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Title: Paul Kruse Papers, 1937-1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: 02/18/ U0740
Primary Creator: Kruse, Paul (1912-2003)
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in chronological order by folder.
Date Acquired: 03/00/2020. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Certificates
Clippings (information artifacts)
Letters (correspondence)
Programs (documents)
Reviews (documents)
Languages: English


Papers, photographs, and clippings related to the career and personal life of Paul Kruse, former professor of Library Science at North Texas State University.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains personal papers as well as materials related to the career of the librarian, professor, and bibliographer Paul Kruse.

Aspects of Kruse's career represented in the collection include his role establishing the library for the United Nations Conference held in San Francisco, California, in 1945; his work in Tehran, Iran, and Colombo, Sri Lanka and part of Fulbright grants; his work as a bibliographer for the Encyclopedia Britannica; his inclusion in Who's Who in America; and his academic work as a professor of Library Science at North Texas State University (NTSU) and elsewhere.

Materials related to the UN conference include copies of the UN charter, correspondence, clippings regarding the conference and Kruse's role in establishing the library there, and programs, ticket stubbs, and other print memorabilia from entertainment activities Kruse participated in during the conference. Many items relate to Alger Hiss, including a certificate signed by Hiss, copies of excerpts from Hiss's memoir, clippings, and photos of Hiss. There is also a great deal of material, including photographs, brochures, and other printed material from the 50th anniversary event of the United Nations Conference referred to as UN50.

Many photographs in the collection depict Kruse's time in Iran and Sri Lanka. Also included is correspondence related to his Fulbright grants, the authorization of his grant to work in Iran, a report he wrote on the state of Vidyodaya University in Sri Lanka, clippings, and other materials.

Inlcluded regarding his work as a bibliographer is an article from Library Quarterly written by Kruse entitled “Privacy and the Britannica: unauthorized reprintings of the ninth edition,” the certificate to claim copyright for his 1958 dissertation about the Encyclopedia Britannica, and two telegrams regarding bibliographic entries for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

The certificates commemorating Kruse's inclusion in Who's Who in America are also included as are a professional photograph portrait of Kruse and photographs taken at his retirement from NTSU one of which is signed by NTSU President C.C. Nolen.

From his tenure as a professor at NTSU, two book reviews written by Kruse are also included. The reviews were for the books Unknown but Known: My Adventure into the Meditative Dimension by Arthur Ford and The United Nations Library: Its Origins and Development by Doris Cruger Dale.

Personal items in the collection include correspondence, photographs, and print memorabilia. Kruse's correspondence includes letters written to authors Kruse admired. Notably, Kruse wrote to Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, who responded to his letters. Kruse also corresponded with Admiral Richard E. Byrd, author of Alone, a memoir about an expedition to Antarctica, and Charles E. Bennet, U.S. Congressional Representative from Florida. Also included with Kruse's correspondence are Thank You notes from his students at Peabody Library College and a form for a Book-A-Year club from Rollins College signed by silent film star Mary Pickford.

Kruse's involvement with the Denton Community Theater is also represented. Included are a signed playbill from a performance as well as photographs and clippings depicting Kruse's participation in the local theater group.

Other notable items from Kruse's personal papers include a music program for a performance in Nashville, Tennessee, signed by conductor Nicolas Slominsky and headshots of cabaret singer Nan Blakstone which are among Kruse's other photographs.

Biographical Note

Paul Kruse was born in 1912 in What Cheer, Iowa. He received a Bachelor’s degree from John Fletcher College and a Master’s in Library Science from University of Illinois before achieving a Doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1958.

In 1945, Kruse established the library for the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. He then was invited to become a bibliographer of the Encyclopedia Britannica. His thesis at the University of Chicago is titled “The Story of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1768-1943.”

He taught at the University of Colorado and at Golden State College before teaching as an associate professor in the library school at North Texas State University from 1963 to 1976. After retiring from his position at NTSU, Kruse and his wife Carolyn relocated to Santa Cruz, California, and then to Seattle, Washington, in 1991.

In addition to his many teaching positions over his career, he also served a term as president of the Special Libraries Association, was listed in Who’s Who in America, and was twice a Fulbright Scholar which took him to the University of Iran in Tehran and the University of Ceylon in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

Outside his robust career as a librarian, bibliographer, and professor, Kruse was passionate about the arts. A supporter of community theater, Kruse spent his free time at NTSU in the 1960s and 70s acting in several Denton Community Theater productions. He was also a collector and lover of books and often wrote to authors he admired.

Kruse died in 2003 in Seattle, Washington.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections

Accession number: 2020-009

No further materials are expected.

Acquisition Source: Duane Kruse
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Paul Kruse Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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