American Library Association Archives

Notice: The American Library Association Archives will be closed December 25-January 1 for winter break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at regular operating hours. Additionally, the Archives will open at 1pm on January 12, and will be closed January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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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