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UAIII 50.8.113.3.2

Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier, 1894-1952: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAIII 50.8.113.3.2
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard College Library.
Title: Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier, 1894-1952
Date(s): 1894-1952
Quantity: 16.98 cubic feet (45 document boxes, 4 card boxes, 1 pamphlet binder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Thomas Franklin Currier (1873-1946), Harvard A.B. 1894, began his career as an assistant in the Harvard College Library's Catalogue Department in 1894, and was placed in charge of cataloging in 1902. Currier organized the Library catalog in preparation for the opening of Widener Memorial Library in 1915 and continued to refine the classification process throughout his career, uniting the tasks of shelf classification and cataloging. This collection is comprised of correspondence, a card catalog index, rules and documentation, and other material produced or kept by Thomas Franklin Currier as part of the Catalogue Department at the Harvard College Library.

Acquisition information:

The documents in this collection are University records and were presumably acquired in the course of University business.

Processing Information:

The processing of this material involved a survey of legacy data about this collection; intellectual arrangement, including integration of two child collections (see superseded call numbers); and the creation of this finding aid. Material was not examined. Titles transcribed by the archivist from legacy data.
This finding aid was created by Leah Edelman in June 2016.
Preservation and description of the Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier was supported by the Harvard Library's Hidden Collections initiative.

Researcher Access:

The Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier are open for research with the following exceptions: Harvard University records pertaining to individuals in this collection are restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. Specific restrictions are noted in the inventory.
Access to fragile original documents may be restricted. Permission of the University Archives is required for photocopying or publishing.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library Catalogue Department subject files: Thomas Franklin Currier, 1894-1940. UAIII 50.8.113.3.2, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Thomas Franklin Currier (1873-1946), Harvard A.B. 1894, began his career as an assistant in the Harvard College Library's Catalogue Department in 1894, and was placed in charge of cataloging in 1902. Currier organized the Library catalog in preparation for the opening of Widener Memorial Library in 1915 and continued to refine the classification process throughout his career, uniting the tasks of shelf classification and cataloging. In 1913 he was appointed Assistant Librarian, and in 1937 he was named Associate Librarian, a position which he held until his retirement in 1940.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series according to previously grouped records (superseded call numbers noted below). Files are arranged alphabetically within series.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of correspondence, a card catalog index, rules and documentation, and other material produced or kept by Thomas Franklin Currier as part of the Catalogue Department at the Harvard College Library. Most dates are approximate, based on Currier's term at Harvard. Material is arranged alphabetically.

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This document last updated 2016 July 1.

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