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D.C. Special Libraries Association Records

Identifier: 014

Scope and Contents

This collection includes annual reports, correspondence, by-laws, D.C. Special Library Association constitutions (1940-1966), maps, biographical information, a procedures manual, photographs, and planning reports. It also contains records of committee work, member groups, and editions of the chapter newsletter Notes.


  • Creation: 1940-1985


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1909 to promote and support librarians working in special library settings. The Washington, D.C. Chapter was the twentieth to be formed on October 25, 1940.


5 Linear feet

13 Boxes


Series 1: General topics, 1940-1966 (1.75 linear ft.)
This series contains topical files including community service activities (1944-1955), continuing education, American Society for Information Science - Special Library Association merger, professional standards, recruitment, government relations, the Miriam Vance Lecture, and information technology issues. The folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series 2: Committee files, 1943-1965 (3.5 linear ft.)
This series contains records maintained by committees of D.C. Special Library Association (DCSLA). It includes committee reports, correspondence, internal memoranda, budgets, and meeting minutes. This series also contains DCSLA’s by-laws, constitution, and procedures manual. Some of the committees represented are Continuing Education, Government Relations, Hospitality, Nominations, Employment, Membership, Professional Activities and Publicity. Folders are arranged alphabetically by name of the committee.

Series 3: Group files, 1941-1966 (1 linear ft.)
This series contains files that document the activities of member subgroups formed by DCSLA to address specific issues and concerns of members by subject specialties. The series contains correspondence, group meeting minutes, and special reports. Specialties covered by the files include military, fine arts, geography, biological sciences, and business. The folders are arranged alphabetically by group.

Series 4: Newsletters, 1943-1949, 1956, 1988 (.5 linear ft.)
This series contains editions of Notes, the newsletter of DCSLA.

Custodial History

Records of the D.C. Special Libraries Association (DCSLA) were donated by various members and officers of the since 1988.

Processing Information

Standard archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.

DC Special Libraries Association
An inventory of DC Special Libraries Association at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Leroy Graham, November 1990.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, MLK Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001