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The circumstances of the acquisition are unclear. However, a deed of gift dated 3/16/70 by the Board President of the
Neighborhood Service Organization indicates that the collection was acquired directly from the still-active administration
of the Bethlehem Center and Howell House with intentions to donate future deposits of records.
Were donated by LULAC Council 10.
The Point St-Charles Popular Archives was being closed down, and consequently, contacted the McGill University
Archives as another institution for managing the records. The McGill University Archives acquired the Point St-Charles
Popular Archives in 2008.
Decision was made in the 1950s to do so.
Gift of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Donated by the host organization after an extended period of negotiation.
The organization was looking for a place to maintain their records and our department staff had built relationships with
the organization.
Curators learned about PCUN, the largest Latino organization in Oregon, and of its purpose. The records were deemed
invaluable for research in this field curators met with PCUN leaders to begin discussions about acquiring the non-
current records for the library.
The editor of the feminist newspaper, The Other Woman, was the custodian of many archival documents related
to the feminist movement and from 1977 until 1983 she preserved the material relating to the Canadian Women’s
Movement in her apartment. In 1983, a Canada Community Development Grant allowed her to relocate the documents
in a room near the Women’s Information Centre in Toronto. A group of volunteers started to catalog the collection and
it became available to a select group of researchers. The lack of funds and tension between the members led to the
donation of the collection to the University of Ottawa in 1992.
In the early 70s, the AMS gave some thought to an ordered preservation of their records. In 1972, Louise Cuyler
made a microfilm copy of the Society’s minute books from 1934–1971, and deposited the originals at the New York
Public Library. As of 1987, the minute books themselves were considered a permanent part of the NYPL collection.
The microfilm remains a part of the Penn collection. In about 1970, Clayton Henderson of Beloit College and later of
St. Mary’s was appointed archivist, and he began to collect material there with the intention of writing a history of
the society. By 1981, Henderson writes that he suspected missing records might be in the Library of Congress, in the
Virginia Bonded Warehouse, among the effects of Gustave Reese, and in the New York Public Library of Performing
Arts. Certainly some of the material remained in university files of the individual officers. In 1987, the Society resolved
to move all of the records to a central location. Because the Business Office of the Society had been located at the
University of Pennsylvania for many years, Philadelphia seemed a logical site for the archive. As John Roberts of
Penn’s Van Pelt Library wrote at the time, “Because of the long association between the AMS and the University
of Pennsylvania, we believe it is highly appropriate that the society’s archives be located here.” The archives were
transferred as a gift to the University of Pennsylvania in January of 1989. Since then various officers and committee
chairs have added their files to the collection. Currently, the bulk of the material begins with the first meeting of the
AMA in June of 1934, and ends with the end of H. Wiley Hitchcock’s presidential term in 1992. The most significant gap
occurs from 1950–1958 the presidential files of Gustave Reese, Donald Grout (1953–54), Karl Geiringer, and J. Murray
Barbour do not appear to have been included.
In December 1990, James Hill, editor of the 8th AF News, the newsletter of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society
(8AFHS) contacted the library, inquiring about the donation of materials to the archives. Mr. Hill had retained
manuscripts, books, and photographs that were submitted to the 8AF News, that he felt needed to be preserved for
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