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Guide to the Duke University Library Staff Association records, circa 1969-2002

Summary

Minutes, agendas, announcements, committee files, flyers, planning documents, directories, newsletters, and other materials created and collected by DULSA, the Duke University Library Staff Association.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.08.02.0005
Title
Duke University Library Staff Association records
Date
1969-2002
Creator
Duke University Library Staff Association
Extent
2 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Minutes, agendas, correspondence, financial records, announcements, committee files, flyers, planning documents, directories, newsletters, and other materials created and collected by DULSA, the Duke University Library Staff Association. Includes a detailed history of DULSA from its founding through the 1960s, correspondence related to library employee wage and status advocacy, a cookbook produced in the 1970s, materials related to "Lunch and Look" and "Lunch and Listen" events from the 1960s and 1970s, and financial records, including receipts, bank statements, a ledger, and other materials, for DULSA's operations, including dues and events. Also included are some meeting minutes, correspondence, brochures, parking maps, clippings, and notes related to the parking situation on campus near the libraries and for library staff, as part of the work of the Parking Task Force.

Materials remain in their original housing and order, and have not been arranged.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], in the Duke University Library Staff Association records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Accession (UA2005.0053), 1969-1980

Minutes, agendas, announcements, committee files, flyers, planning documents, directories, newsletters, and other materials created and collected by DULSA, the Duke University Library Staff Association. Includes a detailed history of DULSA from its founding through the 1960s, correspondence related to library employee wage and status advocacy, a cookbook produced in the 1970s, and materials related to "Lunch and Look" and "Lunch and Listen" events from the 1960s and 1970s, among other materials.

Box 1
Box 2
Accession (UA2005.0054), 1986-2002

Financial records, including receipts, bank statements, a ledger, and other materials, for DULSA's operations, including dues and events. Also included are some meeting minutes and correspondence.

Box 3
Accession (UA2005.0073): Parking Task Force, 1996-2000

Correspondence, brochures, parking maps, clippings, and notes related to the parking situation on campus near the libraries and for library staff as part of the work of the Parking Task Force.

Box 4
 

Historical Note

The Duke University Libraries Staff Association (DULSA) was formed in May 1938 with the purpose of promoting "the development of social, recreational, and professional interests of the staff." Developed by interested staff members, the association was first named the Staff Association of the Duke University Libraries, and consisted of a president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and such committees as were considered useful and appropriate over time. Membership was initially open to all full-time staff who wished to join, and a system of dues was developed. Intended activities included one large social function per year as well as business meetings and program meetings, which would be informal in nature and as simple to organize as possible.

From its inception, DULSA promoted employee interests to the University administration and the wider University community. Memorandums as early as 1940 lobbied for staff salary increases, benefits, retirement plans, a staff lounge, breaks, reasonable working hours and schedules, and professional development through classes and workshops. DULSA also initiated plans for library building projects and works with the Library Council to promote the interests of the staff. Staff bulletins were first published in 1939, and by the 1970s were a regular publication titled The Link. DULSA organized charitable efforts starting at the beginning of World War II by joining the Merchant Marine Library Association and later included Christmas projects, clothing donations to Korea, contributions to the North Carolina Library Association scholarship fund, and many others. Regular meetings and events were scheduled for employee entertainment and enrichment, including visiting speakers, the Lunch and Listen series begun in the 1960s, and others. DULSA also regularly engages in fundraising efforts, including the creation and sale of a cookbook in 1971. In the 1990s, DULSA formed a Parking Task Force to address the Library's interests in campus parking issues.

Related Material

Library Committees records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Duke University Library General records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

The Duke University Library Staff Association records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as transfers in 2005, 2014.

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Tracy M. Jackson, December 2014. Materials not yet processed.

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2005.0053, UA2014.0087.