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Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers

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Governance

Library Administration

Research and Publications

Personal Papers

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Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers, 1865-1985 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

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Collection Overview

Title: Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers, 1865-1985Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1929-1959

ID: AA/IAI19XX_141

Primary Creator: Welch, Eleanor Weir (1892-1987)

Extent: 5.45 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers are arranged into five series by material type. The first series holds national, regional, and state governance documents. The second series contains library administrative papers produced by Welch and her administrative staff. The third series includes Welch's research and publication notes. The fourth series holds Welch's personal correspondence with family and friends while the fifth series contains ephemera collected by Welch during her lifetime.

Subjects: Illinois State Normal University - Faculty., Milner Library - Management., Welch, Eleanor Weir, 1892-1987 - Correspondence., Welch, Eleanor Weir, 1892-1987.

Languages: English

Abstract

The Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers contain materials related to Welch's tenure as the second University Librarian of Illinois State Normal University. These materials include governance and administrative documents, meeting minutes, and photographs. These papers also hold Welch's research notes, personal correspondence, family photographs, and ephemera.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Governance, 1921, 1930, 1932, 1934-1959, holds meeting minutes, correspondence, memos, and other documents from national, regional, and state organizations related to academic library governance.

Series II: Library Administration, 1929-1963, 1968, contains documents created by Welch and her staff that relate to the administration of the Illinois State Normal University Library. Documents include correspondence, statistics, and photographs. Materials also document the library's budgetary restrictions during World War II.

Series III: Research and Publications, 1910, 1931, 1934, 1942-1943, 1947-1948, 1950-1954, 1957, 1963, 1965-1966 includes Welch's research for various articles she authored during her career. This series also contains correspondence with journal representatives and drafts of her work.

Series IV: Personal Papers, c. 1865, 1898, c3 1900-1967, 1979, 1985 primarily holds correspondence to Eleanor Welch as well as family photographs.

Series V: Ephemera, c. 1865, 1918, 1932, c. 1945, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1969, undated, contains items collected by Welch and her family.

Collection Historical Note

Eleanor Weir Welch was born in 1892 in Summerset, Iowa. The first of three daughters, Welch became interested as a child in librarianship through a family friend.  After she earned her bachelor's degree in German from Monmouth College in 1914, Welch went on to teach German in Iowa.  Welch soon found her passion for librarianship and began work as a librarian at the Mount Ayr Public Library in 1917. Realizing she needed to further her education to work at the university level, Welch left her post in 1919 and attended the New York School at Albany (later SUNY Albany) and worked towards a certificate in librarianship.  A year later in 1920, Welch became a librarian at the Wisconsin State Teachers College at Stevens Point (later the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point).  Welch worked at the college from 1920 to 1929 and at the same time earned her certificate from the New York School at Albany in 1925 and her Master of Science in Library Science from Columbia University in 1928.  It was during Welch's college education that the librarian profession underwent a major transformation. The profession moved from a job that performed simple administrative tasks to a theory based, academically influenced career. Important figures in the library profession such as Minnie Earl Sears and Isadore Gilbert Mudge taught at Columbia University while Welch was a student. After graduation, Welch taught for a short time at McGill University while she participated in library societies including the American Library Association (ALA). It was at the 1928 ALA annual meeting that Welch met the acting librarian, Gertrude Andrews, for Illinois State Normal University (ISNU). Angeline Milner, ISNU's first University Librarian, had recently passed away and Andrews was seeking her replacement. Welch applied and after meeting with then president David Felmley, she accepted the post in 1929 as the second University Librarian. Welch is credited for making several advancements to the university library during her career including the development of a dedicated library for the Illinois State Normal University Laboratory School, adding 20,000 books to the collection in four years, and implementing a significant change in the library book buying policy. Welch's new policy stated that books were to be purchased based on collection maintenance needs rather than on demand. Welch was also very active in the librarian profession during her career, serving on various committees and working groups as well as authoring several articles on library services and librarianship. Welch served as the University Librarian until her retirement in 1959. After her retirement, Welch traveled extensively and kept diaries of her trips. Welch died in Bloomington, Illinois in April, 1987. Author: April Karlene Anderson.

Biographical Note

Second University Librarian for Illinois State University. Served from 1929 - 1959.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois State Normal University - Faculty.
Milner Library - Management.
Welch, Eleanor Weir, 1892-1987 - Correspondence.
Welch, Eleanor Weir, 1892-1987.

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: The entire collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials held by the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: Materials in this collection were held in the Milner Library collection until they were processed as a separate collection in 2013. Most materials in the Milner Library collection were transferred to the newly created University Archives in the 1970's. Some materials have since been added by University Archives staff.

Related Materials: Records of Milner Library, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Preferred Citation: Eleanor Weir Welch University Librarian (Dean) Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Materials were rehoused in acid free folder and boxes. Paper clips were removed.

Other Note: Karen A. Schmidt, "Deucedly Independent: A Biographical Overview of the Library Career of Eleanor Weir Welch", Library Quarterly 55, no 3 (1985): 300-315.


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[Series I: Governance, 1921, 1930, 1932, 1934-1959.],
[Series II: Library Administration, 1929-1963, 1968.],
[Series III: Research and Publications, 1910, 1931, 1934, 1942-1943, 1947-1948, 1950-1954, 1957, 1963, 1965-1966.],
[Series IV: Personal Papers, c. 1865, 1898, c. 1900-1967, 1979, 1985.],
[Series V: Ephemera, c. 1865, 1918, 1932, c. 1945, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1969.],
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Series III: Research and Publications, 1910, 1931, 1934, 1942-1943, 1947-1948, 1950-1954, 1957, 1963, 1965-1966.Add to your cart.
Series III includes handwritten notes, research, collected publications, and drafts of Welch's professional research. Several articles on librarianship in education are included in this series as well as articles on the construction of academia-friendly library. One article discusses the history Milner Library from its start in the late 1880's to the 1930's.
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Folder 35: Delevan Recreational Survey, 1957.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Illinois Curriculum Program, 1950-1954.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: The Library, History of Milner Library, c. 1931.Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Collected Publications, 1934, 1963.Add to your cart.
Folder 52: News Clippings, 1910, 1965-1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Notes, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: The Library in the Elementary School, 1948.Add to your cart.
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Folder 38: Correspondence, 1948.Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Research, 1948.Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Drafts, 1948.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Propaganda in the Library, 1942.Add to your cart.
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Folder 41: Correspondence, 1942.Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Research, c. 1942.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Drafts, c. 1942.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Sound Control, Lighting, Color, Window Treatment for School Libraries, 1947-1948.Add to your cart.
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Folder 44: Correspondence, 1947-1948.Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Research, 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Drafts, 1947.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Workshops in Teacher Education, 1943.Add to your cart.
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Folder 47: Correspondence, 1943.Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Surveys, 1943.Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Research, 1943.Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Drafts, 1943.Add to your cart.

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[Series I: Governance, 1921, 1930, 1932, 1934-1959.],
[Series II: Library Administration, 1929-1963, 1968.],
[Series III: Research and Publications, 1910, 1931, 1934, 1942-1943, 1947-1948, 1950-1954, 1957, 1963, 1965-1966.],
[Series IV: Personal Papers, c. 1865, 1898, c. 1900-1967, 1979, 1985.],
[Series V: Ephemera, c. 1865, 1918, 1932, c. 1945, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1969.],
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