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Katharine L. Sharp Papers (Digitial Surrogates)

Papers of Katharine Lucinda Sharp (1865-1914), Librarian and Director of the Library School (1897-1907), including diplomas from the New York State Library School (B.L.S. 1892 and M.L.S. 1907) and the Columbian Exposition (1894); correspondence as director of the Armour Institute Library School (1893-97); correspondence with Melvil Dewey and other librarians concerning curricula and Andrew Carnegie (1894-1903); notes on a catechism for librarians (1891), library associations (1896-1905), public library work (1901), and University of Illinois Library history (1903); Library school announcements, information circulars and course descriptions (1895-1908); Illinois State Library Association (1896-1916, 1922); survey of Illinois libraries (1903-10); photocopies of source material (1881-1898, 1907-19); memorial letters (1914); research notes, correspondence and manuscripts (1962-63) and photographs (1894-1907) accumulated by Miss Rose Phelps in writing a biographical sketch and by Miss Laurel Grotzinger in writing a biographical dissertation on Miss Sharp.

The series contains material on library legislation in Illinois and other states (1897-1905).

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