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January 27, 1972
POETRY CONSULTANT REAPPOINTED
Josephine Jacobsen, who has been appointed to a
second term as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of
Congress, describes her post as a center for poets,
poetry and people.
Mrs. Jacobsen, an articulate poet from Baltimore,
Md., discussed her work as consultant during an inter-
view in her comfortable third floor office in the Main
Building. "My work at the Library is uninstitutional,"
she remarked. "It's a highly personal job, related to
poets, poetry and people."
"A poetry consultant acts as a human focal point
for poets, whether they are professional or beginning
poets. The poetry office provides them with a per-
sonal center to visit and to talk with a poet," Mrs.
The Library's first woman Consultant in Poetry
since Elizabeth Bishop (1949-50), Mrs. Jacobsen
came to the Library last September for the 1971-72
term and will continue to serve during 1972-73. A
series of distinguished poets have held the post since
it was established in 1936 through a gift of funds
from the late Archer M. Huntington.
Mrs. Jacobsen explained that she accepted a second
term, even though it "will take a great section out of
my own work," in order to accomplish the projects
she planned during the beginning term. "A second
term is valuable," she pointed out, "because it takes
three or four months to break into the job."
In addition to meeting with visiting poets and
scholars, Mrs. Jacobsen advises the Library on its lit-
erary collections, recommends new materials for
purchase, assists in acquiring books and manuscripts
through authors and collectors, and advises on biblio-
graphic and reference work in the literary field.
She also gives literary supervision to the Library's
program to tape record contemporary poets in read-
ings of their own works. Particularly interested in this
aspect of her work, Mrs. Jacobsen observed, "How
great it would be to hear poets of the distant past
reading their poetry." Someday, she said, she would
like to see the Library's representative collection of
recorded readings supplemented by filmed readings,
preserving for posterity the expressions and gestures
of poets reading from their own work.
As consultant, Mrs. Jacobsen also moderates and
appears in public poetry readings at the Library. She
made her first appearance as Consultant in Poetry
with a reading on October 4 in the Library's Coolidge
Auditorium. Since then, she has joined visiting poets
in three other programs sponsored by the Library,
serving as host and as emcee. She has also given a
number of readings elsewhere in Washington and at
colleges and universities across the country.
During March and April, Mrs. Jacobsen will make
four appearances in the Library's Coolidge Audi-
torium as moderator of poetry readings, and on May I
she will deliver a lecture on American woman poets.
Her busy schedule as consultant has taken time
away from her writing, but Mrs. Jacobsen noted that
she has "written bits and pieces in my spare time. A
Vol. 31, No. 4
LC Information Bulletin
Audiovisual Cataloging Automated . 37
Concert ........................ 34
Library of Congress Publications . 37-39
News in the Library World . 42-44
Noteworthy Acquisitions . 34-36
Poetry Consultant Reappointed . 33-34
Staff News ..................... 39-42
Visiting Librarians . . 36-37
poem she composed in Washington during an over-
night stay will appear shortly in The New Yorker
magazine. Mrs. Jacobsen commutes from Baltimore
to work in the Library poetry office at least three
days a week during the academic year. She and her
husband, Eric Jacobsen, a Baltimore business execu-
tive and for many years President of Martin Gillet &
Co., tea importers, spend their summers at a home in
Mrs. Jacobsen has lived in Baltimore since she was
14 years old. She was born in Coburg, Canada, in
1908 and received her education from private tutors
and in private schools.
Besides the poem in The New Yorker, her latest
literary contributions appear in the spring 1972 issue
of Prairie Schooner, the autumn 1971 issue of Epoch,
and the current issue of New Letters. In addition to
numerous articles and reviews appearing frequently in
Commonweal, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and
Poetry, as well as in the Baltimore Evening Sun and
the Sunday Sun, her published work includes poetry,
fiction, and criticism. Her books of poetry are For
the Unlost (1946), The Human Climate (1956), and
The Animal Inside (1967). Among her short stories,
"On the Island" has appeared in the Kenyon Review,
in Best in American Short Stories of 1966 (1967),
and in 0. Henry A ward Short Stories (1966).
