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Collection Number: 05132

Collection Title: Ridley R. Kessler Papers, 1971-2003

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Size About 3,200 items (9.0 linear feet)
Abstract Ridley R. Kessler, Jr., government documents librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970-2003, was born in Hendersonville, N.C., in 1941. The collection is chiefly papers relating to the professional activities of Ridley R. Kessler, Jr. Kessler, who was very actively involved in the field of government documents librarianship, served as a member and officer of a number of professional associations, including the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council to the Public Printer (DLC), and the Dupont Circle Group (DCG). Kessler also carried out "A Survey of United States Regional Government Depository Libraries," 1987-1989; appeared before a number of congressional subcommittees to testify about services provided by the Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library Program; and served as liaison from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) to the Task Force on Restrictions on Access to Government Information. Materials include correspondence, reports, position papers, reorganization proposals, member surveys, bylaws, membership lists, notes, subject files, and other papers. There are also transcripts of the official public meetings of the DLC. A small number of personal papers are also included.
Creator Kessler, Ridley R.
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 Ridley R. Kessler Papers #5132, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Ridley R. Kessler, Jr., of Carrboro, N.C., in October 2003 (Acc. 99615).
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Ridley R. Kessler, Jr., was born in Hendersonville, N.C., in 1941. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor's degree in 1964, a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1966, and a Master of Science in Library Science in 1970. In 1970, Kessler was hired by the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Assistant Documents Librarian. In 1973, he was promoted to Federal Documents Librarian/Regional Depository Librarian for North Carolina, a position he would hold until his retirement in 2003. Additionally, he served as Assistant Head of Reference, 1993-2003.

Kessler was very actively involved in government documents librarianship at the national level and served as a member and/or officer of a number of professional associations, including the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council to the Public Printer (DLC), the Dupont Circle Group (DCG), and the Task Force on Restrictions on Access to Government Information.

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The collection is chiefly papers relating to the professional activities of Ridley R. Kessler, Jr., government documents librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970-2003. Kessler, who was very actively involved in the field of government documents librarianship, served as a member and officer of a number of professional associations, including the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council to the Public Printer (DLC), and the Dupont Circle Group (DCG) and related bodies and conferences. In addition to his activities with these groups, Kessler also carried out "A Survey of United States Regional Government Depository Libraries," 1987-1989; appeared before a number of congressional subcommittees to testify about services provided by the Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library Program; and served as liaison from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) to the Task Force on Restrictions on Access to Government Information. Materials include correspondence, reports, position papers, reorganization proposals, member surveys, bylaws, membership lists, notes, subject files, and other papers. There are also transcripts of the official public meetings of the DLC. A small number of personal papers are also included.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Personal correspondence, resumes and biographical sketches, draft of an article, an incomplete collection of abstracts of supervised Master's papers, and other papers of Ridley Kessler. Some of the correspondence reflects a mixture of personal and professional concerns.

Folder 1

Resumes and biographical information, 1987-2003 #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

Personal correspondence, 1988-2000 #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

Employment, 1973-1994 #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 4

Folder 5

Awards, 1992 #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 5

Folder 6

Articles #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 6

Folder 7

Master's papers supervised, 1983-1989 #05132, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1973-2003." Folder 7

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Subject Files, 1982-2001.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. American Library Association (ALA) and its Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), 1971-2000.

About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, position papers, reports, handwritten notes, agenda, merger proposals, member surveys, bylaws, subject files, and other papers kept by Kessler while he was a member and officer of GODORT, the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, position papers, studies, member surveys, merger proposals, bylaws, and other papers kept by Kessler that are related to the organizational affairs and activities of GODORT. There is an extensive file concerning GODORT's proposed merger with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Folder 26

Structural reorganization of GODORT, 1992-1994 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 26

Folder 27

ALA reorganization, 1994-1995 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 27

Folder 28-31

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

GODORT merger with Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), 1996-1998 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 28-31

Folder 32

GODORT resolutions, 1988-1996 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 32

Folder 33

GODORT bylaws, 1998 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 33

Folder 34

GODORT Awards, 1993-2003 #05132, Subseries: "3.2. Administrative Materials, 1988-1998." Folder 34

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Subject files related to GODORT activities, concerns, and projects kept by Kessler. These contain a range of materials including correspondence, articles, position papers, reports, and handwritten notes.

