Librarians and Archivists at the University of Michigan: Promoting Use, Access, and Preservation
General Library, lobby, ca. 1922-23. Folder "General
(Graduate) Library, Interiors." University of
Michigan Photographs Vertical File.
Click to enlarge.
This exhibit explores several notable professional figures connected to the University of Michigan's Library and Archives. While this exhibit does not inlcude all notable figures, it is an attempt to highlight a few of the fascinating individuals who have contributed to the library and archives professions at the University, thoughout the State of Michigan, as well as on the international level.
Circulation Desk, Graduate Library, 1925. Folder
"General (Graduate) Library, Interiors." University of
Michigan Photographs Vertical File. Click to enlarge.
These individuals were selected on the basis of their personal contributions to what would now be referred to as the "information professions," as well as intriguing biographical information. Raymond Cazallis Davis turned to library work, after a youth spent outdoors and aboard a merchant ship, engaged in non-intellectual pursuits. Theodore W. Koch began his library work as a Dante scholar and ended up establishing and further refining library science education at the University of Michigan.
W.C. Holland's bookbinding class, Summer Library
School, 1909. Folder "Events, 1906-1930." Box 34,
School of Information records. Click to enlarge.
1914 Summer Library School, Library Methods
instructors. Folder "Class photos, 1909-1933." Box
34, School of Information records. Click to enlarge.
These individuals led interesting professional lives, and while there are many others who would also be appropriate to include. However, those interested in other library and archives professionals with connections to the University of Michigan should refer to the Resources for Further Research section of this exhibit. There, researchers will find a selection of relevant archive and manuscript collections.
This online exhibit was created by Rachael Dreyer, Graduate Reference Assistant, Fall 2009.