Church and Synagogue Library Association Records, 1963-2007
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Brief Description:

This collection documents the Church Synagogue Library Association (CSLA) from its founding in 1967 to the dissolution of the national organization in 2017. The collection includes minutes from the executive board, committees' meetings, chapter reports, financial materials and correspondence from board members, handbooks, manuals, clippings, reports, publications and born digital materials. The collection also includes records the documentation of the annual CSLA conferences, starting with first conference held in Philadelphia in 1968, to the final, 50th conference, held in Rochester, New York in 2017. The collection includes photo documentation of members at various events such as programs, workshops and conferences organized by CSLA. Also held in the collection is photo documentation sent in as part of applications submitted by members for consideration as recipient of one the awards given out by CSLA, such as the Pat Tabler Memorial Scholarship Award, The Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature, and the awards for Outstanding Congregational Library, Outstanding Congregational Librarian, and Outstanding Contribution to Congregational Libraries.

Publications in the collection include many of the aids for church and synagogue librarians published by CSLA, including guides, brochures and bibliographies. Examples include: Guide No. 3: Workshop Planning, Basic Book List; and Know Your Neighbor's Faith. The collection also has the CSLA's newsletter, Church and Synagogue Libraries (1967-2006), later named Congregational Libraries Today (2006-2017, lacking 2016) in both paper and microfilm (1986-2000). The issues from 2010-2017 are available digitally. There are also issues of newletters from established chapters, such as the Center Ohio Chapter News.

The collection includes papers of founding member Joyce L. White that document her work in CSLA. The papers include pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, conference materials and activities in which White was involved.

Held at:
University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Wilis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Record Series Number: 01/AR0898
Volume: 18.0 Boxes
Acquired: 09/00/2017. 2017-062, 2018-003
Arrangement: The Church Synagogue Library Association Records are divided into ten series at box level, and have been placed in folders retaining the arrangement made by the organization, with the exception of oversize artifacts and one scrapbook.
Access Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are  subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections  department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the Department of Special Collections.  Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Notes: This collection is stored off‐site and require a minimum of 24  hour notice prior to use.
Technical Access Notes: Digital content materials are available via web browser in the UNT Digital Library.
Acquisition Notes: Maria Trauernich, Mary L. Henneman  Gift.
PreferredCitation: Church and Synagogue Library Association Records, University of North Texas Special Collections