American Library Association Archives

NOTICE: Due to construction, the ALA Archives stacks are currently CLOSED until the end of May, severely limiting our ability to retrieve boxes and receive new accessions. We will do our best to fulfill reference requests with our available resources. If you have new boxes to send to the Archives, you MUST contact us to arrange a time after our stacks have reopened to send new materials.

The American Library Association Archives is the repository for the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest national library association.

ALA records, dating primarily from the 1920s to the present, are heavily used by historians, library school faculty, students, and ALA staff and members to study such topics as the history of librarians, library schools, and ALA’s role in national and international events.

The ALA Archives was established in the summer of 1973, when ALA entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its non-current records of value housed at the University Archives.

The ALA Archives consists of official records, correspondence, publications, photographs, sound recordings, films, and videotapes. Research material is arranged in five general areas: administrative and staff offices, associations and divisions, round tables, committees and members’ papers, and affiliated and associated organizations.

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