Collection Number: 40323

Collection Title: John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008

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Size 11.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8400 items)
Abstract The Botany Library and the Zoology Library were established at the University of North Carolina in the 1930s to support the curricula of the Department of Botany and the Department of Zoology. In 1982, the two departments merged to form the Department of Biology. On 1 July 1988, the John N. Couch Library (botany) and the Zoology Library merged to form the John N. Couch Biology Library, which, in 2010, was absorbed into the Kenan Science Library. Records include correspondence, memoranda, annual and administrative reports, book fund reports, and other materials related to the administration of the John N. Couch Biology Library and the libraries that preceeded it. There are also a few annual and other reports of the Department of Biology. Files are those of William R. Burk, who was head of the John N. Counch Library (botany) and, later, the merged John N. Couch Biology Library.
Creator John N. Couch Biology Library.
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 John N. Couch Biology Library Records #40323, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the John N. Couch Biology Library in January 2009 (Records transfer 20090116.1).
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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The Botany Library and the Zoology Library were established at the University of North Carolina in the 1930s to support the curricula of the Department of Botany and the Department of Zoology. In 1982, the two departments merged to form the Department of Biology. On 1 July 1988, the John N. Couch Library (botany) and the Zoology Library merged to form the John N. Couch Biology Library, which, in 2010, was absorbed into the Kenan Science Library.

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Records include correspondence, memoranda, annual and administrative reports, book fund reports, and other materials related to the administration of the John N. Couch Biology Library and the libraries that preceeded it. There are also a few annual and other reports of the Department of Biology. Files are those of William R. Burk, who was head of the John N. Counch Library (botany) and, later, the merged John N. Couch Biology Library.

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Contents list

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About 8400 items.

Materials are arranged in the order received, and, for the most part, original file titles have been retained.

Box 1

Botany Library: Correspondence, 1972-2003 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 1

Biology, Department of: Annual Reports, 1996-1997 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 1

Box 2

Botany Library: Correspondence, 2004-2008 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 2

Botany Library: Miscellaneous Folders, 1962-2008 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 2

Biology, Department of: Annual Reports, 1992-1995 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 2

Box 3

Botany Library: Miscellaneous Folders, 1962-2008 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 3

Botany Library: Papers and Documents about Move, 1998-2000 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 3

Botany Library: Book Fund Reports, 1957-1984 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 3

Two notebooks.

Zoology Library: Miscellaneous Files, A-Z, 1964-2005 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 3

Biology, Department of: Final Report, Review of the Department of Biology, May 2003 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 3

Box 4

Zoology Library: Miscellaneous Files, C-Z, 1964-2005 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 4

Box 5

Zoology Library: Miscellaneous Files, L-Z, 1964-2005 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 5

Administrative Reports 1964-2005 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 5

Box 6

Zoology Library: Miscellaneous Files, S-Z #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 6

Zoology Library: Administrative Reports #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 6

Library Website Committee: Emails, Correspondence, 1998-2000 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 6

Box 7

Zoology Library: Miscellaneous Memos #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Biology Library: Biology Department Memos, 1975-1996 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Botany Library and Biology Library: Annual Reports, 1980-2006 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Biology Library: Meeting Minutes, 1989-1998 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Biology Library and Department: Miscellaneous Files and Folders, 1994-2008 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Biology, Department of: Graduate Program Review, 1993 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Biology, Department of: Annual Reports, 1998-1999 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 7

Box 8

Permanent Exhibit, Wilson Hall, 2005 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

Tyler Lockwood Lecture, 2008 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

Biology Library: Memorandum, 1980s #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

Timeline: Biology/Botany/Zoology #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

Proposed Combination, Botany/Zoology/Biology Libraries, 2004 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

Combined Biology Library, 1992 #40323, Series: "John N. Couch Biology Library Records, 1957-2008." Box 8

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennie Rose Halperin, October 2011

Encoded by: Jennie Rose Halperin, October 2011

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