Mrs. Jacobsen and William R. Mueller are co-
authors of three works of criticism: The Testament of
Samuel Beckett (1964), lonesco & Genet: Play-
wrights of Silence (1968), and Samuel Beckett's Long
Saturday: To Wait or Not to Wait, which was pub-
lished in Man in the Modern Theatre (1965), edited
by Nathan Scott. In addition, she is author of "The
Beatific Signal" in Salinger: A Critical and Personal
Portrait (1962), edited by Henry A. Grunwald.
YEHUDI AND HEPHZIBAH MENUHIN
TO BE PRESENTED IN CONCERT
On Thursday and Friday evenings, February 3 and
4, the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress will
sponsor a concert of chamber music for violin and
piano featuring Yehudi Menuhin, violin and
Hephzibah Menuhin, piano. These renowned artists
will present the following works: Sonata in A major,
Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms; Sonata for solo violin
by B6la Bart6k; and Sonata in A major by Cisar
Each concert will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. in
the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library. The concert
on Friday evening will be broadcast in its entirety by
Station WGMS of Washington, D.C., and tape record-
ings for delayed broadcasts will be made available to
stations in other cities by the Katie and Walter
Louchheim Fund in the Library of Congress.
Admission to the concert on Thursday evening will
be by invitation only. Tickets for the concert on Fri-
day evening will be distributed by Patrick Hayes,
1300 G St., N.W., beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday,
January 31. A service charge of 25 cents is placed on
each ticket, and only two tickets are distributed to an
individual. Telephone reservations may be made on
Monday morning by calling 393-4463. Mail orders are
First U.S. Arabic Newspaper
The Library of Congress has acquired from the
Kansas State Historical Society partial backfiles of
the first Arabic newspaper ever to be published in the
January 27, 1972
Unites States, Kawkab Amirkj (The Star of America).
The files cover the first four years (1892-1896) of the
New York weekly paper which ceased publication in
1909. It was first edited by Najib 'Arbili and later by
his brother Ibrahim 'Arbili.
During its first few years, the paper was published
both in Arabic and English, but later converted to
Arabic alone. It carried informative articles in English
on the Arab World, particularly the eastern part, and
articles in Arabic on the United States, thus encour-
aging and helping improve relations and under-
standing between the two. The backfiles will soon be
microfilmed and made available to the public in the
Near East Section of the Orientalia Division.
LC Acquires Douglass Papers
The Papers of Frederick Douglass, famed aboli-
tionist, orator, and journalist, were transferred on
Monday, January 17, from the National Park Service
to the Library of Congress. In a ceremony in the
Whittall Pavilion of the Library, the Librarian of Con-
gress, L. Quincy Mumford, who accepted the Doug-
lass Papers from Russell E. Dickenson, Director of
National Capital Parks, stated that this acquisition
would greatly enrich the Library's resources for the
study of Black History and add significantly to the
understanding of the Nation's past.
Attending the ceremony were members of the
Douglass family, representatives of the Frederick
Air. Quarles addressing an audience in the Whittall.
Mrs. Ann Teabeau and Fannie Douglass, both descen-
dants of Frederick Douglass, with Mr. Mumtfird.
Douglass Memorial and Historical Association and the
National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, and
scholars and officials from the Washington area. Fol-
lowing the presentation, Benjamin Quarles, Professor
of History at Morgan State College, Honorary Con-
sultant in American History to the Library of Con-
gress, and biographer of Douglass, spoke of
"Frederick Douglass: Black Imperishable." Noting
that the Douglass Papers are of interest to all Ameri-
cans, Mr. Quarles described the clarity and literary
form of Douglass' own writings and the nature of the
correspondence to him in the collection. Letters to
Douglass from blacks are especially revealing, he said;
"they demonstrate anew the ongoing effort of black
Americans to take a hand in their own destiny, play-
ing as large a role as humanly possible."
