Collection Number: 40051

Collection Title: Library Humanities Reference Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1929-1993

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract The Library's Reference Department was formally established in 1924 to handle inter-library loans, provide access to the non-circulating reference collection, and prepare bibliographic aids. During the 1957-1958 academic year, its name was changed to Humanities Division and, during 1975-1976, to Humanities Reference Department. Effective 1 January 1993, the Humanities Reference Department and the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department merged to form a single department, again named the Reference Department. Records include correspondance and reports, manuals for students and staff, and committee records. Records document department policies, the adoption of new library technologies, and the merger of the Humanities Reference Department and the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Humanities Reference Dept.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Library Humanities Reference Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40051, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Library Humanities Reference Department and the Library Reference Department, 1981-2003.
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 Library's Reference Department was established in 1924 to handle three major functions: (1) inter-library loans, (2) access to and use of the non-circulating reference collection, and (3) preparation of bibliographies on sources. During the 1957-1958 academic year the department's name was changed to Humanities Division. As a result of the 1975-1976 administrative reorganization of the Library, the name was revised to Humanities Reference Department. Effective 1 January 1993, the Humanities Reference Department and the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department merged to form a single department, again named the Reference Department.

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The Humanities Reference Department records include correspondance and reports, manuals for students and staff, and committee records. Records document department policies, the adoption of new library technologies, and the merger of the Humanities Reference Department and rhe Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Administrative Correspondence and Memoranda, 1929-1967; 1972 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Committee on New Technologies, 1981-1985 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Filing Rules Manual, 1988 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Objectives and Goals, 1979 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

OPAC Task Group: General, 1991-1993 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

OPAC Task Group: Minutes, 1993 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Planning Group for Reference Merger, 1991-1992 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

(planning for the eventual merger of the Humanities Reference Department and the Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department)

Procedures Manual, circa 1946-1954 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Reference Manual, 1990s #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

References Manual II, 1990s #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Reference Policies Committee, 1978-1992 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Reports, Narrative and Statistical, FY 1928-1929-FY 1957-1958 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Shelflist Supervisors' Manuals, 1982; 1988 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Technical Systems Training Manual, 1990 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

Training Manual, 1987 #40051, Series: "Humanities Reference Department Records, 1929-1993." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, November 1981, November 1982, January 1984, May 2010, June 2010

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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