Folder 35-37

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Microfiche, 1971-1985 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 35-37

Folder 38

Title 44, United States Code, 1979-1980 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 38

Folder 39

Depository Library costs, 1989-1991 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 39

Folder 40

Government Information Locator Service (GILS), 1993-1994 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 40

Folder 41

Reinventing Government and the Government Printing Office, 1993-1995 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 41

Folder 42

National Information Infrastructure Initiative, 1993-1994 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 42

Folder 43

"Security of Federal Automated Information Resources," OMB Circular A-130, 1993-1996 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 43

Folder 44

Congressional reorganization of the Government Printing Office, 1994 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 44

Folder 45-46

Folder 45

Folder 46

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 1994 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 45-46

Folder 47

"New Universe: A Model for Federal Information Access and Dissemination," 1995 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 47

Folder 48

Electronic Federal Depository Library Program, 1995-1996 #05132, Subseries: "3.3. Subject Files, 1971-1996." Folder 48

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About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, position papers, reports, handwritten notes, transcripts, agenda, recommendations, membership lists, bylaws, subject files, and other papers kept by Kessler while he was a member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, an appointed advisory body designed to provide policy recommendations concerning the Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library Program.

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Files containing correspondence, brochures, handouts, reports, position papers, travel materials, handwritten notes, and other materials relating to Depository Library Council meetings attended by Kessler.

Folder 49

Washington, D.C., 1987 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 49

Folder 50

Charleston, S.C., 1988 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 50

Folder 51

Arlington, Va., 1988 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 51

Folder 52

Pittsburgh, Pa., 1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 52

Folder 53

Washington, D.C., 1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

Arlington, Va., 1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 56

Folder 57

Boston, Mass., 1991 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 57

Folder 58

Washington, D.C., 1992 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 58

Folder 59

Arlington, Va., 1997 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 59

Folder 60

Clearwater Beach, Fla., 1997 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 60

Folder 61

San Diego, Calif., 1998 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 61

Folder 62

Bethesda, Md., 1999 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 62

Folder 63

Kansas City, Mo., 1999 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 63

Folder 64-65

Folder 64

Folder 65

Miscellaneous meeting materials, 1983-1993 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 64-65

Folder 66

Meeting travel materials, 1988-1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.1. Meetings, 1983-1999." Folder 66

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990.

7 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Official transcripts of the public meetings of the Depository Library Council.

Folder 67-70

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

April 1987 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 67-70

Folder 71-74

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Fall Meeting, October 1987 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 71-74

Folder 75-78

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Spring Meeting, March 1988 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 75-78

Folder 79-82

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

October 1988 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 79-82

Folder 83-86

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

March 1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 83-86

Folder 87-90

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Folder 90

Fall Meeting, October 1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 87-90

Folder 91-94

Folder 91

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

April 1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.2. Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1990." Folder 91-94

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Recommendations to the Public Printer, 1985-1990.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, membership lists, bylaws, and other papers related to the activities of the Depository Library Council kept by Kessler, who was an appointed member of the Council, 1987-1990, and served as its chair, 1989-1990. There is an extensive file containing correspondence and other materials concerning Robert Houk, Public Printer, 1990-1993.

Folder 100

Bylaws, 1989-1992 #05132, Subseries: "4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991." Folder 100

Folder 101

Membership lists, 1987-1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991." Folder 101

Folder 102-105

Folder 102

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Correspondence, 1987-1991 #05132, Subseries: "4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991." Folder 102-105

Folder 106-107

Folder 106

Folder 107

Robert Houk, Public Printer, 1989-1991 #05132, Subseries: "4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991." Folder 106-107

Folder 108

Business file, 1988-1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.4. Administrative Materials, 1987-1991." Folder 108

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Subject files related to Depository Library Council activities, concerns, and projects kept by Kessler. These files contain a range of materials including correspondence, articles, position papers, reports, and handwritten notes.

Folder 109

Microfiche conversion by the Government Printing Office, 1987-1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 109

Folder 110

Government CD-ROM projects, 1987-1989 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 110

Folder 111

Information Technology Program, 1988 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 111

Folder 112

Minimal level cataloging by the Government Printing Office, 1990 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 112

Folder 113

Government Printing Office reorganization of the Depository Library System, 1992-1993 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 113

Folder 114-115

Folder 114

Folder 115

Ad hoc committee on the Regional Depository Library structure, 1992-1995 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 114-115

Folder 116-118

Folder 116

Folder 117

Folder 118

Draft: "Depository Library Public Service Guidelines for Government Information in Electronic Formats," 1992-1998 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 116-118

Folder 119-120

Folder 119

Folder 120

Guidelines for the Federal Depository Library Program, 1994-1995 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 119-120

Folder 121

Federal Depository Library manual, 1996 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 121

