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Collection Number: 04774

Collection Title: Susan Grey Akers Papers, 1899-1984

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,200 items)
Abstract Susan Grey Akers was dean of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina from 1932 until 1954. In 1950-1951, Akers served as a library science consultant in Tokyo, Japan. In 1954-1955, she was visiting lecturer in library science at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. The collection includes correspondence and related papers, diaries, books and articles, biographical material about Akers, picture postcards, clippings, and photographs documenting Akers's education and career as a librarian, library science professor, and dean of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Also documented is Akers's scholarly research on library cataloging and her travels in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Iran. The diaries Akers kept while in Japan, 1950-1951, and Iran, 1954-1955, describe her social life and her work in libraries and library schools, as well as her travels. The collection contains many postcards, about half of which are picture postcards of library buildings.
Creator Akers, Susan Grey, 1889-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Susan Grey Akers Papers #4774, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Arthur Akers of Durham, N.C., in October 1995 (Acc. 95123) and May 1996 (Acc. 96058).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Susan Grey Akers was dean of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina from 1932 until 1954. A native of Kentucky, Akers received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago in 1932. She had worked in public libraries and in college and university libraries before receiving her Ph.D. and her appointment to the faculty at the University of North Carolina. In 1950-1951, Akers served as a library science consultant in Tokyo, Japan. In 1954-1955, she was visiting lecturer in library science at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

1889 Born on 3 April in Richmond, Ky. Parents: Clara Elizabeth Harris and James Tazewell Akers
1909 A.B., University of Kentucky
1909-1911 Taught in public schools in Murray, Ky., and Birmingham, Ala.
1911-1912 Assistant librarian, public library, Louisville, Ky.
1913 Certificate, Library School, University of Wisconsin
1913-1920 Librarian, Department of Hygiene, Wellesley College
1920-1922 Cataloger, University of North Dakota Library
1922-1928 Instructor and assistant professor, Library School, University of Wisconsin, and visitor, Wisconsin Library Commission
1932 Ph.D., Graduate Library School, University of Chicago
1931-1932 Associate professor, University of North Carolina School of Library Science
1932-1935 Professor and acting director, University of North Carolina School of Library Science
1942-1954 Professor and dean, University of North Carolina School of Library Science
1954-1984 Professor and dean emeritus, University of North Carolina School of Library Science
1950-1951 American Consultant to Library Science Workshop, Civil, Information, and Education Section, Department of the U.S. Army, Tokyo, Japan
1954-1955 Visiting lecturer in Library Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
1984 Died in Chapel Hill, N.C., on 30 January.
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Papers of Susan Grey Akers include correspondence and related papers, diaries, books and articles, biographical material about Akers, picture postcards, clippings, and photographs. The collection chiefly documents Akers's education and career as a librarian, library science professor, and dean of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina. The books and articles are mostly scholarly works on library cataloging. Also documented are Akers's travels in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Iran.

The diaries Akers kept while in Japan, 1950-1951, and Iran, 1954-1955, describe her social life and her work in libraries and library schools, as well as her travels. The collection contains many postcards, about half of which are picture postcards of library buildings.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Papers, 1902-1984.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Writings, 1920-1983.

About 50 items.

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About 40 items.

Arrangement: by genre.

Books and articles written by Susan Grey Akers, chiefly relating to library cataloging.

Folder 18

Relation Between Theory and Practice of Cataloging, Ph.D. thesis, 1932 #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 18

Folder 19

Relation Between Theory and Practice of Cataloging, Essential Portion Thereof, 1932 #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 19

Folder 20

"Relation of Professional and Clerical Division of Cataloging to Cataloging Courses", Reprinted from The Library Quarterly, Vol V, No. 1, January 1934 #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 20

Folder 21

Articles by Susan Grey Akers, 1920-1965 #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 21

Folder 22

Reports by Susan Grey Akers as director or dean of School of Library Science, University of North Carolina #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 22

Folder 23

Talks by Susan Grey Akers #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 23

Folder 24

Simple Library Cataloging: Letters, reviews #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 24

Folder 25

Simple Library Cataloging (1927) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 25

Folder 26

Simple Library Cataloging (1933) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 26

Folder 27

Simple Library Cataloging (1944) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 27

Folder 28

Simple Library Cataloging (1954) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 28

Folder 29

Simple Library Cataloging (1969) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 29

Folder 30

Simple Library Cataloging (Chinese, 1929) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 30

Folder 31

Simple Library Cataloging (Chinese, 1961) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 31

Folder 32

Simple Library Cataloging (Japanese, 1951) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 32

Folder 33

Simple Library Cataloging (Korean, 1959) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 33

Folder 34

Simple Library Cataloging (Spanish, 1962) #04774, Subseries: "2.2. Books and Articles, 1920-1969" Folder 34

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Material about Susan Grey Akers and other members of her family.

Folder 35

Articles about Susan Grey Akers #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 35

Folder 36

Clippings about Susan Grey Akers's career #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 36

Folder 37

Obituaries #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 37

Folder 38

Obituaries #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 38

Folder 39

Cream and Crimson of 1900, Central University of Kentucky #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 39

Folder 40

University of Kentucky, 1909-1917 #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 40

Folder 41

University of North Carolina School of Library Science, 1931-1955 #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 41

Folder 42

Diplomas and Certificates #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 42

Folder 43

Japan, 1949-1953 #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 43

Folder 44

Passports, 1933 and 1954-1955 #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 44

Folder 45

Travel Memo Book--England #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 45

Folder 46-47

Folder 46

Folder 47

Programs, including talks by Susan Grey Akers #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 46-47

Folder 48

Susan Grey Akers Scholarship #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 48

Folder 49

Southeastern Library Association #04774, Series: "3. Biographical and Family Historical Material, 1900-1984." Folder 49

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Postcards, 1909-1960s and undated.

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Newspaper clippings collected by Susan Grey Akers. Most of the clippings on Chapel Hill history are from the Chapel Hill Weekly; most of those on North Carolina history are from the Greensboro Daily News.

Folder 60

Chapel Hill History #04774, Series: "5. Clippings, 1940s-1970s." Folder 60

Folder 61-62

Folder 61

Folder 62

North Carolina #04774, Series: "5. Clippings, 1940s-1970s." Folder 61-62

Folder 63

World War II #04774, Series: "5. Clippings, 1940s-1970s." Folder 63

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Photographs and other pictures of Susan Grey Akers, members of her family, colleagues in the University of North Carolina School of Library Science, friends, and places she visited. There are six folders of loose pictures, two albums of pictures from her year in Japan, and one album from her year in Iran and further travels in the Middle East and southern Europe.

Image Folder P-4774/1

Akers, Susan Grey #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/1

Image Folder P-4774/2

Family Pictures #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/2

Image Folder P-4774/3

UNC Library School #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/3

Image Folder P-4774/4

Akers and others in Japan #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/4

Image Folder P-4774/5

People #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/5

Image Folder P-4774/6

Places #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." P-4774/6

Photograph Album PA-4774/1

Album of pictures from Japan #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." PA-4774/1

Photograph Album PA-4774/2

Album of pictures from Japan #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." PA-4774/2

Photograph Album PA-4774/3

Album containing photographs, picture postcards, greeting cards, maps, clippings, and other material collected during Akers's travels in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Greece, and Italy in the 1950s. #04774, Series: "6. Pictures, 1897-1983." PA-4774/3

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Processing Information

Processed by: Southern Historical Collection Staff

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, March 2006

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