W.L. Williamson - William F. Poole research papers
Scope and Content of the Collection
Correspondence, writings, and research notes of W. L. Williamson, 1865-1967, relating to his biography of William F. Poole.
Includes correspondence between Williamson and the many libraries, research institutions, and individuals from whom he requested information about Poole, 1952-1967; detailed note cards; pages pertaining to the Newberry Library from the original manuscript of Williamson's University of Chicago doctoral dissertation, William Frederick Poole and the Modern Library Movement. There are copies of W. F. Poole's correspondence while head of the Boston Athenaeum (1856-1858), the Cincinnati Public Library (1869-1873), the Chicago Public Library (1874-1879), and the Newberry Library during its founding years (1887-1894); a few newspaper clippings (1874-1895, and a few photographs, including one of Poole, ca. 1876. Also includes an original of Poole's The Ordinance of 1787: a Reply (1882).
- Creation: 1865-1959
- Williamson, William Landram, 1920- (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The W.L. Williamson - William F. Poole research papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The W.L. Williamson - William F. Poole research papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biographies of W. L. Williamson and William Frederick Poole
William L. Williamson (1920- ) was Nicholas Murray Butler Librarian at Columbia University from 1954-1964. After 1964 he became Librarian of Montclair, New Jersey State College. In 1966, he was appointed Professor of Library Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and took emeritus status in 1987. He wrote William Frederick Poole and the Modern Library Movement (1963), a biography of that sought to show how Poole's career represented the development of librarianship in the last half of the nineteenth century.
W. F. (William Frederick) Poole (1821-94) was an American librarian, bibliographer, and historian, b. Essex co., Massachusetts. He headed the Boston Athenaeum (1856-1869), the Cincinnati Public Library (1871-1873), Chicago Public Library (1874-1887), and the Newberry Library during its founding years (1887-1894), where he undertook building its collections as well as planning its space. Poole was a founder of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1876 and was active in the organization until his death in 1894. He was President of the American Library Association and the American Historical Association.
He wrote the first general index to U.S. periodicals, Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1848), a precursor to the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, in addition to numerous periodical articles and monographs. His forty-seven years as a librarian can be seen as a portrait of the library profession from its beginning through its transition to the modern era.
2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Correspondence, writings, and research notes of W. L. Williamson in support of his biography of William Frederick Poole. Also copies of William Frederick Poole correspondence 1856-1894, microfilm, a few newspaper clippings 1874-1895, a few Poole photographs, and one Poole original publication.
Papers are organized in the following series:
- Series 1: W.L. Williams Correspondence, 1952-1959
- Box 1
- Series 2: Research Files, 1874-1895
- Boxes 1-3
- Series 3: W. F. Poole Correspondence, 1866-1894
- Boxes 4-5
- Series 4: Miscellaneous
- Box 5
- Series 5: Microfilm
- Box 6
Collection Stack Location
1 36 4
Gift of W. L. Williamson, 1976 and 2001.
Carol Gulyas, 2003.
- Winsor, Justin (Person)
- Poole, William Frederick, 1821-1894 (Person)
- Newberry Library -- Military life -- 19th century -- Sources (Organization)
- Chicago Public Library -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (Organization)
- Poole family (Family)
- American Historical Association -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (Organization)
- American Library Association -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (Organization)
- Boston Athenaeum -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (Organization)
- Bowker, R. R. (Richard Rogers), 1848-1933 (Person)
- Cincinnati Public Library -- Records and correspondence (Organization)
- Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931 (Person)
- Evans, Charles, 1850-1935 (Person)
- Inventory of the W.L. Williamson - William F. Poole research papers, 1865-1959
- Carol Gulyas
- Language of description
- Script of description