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Inventory to the Nasser Sharify Papers, 1902-1993 (Bulk 1950-1989)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nasser Sharify Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1993 (Bulk 1950-1989)
    Collection Number: 86043
    Creator: Sharify, Nasser, 1925-
    Collection Size: Number of Containers: 102 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (50 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The Nasser Sharify papers document his long career as a librarian, academic, advocate, and consultant. The papers relate in part to the formulation of plans for the creation of a national library for Iran, and to development of library and information science schools, especially in Iran and Morocco, as well as to the development of international library programs at schools in the United States. The collection consists of reports, working papers for reports, correspondence, financial and legal records, minutes, conference papers, printed matter, sound recordings, microfilm, and photographs.
    Language: English with some materials in Persian and French

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Collection stored off site; a minimum of two days notice is required for use. Boxes may be requested through Stanford's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ 

    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nasser Sharify papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1986, with increments added in September 1988, June 1989, February 1998, and 2012.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1925 September 23 Born, Tehran, Iran
    1949-1953 Deputy director of Library of Parliament, Iran
    1953 Came to the United States
    1954 M.S., Columbia University
    1958 PhD, Library Science, Columbia University
    1959 Author, Cataloging Persian Works, Including Rules for Transliteration Entry Description
    1960 Director of graduate training program, UNESCO Mission, National Teacher's College, Tehran
    1966 Member of U.S. AID Mission to Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan
    1966-1968 Director of international librarianship and documentation, International Studies and World Affairs, State University of New York (SUNY), Oyster Bay
    1968-1987 Dean and professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
    1974-1975 Chairman of the board of consultants to the National University of Iran
    1975-1977 Chairman of the board of consultants to the Pahlavi National Library of Iran
    1987 Distinguished professor and dean emeritus, Pratt Institute
    1999 June 30 Resolution honoring Nasser Sharify adopted by the Council of the American Library Association
    Source: Sharify, Nasser. Who's Who in American Education, 65th edition

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Nasser Sharify papers document his long career as a librarian, academic, advocate, and consultant. The papers relate in part to the formulation of plans for the creation of a national library for Iran, and to development of library and information science schools, especially in Iran and Morocco, as well as to the development of international library programs at schools in the United States. The collection consists of reports, working papers for reports, correspondence, financial and legal records, minutes, conference papers, printed matter, sound recordings, microfilm, and photographs.
    The largest series of the collection contains records relating to the planning and construction of the Pahlavi National Library in Iran from 1975 to 1977. As chairman of the board of consultants on the project, Sharify brought together librarians and information professionals from around the world to create a plan for the operation of the library, as decreed by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and overseen by the deputy minister of the imperial court of Iran for cultural affairs, Shojaeddin Shafa. The resulting nine volume report is included in the collection along with supporting documents, draft reports, consultant correspondence, contracts, minutes, and recordings of planning conferences.
    As evidenced by this project, Sharify spent much of his career promoting international librarianship as a profession. The collection includes essays, reports, research materials, and correspondence relating to library education, cataloging practices, and book distribution in the United States, Iran, and Morocco from the 1950s to 1970s. In addition, Sharify's work with the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, CENTO, and Unesco resulted in documents relating to international librarianship.
    The International Library Manpower materials in the Conference, Institutes, and Workshops materials series include data collected from over fifty countries around the world, summarizing social, economic, and political conditions in relation to library education and resources.
    Other materials of note include research materials related to Sharify's work on developing a transliteration and cataloging standard for Persian library materials. His work on this project, in the Research Projects series, included surveying libraries in the U.S. with Persian materials in their holdings.
    A well-known figure in the library community, Sharify was highly active in a number of library associations, including the American Library Association (ALA), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and the Association for Library and Information School Education (ALISE). Materials collected from conferences and meetings of these associations are included in the Professional Associations' Meetings and Offices Held in Professional Associations files. Among these materials are Sharify's speeches and writings from the conferences.

    Arrangement

    The arrangement of the collection follows a classification scheme developed by a former student of Nasser Sharify, for the purpose of donating the papers to the archives. In this classification scheme, each activity or project in Sharify's career is identified by a letter. For example, the creation of the Pahlavi National Library of Iran is identified by the letter "A"; materials from Offices Held in Professional Associations by the letter "K" and so on. Groups of documents related to each activity receive a numerical designation. There is no significance to the order which the groups are arranged or numbered. For example, materials in series "A" Pahlavi National Library have the following numbers as subseries or file:
    A. Pahlavi National Library
    A-1. Press, National and International
    A-1/1. Comments by other professionals
    A-2. Articles, brochures, and other printed matter about the PNL
    Incremental materials are described using the same classification and series titles are repeated wherever related documents appear.

    Access Points

    Libraries--Iran.
    Education.
    Iran.
    Kitabkhanah-i Pahlavi.
    Library education--United States.
    Library education--Iran.
    Library education--Morocco.
    Morocco.
    Africa.
    Unesco.