American Library Association Archives
The American Library Association Archives is the official repository for the American Library Association. Founded in 1876, the American Library Association is the world’s oldest and largest national library association.
The ALA Archives was established in the summer of 1973, when ALA entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its non-current records of value housed at the University Archives.
ALA records are heavily used by historians, faculty, students, and ALA staff and members to study such topics as the history of librarianship, censorship, and ALA’s role in national and international events.
The ALA Archives consists of official records, members’ papers, correspondence, publications, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and scrapbooks. Research material is arranged in five general areas: administrative and staff offices, associations and divisions, round tables, committees and members’ papers, and affiliated and associated organizations.