Tag Archives: Conferences

Celebrating 140 Years of the ALA

In celebration of the 140th anniversary of the American Library Association, the ALA Archives, spearheaded by Salvatore De Sando (ALA Archives Assistant), will be tweeting correspondence about the 1876 Conference. The source materials come from a scrapbook of letters and publications for the first ALA conference in 1876 in Philadelphia, October 4-6. The archives will […]

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“The First Convention of the Kind”: The 1853 Librarians’ Convention

Before the first American Library Association Conference in 1876, there was the 1853 Librarians’ Convention. The idea was first presented in 1852, in Charles Norton’s Norton’s Literary Gazette and Publisher’s Circular, though it would take another year for the idea to take root. After much correspondence a group of librarians put out an official proposal […]

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“To meet him was to always meet an old friend:” F. W. Faxon


In honor of the upcoming American Library Association Conference: A TOAST TO THE TRAVEL COMMITTEE (Tune: “Lord Goffrey Amherst was a soldier of the King.”) Oh, here’s to Mr. Faxon and our jolly A. L. A. And the travel committee too, And here’s to Mr. Phelan, who has left us by the way, And forsaken […]

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