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Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers

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Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers, 1966-1982 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

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Title: Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers, 1966-1982Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1965-1982

ID: AA/IAI19XX_140

Primary Creator: Kraus, Joe Walker (1917-2010)

Extent: 3.55 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers is arranged into two series by material type. The first series holds documents related to the governance of the library. The second series contains correspondence and memorandum about the administration and daily functions of the library.

Subjects: Illinois State University - Faculty., Illinois State University. Milner Library - Management., Illinois State University at Normal - Faculty., Illinois State University at Normal. Milner Library - Management., Kraus, Joe Walker, 1917-2010, Kraus, Joe Walker, 1917-2010 - Correspondence.

Languages: English

Abstract

The Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers holds the materials pertaining to Kraus's tenure as the fourth University Librarian at Illinois State University. The papers include library governance documents, correspondence, and memorandum.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Governance, 1968-1978, holds materials created and used by Kraus with various local, state, and national library associations and groups. Kraus served in various capacities on a number of committees and councils through the years, most notably as president of the Illinois Library Association from 1970-1971.

Series II: Library Administration, 1965-1982, contains memorandum and correspondence written and received by Kraus on a variety of library related administrative issues. These materials also show typical library duties and daily library life. These materials are arranged chronologically.

Collection Historical Note

Joe Walker Kraus was born August 31st, 1917 in Scotland County, Missouri. Kraus attended Culver-Stockton College and later earned his BS and MA in library science from the University of Illinois. Kraus earned his PhD in library science from the University of Illinois in 1960. Kraus married his first wife, Betsy in 1941 and soon after enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. Kraus worked in the signal corps and served for four years until he discharged as a captain in 1946. After he left military service, Kraus served in a number of librarian positions until he became the Director of Libraries at Kansas State University in 1962. Kraus was hired in 1966 by ninth president Dr. Robert Bone to replace the third University Librarian, Robert Hertel who had died unexpectedly the prior year. Throughout his career, Kraus was an avid writer and scholar of the history of books having written two books and several articles on the subject. During his tenure at Milner Library, Kraus saw the expansion of library collections, increased staff numbers, and saw the introduction of computers and technology into library services. One of the biggest milestones of Kraus's tenure was the development and construction of a new library facility in the 1970s and the move of the library from its home in what was subsequently known as Williams Hall. Kraus retired in 1982 and traveled extensively with his family. After the death of his first wife in 1994, Kraus married Florence Welch in 1995.  Kraus died on July 6th, 2010 at the age of 92.

Biographical Note

Fourth University Librarian for Illinois State University. Served from 1966-1982.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois State University - Faculty.
Illinois State University. Milner Library - Management.
Illinois State University at Normal - Faculty.
Illinois State University at Normal. Milner Library - Management.
Kraus, Joe Walker, 1917-2010
Kraus, Joe Walker, 1917-2010 - Correspondence.

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: Joe Walker Kraus University Librarian (Dean) Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

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


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Series I: Governance, 1968-1978.Add to your cart.
Series I contains materials pertaining to the governance of the library. Several local, state, and national groups and committees are represented in this series with reports, notes, and meeting minutes. Kraus participated in a number of these groups, most notably the Illinois White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
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Sub-Series 1: Associations, 1968-1977.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Center for Research Libraries, 1974-1975.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Illinois Library Association, 1968-1977.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Midwest Health Science Library Network, 1974-1975.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Committees, 1971-1977.Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, 1971-1977.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Conferences, 1977-1978.Add to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Illinois White House Conference on Library and Information Services, 1977-1978.Add to your cart.


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