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Friends of the Folsom Library records, 1966-2017

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Predominant Dates:1966-1981

Extent: 0.6 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in four series:  I. General; II. Meetings; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Programs and Events. Folders are arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Friends of the library, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Societies

Forms of Material: Agendas (administrative records), Minutes, Newsletters, Program (s)

Languages: English

Collection processed by: J. Kuba


Membership information, early guestbook, Board of Trustee minutes and meeting notes, and general correspondence related to the foundation of the Friends of Folsom Library.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Contents of the Friends of Folsom Library records (Acc. #1982-19) consist of membership information, events and scheduled programming from 1977 to 1984, a guestbook from 1976 to 1977, Board of Trustee minutes and meeting notes, and general correspondence related to the early foundation of the Friends of Folsom Library. Included in the General Series are American Library Association Friends of the Library notes from academic libraries around the country.

Collection Historical Note

The Friends of the Folsom Library is a service organization comprised of Rensselaer faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and interested community members dedicated to enriching the collections, services, and events provided at the Folsom Library. Friends of Folsom Library's mission seeks to enhance community understanding of the functions of the Library and demonstrate its potential as a resource, sponsor programs for its members and others, and encourage support for future advancement of the Library operations. The Friends began in 1976, inspired by a nationwide move for academic libraries to reach outside the academic walls and immediate constitutents to broader communities. The Friends of Folsom Library continues to play a pivotal role in Folsom Library's growth today.

The generosity of the Friends supports a collection of best-selling fiction and non-fiction, a browsing collection of popular magazines, and a collection of DVDs. They also underwrite the maintenance of plantings and provide lounge furniture throughout the Folsom Library as well as sponsor occasional exhibits and events, such as talks by local authors. In partnership with the Rensselaer Retirees Forum, the Friends co-sponsor monthly Lunch & Learn presentations on various topics during the academic year.

Subject/Index Terms

Friends of the library
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Societies

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Friends of Folsom Library. records, 1982-19. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Finding Aid Revision History: Processed by T.A. Gobert, 1997. Re-processed by Gretchen Koerpel, May 10, 2001. Revised by Irene Garnett, April 12, 2011. Re-processed by Jenifer Kuba, January 3, 2012.

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[Series I: General],
[Series II: Programs and Events],
[Series III: Membership],
[Series IV: Meetings],

Series II: Programs and EventsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 10: Guest Register, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Announcements of Special Events, 1977-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Luncheon Programs, 1999-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Carl A. Westerdahl Forum, 2014-Add to your cart.

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