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Special Libraries Association, Connecticut Valley Chapter records

Identifier: RG163

Scope and Content

The records include the constitution, by-laws, administrative files such as annual reports, minutes and lists of officers, newsletters, pamphlets, union lists, bibliographies, convention materials, information on projects undertaken by the chapter, legislation affecting librarians, photographs and memorabilia. The records consist of two different accessions which are labelled 1987-042 and 1988-007. In general these two accessions contain different information and records. However, there are some instances in which they overlap such as in the Administrative Files from the years 1945-1950. Such instances are noted in the finding aid.


  • Creation: 1934-1987

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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Historical Note

The Connecticut Valley Chapter of the Special Libraries Association officially formed on June 18, 1934. Previously special librarians from Connecticut met informally and at round table discussions at Connecticut Library Association meetings. In March of 1934 a group of eleven special librarians got together to discuss the possibility of forming their own chapter within the Special Libraries Association. After a meeting with the New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association to discuss the benefits of an organized local chapter, the librarians decided to form their own chapter and held elections for officers in early June. A few weeks, the Special Libraries Association approved the affiliation of the Connecticut Valley Chapter.

In 1941, the Connecticut Valley Chapter hosted the Special Libraries Association Convention in Hartford. The Connecticut Valley Chapter also developed several union lists and bibliographies including lists of special collection in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a bibliography on the financial history of Connecticut and a union list of serials.


6.5 cubic feet


The Special Library Association was founded in 1909 in an attempt to bring together librarians whose jobs had actually created a new kind of librarianship, one geared to meet the needs of specialized situations. These records are from the Connecticut Valley Chapter.


Series 1: Constitution and By-Laws (1934 -1984) includes constitutions and by-laws of the organization and revisions made to the documents, duties of officers and committees, procedure manuals and a history of the chapter.

Series 2: Administrative Files (1934 -1987) includes minutes of the executive board and business meetings, annual reports, correspondence, lists of officers, committee chairpersons and members, and other information pertinent to each specific year.

Series 3: Publications (1934-1987) includes the Connecticut Valley Chapter's newsletter Bulletin and Special Library Association newsletters and pamphlets.

Series 4: Conventions and Conferences (1941-1978) includes information about the Special Libraries Association Convention in Hartford in 1941, the Special Libraries Association Convention in 1975 and the Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services.

Series 5: Projects (1965-1967, n.d.) includes information about an exhibit at the Bond Hotel in Hartford, the Seal Project to raise funds for the Connecticut Valley Chapter and a study undertaken by the education committee of the Special Libraries Association.

Series 6: Union Lists and Bibliographies (1949-1971) includes union lists and bibliographies developed by the Connecticut Valley Chapter. There is also correspondence regarding the Union List of Serials.

Series 7: Legislation (1945-1947) includes information about legislation impacting special librarians in Connecticut.

Series 8: News Clippings (1936-1942) includes news articles about the Connecticut Valley Chapter.

Series 9: Photographs (1940-1993) includes photographs of meetings.

Series 10: Memorabilia (1984) includes a paperweight from the 75th anniversary of the Special Libraries Association.

Acquisition Information

The records were obtained from the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

Related Material


RG 163, Special Libraries Association, Connecticut Valley Chapter
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Melissa L. Hendrick.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository