Archives and Special Collections
92 Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2351

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note


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Title:University Libraries records
Dates:1913-2012 (bulk 1970s-1990s)
Call Number:A24

Scope and Content Note

This collection is arranged into four series. Series I. Office of the Dean includes Library executive summaries (the production of which was discontinued in 1985) and annual reports, Library budgets, the records of Library committees and associations, the records of University committees and groups, Library guides and handbooks, memoranda from the Dean of Libraries, Library newsletters, and subject files related to both the Library and the University.

The Library committees and associations include: the Library Administrative Group, the Assistant Librarians Group, the Library Automation Committee, the Library Exhibits Committee, the Joint Committee, the Library Advisory Committee, the Northeastern University Librarians Association, the Northeastern University Libraries Support Staff Association, the Northeastern University Staff Librarians Association, the Library Staff Development Committee, and the University Library Operations Committee. Of particular note are the records of the University Library Planning Committee, which was responsible for the planning and building of a new library building, Snell Library (see also the "Snell Library Building" Subject File). The University committees and groups include: the Academic Computing Advisory Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Affirmative Action, the Deans' Council, the Faculty Senate, the Technology Council, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the NUnet Library Resources Task Force, the University Council, and the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

The memoranda from the Dean's Office document security and operational procedures, storage issues, workshops or conferences held at the Library or given by the Library staff, and maintenance issues. The newsletters include: "@ NU Libraries Faculty Newsletter" (2002-2004), "The Artful Dodger" (1976), "Computer Search Services" (1980-1986), "Cross Reference" (1969, 1971-1984), "The Flag" (2001-2006), and "Library Links" (1993-1997).

Series II. Library Departments and Other Units includes the records of many Library departments, including: Acquisitions, Advancement and Marketing, Archives and Special Collections, Cataloging, Circulation, Collection Development, Documents/Microforms, Information Commons, Instruction, Interlibrary Loan, Processing, Reference, Reserves, Selections, Serials/Periodicals, and Technical Services. Of note are the records of the Archives and Special Collections Department's NHPRC grant, including records of the advisory boards, collection recruitment information, reports submitted to the NHPRC, and promotional materials.

This series also include records of NU divisional libraries and branch libraries, including: the African-American Institute Library, Boston-Bouvé School Libraries, Burlington Campus Library, Dedham Campus Library, Chemistry/Biomedical Sciences Library, Curriculum Library, Marine Sciences Library, Mathematics/Psychology Library, Music Library, Nursing Library, Physical Therapy Library, Physics/Electrical Engineering Library, Rehabilitation Library, and Law Library. Other units represented include: the F. Andre Favat Center (including accession lists, acquisitions lists, annual reports, brochures, budgets, donations, events, and policies), the Media Center, the Peer Tutoring Center (including brochures, College Reading & Learning Association training and certification, and statistics), and the Office of Learning Resources (OLR) which was originally called the Office of Educational Resources. The OLR oversaw the Learning Resource Center before the OLR and Library merged. The OLR material includes: records of the advisory board, annual reports, brochures, budgets, resource guides, instructional materials catalogs, memoranda, newspaper clippings, objectives and functions of the OLR, an organizational history, policies and procedures, publications, reports and statistics, and staff job descriptions.

Series III. "Meet the Author" Events contains audio and video recordings of events organized by the Libraries' Advancement and Marketing Department in which authors of recently published, noteworthy books of all genres give readings and discuss their works.

Series IV. Memorabilia includes Northeastern University and University Libraries promotional items such as a mouse pad, carabiners, and a t-shirt. Researchers should note that box 50 no longer exists, the box contained "The Fabric of Northeastern" quilt which is currently on display on the second floor of Snell Library.  The quilt was created in honor of the University employees who donated $500 or more during the Campus Campaign. The quilt was created by Cassandra Gordon, and it was on display in Snell Library from September 19, 1990 to July 2, 2012 until it was removed during renovations.  The quilt was re-displayed on January 2, 2015.