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Friends of the University Library Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0446
The Friends of the University Library Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, financial records, event and promotional material, membership records, and miscellaneous administrative records concerning the organization's fund raising events, programming, sponsored projects, and other activities. The 1994 "Voices: Great Moments in Literature" program was cosponsored by the Business Information Library Associates of the University Libraries. The 1999 "Voices of Democracy" program was cosponsored by the Reno Philharmonic. Of special interest are video recordings of several literary programs sponsored by the Friends of the University Library, including the 2002 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and Silver Pen Award ceremony of 2002, with readings by award recipients Carolyn Dufurrena, Gregory Martin, and Tom Meschery.

Dates

  • 1952-2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

8 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)

Abstract

The Friends of the University Library Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, financial records, event and promotional material, membership records, and miscellaneous administrative records concerning the organization's fund raising events, programming, sponsored projects, and other activities.

Administrative History

Several private citizens met in Reno in the spring of 1952 to discuss the idea of forming a support group for the University of Nevada library. Subsequently, University President Malcolm E. Love appointed a Library Advisory Committee that met for the first time on June 11, 1952. Robert A. Griffen was elected Chairman, and committee members included Dr. Fred M. Anderson and Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

The Friends of the University Library was established as a permanent organization in 1953. Senator Alan Bible served as President from 1954-55. Inactive throughout most of the 1970s, the Friends was reorganized in 1981. Comprised of university faculty, staff and community members, the organization supports and assists in enhancing the collections and services of the University of Nevada, Reno Library by providing sustained financial support along with educational and cultural opportunities for its members and the community.

The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was conceived by former Friends of the University Library President Marilyn Melton in 1988. She envisioned two purposes: an annual event honoring Nevada's finest writers and a stimulus to encourage excellence among emerging writers in the Silver State. The Silver Pen Award was established as part of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1996 to recognize writers who are in mid-career, but have already shown substantial achievement. It is seen as a way of both honoring this talent and also encouraging other writers, both emerging and in mid-career. Annual selection committees determine which authors will receive these awards.

Members of the group volunteered to work in the Book Nook in Getchell Library and in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center from 1986 until its closure in 2010.

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series: 1) Administrative; 2) Calendar of Events, Meeting Minutes and General Correspondence; 3) Annual Fundraising and Financial Material; 4) Book Nook; 5) Newsletters; 6) Video Recordings; 7) Annual Dinners; 8) Voices Programs; 9) Miscellaneous; 10) Business Information Library Associates

Technical Requirements

Audio, computer files, microforms, and/or video items may not be available for listening/viewing on demand due to their older genre formats.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from the Friends of the University Library in 2003, with further transfers in later years. Several videocassettes were transferred from the KC Multimedia Center in 2012.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the University Archives Department:

Friends of the Library Records, 1952-1968 (AC 0147); Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and Silver Pen Award Records (AC 0519)

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to University Photograph Archives: UNRA-P3509.

Circulating copies of the "Voices: Great Moments in Literature" programs were cataloged separately for the Knowledge Center's Multimedia Center: V0486, Vols. 1-2.

University of Nevada-Reno Foundation folder was transferred to AC 0453.
Title
A Guide to the Records of the Friends of the University Library
Status
completed
Author
Jim Bantin
Date
February 2012
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)