Guide to the Louis A. Kenney Papers

Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Hollander.
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Guide to the Louis A. Kenney Papers 1914/1992

Special Collections & University Archives

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: 3.71 linear ft
Language of Materials: English French German Italian
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Louis A. Kenney was born February 28, 1917 in Dorchester, NE. He received his BA from Nebraska State College, Kearney in 1939 and completed a BS and a MS in Library Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1941 and served with the 42nd Infantry Division in World War II. He returned to civilian life in 1946 and spent a year studying abroad in Switzerland from 1949 to 1950. In 1960 he was awarded his PhD in history from the University of Maryland. His thesis was titled The Censorship Edicts of Emperor Charles V in the Low Countries, 1515-1550.
Kenney was San Diego State's University Librarian from 1961 to 1980 and 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 helped to establish the Special Collections department for rare books and manuscripts. 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. Department of Special Collections--History--Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

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. Photographs and 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 materials collected by Kenney during his tenure as University Librarian.
The Photographs and Scrapbooks series includes photographs of the 1939 New York World’s Fair and Kenney’s wartime service in Europe, and three scrapbooks that document Kenney’s travels after the war and contain postcards he collected. The loose photographs primarily document Kenny’s wartime service and include photographs taken by Kenney and souvenir prints he purchased. The wartime photographs, which mostly date from the summer of 1945, include photographs taken in cities and towns in France, Germany, Austria and Scotland. The aftermath of the war is shown through several photographs of buildings destroyed by bombing. Also included are a group of photographs Kenney took while attending the New York World’s Fair in 1939, as well as a shot of Kenney’s relatives in Los Angeles. The first scrapbook 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 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.

Detailed List of Contents


Correspondence 1960-1980

Box 1, Folder 1

Incoming n.d.

Box 1, Folder 2

Incoming 1980

Box 1, Folder 3

Incoming 1979

Box 1, Folder 4

Incoming 1978

Box 1, Folder 5

Incoming 1977

Box 1, Folder 6

Incoming 1976

Box 1, Folder 7

Incoming 1975

Box 1, Folder 8

Incoming 1974

Box 1, Folder 9

Incoming 1973

Box 1, Folder 10

Incoming 1972

Box 1, Folder 11

Incoming 1971

Box 1, Folder 12

Incoming 1970

Box 1, Folder 13

Incoming 1969

Box 1, Folder 14

Incoming 1968

Box 1, Folder 15

deBellis Library 1968, 1969

Box 1, Folder 16

McConnel, Mrs. Frederick 1969

Box 1, Folder 17

Incoming 1967

Box 1, Folder 18

Incoming 1966

Box 1, Folder 19

Incoming 1965

Box 1, Folder 20

Incoming 1964

Box 1, Folder 21

Incoming 1963

Box 1, Folder 22

Incoming 1962

Box 1, Folder 23

Incoming 1961

Box 1, Folder 24

Incoming 1960

Box 1, Folder 25

Outgoing 1980

Box 1, Folder 26

Outgoing 1979

Box 1, Folder 27

Outgoing 1978

Box 1, Folder 28

Outgoing 1977

Box 1, Folder 29

Outgoing 1976

Box 1, Folder 30

Outgoing 1975

Box 1, Folder 31

Outgoing 1974

Box 1, Folder 32

Outgoing 1973

Box 1, Folder 33

Outgoing 1972

Box 1, Folder 34

Outgoing 1971

Box 1, Folder 35

Outgoing 1970

Box 1, Folder 36

Outgoing 1969

Box 1, Folder 37

Outgoing 1968

Box 1, Folder 38

Outgoing 1967

Box 1, Folder 39

Outgoing 1966

Box 1, Folder 40

Outgoing 1965

Box 1, Folder 41

Outgoing 1964

Box 1, Folder 42

Outgoing 1963

Box 1, Folder 43

Outgoing 1962

Box 1, Folder 44

Outgoing 1961

Box 1, Folder 45

Outgoing 1960

Box 1, Folder 46



Professional Files 1950-1992

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence 1981,1982

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence 1983,1984,1985

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence 1986,1987

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence: Kearney State Foundation 1984-91

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence 1988,1989,1990

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence-Margit Smith 1986-1992

Box 2, Folder 7

Elizabeth Frazee- Worsley Correspondence 1968-70

Box 2, Folder 8

Block Memorial Collection Correspondence 1965-73

Box 2, Folder 9

Block Memorial Collection Correpondence 1965-73

Box 2, Folder 10

Block Memorial Collection Correspondence 1965-73

Box 2, Folder 11

"Despot Rules Love Library" ca 1971

Box 2, Folder 12

Courtney File

Box 2, Folder 13

"Report on the State of the Library" 1961

Box 2, Folder 14

Talks, reports, mixed dates

Box 2, Folder 15

Retirement 1980

Box 2, Folder 16

Curriculum vitae, bio sketches (see also Kenney bio file)

Box 2, Folder 17

Talks to Library Personnel mixed dates

Box 2, Folder 18

Pictorial History of SDSU, proposed publication 1978

Box 2, Folder 19

Censorship issue talks mixed dates

Box 2, Folder 20

"Public Relations in the College Library" July 1984

Box 2, Folder 21

Manpower Research Project 1978

Box 2, Folder 22

The London World Fair of 1851 by Louis A. Kenney 1950

Box 2, Folder 23

The American Democratic Faith and The Pragmatism of William James, Term Paper 1955

Box 2, Folder 24

Doctoral Dissertation rewriting and abridgement

Box 2, Folder 25

Doctoral Dissertation, Fourth Carbon Copy; Dissertation Summary, Reprint of Abstract

Box 2, Folder 26

Doctoral Dissertation Manuscript for Publication (not published)

Box 2, Folder 27

Printing and Censorship in the Period 1450-1550 (unpublished article)

Box 2, Folder 28

Book Review ca 1908

Box 2, Folder 29

Unmarked Folder containing newspaper clippings

Box 2, Folder 30

Aztec Shops Calendar

Box 2, Folder 31

"Frank J. and Amelin Kenney..." by Louis Kenney

Box 2, Folder 32

Miscellaneous cards, certificates, photos

Box 2, Folder 33

Mental Illness: Book Review

Box 2, Folder 34

Mental Illness: Correspondence, Review, etc. 1983-

Box 2, Folder 35

Photostat and typed of a rare 1540 copy "Ordenung und Mandat". Typed copy in Modern German and original in old German script (was the final document for his PhD dissertation)

Box 2, Folder 36

SDSU Library Staff Association Bicentennial Cookbook

Box 2, Folder 37

Library Employee Handbook 1996

Box 2, Folder 38

Security and Emergency Policy

Box 2, Folder 39

General Division Minutes

Box 2, Folder 40

California Faculty Association

Box 2

Field Artillery Battalion- 42nd Infantry Division (Yearbook)

Box 2

Campanile Club Plaque 1984-85

Box 2

Desk nametag "L.A. Kenney, Director of Libraries"


Printing Ephemera

Box 2, Folder 41

Exhibit Notices and Catalogs

Box 2, Folder 42

Prospectuses and Announcements


Photographs and Scrapbooks 1914-1950

Box 3

Dr. Louis Kenney and his classmates' trip through Italy 1950

Box 4

Pacific Cruises 1914-1915

Box 5

Dr. Louis A. Kenney and his classmates' trip through Switzerland and France 1949

Box 6, Folder 1

New York World's Fair, 1939

Box 6, Folder 2

Los Angeles, 1942

Box 6, Folder 3

Europe, 1945

Box 6, Folder 4

Paris, 1945

Box 6, Folder 5

Salzburg, 1945