Frederick Douglass, who was born in slavery in
Talbot County, Md., probably in February 1817, was
sent at an early age to Baltimore, and, as a house
servant there, learned to read and write. After several
unsuccessful attempts, he escaped in September 1838
and made his way to New York and then to new
Bedford, Mass. In 1841 he attended an abolitionist
convention on Nantucket Island and, when asked to
address the meeting, did so with great effect. William
Lloyd Garrison later wrote, in recalling that event,
that he "never hated slavery so intensely as at that
moment." From this point on, Douglass was the lead-
ing exhibit of the anti-slavery crusade, his youth,
eloquence, and commanding presence on the lecture
platform serving as an irrefutable indictment of the
system of chattel slavery.
In 1845 he published his Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass, thereby exter ling his influence
to a wider national and international audience. By
LC Information Bulletin
1850 some 30,000 copies of the Narrative had been
published. Douglass lived from 1845 to 1847 in Great
Britain and Ireland, and upon his return to America
he went to Rochester, N.Y., where he founded the
North Star, a reformist newspaper which he con-
tinued to publish for the next 17 years. During the
Civil War he assisted in the recruitment of Negro
troops for the Union armies, and in the period of
Reconstruction served as a spokesman for the freed
slaves. He moved from Rochester to Washington,
D.C., in 1872 and resided thereafter in the Federal
City. In this final period of his life Douglass received
three Presidential appointments: as U.S. Marshal for
the District of Columbia in 1877, from President
Hayes; as Recorder of Deeds for the District, from
President Garfield; and as Minister to Haiti, from
President Harrison. He died in 1895 at his home,
"Cedar Hill," in Anacostia.
W. E. B. DuBois once wrote that Douglass' life
"was an epitome of American slavery and also a
singularly complete human document. Born in
slavery, he died in vigorous old age as one of the best
and most widely known Americans and the first
American Negro to achieve international fame."
The Douglass Papers, which had remained at
"Cedar Hill" for many years, first passed from the
Douglass family into the care of the Frederick Doug-
lass Memorial and Historical Association. In 1964 the
papers were acquired by the National Park Service
along with the home in Anacostia. "Cedar Hill,"
which has been fully and authentically restored by
the National Park Service, will be formally opened to
the public on February 14. The papers were trans-
ferred to the Library in 44 boxes. Included are more
than 5,000 items, principally correspondence in
which letters received by Douglass predominate.
Manuscripts of Douglass' extraordinary production of
addresses, speeches, lectures, and articles are amply
represented. Most of the collection relates to the
career of Douglass during and following the Civil War,
the period in which the mass of American Negroes
looked to him for leadership. His ante bellum papers
and the files relating to the North Star are said to
have been casualties of a fire that destroyed Douglass'
home in Rochester.
The first foreign librarian to visit the Library of
Congress in 1972 was Noel Stockdale, Librarian of
Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia,
who spent most of January 4 visiting old friends and
seeing new programs at LC.
On January 7, Saangsri Phornsuwan of Thailand, a
recipient of a China Medical Board grant for graduate
study in the United States, spent the morning at the
Library of Congress. Miss Saangsri recently received a
master's degree in library science from Florida State
University, and on her return home will work in the
Siriraj Medical Library in Bangkok. At LC she had an
orientation tour, visited the Processing Department,
and talked with John Price in the Science and Tech-
Maria Cavero, an AID grantee from the National
Agricultural Library in Peru, spent January 12 seeing
parts of the Library of Congress. Miss Cavero, who
has been working at the National Agricultural Library
in Beltsville, was especially interested in seeing LC
reference services and cataloging procedures.
Three Canadians visited LC on January 13. They
were Anna Laycocks, Librarian of the Canadian
Embassy here, Bethany Armstrong, Cultural Attache
of the Embassy, and Eleanor Martin, a young Librar-
ian who is en route to London where she will be
Librarian of Canada House.
Five librarians from Saint Joseph's College, Phila-
delphia, visited the Library of Congress on January 6.
Brian Willson and Barbara Biebrich were guides for
the Reference and Processing Department tours, and
Edward Blume, Assistant Chief of Subject Cataloging,
conferred with Josephine Savaro, the Librarian of
Saint Joseph's. Other members of the group were
Mrs. Ellen Gasiewski, Marjorie Rathbone, Mrs. Susan
Gordon, and Kathleen O'Connell.
