A collection of memorandum that document issues in the governance of the Universit of North Texas Libraries.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The memorandums cover the years 1955-1987 and concern library materials, computer uses, microforms, interlibrary loans, files, publications, as well as other issues.
The University of North Texas's first library consisted of a collection of books housed in the Normal Building. he room was twelve by twenty feet with only one window and shelves on all sides of the room. After the Normal Building burned down in 1907, the library restarted in the Main Building. The Library moved or expanded into various buildings around campus as it has grown and its programs have developed over the years. In 1912-1913, the collection moved to the first building constructed to house a library. Originally called “the Library,” it is now Curry Hall. In 1937, a new library building was needed to house the expanded collection and staff. When opened it was also called “the Library.” Today the structure is Sycamore Hall. When the library grew too large for the 1937 building, a new structure went up on what had previously been part of the first football field at UNT. Dedicated in 1978 and named for a Board of Regent’s member A. M. Willis, the building housed only part of the library’s holdings. Part of the library’s books and journals stayed in the 1937 structure, its name changing to the Information Sciences Building.
The library developed a Media Library in the 1970s, which quickly outgrew its space in Willis. It moved to the General Academic Building. By 1989-1990, the Media Library moved into a renovated Chilton Hall.
Originally a Texas Instruments building, the Board of Regents approved the purchase of the structure and land in 2002. Opened as Research Park, the name change to Discovery Park reflect the goals of the facility. It houses engineering, computer sciences, Information Sciences, and a part of the Libraries that caters to the sciences.
Hired in 1903, Pearl McCracken was the first trained librarian at the University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State Teachers College). She was also the first person to teach Library Science classes. She retired in 1939.
The following are the directors, deans, and interim deans that shaped the history of the UNT libraries.
Dr. William Stanley Hoole, Director, 1929-1944.
Dr. Arthur Sampley, Director, 1946-1954
David Aiken Webb, Director, 1954-1978
Dr. Edward R. Johnson, Director, 1979-1987
Margaret Galloway, Interim Director, 1987-1988
Dr. Donald Grose, Director/University Librarian/Dean, 1988-2009
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A collection of memorandum which covered issues governing the handling of library materials, circulation, courtesy cards, microforms, computer use, interlibrary loans, library instruction, fines, publications, internal cash control as well as other issues that the staff dealt with over the years. These memorandum reflect retired library policies.