Folder 122

Miscellaneous materials, 1983-2000 #05132, Subseries: "4.5. Subject Files, 1983-2000." Folder 122

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, reports, policy statements, handwritten notes, and other materials kept by Kessler relating to his participation in the Dupont Circle Group (DCG) and related bodies and conferences. The DCG was an informal group of government depository librarians that met at the Washington, D.C., offices of the American Library Association in 1993 to discuss issues and problems associated with the Federal Depository Library Program. The issues addressed by the DCG grew out of the work of the Government Printing Office Focus Group and were further discussed by the DCG and GODORT's Ad Hoc Committee on Restructuring the Federal Documents Library Program at the Chicago Conference on the Future of Federal Government Information. In 1995, the Coalition of Many Associations (COMA) revised the Chicago conference's report in light of subsequent legislation and technical innovations.

Folder 123-125

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Government Printing Office Focus Group, 1992-1993 #05132, Series: "5. Dupont Circle Group, 1992-1996." Folder 123-125

Folder 126-129

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

Folder 129

Dupont Circle Group, 1993-1996 #05132, Series: "5. Dupont Circle Group, 1992-1996." Folder 126-129

Folder 130-132

Folder 130

Folder 131

Folder 132

Chicago Conference on the Future of Federal Government Information, 1993 #05132, Series: "5. Dupont Circle Group, 1992-1996." Folder 130-132

Folder 133

Coalition of Many Associations, 1995 #05132, Series: "5. Dupont Circle Group, 1992-1996." Folder 133

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Federal Regional Depository Library Program, 1981-2003.

About 300 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, meeting agenda, and other materials, including survey forms, data spread sheets, and a final report related to a survey of Regional Depository Libraries that are related to Kessler's professional service activities with the Federal Depository Library Program.

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About 75 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Correspondence, agenda, and other materials related to meetings and other activities of Regional Depository Librarians.

Folder 134

Meeting, 1988 #05132, Subseries: "6.1. Organizational Materials, 1981-2003." Folder 134

Folder 135

Meeting, 1997 #05132, Subseries: "6.1. Organizational Materials, 1981-2003." Folder 135

Folder 136

Miscellaneous materials, 1981-2003 #05132, Subseries: "6.1. Organizational Materials, 1981-2003." Folder 136

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.2. A Survey of United States Regional Government Depository Libraries, 1987-1989.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Other Professional Organizations and Service Activities, 1986-2002.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Chiefly correspondence, reports, position papers, prepared remarks, and transcripts of congressional testimony that are related to Kessler's professional activities.

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Chiefly correspondence with some reports, position papers, and presentations. Materials from the Task Force on Restrictions on Access to Government Information include reports and position papers issued by the library community in reaction to restrictions that the George W. Bush administration placed on government information. Kessler participated in the Task Force's work as the liaison from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Folder 149

North Carolina Library Association, 1986-1992 #05132, Subseries: "7.1. Other Professional Organizations, 1986-2002." Folder 149

Folder 150

NCDOCs listserv, 1995 #05132, Subseries: "7.1. Other Professional Organizations, 1986-2002." Folder 150

Folder 151

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)/Management and Operation of User Services Section (MOUSS) presentation, 1999 #05132, Subseries: "7.1. Other Professional Organizations, 1986-2002." Folder 151

Folder 152

Librarians' Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill #05132, Subseries: "7.1. Other Professional Organizations, 1986-2002." Folder 152

Folder 153-154

Folder 153

Folder 154

Task Force on Restrictions on Access to Government Information, 2002 #05132, Subseries: "7.1. Other Professional Organizations, 1986-2002." Folder 153-154

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type .

Correspondence, drafts of prepared texts, transcripts of congressional testimony, and other materials related to Kessler's three appearances before congressional subcommittees. He appeared on behalf of several national library associations, including the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Library Association. His testimony focused on services provided by the Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library Program. Correspondence is primarily between Kessler and the American Library Association about the specific content of his testimony and travel arrangements.

Folder 155-157

Folder 155

Folder 156

Folder 157

Joint Committee on Printing, 1991 #05132, Subseries: "7.2. Congressional Testimony, 1991-2000." Folder 155-157

Folder 158

House Subcommittee on the FY 2000 Appropriations for the Government Printing Office, 1999 #05132, Subseries: "7.2. Congressional Testimony, 1991-2000." Folder 158

Folder 159

House Subcommittee on the FY 2001 Appropriations for the Government Printing Office, 2000 #05132, Subseries: "7.2. Congressional Testimony, 1991-2000." Folder 159

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