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Guide to the Louis A. Kenney Papers
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Louis A. Kenney Papers
    Dates: 1914-1992
    Bulk Dates: 1950-1992
    Identification: MS-0393
    Creator: Kenney, Louis A., 1917-1993
    Physical Description: 3.00 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English French German Italian
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Biographical Information:

    Born February 28, 1917 in Dorchester, NE, Louis A. Kenney received his BA from Nebraska State College, Kearney in 1939. He completed a BS and a MS in Library Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He spent a year studying abroad in Switzerland from 1949-1950 and was awarded his PhD in History from the University of Maryland in 1960. His thesis was titled The Censorship Edicts of Emperor Charles V in the Low Countries, 1515-1550.
    Kenney served as San Diego State's University Librarian from 1961 to 1980. During his tenure, Kenney played an instrumental role in planning for a new library building; the Malcolm A. Love Library which opened in 1971. As a result, the library's collection tripled in size and Kenney was able to play a key role in establishing the Special Collections department. He also helped form the Friends of the Malcolm A. Love Library in 1964 and served on its Board.
    Kenney was an avid collector of rare books. In 1967, he purchased the Zinner Collection for Special Collections. Kenney retired from San Diego State in 1980 but remained active with the Friends of the Library and various other organizations. He was named Emeritus Librarian upon his retirement. He died in December of 1993.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    San Diego State University -- Faculty -- Biography -- Sources
    San Diego State University. Library. Dept. of Special Collections -- History -- Sources

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Personal Papers
    Photographs
    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Kenney, Louis A., 1917- -- Archives
    Kenney, Louis A., 1917- -- Correspondence

    Topical Term:

    Academic librarians -- California -- San Diego -- Biography -- Sources
    Academic librarians -- California -- San Diego -- Correspondence
    Censorship -- Netherlands -- Early works to 1800
    Censorship -- Netherlands -- History -- 16th century

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Louis A. Kennedy Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Correspondence, 1960-1980
    II. Professional Files, 1950-1992
    III. Printing Ephemera
    IV. Scrapbooks, 1914-1950

    Scope and Contents

    The Louis A. Kenney Papers document Kenney's years as University Librarian at San Diego State University.  The collection dates from 1914-1992, and has been divided into four series: Correspondence, Professional Files, Printing Ephemera, and Scrapbooks.
    The Correspondence series includes Kenney's ingoing and outgoing correspondence from 1960 to 1980, as well as his dissertation.  Included in this series are memos regarding the budget; various complaints and concerns from faculty and staff; information on meetings and new employee appointments; requests for forming cooperative relationships with other libraries; and memos regarding the library's move to a new building in 1971.  The series is arranged chronologically.
    The Professional Files series documents a broad range of Kenney's life from his doctoral dissertation to his retirement from the San Diego State library in 1980.  The series dates from 1950 to 1992, with some undated materials.  Included in this series is a copy of Kenney's PhD dissertation, The Censorship Edicts of Emperor Charles V in the Low Countries, 1515-1550, as well as a copy of a rare 1540 edition of Ordenung und Mandat, a primary document used for his dissertation; and three folders of correspondence regarding the library's Edward A. Block Memorial Collection from 1965-1973.  Also included is Kenney's Campanile Club plaque, one of his nameplates, and a copy of a 42nd Infantry Division history/yearbook, ca. 1943.  There is no filing order.
    The Printing Ephemera series includes various numerous and varied materials collected by Kenney over his tenure as University Librarian.
    The Scrapbooks series includes three scrapbooks.  The first was compiled by Kenney while on a trip through Italy with school friends in 1950.  It includes postcards and photos of Kenney and his friends from Florence, Milan, Assisi, Rome, Amalfi, Pompeii, Sicily, and numerous other locations in Italy.  The second consists of postcards from Hawaii, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong,  Shanghai, and the Chinese countryside.  It also includes some cards depicting the US Pacific Fleet, and the Japanese silk and tea industries.  The third scrapbook was compiled by Kenney while on a trip through France and Switzerland with school friends in 1949.  It is unclear if this is the same trip in which he visited Italy.  The album includes photos and postcards from the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, Paris, the French countryside, Zurich, Bern, and the Swiss countryside.