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Edward Geier Freehafer records,

Title
Edward Geier Freehafer records, 1948-1971.
Author
New York Public Library. Central Administration. Director's Office.
Supplementary Content
Finding Aid

Details

Found In
(CStRLIN)NYPW92-A12
Description
45 linear feet (63 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
Speeches.
Terms of Use (note)
  • All rights reserved. Permission to quote must be obtained in writing from the New York Public Library.
Biography (note)
  • Edward Geier Freehafer (1909-1985) was Director of the New York Public Library from 1954 to 1971. Except for a brief tenure in 1944-1945 as Assistant Librarian of the Brown University Library, he spent his entire career at N.Y.P.L. Between 1932 and 1954, he was Chief of the American History and Genealogy Division, Chief of the Personnel Office and Chief of the Reference Dept. He also served as Acting Director before assuming the directorshop in 1954. As Director he oversaw the expansion of the Library and its services which had begun under the previous Director, Ralph A. Beals. During Freehafer's tenure, sixteen new branch libraries were built, a new annex was acquired to house research materials, and acquisition budgets were increased.
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  • Unpublished finding aid available at repository.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 4953
Author
New York Public Library. Central Administration. Director's Office.
Title
Edward Geier Freehafer records, 1948-1971.
Summary
Records pertain to financial matters, library space, preservation of older library materials, acquisitions of new collections of art, manuscripts and rare books, and the introduction of library automation. Collection consists mostly of correspondence but also includes clippings, memoranda, newsletters, press releases, reports and speeches. Correspondence with government agencies, corporations, foundations, and other libraries, as well as New York Public Library offices and departments, make up the bulk of the collection. Records concerning the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the Central Building in 1961 mainly document the planning of events and community responses to the anniversary. Freehafer's personal files contain materials not directly related to the Library, such as membership in professional associations, travels, family genealogy, personal friendships, philanthropy, and travel. Records, 1956-1970, of the Assistant Director, John Cory, concern the planning and construction of the library at Lincoln Center.
Terms Of Use
All rights reserved. Permission to quote must be obtained in writing from the New York Public Library.
Biography
Edward Geier Freehafer (1909-1985) was Director of the New York Public Library from 1954 to 1971. Except for a brief tenure in 1944-1945 as Assistant Librarian of the Brown University Library, he spent his entire career at N.Y.P.L. Between 1932 and 1954, he was Chief of the American History and Genealogy Division, Chief of the Personnel Office and Chief of the Reference Dept. He also served as Acting Director before assuming the directorshop in 1954. As Director he oversaw the expansion of the Library and its services which had begun under the previous Director, Ralph A. Beals. During Freehafer's tenure, sixteen new branch libraries were built, a new annex was acquired to house research materials, and acquisition budgets were increased.
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 4953
RG 6
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