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Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

December 3, 2009

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Laura Starratt, December 3, 2009.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association
Title:Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association records
Dates: 1931-1977
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft. (in 3 boxes)
Abstract:The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association, 1931-1977, contains correspondence, printed items, financial documents, minutes and organization constitutions on topics such as labor union involvement, cultural and educational comparisons of the U.S., integration, scholarship funding, and interest of students in library science education.
Identification: L1978-08

Organization of the Records

Organized into 6 series:
Series I. Correspondence
Series II. Printed Materials
Series III. Financial Documents
Series IV. Minutes
Series V. Constitutions
Series VI. News clippings

Scope and Content of the Records

The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association, 1931-1977, contains correspondence, printed items, financial documents, minutes and organization constitutions. The emphasis of the organization's early history was on professional programs and interests, rather than social activities. Topics of discussion included: comparison of the cultural and educational advantages of the U.S. and other countries; the possible inclusion of libraries in the labor movement as advocated by guest speaker, Lucy Randolph Mason; and in the 1940s, how libraries could contribute toward the solution of post-war problems.

Correspondence details the work of the Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association committees, notably the Recruiting-Scholarship committee, and also reflects the organization's relationship with the American Library Association, and specifically its secretary, Carl Milam.

History of Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association

The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association was founded in 1931 as The Library Club of Atlanta, which was changed to the Atlanta Library Club in 1933, and again to its present name in 1966. Clara Howard, Dean of the Library School, Emory University, was instrumental in its creation. Its purpose is to promote the interests of professional librarians. Standing committees have included: Membership, Programs, Public Relations, Recruiting-Scholarship and Intellectual Freedom. The programs have led to activities such as dinners, social and business meeting, fund drives, and charitable donations.

In 1962-1963, there was discussion of integrating the organization, resulting in the unanimous decision of the executive board to allow African-Americans to join. The Recruiting-Scholarship committee awarded scholarships to students interested in continuing their education in library science beginning in 1954. The scholarship fund was financed by a percentage of membership dues and by various fund raising activities. The principle correspondent for the organization was Mary Louise Rheay, Chairperson of the Scholarship and Program committees and vice president and president of the organization. Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association affiliated with the American Library Association in 1933. The Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association also affiliated with the Southeastern Library Association and the Georgia Library Association.

Find out more about the Metro-Atlanta Library Association at their website.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Barker, Tommie Dora, 1888-1978
Howard, Clara
Nix, Lucille
Rheay, Mary Louise
Wheatcroft, Beverly
American Library Association.
Atlanta Library Club
Georgia Library Association
Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association
The Library Club of Atlanta
Intellectual freedom.
Library education
Library outreach programs
Library science--Societies, etc.
Social integration
Atlanta, (Ga.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Metropolitan Atlanta Library Association records, L1978-08, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Dr. Ralph Russell, 1978 (L1978-08 and L1978-23).

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian, 1980. Encoded Archival Description finding aid created by Laura Starratt, December 2009.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Georgia Library Media Association Records, L1991-11

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, photographs and printed materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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