Dean Galloway Letters

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Humboldt State University Library
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dean Galloway Letters
Dates: 1956-1968
Collection Number: 1999.27
Creator/Collector: Dean Galloway
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
Repository: Humboldt State University Library
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Abstract: Between 1956-1958 librarian Dean Galloway and his family traveled to Tehran, Iran for a two-year librarianship position in the Institute for Administrative Affairs Library, within the Faculty of Law Department, at the University of Tehran. During his stay he wrote to his friends and coworkers at Humboldt State University Library about his experiences living and working in Iran.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Dean Galloway Letters. Humboldt State University Library

Acquisition Information

The letters were in the possession of the Humboldt State University Library Special Collections prior to 1997.

Biography/Administrative History

Richard Dean Galloway (1922-2014) was a librarian at Humboldt State College (HSC) for 13 years before he became the Library Director at Stanislaus State College where he served for 23 years. Dean attended HSC and received his Bachelors of Arts in Social Science in 1947 and by 1950 he had received his Masters in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley. During his career, Dean had the opportunity to travel to Tehran, Iran from 1956-1958 for a librarianship position. The program that brought him to Tehran was the Institute of Administrative Affairs at the University of Tehran. The Institute of Administrative Affairs was created by the United States International Cooperation Administration and the Iranian government, and its purpose was to have American educators instruct Iranian students at the graduate level, on how to operate public administration programs. It was during this time, that Dean's main focus for the institute's library was to improve regular operations and work on special projects. This experience eventually led him to become the Library Director at Stanislaus State College shortly after his return to the United States.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of letters from Dean to HSC staff with the exception of a few that were written to him by unknown authors. His letters start from the beginning of his two-year librarianship in Iran and continue through his return to the United States. Throughout Dean's letters he gives the HSC staff a glimpse of what it's like to work at the University of Tehran and live in Tehran. He often educates the staff about Iranian culture, regarding history, ceremonies, and holidays.

Indexing Terms

Humboldt State University - History
Humboldt State University - Library
Tehran (Iran)
Dānishgāh-i Tihrān

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