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Ralph A. Beals records,

Title
Ralph A. Beals records, 1946-1954.
Author
New York Public Library. Central Administration. Director's Office.
Supplementary Content
Finding Aid

Details

Found In
(CStRLIN)NYPW92-A12
Description
3 linear feet (7 boxes, 1 volume)
Subjects
Terms of Use (note)
  • All rights reserved. Permission to quote must be obtained in writing from the New York Public Library.
Biography (note)
  • Ralph Albert Beals (1899-1954) began his library career in 1940 at the Washington D.C. Public Library. Two years later he went to the University of Chicago as Director of Libraries and then Dean of the Library School. From 1946 until 1954, Beals was Director of the New York Public Library where he concentrated on increasing funding for staff salaries and acquisition budgets and was noted for improving the administrative structure of the Library.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Unpublished finding aid available at repository.
Linking Entry (note)
  • The history of the Director's Office is described separately.
Processing Action (note)
  • Inventoried
Call Number
MssArc 4951
Author
New York Public Library. Central Administration. Director's Office.
Title
Ralph A. Beals records, 1946-1954.
Summary
Records mainly document Beals' years as Director of the New York Public Library from 1946 to 1954. The collection consists of correspondence (Ti to Z), memoranda, legal documents, appraisals, notes, reports, and bulletins relating to library functions such as acquisitions, donor relations, fund raising and reference services. Topics include a proposal for a regional research library, creation of a job classification system for the New York Public Library, efforts to obtain state funding for public libraries, and Beals' membership in U.S. and international library councils. Also included are some records relating to the directorship of his predecessor, Franklin F. Hopper, and his successor, Edward G. Freehafer. Additional Beals' correspondence is included in the Lydenberg, Hopper and Beals General Correspondence, 1926-1957, also held by NYPL Archives.
Terms Of Use
All rights reserved. Permission to quote must be obtained in writing from the New York Public Library.
Biography
Ralph Albert Beals (1899-1954) began his library career in 1940 at the Washington D.C. Public Library. Two years later he went to the University of Chicago as Director of Libraries and then Dean of the Library School. From 1946 until 1954, Beals was Director of the New York Public Library where he concentrated on increasing funding for staff salaries and acquisition budgets and was noted for improving the administrative structure of the Library.
Indexes
Unpublished finding aid available at repository.
Linking Entry
The history of the Director's Office is described separately.
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Occupation
Librarians.
Found In:
(CStRLIN)NYPW92-A12
Research Call Number
MssArc 4951
RG 6
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