American Theological Library Association Library Development Program Records
Scope and Contents
Series I contains documents and correspondence which relate to the general operations of the Library Development Program. The bulk of the collection falls in Series II, which is arranged alphabetically by institution. The material for each institution is chronologically arranged within two formats: reports/forms and correspondence. Series III contains correspondence, reports and record books documenting the financial operations of the Library Development Program.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Deposited by the ATLA
- I. Administrative Material
- II. Related to Individual Institutions
- III. Financial Records
7 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Language of Materials
The records include correspondence, reports, and financial records related to the ATLA Library Development Program. The ATLA Library Development Program provided funds to strengthen the book collections of ninety North American theological libraries between 1961 and 1966. The program was directed by Raymond Morris, Librarian of the Yale Divinity School Library and funded by the Sealantic Fund.
Biographical / Historical
The primary objective of the Library Development Program of the American Theological Library Association was to strengthen book collections in North American theological libraries by enabling them to increase their book purchases. With the support of The Sealantic Fund, Inc., the Library Development Program provided more than $1,300,000 in book and related funds to ninety participating institutions during the period 1961 to 1966.
Each institution participating in the Library Development Program was challenged to increase its average annual book budget by as much as $3,000. Whatever the library spent in excess of its normal budget was matched by funds from The Sealantic Fund. Emphasis was placed on standards of quality and discrimination in book acquisition, as well as on effectiveness in library service. Each library was encouraged to engage in a critical analysis of its own services. In addition, the Library Development Program (LDP) made visitation teams available. The role of these teams was to spend a period of time at an institution and provide outside assessment of the quality of the library facilities and services. A total of sixty-nine institutions were visited by LDP teams.
The Library Development Program operated out of the office of Dr. Raymond P. Morris, who was Librarian of the Yale Divinity School at the time, and chairman of the LDP. A Theological Book List was compiled by Dr. Morris to assist participating institutions in assessing their book holdings, and a Self-Study Guide was prepared to assist in library evaluation.
Additional information about the procedures and results of the Library Development Program is available in nineteen bulletins issued by its administrative office, contained in Box 1, Folder 1 of the collection.
- Guide to the American Theological Library Association Library Development Program Records
- Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley and James M. Starr
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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