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Title: Louise Evans PapersAdd to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1967-1981
ID: 02/24/ U0091
Primary Creator: Evans, Louise (1919-2006)
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The Louise Evans Papers consists of two series:  University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State University) library business and professional activities outside of the University of North Texas. Within library business, the subseries are Library Executive Committee information, library administrative business, library acquisitions information, and information on library buildings.  The professional activities outside UNT include material dealing with the Interuniversity Council of the North Texas Area (IUC), the Texas Library Association (TLA), and the Texas Council of State University Libraries.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1986. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Minutes (Records)
Languages: English


Louise Evans worked at the library at the University of North Texas under its various names, including North Texas State College and North Texas State University, from 1939 until her retirement in 1981.  Her papers in this collection primarily cover the years from 1967 to 1981, when she was the librarian in charge of the Acquistions Department.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Louise Evans Papers document the years from 1967 to 1981 during a time of change and growth for the library.  It contains minutes and memos for the Executive Committee setting forth policies for the library.  In addition, it gives insight into the ordering process for library materials and dealing with the State Board of Control for the State of Texas for the purchasing of property, including books and library furniture and supplies.  During the 1960s a great effort was put forth in designing the perfect library to service the growing university into the 1970s and beyond which were implemented in the opening of Willis Library.  This collection documents the extensive research into designing the ideal workspace for the Technical Services area and the purchasing of furniture and equipment.  There is also planning and documents for the planning for the second and third phases of Willis Library (which never happened).  In addition, there are plans for the remodeling of the old library, which became the Sci Tech Library and eventually  Eagle Commons Library.

The second part of the collection deals with Louise Evans' professional activities outside North Texas State University including the Interuniversity Council of the North Texas Area.  This included different institutions throughout the years, but included Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas Baptist, Texas Christian University(TCU), and Texas Woman's University (TWU).  Universities in the North Texas area banded together to share materials, rather than each university trying to purchase the same expensive resource.  Louise Evans also belonged to the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the Texas Council of State University Libraries.

Biographical Note

Louise Evans was born August 20, 1919 in Troup, Texas. At the age of 16, in September of 1935, she moved to Denton to attend North Texas State Teacher's College. At the age of 19 she began her library career as secretary to the library director. She was in charge of ordering all the materials for the library that the director had chosen. Eventually she finished her library certification and bachelor's degree in business and became the acquisition librarian. She was head of the library's acquisitions until her retirement in 1981 after 43 years of library service.

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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 Collectionss department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site.  Items stored off-site require a minimum of 24 hours to retrieve.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 83-036, 83-007, 86-020; 1986-036
Acquisition Source: Margaret Galloway, Louise Evans
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials:

Oral History interview with Louise Evans, February 25, 1992: North Texas State University Oral History Collection, no. 853.

Several other collections have similar material and may be of help, including the Damron Dennis, David Webb, Margaret Galloway, Lou Ann Bradley, Edward Johnson and the University of North Texas Library Collections.

Preferred Citation: Louise Evans Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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