvin Library is Illinois Institute of Technology's main academic library. "Galvin Library" refers both the building and the collections which it houses. The building, which opened in 1962, was built to house both the Crerar Library (a specialized science and mathematics library founded in the 1890s by the will of John Crerar) and IIT's academic library, which operated at that time under the name of Kemper Library. The arrangement for joint tenancy of the building was ended in 1985, and the Crerar collection was removed to the University of Chicago. The IIT building was then renovated and re-named Paul V. Galvin Library.


This accession represents the primary collection of Galvin Library's records.

Related Material

For other Galvin Library materials, see: 1998.109; 1998.199; 1998.200; 1999.010; 1999.020; 2001.047; 2003.041., For other library-related collection (i.e., IIT libraries other than Galvin Library), see: 1998.201 (Kemper); 1999.047 (Crerar); 2003.030 (Gunsaulus Rare Books).


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 7/29/2005

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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