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Geoffrey Alley, Librarian: His Life & Work

Chapter 5 — The Library World

Chapter 5
The Library World

1 For this and later paragraphs see C.W. Tolley, 'Library Legislation and Government Aid', NZL, v.22, Oct. 1959, pp.169-78 and Nov. 1959, pp.193-200, and v.23, Jan.-Feb. 1960, pp.1-12; A.G. Bagnall, 'Libraries', in A.H. McLintock, ed., An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, v.2, pp.305-10; and M.A. Ronnie, Books to the People, pp.1-17.

2 L.C. Webb, Government in New Zealand, p.136.

3 LANZ Proc. 1910, pp.27-44.

4 See M.A. Ronnie's tribute in Peopling a Profession, pp.21-32.

5 Alley PGC (Barr).

6 J. Barr, 'New Zealand Libraries: their present position and future possibilities', LANZ Proc. 1926, pp.11-17.

7 J. Barr, 'New Zealand Library Problems: an addendum', LANZ Proc. 1930, pp.15-18.

8 J.E. Russell, 'Australia and New Zealand Report', p.17.

9 L.D. Coffman, 'Report on New Zealand', p.16.

10 These conditions were set out in a confidential letter from J.B. Condliffe to the Colleges on 14 Apr. 1931 (e.g. CU, file: Carnegie) and were discussed by Carnegie officials with the University of New Zealand (T.A. Hunter to J. Hight, 21 Aug. 1931, CU, file: Carnegie). They are expanded in A.E. Minchin's report to the Council of Auckland University College on her Library Fellowship, 25 Sept. 1933, copy held in AP, 'Reports … [on] visits to libraries overseas'.

11 F.J. Keppel to J. Hight, 30 June 1931, CU, file: Carnegie.

12 The story of Harris's appointment is to be found in the files of the OU Registry, DUHL, Acc. 91-145, file 211, Library Vacancy; and in the Harris papers, DUHL, Acc. 80-094, Box 7. The words 'seriously exaggerated' were used in a letter from the University Chancellor, W.J. Morrell, to the U.S. Vice-Consul, 7 Aug. 1934.

13 L.D. Coffman, 'Report on New Zealand', p.16.

14 Norrie to Barr, 20 Nov. 1931, AP, Library Conference papers, 1931- .

15 Keppel to Barr, 14 May 1932, ATL, Acc. 84-142-64.

16 L.D. Coffman, 'Report on New Zealand', pp.17, 20.

17 Barr to Coffman, 2 Nov. 1931, ATL, Acc. 84-142-64.

18 Alley PGC (Hall).

19 A.D. McIntosh, 'Libraries Report, August 1933', ATL, MS-Papers-1688; this copy annotated 'Presented to the Alexander Turnbull Library by Sir Alister McIntosh on 25.10.77.'

20 Correspondence, McIntosh with Bishop and Milam, ATL, MS-Papers- 6759-208.

21 Milam to McIntosh, 13 Dec. 1932, ibid.

22 McIntosh to Barr, 28 Oct. 1932, ATL, Acc. 84-142-64.

23 Bell to Barr, 24 July 1933, AP, Library Conference papers, 1931- .

24 Barr to Bell, 4 Aug. 1933, ibid.

25 Comment by E.D. Bryant, Deputy Librarian DP, passed on by M.A. Ronnie, p.c. 9 Mar. 1990.

26 J.E. Russell to McIntosh, 1 Nov. 1932, quoted by M.K. Rochester in American Influence in New Zealand Librarianship, pp.107-8.

27 Bell to Barr, 21 Aug. 1933; Barr to Bell 24 Aug. 1933, AP, Library Conference papers, 1931- .

page 452

28 CCNY, Review of Grants for Library Interests, 1911-1935, p.152.

29 Cable, CCNY to Barr, 9 Jan. 1934, ATL, Acc. 84-142-64.

30 R. Munn and J. Barr, New Zealand Libraries: a survey of conditions and suggestions for their improvement (hereinafter referred to as the Munn- Barr Report).

31 Ibid., p.iii.

32 Ibid., unnumbered page of statistics.

33 Ibid., p.35.

34 Ibid., p.37.

35 Ibid., pp.63-8 for recapitulation and recommendations; the recommendations are also summarized in McEldowney NZLA, pp.18-21.

36 Munn to Dunningham (undated), NZLA files.

37 L.D. Coffman, 'Report on New Zealand', p.19.

38 Munn-Barr Report, p.47. Information supplied by Manning to Barr, 2 May 1934, CU, Canterbury WEA records, C.16.

39 Bell to Barr, 23 Nov. 1934, AP, Library Conference papers, 1931- .

40 W.B. Sutch, 'Another Footnote to National Library History', NZL, v.32, Oct. 1969, pp.165-8.

41 A.D. McIntosh, p.c. 13 Aug. 1959.

42 F.P. Keppel, CCNY: informal report, p.23.

43 M.K. Rochester, American Influence in New Zealand Librarianship, p.129, derived from Rochester's interview with McIntosh, 25 Jan. 1977.

44 A.G.W. Dunningham, p.c. 21 Aug. 1990.

45 McIntosh to J. Russell, 16 Apr. 1935, ATL, MS-Papers-6759-209.

46 McIntosh to Barr, 6 June 1935, ibid.

47 Hall to Barr, 18 Oct. 1935, NL, Basement records, Row 10, Box 20.