Public Libraries Surveys, 1898-1903, 1950-60 | University of Illinois Archives
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Public Libraries Surveys, including completed questionnaires (E-M) returned to Director Katharine L. Sharp by Illinois libraries (1898-1903) and correspondence between Harold Lancour, Assistant Director (1947-60), C. W. Stone, Professor of Library Science (1949-60) and Herbert Goldhor, Associate Professor of Library Science, and library administrators concerning the gathering of Library statistics for the Illinois State Library Association (1950-60).
The file includes drafts of the surveys, notes on the libraries and their communities, library annual reports, library and school publications, questionnaires, newspaper clippings, copies of tables from census reports, government pamphlets, blueprints and maps. Surveyed libraries include Decatur, Kansas City, Champaign, Urbana, Highland Park, Pekin and La Grange.
The series includes student papers written for Library Science 401 (Communication) and Library Science 402 (the Reading of Adults), dealing with public library use and reading habits of adults in Urbana and a copy of an Urbana Community Survey (November, 1949).