Paula Strain, Manager of Library Services for the
MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va., and members of
her staff visited the Library of Congress on January
11 and 13. In addition to general tours of the Refer-
ence and Processing Departments, the visitors had an
intensive look at the Science and Technology Divi-
sion. In addition to Miss Strain, the groups included
Mrs. Susan Barber, Mrs. Sharon Lieberman, Mrs. Judy
Miller, Elisabeth Roberts, Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs.
Ruth Gilliam, Annie Burke, JoAnne Reid, and Lou
Three groups of librarians from the Milton S. Eisen-
hower Library at Johns Hopkins University in Balti-
more have each spent a day during January seeing the
Library of Congress. Each group had an orientation
tour with Brian Willson as guide, then a general tour
of the Processing Department, and finally more spe-
cialized visits to areas such as the Serials Division,
Order Division, Preservation Office, and MARC
January 27, 1972
Development Office. Ariangemienis for these visits
were made by Pamela Blui. Assistant Serials Librar-
ian at Johns llopkin>. a total of 34 librarians have
participated in the tours.
The Audiovisual Section of the Descriptive Cata-
loging Division has begun to use cataloging work-
sheets instead of the traditional manuscript cards.
This marks the first stage of the automation of
motion picture and filmstrip cataloging. When the
cataloging process is completed, the worksheets will
go to the MARC Editorial Office for input on mag-
netic tapes and thence to computer tapes. Cards for
these new titles will be printed from photocomposed
copy produced directly from the tapes by the Card
Division's Videocomp. Printed cards, produced by
both letterpress and photocomposition, will continue
to be used in the production of the 1968-72 quin-
quennial cumulation of Motion Pictures and Film-
strips but sometime in the spring a prototype
computer-produced book catalog is planned, and at
least the fourth quarterly of the published catalog
should be produced in this fashion. By January 1973,
the entire operation should be mechanized.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PUBLICATIONS
Accessions List: Middle East. Vol. 9, no. 11,
November 1971. (pp. 379-396.) Continuing sub-
scriptions free to libraries upon request to the Acting
Field Director, Library of Congress Office, United
States of American Interests Section, Spanish
Embassy, Cairo, UAR.
Monthly Checklist of State Publications. Vol. 63,
No. 1, January 1972. (pp. 1-74.) For sale by the
Superintendent of Documents, US. Government
Printing Office, Washington. D.C. 20402, at 40 cents
this issue or $8 a year, domestic, and $10 a year,
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections,
1970, and Index 1970. 1971. (xxvii, 636 p.) Com-
piled by the Library of Congress from reports pro-
vided by American repositories with assistance from
the Council on Library Resources, Inc. For sale by
the Card Division, Library of Congress, Building 159,
Navy Yard Annex, Washington, D.C. 20541, at $50 a
The ninth volume (1970) of the National Union
Catalog of l anuwiript Collections continues the serial
publication presented by the Library of Congress as a
means of bibliographic control of manuscript collec-
tions available to the public in American archives,
historical societies, and libraries. This volume de-
scribes 2,167 manuscript collections held by 141 dif-
ferent repositories, 47 of which are cooperating in
NUCMC for the first time. Together, the nine vol-
umes of the catalog (1959-70) record the location of
27,312 discrete collections in 805 repositories.
The 1970 volume contains an index to the current
year's descriptions of collections, listing the names of
persons, families, corporate bodies, places, and
subjects presented in the statements of entry and con-
tents of the respective descriptions. The researcher
interested in topics from a genealogical, local, na-
tional, or world approach will find the index designed
to serve these various aspects. Because the holdings of
American repositories generally date from the 18th,
19th, and 20th centuries, periodization of subjects
analyzed is given for those centuries and for decades
within those centuries when appropriate. Statistically,
the 1970 index has a total of 33,265 references:
11,900 personal names, 4,180 corporate bodies, and
17,185 subjects and places.
