In 1981, Anne Roberts, Assistant Director of Libraries at the University at Albany, brought together a group of faculty and staff interested in supporting the libraries and this group formally became the Friends of the Libraries the following year. The group welcomed alumni, community residents, current and retired faculty members, and anyone interested in the future of the University Libraries. The organization sponsored gifts and donations to the University Libraries. As part of its efforts, the Friends of the Libraries preserved Dewey Library's stained glass windows and murals in the downtown campus buildings. The Friends of the Libraries created the Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarship to provide for student library employees and full-time library staff members who want to become librarians and named it for the former Director of Libraries from 1956 to 1970. The Friends of the Libraries' annual book sale every fall funded student scholarships and awards.
The Friends of the Libraries also promoted community outreach. It held open talks called Wednesday Wanderings where professors and local, prominent figures spoke about Albanys history, their own research, and other interesting topics. The organization also went on historic outings in the Capital District, Historic Hudson Valley and beyond, including Olana, Hyde Park, Mohonk Mountain House, Lake George, and the Glimmerglass Opera. The group ended in 2006.
The Friends of the Libraries remained active until 2006. Presidents included: Alice Hastings Murphy (1982-1985, 1992-1999), Ruth Abele (1985-1986), Ben-Ami Lipetz (1986-1988, 2003-2006), Kenneth Doran (1988-1992), and Charles Ciaccio (1999-2003). The Library Liasons included Anne Roberts (1981-1986, 1988), Bonita Bryant (1986-1990), Dorothy Christiansen (1989-2002), Roberta Armstrong (2002-2006), and Geoff Williams (2006).
This collection documents the administrative records and community outreach efforts of the Friends of the Libraries. It has the organization's monthly meeting agendas and minutes as well as fliers for monthly talks, annual book sales, and materials about community outings. There are VHS tapes with recordings of talks held in conjunction with the University's celebration of its sesquicentennial.
The collection also contains two large scrapbooks that President Anne Roberts created. The scrapbooks document the Friends of the Libraries outreach events. These include the annual book sale as well as academic talks with prominent professors of the University, such as the History Departments Sung Bok Kim and the Atmospheric Science Departments Bernard Vonnegut. The scrapbooks also contain information on Friends of the Libraries outings, with photos of Olana and Sagamor as well as fliers and RSVP forms. The scrapbooks also include information about donations and library support.
Arranged into 3 series. Series 1 and 2 are ordered alphabetically, while Series 3 maintains the original order of the final 2016 donation.
Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Criminal Justice and Prisons.
Anne Roberts, University Library Liason to the Friends of the Library, initially donated the scrapbooks in 1989. Former President Ben-Ami Lipetz donated the majority of remaining materials in 2006, with the exception of Series 3 which was transferred by Lorre Smith in 2016.
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Final Administrative binder was added to the collection, 2016
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Friends of the Libraries Records, 1981-2006. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York.
|1||1||Agendas and Minutes||1981|
|1||2||Agendas and Minutes||1982|
|1||3||Agendas and Minutes||1983|
|1||4||Agendas and Minutes||1984|
|1||5||Agendas and Minutes||1985|
|1||6||Agendas and Minutes||1986|
|1||7||Agendas and Minutes||1987|
|1||8||Agendas and Minutes||1988|
|1||9||Agendas and Minutes||1989|
|1||10||Agendas and Minutes||1990|
|1||11||Agendas and Minutes||1991|
|1||12||Agendas and Minutes||1992|
|1||13||Agendas and Minutes||1993|
|1||14||Agendas and Minutes||1994|
|1||15||Agendas and Minutes||1995|
|1||16||Agendas and Minutes||1996|
|1||17||Agendas and Minutes||1997|
|1||18||Agendas and Minutes||1998|
|1||19||Agendas and Minutes||1999|
|1||20||Agendas and Minutes||2000|
|1||21||Agendas and Minutes||2001|
|1||22||Agendas and Minutes||2002|
|1||23-24||Agendas, Minutes and Supplemental Materials||2003-2006|
|1||25||Alice Murphy Scholarship||1994, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|1||26||Awards and Donations||1982-2001|
|1||30||"25 and Going Strong"-Booklet||2006|
|1||31||Budgets and Expenditures||1983-2002|
|1||32||Bylaws||1983, 1987, 1988, 1992|
|1||34||Campaign for the University Library||1998|
|1||37||Grants, Supporting Programs||1983-1998|
|1||38||History||1969, 1977, 1980-1983, Undated|
|1||40||Member card||1985, 1988-1989, 1993-1998|
|Cassette 1||New Hampshire Primary Talk, Kathleen Kendall||1996 February 22|
|1||42||Notes from ACRL Session||1989 April 21|
|1||45||Sesquicentennial Historical Essay Contest-"The Residence Halls and their Impact on Student Life"-Mary Ellen Nankes||1993|
|1||46||Sesquicentennial Historical Essay Contest-"A Monoloth from Humble Origins"-Matthew Fredrick||1993|
|1||47||Sesquicentennial Historical Essay Contest-"The James Allen JR. Collegiate Center: An Experiment in Undergraduate Education"-Thomas Pullyblank||1993|
|1||48||Sesquicentennial Historical Essay Award||1991-1994|
|Video-Tape 1||Sesquicentennial Program 1 - Program is "History of the University at Albany," led by Professor Kendall Birr, Faculty, Emeritus, Department of History.||1994 February 24|
|Video-Tape 2||Sesquicentennial Program 2 - Program is "New York State College for Teachers: The 1940s and and 1950s," led by Dr. Theodore Fossieck, Jacquelyn Mann Gavryck, Professor M.E. Grenander, Dr. Oscar E. Lanford, Professor Wallace Taylor, and Louise Hesnney Waterman.||1994 March 17|
|Video-Tape 3||Sesquicentennial Program 3 - Program is "State University of New York at Albany: Years of Growth and Change, 1960s" led by Professor Arthur Collins, Professor Randolph Gardner, Stuart Horn, Professor Mauritz Johnson, Dr. Elmer Mathews, Alice Hastings Murphy, and Judy A. Mysliborski.||1994 April 28|
|Video-Tape 4||Sesquicentennial Program 4 - Program is "Design and Construction of the Uptown Campus," led by Professor Raymond Bromley, Professor Edward Crowley, Professor Thomas H. Littlefield, Robert Ruckterstuhl, and Elwin Stevens.||1994 September 22|
|Video-Tape 5||Sesquicentennial Program 5 - Program is "The University at Albany: Changing for the 1970s and 1980s," led by Professor Mark Berger, Frederick K. Brewington, Gloria DeSole, Dr. David W. Martin, Professor Joan Schulz, and Victoria Zeldin.||1994 October 15|
|Video-Tape 6||Sesquicentennial Program 6 - Program is "Kate Stoneman, normal School Alumna and First Woman Lawyer in New York State," led by Geoffrey Williams, University Arvhivist and Campus Records Officer.||1994 November 17|
|Video-Tape 7||Sesquicentennial Programs, 1-3||1994 February-1994 April|
|Video-Tape 8||Sesquicentennial Programs, 4-6||1994 September-1994 November|
|1||49||Source Guide||1994, 1995|
|1||50||"Spinning Straw into Gold: A Look at Cuesta College's Friends of the Library"||1999 September|
|1||52||Student Achievement Award||1992-2001|
|1||53||Suggested Distribution List||Undated|
|1||54||University at Albany Perspectives||Undated|
|2||3-4||Comment and Interest Summary Cards||1982|
|2||8||Directions and Pamphlets||Undated|
|2||9||Exhibit||1990, 1993, 1998|
|3||3||Glimmerglass Opera Outings||1999-2003|
|3||5||Interactive Media Center-Information Sheet and Orientation||1994 September|
|3||8||Photographs of Outings and Lectures||Undated|
|3||9||Photographs of Outings-Taken by Jacqueline A. Gavryck-Includes Letter||Undated|
|Flat-File 1||Proclamation, Albany, New York-Mayor Jennings||2006 May 12|
|Oversized 1||Scrapbook 1||1982-1983|
|Oversized 2||Scrapbook 2||1984-1986|
|3||12||University at Albany Libraries-Updates and Progress||1994, 1996-1998, 2001|
|4||2||Board Members and list of friends||2005-2006|
|4||9||Annual Book Sale||2004-2005|