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Glyn T. Evans papers

 Collection — Box: 1-15
Identifier: MS-0148

Scope and Contents

Collected by Glyn Evans throughout his career, the papers mostly contain records of Evans' career with the State University of New York (SUNY), as well as his work before SUNY. Materials include SUNY budgets, committee records, conference materials, correspondence, grant proposals, publications and reports; references; subject files; Evans’ writings and presentations; SUNY/OCLC contracts, publications, reports, and SUNY/OCLC Network Advisory Committee records; OCLC Board of Trustees records, publications and reports, and committee records; and professional development activities.

Some, but not all, materials within the collection were notated with a code number (e.g. H7vii, Q5f). No index to this notation system is present in the collection or could be determined. If folders contain materials with a code, it was noted in parenthesis after the folder description.


  • 1947-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1995


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Glyn T. Evans papers, 1947-1995 are open for research.


Access to portions of this collection is RESTRICTED.


Copyright of 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.

Biographical Note

Glyn Tegwyn Evans was born in Wales. He became a Chartered Librarian, in the United Kingdom, in 1961. In the UK, Evans worked at the Institute of Neurology of University of London and the Royal Society of Medicine. At the Royal Society, Evans became involved in the mechanization and automation of libraries.

In 1968, Evans immigrated to the United States and began work in machine methods at the Washington University School of Medicine. Following this, Evans served as the Coordinator of Library Services for the Five Associated University Libraries. The Five Associated University Libraries was an early consortium that aimed to develop a bibliographic database, similar to that of the Ohio College Library Center (OCLC).

Glyn Evans began his career with the State University of New York in 1973 as the Director of Library Services. In this capacity he was responsible for all the libraries in SUNY and was heavily involved in their mechanization and automation. Evans also served as the Director of the SUNY/OCLC Network. The SUNY/OCLC network provided OCLC bibliographic database services and products to member libraries. Through his work in automation and due to his relationship with OCLC, Evans served on the OCLC board of trustees from 1978-1980 and 1985-1989. In 1995, Evans retired from SUNY as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Library Services.

Glyn Evans’ wife Anne was a Buffalo area school librarian. Together they had a daughter, Sara. Glyn was a noted jazz pianist who was interested art, music, and theater. He passed away shortly after retiring from SUNY in 1995.


18.5 Linear Feet (15 cartons)


Glyn T. Evans was an administrator and librarian with the State University of New York from 1972 to 1995. His papers reflect SUNY, SUNY/OCLC Network, and OCLC administration as well as library automation.


This collection is arranged in six series: I. State University of New York (SUNY), 1947-1995, II. SUNY/OCLC Network, 1972-1995, III. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), 1978-1995, IV. Other work, 1966-1988, V. Reference materials, 1962-1995, and VI. Professional activities, affiliations, and development, 1970-1995.

Acquisition Information

The Glyn T. Evans papers were donated to the University at Buffalo by Glyn Evans' wife, Anne Evans, in September 2006. John Edens, of University Libraries, later donated several issues of the SONAC Letter to supplement the run of the newsletter present in the collection..

Accruals and Additions

No future accruals expected.

Related Resources

1/2/436, SUNY Council of Head Librarians (Library Directors) records, 1951-1999
13/10/1038, Judith Hopkins papers, 1956-2004

Separated Materials

A set of related monographs was included in the donation of the Glyn T. Evans papers. These monographs were removed and disbursed throughout the University Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Tallman, January 2009.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, March 2015.


Finding Aid for the Glyn T. Evans papers
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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