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Judith Hopkins papers

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 13-10-1038

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection document technical services librarian Judith Hopkins' university studies and career from 1956 to 2004. Included is material related to Autocat, a library cataloging and authorities discussion group. Also included is material from committees Judith Hopkins served on both at the University at Buffalo and as a member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). The collection also includes material relating to conferences Judith Hopkins attended and those at which she presented. Included with the collection is correspondence such as letters of recommendation written by Judith Hopkins for others and surveys in which she took part. The collection also includes materials relating to Judith Hopkins' years as a student and teacher at various universities: Mount Holyoke College, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan. Material from her work at the Ohio College Library Center, now called the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is also included. The collection also includes manuals prepared by Judith Hopkins for the Central Technical Services department at the University at Buffalo, guidelines and procedure documents and additional library manuals. Also included is some of Hopkins' research materials and writings.


  • 1956-2004


Terms of Access

Judith Hopkins papers, 1956-2004, are open for research.
Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or to schedule an appointment.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.

Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified. Series VII contains material that may not be quoted, which is marked as such. Please see the Archivist if you have questions regarding this injunction.

Biographical Note

Judith Hopkins received her bachelor's degree in History from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania (1955) and her master's degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois (1957).

Judith Hopkins came to the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977 to work as a cataloger, at the rank of Associate Librarian. She taught as an adjunct in the University at Buffalo's School of Library Science from 1979 to 1983. Additionally, Hopkins was involved in the Faculty Senate: she served as a Faculty Senator during the 1987-1988 and 1992-1996 academic years, and also from 2000 until her retirement, and held the post of Secretary for a number of years.

Before coming to the State University of New York at Buffalo she was an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan's School of Library and Information Studies. She also worked at the Ohio College Library Center, now called the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), in the early 1970s, an organization that today is dedicated to providing computer library services for more than 50,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories around the world. She was among the original staff and the first librarian hired to work at OCLC.

Hopkins received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 1985. "I'm the first person in technical services that has gotten it," Hopkins is quoted as saying in a July 1985 Reporter article. "Technical services librarians are back room people that are generally not known to the public."

Hopkins coauthored Research Libraries and their Implementation of AACR2 (1986) with John Edens and is the author of a number of significant articles including "The French Cataloging Code of 1791" and the "Origins of the Card Catalog" both published in Libraries and Culture.

Hopkins was also the list owner of AUTOCAT, a library cataloging and authorities discussion group with over 3,600 subscribers in forty-five countries. She has been a member of the American Library Association (ALA) since 1957 and the New York Library Association (NYLA) since 1977, serving on various committees throughout her tenure. She is also a member of Beta Phi Mu, an international Library Science honorary society.

Judith Hopkins retired from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004 after 27 years of service in the University Libraries. In 2006 Judith Hopkins was the recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Association for Library Collection and Technical Services (ALCTS), Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of the American Library Association.


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Papers document technical services librarian Judith Hopkins' university studies and career from 1956 to 2004. The collection includes research and writings, committee materials, manuals written by Judith Hopkins, and materials related to her time at the Ohio College Library Center, now called the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).


This collection is arranged in nine series: I. Autocat; II. Committees; III. Conferences and workshops; IV. Correspondence; V. Education and biographical information; VI. Manuals; VII. OCLC; VIII. Research and writings; and IX. Working reference books.

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Acquisition Information

Judith Hopkins donated her papers to the University Archives upon her retirement in October 2004.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

State University of New York at Buffalo, Faculty Senate materials have been removed from the collection and placed with like materials in the University Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Sheryl Saxby, March 2006.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.

Judith Hopkins papers
Finding aid prepared by University Sheryl Saxby.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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