David A. Webb Collection, 1926-1988Add to your cart.

By B. Tanner, Lisa Brown, and Rachel Motes

Collection Overview

Title: David A. Webb Collection, 1926-1988Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1954-1979
ID: 02/24/ UG17
Primary Creator: Webb, David A. (1917-2010)
Extent: 63.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Collection is arranged by subject and described at folder level, except the records of the Director's Office, which are arranged at the box level.
Forms of Material: Administrative reports
Languages: English


This collection documents the activities of Dr. David A. Webb, who was the former Director of Libraries and of the Department of Library Service at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes research pertaining to Dr. Webb's dissertation on library education; a survey of college and university libraries including pamphlets and brochures from various libraries; Willis Library construction materials; committee materials; bid invitations; bulletins; cards; correspondence; handbooks; notes; publications; records; photostat negatives; reports; and specifications. Some of David Webb's papers dealing with the Director's Office can be found in the Margaret Galloway Records.

Biographical Note

David Aiken Webb was born in 1917 in Greenwood, South Carolina and died in Denton, Texas in 2010. He received bachelor's degrees from the University of South Carolina and Emory University, a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII as a surgical technician in the Aleutian Islands. He was married to Ruth Hammerle and had two children.

In 1953, Dr. Webb was hired for the dual directorship of Director of Libraries and Director of the Department of Library Service at North Texas State College. In 1963, under his leadership, a new Master of Library Science degree was created, replacing the fifth-year BA degree in library service. He continued his leadership by securing accreditation of the new program through the American Library Association in 1965-1966. In 1967 he resigned his leadership of the library school to focus on his role as Director of Libraries. He served as director through important changes in the library, such as opening stacks to students, the building of Willis Library, and the introduction of computers into the library.

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Related Materials:

Oral History Interview with David Webb, November 19, 1991: University of North Texas Oral History Collection, no. 1044.

Oral History Interview with David Webb, May 15, 1991: University of North Texas Oral History Collection, no. 850.

Several other collections have similar material and may be of help, including the  Lou Ann Bradley, Edward Johnson, Louise Evans, Margaret Galloway and the University of North Texas Library Collection.

Preferred Citation: David A. Webb Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History:

Rachel Motes processed the accreation of Box 29 to this collection on July 5, 2017.

July 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - described items in Series 6, Oversized Box 12a


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