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Guide to the Library Collection, 1967-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the Library Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Library Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1989
    Collection Number: ARC17.06
    Creator: Ames Research Center
    Extent: Number of containers: 5

    Volume: 5 cubic feet
    Repository: Ames Research Center, Ames History Archives
    Moffett Field, California 94035
    Abstract: The Library Collection provides insight on library staff, culture, planning, operations, and facility changes for nearly two decades, from 1967 to 1989. This collection of materials contains an array of photographs, outreach materials, and administrative documents from the Ames Main Library, later named Technical Library, and the Life Sciences Library. Photographs depict personnel, library interiors, and facility changes. Outreach materials include the Library's Upstairs, Downstairs, and Across the Street newsletter and brochures. Administrative documentation includes planning and operations files.
    Language: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government material, researcher must contact the original creator.

    Preferred Citation

    NASA Ames History Archives, NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field, California. ARC17.06, Library Collection, [Container number]: [Folder number]. [Identification of item]. [Date, if available].

    Abbreviated Citation

    NASA ARC. ARC17.06, [Container number]: [Folder number]. [Identification of item]. [Date, if available].

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred by the Technical Library on March 22, 2017 (Acc. 2017-006).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms may be used to index this collection.

    Corporate Name

    Ames Research Center
    Life Sciences Library (Ames Research Center)
    Main Library (Ames Research Center)
    Technical Library (Ames Research Center)

    Personal Name

    Alexander, Diane
    Andrejak, Catherine R.
    Cohen, Doreen C
    Clark, Deanna K.
    Dueker, Sarah C.
    Fleek, Edna
    Frazier, Beverly
    French, Patricia
    Greene, Mickey
    Head, Sylvia
    Johnson, Esther K.
    Johnson, James F.
    Keegan, Sheila H.
    Landers, Harry M.
    Pappas, Daniel T.
    Ponce, Kathleen
    Roncaglia, George J.
    Rutkowski, Susan
    Sandford, Betsy R.
    Schubert, William
    Schwier, Robert R.
    Shiplett, Darrell D.
    Snyder, Kenneth A.
    Steere, David
    Walsh, Mary E.
    Yung, Donna Y.
    Zeleny, Steven C.


    Ames Research Center -- Libraries
    Ames Research Center -- Libraries -- Periodicals
    Libraries -- Design and Construction
    Library Buildings -- Safety Measures -- Planning
    Library Management (Ames Research Center)
    Library Resources -- California -- Ames Research Center
    Science and technology librarians

    Scope and Content

    The Library collection consists of photographs, outreach materials, and administrative documents from both the Main Library (later named Technical Library), and the Life Sciences Library. The materials depict library personnel, planning operations, and physical changes to the facilities from 1967 to 1989. The photographs and documents are evidence of different phases of improvements and footprint reductions, while the outreach materials are examples of communication efforts during those two decades. The collection is arranged into three series: Photographs, Outreach, and Administrative Documentation. Though multiple libraries were in operation during this time, with each library serving a specific research interest, this collection focuses on the Main and Life Sciences Libraries.
    The Photograph Series provides views of librarians and library interiors, such as the reading room, offices, and shelving units from both the Main and Life Sciences Libraries from 1967-1971. Other images depict staff preparing for a collection move prior to the Main Library's seismic retrofit from 1988-1989. Documentation related to the collection move and other physical changes to the library facility shown in these photographs can be found in Series III. The photographs in this series include snapshots taken by library personnel and official images taken by an Ames photographer.
    The Outreach Series is predominately made up of bound volumes of the Library staff newsletter Upstairs, Downstairs, and Across the Street, which ran from 1977-1980. Other materials in the series include Ames Astrogram articles and brochures about the library services dated from 1969-1980.
    The Administrative Documents Series includes topics related to library planning and operations. The majority of the documentation captures how the library physically changed between 1968-1983. Throughout the years the Main Library and Life Sciences Library experienced improvements, expansions, and reductions. Library services and the physical footprint of facilities changed over time. The planning and operation documentation provide insights into some of those changes. Photographs from Series I provide visual documentation of facility changes.

    Arrangement of the Library Collection

    The Library collection was received with no apparent order beyond materials being organized by format. The materials are arranged in three series by format and function, and then in chronological order.
    • Series include:
    • I. Library Photographs, 1967-1989
    • II. Library Outreach, 1969-1980
    • III. Administrative Documents, 1968-1983