Scope and Content
Title: Robert Vosper Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1961-1991
Collection number: 1024
19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Robert Gordon Vosper (1913-1994) was the director of libraries (1961-73), professor of library science (1961-83), and emeritus
professor and director of William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (1966-81) at UCLA. He also served as President of the Association
of College and Research Libraries (1955-56), Chairman of the Association of Research Libraries (1963), and President of the
American Library Association (1965-66). The collection includes papers relating to professional meetings, committee work,
teaching, and writing.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including
copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION UNAVAILABLE FOR USE: except for boxes 1-17. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed,
in writing, to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Department of Special Collections.
[Identification of item], Robert Vosper Papers (Collection 1024). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Robert Gordon Vosper was born on June 21, 1913 in Portland, Oregon; BA (1937) and MA (1939), University of Oregon, 1939; library
certificate, UC Berkeley, 1940; junior librarian, UC Berkeley, 1940-42; assistant reference librarian, Stanford University,
1942-44; head of acquisitions department (1944-48), assistant librarian (1948-49), and associate librarian (1949-52), UCLA;
director of libraries, University of Kansas, 1952-61, and at UCLA, 1961-73; also professor of library science (1961-83), emeritus
professor and director of William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA, 1966-81; director, Association of Research Libraries
Farmington Plan Survey, 1957-58; President of the Association of College and Research Libraries (1955-56), Chairman of the
Association of Research Libraries (1963), and President of the American Library Association (1965-66), awarded UCLA Man of
the Year (1968), decorated as an Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium (1977), J.W. Lippincott Award (1985), UCLA Medal
(1988), and UCLA Emeritus of the Year (1992); publications include
Acquisitions trends in American libraries (1955),
European university libraries (1964), and
Libraries for all (1980); he died on May 14, 1994.
Scope and Content
Boxes 1-17 include papers relating to professional meetings, committee work, teaching, and writing.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library--Officials and employees--Archival resources.
College librarians--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
Libraries and the inquiring mind [oral history transcript] / Robert Vosper, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, c. 1994. Available at the
Department of Special Collections, UCLA.