Collection Number: 40050

Collection Title: Library Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1934-1985

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract In 1933, stimulated by the depository acts of the early 1930s, the University Library formed a public documents department. In 1935, the Social Sciences Reading Room was created and made a responsibility of the Documents Department. Later the Business Administration and Economics Library was established. In 1957-1958, these entities were brought together as the Business Administration and Social Sciences Division, of which the Documents Department became a section. During the 1975-1976 academic year, the Division name was changed to Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department. Effective 1 January 1993, the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department and the Humanities Reference Department merged to form a single department, named the Reference Department. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the development and administration of the Library's public documents collection and a departmental staff procedures manual from the mid-1980s.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Business and Social Sciences Reference Dept.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Library Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill #40050, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Library Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department and from the Reference Department, 1985-2003.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Stimulated by the depository acts of the federal and state governments in the early 1930s, the University Library created a Documents Department in September 1933 with Olin V. Cook as head. Using student workers paid with National Youth Administration (NYA) funds, Cook began organizing the Library's document holdings. In September 1935, the Social Sciences Reading Room was made a responsibility of the Documents Department, and the following year the newly formed General College Library was also placed under its supervision. During the 1937-1938 academic year, the Department's responsibilities were defined to include state documents, federal documents, and microphotography. In January 1939, a new federal depository act greatly increased the volume of documents received by the Library.

During the years 1942-1945, wartime conditions led to the consolidation of the Library's Documents and Circulation departments, and limited staff meant that little time could be devoted to the documents collection. In June 1946, however, the Documents Department again became a separate entity, and the Library became a depository for United Nations publications and for selected British documents. An increasingly severe shortage of space was alleviated in January 1952 with the occupation of expanded quarters in the Current Affairs Reading Room.

On 1 June 1958, the Library's collections were organized under a divisional plan. Documents became a section of the Business Administration/Social Sciences Division and during the following academic year was staffed by part-time workers. In September 1959 supervision of the section was vested in a full-time professional librarian, and in August 1963, the quality of the documents collection was recognized by the designation of the University Library as the Regional Federal Depository for North Carolina. During the 1975-1976 academic year the Division's name was changed to Business and Social Sciences Reference Department.

Effective 1 January 1993, the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department and the Humanities Reference Department merged to form a single department, named the Reference Department.

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Records include correspondence and other files relating to the development and administration of the Library's public documents collection and a departmental staff procedures manual from the mid-1980s.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Administrative Correspondence, 1948-1976 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

(includes data on the department's organization plans, needs, and budget requests)

Annual Reports, 1934-1964 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Depository Status and Development: Air Force Collection, 1952 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Depository Status and Development: Atomic Energy Commission Documents, 1950-1969 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Depository Status and Development: North Carolina State Documents Plan, 1985 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Depository Status and Development: Regional Federal Depository, 1962-1970 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Depository Status and Development: World War II Military Collection, 1952-1953 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Planning: Davis Library Quarters: Equipment/Furniture Needs, 1977-1981 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Planning: Davis Library Quarters: Holdings Shift, 1982-1983 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Planning: Davis Library Quarters: Space Requirements, 1977-1982 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Outside Organizations: Documents Librarians of North Carolina: Survey of Document Holdings in North Carolina Libraries, 1972 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Outside Organizations: Documents Librarians of North Carolina: Documents Librarians Conference, 1973 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

Outside Organizations: Government Printing Office: Pilot Micropublishing Project, 1974-1976 #40050, Series: "1. Documents Department/Section Files, 1934-1985." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, January 1985, January 1988, May 1988, May 2010

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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