In addition to the general index, there is a reposi-
tory index, listing the names of collections under the
institutions holding them, and an index which lists
American institutions holding reproductions of manu-
scripts, the originals of which are in foreign reposi-
tories, or of manuscripts not otherwise available in
their original form. Finally, there is initiated with the
current volume an index of collections comprised
totally or in part of transcripts of oral history inter-
views and of collections containing sound recordings.
The first volume of the series, covering entries pre-
pared in 1959-61, appeared in 1962 from the press of
J. W. Edwards, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., where it may
be purchased for $9.75. A second issue, in 1962,
accompanied by an index volume for the entries in
the first two volumes, appeared in 1964 from the
Shoe String Press, Hamden, Conn., which sells the
second volume and the index at $13.50 for both. The
last five volumes, produced by the Government Print-
ing Office, are sold by the Library of Congress Card
Division. The third volume, 1963-64, is priced at $10
a copy, the fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes are $15,
the seventh $25, and the eighth $50.
Suggestions regarding the compilation of the cata-
log and inquiries about taking part in the program
should be addressed to Mrs. Arline Custer, Editor of
LC Information Bulletin
the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
in the Library's Descriptive Cataloging Division,
Washington, D.C. 20540. Queries about the manu-
script collections described in the catalog should be
sent to the repositories.
The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress.
Vol. 29, no. 1, January 1972. (pp. 1-76.) For sale by
the Superintendent of Documents at 75 cents for this
issue or $3.50 a year, domestic, and $4.50 a year,
The festival banners of 17th-century England,
Ephraim George Squier's maps of Central and South
America, Thomas Jefferson's diverse book collection,
and recent acquisitions of the Music Division are high-
lighted in this issue of the Quarterly Journal of the
Library of Congress.
The January issue opens with an article, "Guild
Days in Norwich," written by Edgar Breitenbach,
Chief of the Library's Prints and Photographs Divi-
sion. The essay is based on a rare book of drawings
which the Library acquired 50 years ago from Maggs
Bros. in London. The volume describes and depicts
the symbolic banners carried in processions during
the sumptous Guild Days in Norwich, annual celebra-
tions honoring the installation of a new mayor, be-
tween 1683 and 1719. The book of drawings, which
includes banner designs, the name and tenure of the
newly-elected mayors, and the mottos used by school
boys in their welcoming speeches to the mayor, is
quite likely the most comprehensive pictorial record
of the Guild Days in existence.
The second essay, "Maps by Ephraim George
Squier," written by John R. H6bert, reference librar-
ian in the Map and Geography Division, describes the
Library's collection of 38 maps of Central America
and Peru drawn by Squier, and puts them into their
historic perspective. Squier, a colorful 19th-century
American journalist, diplomat, archeologist, and
scholar, played a prominent diplomatic role during
the period of U.S. expansionism in the 1850's and
1860's. As charge d'affaires in Central America,
Squier drew numerous maps in connection with pro-
posals for construction of a canal and a railroad to
link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Selections from
the map collection are reproduced in the article.
The third essay, "Jefferson, the Book Collector,"
was written by Frederick R. Goff, Chief of the Rare
Book Division, and is based on a lecture Mr. Goff
delivered at the Grolier Club in New York in April
1971. The essay traces the steps Jefferson took in
acquiring the 6,000-volume collection which he sold
to Congress in 1815, and which formed the nucleus
of the Library of Congress. Jefferson's sources for
books, his habit of purchasing the least expensive edi-
tions, the manuscript catalog in which he system-
atically recorded and arranged the collection, and the
circumstances surrounding the sale of his collection
to Congress are discussed in the article.
The fourth and final article in the January issue is
devoted to "Notable Acquisitions of the Music Divi-
sion" and was written by Edward N. Waters, Assistant
Chief of the Music Division. This illustrated article
recounts the growth of the collections of the Music
Division over the last year. Holographs of Irving Fine,
James Friskin, George Gershwin, and Albert Huy-
brechts, among others, reveal the breadth of the
year's acquisitions. In addition to these scores and
drafts, the collections were enlarged by papers or let-
ters of Fritz Kreisler, Franz Liszt, Sergei Prokofieff,
Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arnold Schoenberg. Early
music imprints and books, as well as other important
miscellany, figure among the acquisitions. The article
concludes with a review of the acquisition activities
of the Archive of Folk Song and the Recorded Sound
New Microfilm Publications: The Library of Congress
has made available on 35 mm microilm the United
States Army in the World War, 1917-1919, which was
published in 1948. This unique collection was com-
piled and edited by the Department of the Army,
Office of Military History.
