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Collection Number: 04610

Collection Title: Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 275 items)
Abstract Jerrold Orne (1911- ), library director, Library Science professor, and consultant on library concerns, with a national and international reputation as an expert on academic library buildings, library standards, and bibliographic control. Correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, and other items relating to Orne's career in librarianship. Included are materials from his tenure at the Library of Congress, where, from 1940 to around 1944, he surveyed the collections and coordinated the defense effort for protecting materials in case of attack; his 1945 service as assistant librarian in the office of Alger Hiss during the United Nations Conference on International Organization; and his work in making available technical and scientific information generated by government-sponsored war research, 1946-1947. Also documented are his library directorships at Washington University, St. Louis, 1946-1952; Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 1952-1956; and the University of North Carolina, 1957-1973. There is also material on Orne's employment as consultant on library topics, including his work, 1950-1959, with Cuban libraries, and his U.S. State Department-sponsored visit in 1965 to survey the conditions of libraries in Vietnam.
Creator Orne, Jerrold, 1911-
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 Jerrold Orne papers #4610, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jerrold Orne of Chapel Hill, N.C., in February 1992 (Acc. 92035).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Jerrold Orne (1911- ), library director, Library Science professor, and consultant on library concerns, with a national and international reputation as an expert on academic library buildings, library standards, and bibliographic control.

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Correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, and other items relating to Orne's career in librarianship. Included are materials from his tenure at the Library of Congress, where, from 1940 to around 1944, he surveyed the collections and coordinated the defense effort for protecting materials in case of attack; his 1945 service as assistant librarian in the office of Alger Hiss during the United Nations Conference on International Organization; and his work in making available technical and scientific information generated by government-sponsored war research, 1946-1947. Also documented are his library directorships at Washington University, St. Louis, 1946-1952; Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 1952-1956; and the University of North Carolina, 1957-1973. There is also material on Orne's employment as consultant on library topics, including his work, 1950-1959, with Cuban libraries, and his U.S. State Department-sponsored visit in 1965 to survey the conditions of libraries in Vietnam.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

Library of Congress, 1940-1949. Materials relating to Orne's appointment as fellow in Library Science and Romance Languages. While at the Library of Congress, Orne surveyed the collections, reported on the condition of the Italian and French collections, organized the collection of library science literature, and coordinated the defense effort for protecting materials in case of attack. About 25 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 1

Folder 2

Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., 1941-1942; 1958. Materials relating to Orne's position as librarian and associate professor of modern languages. Included are photographs of the library, an annual report, and a report entitled, "The Place of the Library in the Teaching Program." The 1958 item is a letter from a history professor at Knox about the changes that had taken place at the college since Orne's departure. About 15 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 2

Folder 3

United Nations, San Francisco, 1945. Materials relating to Orne's work in the office of Alger Hiss in connection with the United Nations Conference on International Organization. Orne served as assistant librarian of the Secretariat. The conference was charged with writing the United Nations charter; one of the items is a cartoon captioned "From Debate to Document thru the International Secretariat," which depicts the process by which the charter was written. About 15 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 3

Folder 4

Office of Research and Inventions, United States Navy, 1945-1946. Materials relating to Orne's work on subject headings and other bibliographic tools for use in naval research libraries. 6 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 4

Folder 5

Publication Board, Dept. of Commerce, 1946-1947. Materials relating to Orne's position as chief of the Library Division of the Office of the Publication Board, United States Department of Commerce. The Office of Publication was established in 1945 to collect and make available technical and scientific information generated by government-sponsored war research. Included is notification of the development of a new list of scientific and technical subject headings. About 25 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 5

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Folder 7

Washington University, St. Louis, 1946-1952. Materials relating to Orne's position as director of libraries at Washington University. Included are letters about his employment, printed materials about the library system, and annual reports issued during his tenure. About 25 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 6-7

Folder 8

Cuban libraries, 1950-1959. Materials relating to Orne's various library consulting jobs for Cuban libraries, especially the library of the Sociedad Economica de Amigos del Pais in Havana. About 25 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 8

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Folder 10

Air University, Department of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 1952-1956; 1984. Materials relating to Orne's position as the director of the Air University library, which he helped found. Including are pictures and reports, including "Military Literature from the Librarians' Point of View." Also included is a 1984 letter from a former co-worker about Air University's new library facility. About 50 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

University of North Carolina, 1957-1977. Materials, chiefly printed materials, relating to Orne's tenure as director of the Academic Affairs Libraries, 1957-1973, and as Library Science professor, 1972-1976. About 10 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 11

Folder 12

Redstone Arsenal, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., 1961. Orne's report as consultant, with others, in a survey of library facilities and services at Redstone. 1 item. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 12

Folder 13

Institute for the Training of Library-Building Consultants, University of Colorado, 1964. Notes taken by Orne at the Institute. 1 item. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 13

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Folder 14

Folder 15

Vietnamese libraries, 1965-1967. Materials relating to Orne's activities under a grant from the American Specialist Program of the United States Department of State to study the condition of libraries in Vietnam. Included are letters to and from State Department personnel and Vietnamese librarians and reports, notes, and pictures relating to the libraries Orne visited in Saigon, Hue, and other locations. About 50 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Rutgers University, 1971-1972. Materials relating to arrangements for Orne to teach a seminar in research library administration and a class in building library collections during the spring 1972 semester. About 10 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 16

Folder 17

United States Army War College, Department of the Army, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1971-1972. Materials relating to Orne's work as a consultant employed to review the planning for relocation of the library at the Army War College and library procedures followed at the library. About 20 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 17

Folder 18

Northeast Missouri State University, 1974; 1980. Report on short and long-range planning for the library at Northeast Missouri State University and a 1980 letter about the death of the library director's wife. 2 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 18

Folder 19

United States Army Military History Research Collection, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1974. Report on Orne and others on operations at the Military History Research Collection. 1 item. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 19

Folder 20

Adelphi College, 1974. Report on the growth problems at the Adelphi College library. 1 item. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 20

Folder 21

Southwest Missouri State University, 1975-1981. Reports on library facilities and clippings about the library building at Southwest Missouri State University. 5 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 21

Folder 22

National Defense University, 1978. Report of a library survey Orne produced with William A. Gosling of Duke University. 1 item. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 22

Folder 23

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1973-1988. Chiefly correspondence with librarians at various locations about library procedures, organizations, and meetings. Included is a Christmas card relating to Orne's consulting with Japanese libraries. About 30 items. #04610, Series: "Jerrold Orne Papers, 1940-1988." Folder 23

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, March 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Full processing of this collection has been deferred pending future additions.

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