Blasts from the Past

I was browsing through the oldest C&RL issues (now freely-available online, thank you very much) and I happened on these articles:

The libraries highlight in these articles were the main academic & public libraries:

  • Dallas Public
  • Fort Worth Public
  • Texas Christian University (TCU)
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas State College for Women (TWU)
  • North Texas State Teachers College (UNT)

Their combined holdings were about 731,000 volumes and 79,500 government documents.  In 1943, the North Texas Regional Libraries was formed (jeez – I didn’t realize it was that old!).  The librarians agreed to prepare a union list of serials to share holdings, with a goal to create “a cooperative union catalog of all holdings.”  But the 1948 update shows only modest success.


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