Ruth Bartholomew papers
Scope and Content Note
The papers of Ruth Bartholomew pertain to her career as a librarian at the University of Buffalo. The bulk of the papers consists of an alphabetical file which contains her papers as University Librarian (1922-1934) and later as Associate Librarian. Most of the papers date from 1922 to the early 1940's and pertain to the general administration of the Library. The later papers are fragmentary and pertain to her more specialized responsibilities in gifts and exchange, supplies and the bindery. This collection includes library surveys, statistics, budget notes, overdue records, building plans, and correspondence.
- Bartholomew, Ruth (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
The Ruth Bartholomew papers, 1922-1963, are open for research.
Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. 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.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Ruth Bartholomew (1899-1969) was the first professional librarian at the University of Buffalo. At Oberlin College, she studied music and library science. In 1921 she began her career at the Buffalo Public Library on Lafayette Square. She served as University Librarian (the head of the "main library" of the University; the Schools of Medicine and Law maintained separate departmental libraries) from 1922 to 1934. In 1934, Charles D. Abbott was appointed to the newly created post of Director of Libraries and Ruth Bartholomew became Associate Librarian. After an Assistant Director was appointed in the 1950's she became chiefly responsible for overseeing gifts and exchange, personnel, and the bindery.
Bartholomew served as head librarian when the College of Arts and Sciences Library moved from Niagara Square to Foster Hall, later to Hayes Hall, and in 1935 she supervised the move into the original E.B. Green-designed Lockwood Memorial Library, now the Health Sciences Library. She was a member of the American Library Association and a delegate to its national meetings. She also helped organize a library service group, the Friends of Lockwood Library. Bartholomew, also an accomplished pianist, retired in 1964.
9.7 Linear Feet (20 manuscript boxes )
The papers pertain to the career of Ruth Bartholomew as a librarian at the University of Buffalo. The bulk of the papers are in the form of an alphabetical file and date from 1922 to the early 1940s and pertain to the general administration of the Library. Some of the later papers pertain to her more specialized responsibilities in gifts and exchange, supplies and the bindery.
The records in this collection are arranged alphabetically.
The Ruth Bartholomew papers were transferred by the University Libraries to University Archives between 1965 and 1967.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Archives staff, circa 1960's.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, August 2014.
- Bartholomew, Ruth -- Archives
- Building plans Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Library administrators Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Reports Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- State University of New York at Buffalo
- Statistics Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- University Archives
- University of Buffalo -- Archives
- University of Buffalo. University Libraries
- Finding Aid for the Ruth Bartholomew papers
- Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
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