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Guide to the Eugene N. Salmon papers, 1940-1985 (1950-1980)
MSS 1992/04  
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  • Custodial History
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Accrual Information
  • Publication Rights
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information

  • Title: Eugene N. Salmon papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 1992/04
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.2 Linear feet (8 manuscript boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1950-1980
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1985
    Abstract: The collection contains papers, correspondence, and teaching aids pertaining to the educational and professional life of Eugene N. Salmon, Humanities Librarian at California State University, Sacramento.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials for Eugene N. Salmon are in English, minus one course taken entirely in French. Some teaching aid materials for the History of the Book are printed in German and Latin.
    creator: Salmon, Eugene Nathan

    Custodial History

    Eugene N. Salmon assembled these papers over many years as part of his effort to preserve his teachings of Library Science, English, and the History of the Book.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Christopher Rockwell.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 1992/04, Eugene N. Salmon papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Eugene Nathan Salmon was a librarian and English professor in Sacramento, California during the 1960s and 70s. A good portion of his life was spent within academia, both as student and educator. His contributions to the library profession consisted of a number of scholarly papers and articles, and involvement with the ALA’s Library Technology Project. As a student of English literature, Eugene Salmon helped develop Sacramento State University’s first course on the History of the Book. As the Head Humanities Librarian at Sacramento State University, he also helped establish an enormous collection of English literature and materials--many of which can still be found in the university’s library and archives today.
    Eugene Salmon was born in Sacramento on May 2, 1917. His parents were Wallace Salmon and Beatrice Myra Loewe Salmon. Four years after his birth, the Salmon family moved to New York City where Eugene attended Theodore Roosevelt High School. In 1954, Eugene attained his Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Denver and, by 1955, he completed his Masters in Library Science from the same institution. Working only part-time at the University of Denver library, Salmon soon received his first professional position as Head Circulation Librarian at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
    By January 22, 1962, Eugene Salmon joined the American Library Association’s Library Technology Project staff in Chicago as head of the project’s technical information service. During this time, he managed to also take extra courses at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. In September of 1963, Eugene Salmon moved back to Sacramento where he joined the staff of the California State Library as Head of Technical Services. Shortly thereafter, he received the position of Head Humanities Reference Librarian at, what was then, Sacramento State College. Over the next two decades, he helped acquire a large assortment of English literature and poetry for the academic institution–-including an extensive collection on Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell.
    From 1965 through 1970, Eugene Salmon pursued his Master’s Degree in English at the Sacramento State College. In 1965 he co-taught a course alongside Perry D. Morrison at the college entitled History of the Book. In the 1970s, he taught additional courses in library science and management at the American River College and Sacramento City College. Eugene Salmon retired in 1982. He passed away on March 2, 1995.

    Scope and Contents

    The following collection includes personal letters, bibliographies, reports, essays, teaching aids, photographs, newsletters, and clippings collected by Eugene N. Salmon during his lifetime as a librarian. Originally eleven cartons (13.75 linear feet) worth of material, the content has been weeded and organized to best reflect the scholarly and professional work of Eugene Salmon.
    There are three main series pertaining to the Eugene N. Salmon papers. First, his life as a student is represented through several of his own papers, reports, scholarships, grades, correspondence and ephemera. Second, his work as a librarian is tracked by applications, interviews, personnel information, correspondence, papers, bulletins, notes for articles / lectures, reviews / ideas, letters of support, conferences / seminars, extra-professional activities, collections and ephemera. Finally, his work as a professor of librarianship and literature is demonstrated through his collection of personnel information, schedules, tests, class exercises, readings, student papers, notes and teaching aids.
    In particular, this collection derives from Salmon’s office files which focus heavily on the instructional aids and resources pertaining to the History of the Book. This sub-series also features class proposals, syllabi, tests, readings and Salmon’s personal notes.

    Accrual Information

    No additions are expected.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


    Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

    Acquisition Information

    The Eugene N. Salmon papers were given to the CSUS Special Collections and University Archives by Eugene Salmon in the summer of 1993.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Salmon, Eugene Nathan
    Salmon, Eugene Nathan
    Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964
    Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969
    Sitwell, Sacheverell, 1897-1988
    English literature
    English poetry
    History of the book