Special Collections, James M. Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY, 13820
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Special Collections, James M. Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oneonta Library Records
15.0 Linear feet: 26 Boxes, 5 Folders, 4 Drawers
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials on the libraries of SUNY Oneonta. It consists of correspondence, reports, committee activities, photographs, articles, and other ephemera . The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1: Record Group #29, Libraries (1937-2005)
Series 2: Photographs (1953-1998)
Series 3: Oversize and Memorabilia
When the Oneonta Normal School first opened in 1889, the library was located in just one room about the size of a regular classroom. It mostly contained textbooks, some reference books, newspapers, and periodicals. At the end of the first academic year the school had purchased several hundred new books along with some gifts which expanded the collection. Unfortunately, these materials were lost when the school burned down less than four years later. When the school was rebuilt, a larger space was made for the library. It measured thirty by fifty-four feet and they soon were able to replace the lost collection. Growth of the collection was slow at first and by 1920 it contained about 7,000 volumes. The title of “Librarian” wasn’t officially used until 1919 when it was bestowed on Jessica Alden. In the mid-thirties the library was relocated to five rooms in the east wing of the school. The collection had reached 16,000 volumes by 1936. Plans for the first, separate James M. Milne library were announced in 1956. The library was moved from Old Main to the new building on the upper campus in 1960. In its own building it continued to grow and reached 200,000 volumes by 1969. It was soon realized that this library would not be large enough to house the growing collection. Plans for the new Milne library began in 1967. Ground was first broken in 1970 and the library was ready for service in 1974.
[More Information available in the
James M. Milne Memorial Library booklet found in the collection (Box 21, Folder 2)]
This collection is open for research.
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Author Last Name, First Name (if given). Identification of Item. Collection. Special Collections, James M. Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta.