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Church and Synagogue Library Association Records, 1963-2007 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Amanda Montgomery

Collection Overview

Title: Church and Synagogue Library Association Records, 1963-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates:1968-2017
ID: 01/AR0898
Extent: 18.0 Boxes
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.
Date Acquired: 09/00/2017. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

The records, files, publications, and other materials of the Church Synagogue Library Association, a national special-interest library group active from 1967 to 2017. Included in the collection are also the Association-related papers of Joyce L. White, one of the founders of the group.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

The Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA) was founded in 1967, with a goal of providing the opportunity for church and synagogue librarians to help each other in the establishment and maintenance of congregational libraries. The national organization disbanded in 2017, due to lack of membership.  Local chapters either disbanded or continued as independent organizations.

CSLA created a network of about 40 chapters and affiliate members intended to provide ongoing service and fellowship in regional areas. In addition, CSLA had a national annual conference which held in different cities each year. The CSLA published a bimonthly bulletin, CSLA, books, guides to congregational library practice, media reviews, bibliographies and contributed articles on all aspects of organizing and operating effective libraries to other publications.

One of its founders was Joyce L. White (1927-2013).  White was born June 7, 1927, and she received degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University Library School in Philadelphia, and the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

White was librarian of M.H. Penniman Memorial Library at the University of Pennsylvania for 25 years, and in later life was librarian at the Christ Cathedral Church Library in Salinas, Kansas. She also directed the establishment of the library at the Wessendorff Ranch Religious Conference and Retreat Center in Blanco County, Texas.

Her work with congregational libraries started in the early 1960s when she saw the need for an association focused directly on church and synagogue special libraries. Twelve librarians, including White, met in Pennsylvania in 1967 and founded the Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA).

White served in various capacities on the CSLA board.  She served as third president of CSLA, from 1968-1969, during which time membership grew to three hundred members. For the period 1970-1973, she served as executive secretary.

White was director of the Drexel sponsored Annual Workshops for Church Librarians from 1962-1967, and was Program Chairman for the Association’s first Annual conference in 1968. She directed the second Annual Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C.  She frequently led workshops on various phases of congregational librarianship. She was the Local Arrangement Chairman for CSLA’s annual conference in Philadelphia in 1976.

White held the office of the Directory Committee Chairman, and directed the compiling of a church library directory in the United States and was joint compiler of CSLA’s bibliography, Know Your Neighbor’s faith: An Ecumenical Reading List. Additionally, she published CSLA guides and articles in a number of periodicals including Catholic Library World, American Libraries and Drexel Library Quarterly, as well as being a guest editor of a special issue of the Drexel Library Quarterly devoted to Church and Synagogue Libraries.  White was also the author of the entry for church libraries that appeared in the encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.  She was part of several research projects on congregational libraries

White founded the Delaware Valley Chapter of CSLA, and served as Chapter President for 1975-76; she was the assistant director of the Archives Project of the Leadership Conference of Women religious.  In later life, she was also a founding member of the CSLA’s Mile High chapter.

After retirement, she continued to serve as both an academic and a local church librarian and to promote CSLA. She died on May 10, 2013, at the age of 84.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2017-062, 2018-003
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.
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 Note: This collection is stored off‐site and require a minimum of 24  hour notice prior to use.
Technical Access Note: Digital content materials are available via web browser in the UNT Digital Library.
Acquisition Source: Maria Trauernich, Mary L. Henneman
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Preferred Citation: Church and Synagogue Library Association Records, University of North Texas Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 5: Church and Synagogue Libraries and Congregational Libraries TodayAdd to your cart.
 
Box 7Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 713308
Folder 1: CSLA Volumes 1-2, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: CSLA Volume 3, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: CSLA Volume 4, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: CSLA Volume 5, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: CSLA Volume 6, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: CSLA Volume 7, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: CSLA Volume 8, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: CSLA Volume 9, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: CSLA Volume 10, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: CSLA Volume 11, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: CSLA Volume 12, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: CSLA Volume 13, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: CSLA Volume 14, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: CSLA Volume 15, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: CSLA Volume 16, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: CSLA Volume 17, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: CSLA Volume 18, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: CSLA Volume 19, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: CSLA Volume 20, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: CSLA Volume 21, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 21: CSLA Volume 22, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: CSLA Volume 23, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: CSLA Volume 24, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 24: CSLA Volume 25, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
 
Item 25: CSLA Volumes 1-3, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Bound volume of Church and Synagogue Libraries Newsletter
Item 26: CSLA Volumes 1-7, 1967-1974Add to your cart.
Bound journal of Church and Synagogue Libraries Newsletter
Item 27: CSLA Volumes 21-24, 1987-1991Add to your cart.
Bound journal of Church and Synagogue Libraries Newsletter
Box 8Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 713309
Item 1: CSLA Volumes 25-27, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 1: CSLA Volume 26, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: CSLA Volume 27, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: CSLA Volume 28, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: CSLA Volume 29, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: CSLA Volume 30, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: CSLA Volume 31, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: CSLA Volume 32, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: CSLA Volume 33, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: CSLA Volume 34, 2000-07-2001-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: CSLA Volume 35, 2001-07 - 2002-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: CSLA Volume 35, 2001-07 - 2002-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: CSLA Volume 36, 2002-2003Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: CSLA Volume 37, 2003-2004Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: CSLA Volume 38, 2005Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: CSLA Volume 39, 2006Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Congregational Libraries Today, 2006Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Congregational Libraries Today, 2007Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Congregational Libraries Today, 2008Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Congregational Libraries Today, 2009Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Congregational Libraries Today, 2010Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 21: Congregational Libraries Today, 2011Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Box 9Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 713310
Folder 1: Congregational Libraries Today, 2012Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 2: Congregational Libraries Today, 2013Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 3: Congregational Libraries Today, 2014Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 4: Congregational Libraries Today, 2015Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 5: Congregational Libraries Today, 2017Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Item 6: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 20 - Microfilm, 1986-07 - 1987-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 21 - Microfilm, 1987-07 - 1988-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 22 - Microfilm, 1988-07 - 1989-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 23 - Microfilm, 1989-07 - 1990-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 24 - Microfilm, 1990-07 - 1991-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 25 - Microfilm, 1991-07 - 1992-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 26 - Microfilm, 1992-07 - 1993-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 13: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 27 - Microfilm, 1993-07 - 1994-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 28 - Microfilm, 1994-07 - 1995-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 15: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 29 - Microfilm, 1995-07 - 1996-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 16: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 30 - Microfilm, 1996-07 - 1997-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 17: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 32 - Microfilm, 1998-07 - 1999-06Add to your cart.
 
Item 18: Church and Synagogue Libraries - Volume 33 - Microfilm, 1999-07 - 2000-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Microfiche, 1967-1978Add to your cart.
 
Digital Content 10: Congregational Libraries Today, 2016Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 

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