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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries.
Title:University Libraries records
Date:1913-2012 (bulk 1970s-1990s)
Reference Code:A24
Location Code:28/1-2, 35/3-4, 36/1, FF1/D4, FF2/D7, Art File 4
Extent:49.15 cubic feet (53 boxes and 4 oversize folders)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Northeastern University Libraries date from 1913 to 2012. They document the activities of the Office of the Dean, library committees and associations, library departments, and other units of the library system. Records include reports, budgets, meeting minutes, memoranda, guides and handbooks, newsletters, funding proposals, programs, bibliographies, manuals, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and catalogs. Of particular interest are recordings of the "Meet the Author" events sponsored by the University Libraries Advancement and Marketing Department (see Series 3).
Historical Abstract:The Northeastern University (NU) Libraries began as a small collection of books that comprised the library at the Berkeley Street YMCA. Myra White was appointed the first NU librarian in the mid-1930s. By 1953, NU had its own library building, Dodge Hall. Roland H. Moody became the first director of NU's library and led the library in a period of expansion and reorganization that reflected NU's educational aims; collection size more than doubled, staff and budgets grew, and the library engaged the NU community by offering workshops about library use and by providing library liaisons to academic departments. In 1959, the library was named the Dodge Library after Robert Gray Dodge, who gave the first lecture at NU's Law School in October, 1897. In 1963, the NU Library became an official repository of government documents. In 1966, the Learning Resources Center was created, which removed responsibility for materials other than monographs and serials from the library. In 1975, the Center was reunited with the library, and Moody became Dean of University Libraries and Learning Resources. Beginning in 1981, NU began campaigning for a larger library facility. The new $35 million library and resource center was completed in the fall of 1990 and was named after George Snell to honor his donation, the largest single alumni donation in Northeastern's history at the time. In 1994, the first professional archivist was hired, and in 1998 the Archives and Special Collections was awarded a two-year grant of $153,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to fund the Department's efforts to preserve the history of Boston's under-documented communities.
Language and Scripts:The materials in the collection are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:The materials in the collection are arranged in four series: 1. Office of the Dean, 2. Library Departments and Other Units, 3. Author Talks, and 4. Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Albisa, Cathy.
  • Baron, Cynthia.
  • Benenfeld, Alan.
  • Breines, Winifred.
  • Brooks, Geraldine.
  • Brown, Leonard.
  • Carrol, Michael.
  • Chow, Keith.
  • Conrad, Jessamyn.
  • Cronin, Joe.
  • Davis, Martha.
  • Enderlin, Charles.
  • Fox-Penner, Peter.
  • Gill, Michael Gates.
  • Goldman, Steven.
  • Gordon, Cassandra.
  • Goshgarian, Gary.
  • Green, Maria.
  • Grogan John.
  • Harris, Roy.
  • Hatfield, Juliana.
  • Klein, Daniel.
  • Lam, Vincent.
  • Ma, Jerry.
  • MacDonald, Michael Patrick.
  • Miles, William.
  • Moody, Roland H.
  • Musil, Robert.
  • Nemzoff, Ruth.
  • Normandin, Marc.
  • Nunez, Elizabeth.
  • O'Nan, Stewart.
  • Pollack, Wendy.
  • Raymond, Dwayne.
  • Rediker, Marcus.
  • Robinson, Harlow.
  • Robison, John Elder.
  • Rothchild, Alice
  • Sadow, Stephen.
  • Sanders, Lisa.
  • Schatz, Aaron.
  • Sheehan, Joe.
  • Shen, Aisling.
  • Tars, Eric.
  • Thankor, Manisha.
  • Wallace, Stephen.
  • Weiss, James.
  • White, Myra.
  • Yang, Jeff.
  • Zaremba, Alan.
  • Anzalone, Filippa.
  • Bary, Thomas.
  • Bren, Ethan.
  • Carpenter, Maria.
  • Chamberlain, Carol.
  • Dalton, Andy.
  • Donley, Albert M.
  • Habich, Elizabeth.
  • Iannone, Jonathan.
  • Krizack. Joan D.
  • Morrow, Janet.
  • Oka, Christine.
  • Schotka, Roberta.
  • Shah, Nina.
  • Wakeling, William.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Archives and Special Collections Dept.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Information Services.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries. Advancement and Marketing Department.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries. Cataloging Department.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries. Digital Media Design Studio.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries. Media Center.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries. Office of the Dean.

  • Academic librarians--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Academic libraries--Acquisitions--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Academic libraries--Administration.
  • Academic libraries--Automation.
  • Academic libraries--Departmental libraries--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Library employees--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Libraries--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Academic libraries--Reference services--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Depository libraries--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Government publications.
  • Library buildings--Massachusetts--Boston.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Technical Access:The Programming and Communications Committee file backup discs (Series 2) contain outdated .fcp (Final Cut Pro) files that are not viewable with current software available at Snell Library.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Abigail Cramer, November 2012; updated by Caitlin Birch, January 2014