Series 122 - ALG McDonald correspondence files

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ALG McDonald correspondence files


  • 1948 – 1961 (Creation)

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0.4 m (2 type 1 boxes)

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(1898 – 1981)

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Arthur Leopold Gladstone McDonald was the first University Librarian of the Australian National University. McDonald took up the position in May 1948, after having served as Deputy Librarian at the University of Melbourne for some years. Developing the library from scratch, he presided over the transfer of some 40,000 volumes to Canberra in early 1951, and by the time of his retirement from the University in 1960, the collections totaled over 200,000 volumes. McDonald died in Canberra on 14 January 1981

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These folders contain correspondence, agenda and minutes of committees and reports relating to the early development of the University Library including accommodation at the University of Melbourne, building of the Menzies Library, association with the Canberra University College and relations with other University Librarians. Copies from McDonald’s diary 1948-1950 relating to the establishment of the library and his study tour to the United Kingdom and the United States of America are also included.


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National Library of Australia: MS 7865, Papers including original diaries

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 4 October 2007; amended 17 Feb 2010




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