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Association of Liberated Librarians Records

Identifier: 157

Scope and Contents

The collection includes organizational documents made and collected by the Association of Liberation Librarians (ALL). This includes bylaws, membership and job/volunteer announcements, meeting minutes and reports, newsletters, correspondence, and material relating to site visits. Since many of the organizers and later leaders of the Association of Liberated Librarians (ALL) also held leadership positions in both the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) and the DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), this collection also includes some organizational material from these organizations.


  • Creation: 1953-1997


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Conditions Governing Use

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The Association of Liberation Librarians (ALL) was a group of librarians "liberated" from the 9-to 5 routine - retired, self-employed, part-time employed, unemployed, an occasional student who met monthly and visited libraries, archives and galleries in the Washington, D.C. area. ALL began in 1981 as a subgroup of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Metropolitan Library Council. The founding members were retirees, part-timers, contractors and freelance librarians, all of whom were acquainted with each other through membership in the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) DC chapter. The original intent of ALL was not limited to fellowship and site visits - it also included service as a clearinghouse for volunteer and part-time work opportunities for its members and information of particular interest to retirees.


0.75 Linear feet

3 Boxes


Series 1: Bylaws and Organization
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Ephemera
Series 4: Meeting Minutes
Series 5: Membership
Series 6: Newsletters
Series 7: Programs
Series 8: Site Visits
Series 9: Peripheral Organizations

Custodial History

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

Standard archival processing procedures were applied to the collection at the time of processing.

Association of Liberated Librarians Records
An inventory of Association of Liberated Librarians Records at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Raymond Maxwell.
December 2017
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001