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• Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, has acquired the private library and papers of the late Joseph Henry Taylor, noted historian and educator. The collection includes books on U.S., Latin American, African, Afro-American, and world history, as well as copies of theses written by students whom Taylor advised at North Carolina College at Durham.

• Eastern New Mexico Uuniversity, Portales, has received the papers of the late U.S. Congressman Harold Runnels (D-N.Mex.). Presented by his wife Dorothy on behalf of the Runnels family, the papers encompass over 200 cubic feet of general, administrative, and legislative files, press releases, speeches, committee proceedings, and documents that pertain to Runnels’s activities in the Democratic Party in his home state. The university plans to house them in special quarters to be constructed in Golden Library.

• The Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, has acquired a complete set of the published articles and papers of Louis L. Thurstone, one of the most renowned psychometricians of the 20th century. The collection will be housed in ETS’s Carl Campbell Brigham Library where it will be available to researchers in the field of educational psychology. Materials in the collection date to before World War I and include the period when Thurstone developed his first theories of applied psychology at Carnegie Institute of Technology. At Carnegie he was responsible for developing objective tests which were the foundation for modern ability tests such as the SAT.

• The National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, recently acquired the library of the late Wolfgang Lotz who had been director of the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome from 1962 until his death last year. The Lotz library comprises over 3,000 volumes and is particularly rich in material on the histoiy of Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Texas A&M University, College Station, has received the personal collection of Dudley Smith, retired vice president, Washington representative, and technical and scientific advisor of the Association of Sugar Producers of Puerto Rico. This collection contains books, reports, and papers on the scientific, technical, and historical aspects of cane sugar, including an almost complete set of the Proceedings of Congresses of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.

Texas Christian University Library has received a 200-volume collection of books and letters concerning every U.S. vice president from John Adams to George Bush. Fifteen of the books are autographed either by a vice president or by the author. The gift, donated by Dr. and Mrs. A.M. Pate, Jr., will complement the Pate Collection on the Presidency acquired in 1971.

• The University of Hawaii at Manoa received a bequest of art, books, manuscripts, and correspondence from the artist Jean Chariot (1898-1979). The gift includes mural drawings, sketchbooks, and a nearly complete collection of Chariot prints. Manuscript material includes Chariot’s shorthand diaries, published and unpublished research, and a large collection of letters to and from his fellow artists in France, Mexico, and the United States.

• The Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin, has acquired the complete archives of James Jones (1921-1977), whose first novel From Here to Eternity sold millions of copies and won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. The archives include all of Jones’s literary manuscripts except one given away in his early career, along with contracts and correspondence about movie rights and adaptations.


• The Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia has received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in the amount of $4,650. The grant will fund the appointment of two consultants: one archival/record management specialist and one photographic curator. They will review the Academy’s manuscript collection, archives, and photograph resources and develop a program for their management and physical needs.

• The Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue/North America has announced the renewal of its grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH has granted $150,000 outright, with additional matching funds of $200,000. A matching grant has already been received from the Mellon Foundation. More than 340 libraries in the United States and Canada have promised to send, or have already sent, records of their 18th-century holdings to the project. As of July 1 there were 133,948 records in the short title file and 48,434 locations for North American holdings. Plans are far advanced for the publication of the first ESTC, a COM catalog listing the British Library’s 18th-century holdings. Its release is scheduled for June, 1983. The enriched ESTC, containing all identified library holdings, will be published in 1987.

Five Colleges, Inc., the consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been awarded a grant of $854,000 by the Pew Memorial Trust to support library automation. The award will be used for the acquisition of computer hardware and software for a fully automated library system serving the five institutions.

• The University of California, Berkeley’s School of Library and Information Studies has been awarded fellowship support of $8,000 for “Innovation in educating information professionals in a pluralistic society’’ by the U.S. Department of Education.

• The University of California, Davis, has been awarded a HEA Title II-C grant of $105,000 for computer cataloging of special collections in the Higgins Library of Agricultural Technology using the university’s UNIX database. The monies will also provide for the preservation of unique items and for contributing of collection level records to RLIN.

• The University of California, San Francisco, has received a $13,000 grant from the Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition to purchase books for its Oriental Medicine Collection. The 19-year-old collection contains over 10,000 volumes of books and journals related to the development of medicine and medical practices in Japan, China, and other Asian countries.

• The University of Texas, Austin, has received a $157,581 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help preserve important library resources in the Benson Latin American Collection. The grant will be used to microfilm some 600 Central American, Andean regional, and other Latin American serials. The materials were selected from the Benson Collection because of their poor or threatened physical condition and their research value.


• The Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity has issued a preliminary report on longevity in book bindings. Formed in 1979 by the Council on Library Resources with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Committee has been investigating papers and binding materials used in book production. The present report on bindings supplements its April 1981 statement on book paper. The Committee recommends that an independent organization compile information on the longevity of binding materials and it urges publishers to pay more attention to such materials and judge carefully the need for longevity of individual titles. Copies of the report, On Longevity in Binding: Preliminary Report, are available from the Council on Library Resources, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (include a self-addressed mailing label). ■■

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