Record group RG96 - ROM Library fonds

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ROM Library fonds

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    CA ON00259 RG96

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    • [ca. 1900-1999] (Creation)
      Royal Ontario Museum Library & Archives

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    7 boxes of textual records and graphic material

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    The Royal Ontario Museum Library was formalized in 1961 when departmental and divisional libraries were united under one librarian Elizabeth McCormick (married name Elizabeth Karrow). In 1960 Mr. Lionel Massey was appointed Director of Administration at the ROM. He reviewed the use of the ROM libraries and determined that efficiencies in space and staffing could be gained by united the libraries into one. The west gallery of Invertebrate Palaeontology was taken over for library purposes. The consolidation was noted in the March 18, 1962 Board of Trustee minutes. “Mr. Massey reported that since the consolidation of the Library its use by students had increased by about 45%. The librarians still had a big job of cataloguing to do and would be using the Library of Congress method.”

    The Far Eastern Library remained under the control of the Division of Archaeology and remained an independent library with its own head until 2015 when the two libraries were united administratively under Brendan Edwards.

    The Library was renamed the Richard Wernham and Julia West Library in 2017. The Far Eastern collection was renamed the Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia in 2017.

    Head Librarians were as follows:
    • Elizabeth (McCormic) Karrow (1958-1963)
    • Eleanor (Feely) Fenton (1962-1969)
    • Eileen (Taker) Kulbaba (1969-1973)
    • Judith (Judy) Morgan (1974-[1977?])
    • Gene Wilburn ([1977]-1982)
    • Julia Matthews (1985-20XX)
    • Arthur Smith (20XX-2015)
    • Brendan Edwards (2015-2020)
    • Max Dioniso (interim 2020-2022)
    • Charlotte Chaffey (interim 2022-present)

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    Series consists of records relating to the ROM Library and Archives.

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        Access to these records is governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

        Requests for access to records 20 years old or less must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Royal Ontario Museum Library and Archives.

        Requests for access to records containing personal information (i.e. personnel records) that are 100 years old or less must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Royal Ontario Museum Library and Archives.

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        3/31/2023 E. Thomas (Creation)

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