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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In an item on the University of Arizona Library in the June 1977 issue of College and Research Libraries News (page 176), the art history collections of that library are described with reference to those of several other schools—but with no mention of a sister institution barely one hundred miles away. Arizona State University, located at Tempe in the metropolitan area of Phoenix, is a much younger institution, having achieved university status only in 1958. However, it does have the largest art history department in the state, consisting of ten full-time faculty members (five more than at the University of Arizona) and offering a total of forty-eight courses in all areas of art history. In conjunction with a supportive library administration, its faculty has worked actively to develop a collection for study and research in art history. As a result, the university library now has 21,000 titles in art and photography and currently receives 180 serial titles in those fields. The Howe Architecture Library houses another 15,000 titles, in addition to some 200 serial titles. Other important resources are those of the slide collection of the Department of Art, with 160,000 slides, placing it within the top twenty university facilities of its kind in the United States, and the university art collections.

Clearly, the holdings of the Arizona State University Library qualify it for recognition not only within the state but also for its significant contribution to the emerging library resources in art history in the Southwest—the fastest-growing region of the country.

Winberta Yao Art Reference Librarian Arizona State University, Tempe

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