The series of 17 volumes presents a widely repre-
sentative selection of the records of the American
Expeditionary Forces in World War I; the records are
considered essential to a critical study of the history
of that war. The selection of documents is intended
to present readers summary narratives of events show-
ing the evolution of General Pershing's plan for the
organization of the American Expeditionary Forces,
presenting policy formulated for interior administra-
tion, covering combat operations, illustrating the
steps leading to the signing of the Armistice, and
accounting for post-Armistice activities until July 2.
1919. They also reproduce the more significant por-
tions of documents included in the final report of the
Commander-in-Chief of the Forces and furnish a
standard reference source of complete sets of general
orders and bulletins issued by the General Head-
quarters of the Forces.
The collection of published documents contains
numerous terrain and battle photographs, maps, and
sketches of a comprehensive nature, intended to illus-
trate the military situation or the order of battle, or
January 27, 1972
both, with particular reference to American participa-
tion. Charts are also included which visualize special
A positive mnicrofilin copy on five reels can be sup-
plied for $Q5. Orders should be addressed to the
Photoduplication Service, Department C-185, Library
of Congress. Washington, D.C. 20540.
The Photoduplication Service has also microfilmed
several manuscript collections and can now furnish
positive microfilm copies at the prices given; the col-
lections are those of Josiah Bartlett (17 reels, $180),
Roscoe Conkling (1 reel, $12), John Hay (23 reels,
$240), Hans P. Kraus (3 reels-the unrestricted
portion-$32), Carl Schurz (121 reels, $1,260),
Daniel Sickles (2 reels, $22), Ephraim Squier (14
reels. $146), Alexander Stephens (57 reels, $593),
and Robert Walker (7 reels, $73). Orders or letters of
inquiry should be addressed to Photoduplication
Service, Department C-182 SUPPLEMENT.
Press Releases: No. 72-3 (January 19) Josephine Jacobsen
is appointed to second term as Library of Congress Con-
sultant in Poetry.
Library of Congress Regulations: Nos. 2013-11 and
2015-19 (January 13) concerned the Library's policy on
compensatory time and overtime pay; no. 213-11, page 2
(January 19) reflected the current organization and functions
of the Serial Record Division, Processing Department.
Special Announcements: No. 457 (January 10) cited the
pay rates of the General Schedule effective January 10, 1972;
no. 458 (January 11) announced the Special Recruit Program
for 1972-73; no. 459 (January 12) assigned William W. Ros-
siter as Chief, Procurement and Supply Division, in addition
to his present duties as Chief, Financial Management Office,
Personnel Data File
Recently, all Library of Congress employees
received several pages of personnel data concerning
their individual records. With these pages was a
request with instructions for the employee to verify,
correct, and add certain information which will
update his record.
The growing requirements for data by the Civil
Service Commission, the Library, and its employees
have created the need for this modernization of the
personnel data files. Further contributing to the need
is the gradual growth of the Library's staff. The auto-
mated personnel data file will allow more rapid col-
lection, maintenance, and processing of data and
requests for data. It will also assist the Library to
identify current skills and training of all Library
employees, aid employee counseling, and determine
training needs of individuals to increase promotional
opportunities. In order to accomplish this, however,
the data on file must be kept accurate and current.
Training courses taken through the Library's Training
Office and all personnel actions will automatically be
updated on the employee's record. It should be
stressed, however, that each employee has the ulti-
mate responsibility for keeping his training and skills
record up to date. The Personnel Office should be
notified as soon as possible after the completion of
any course of study taken outside of the Library's
It is for this reason the employee is now being
asked to complete the data not now on file. To insure
that this initial data is accurate, a second printout will
be forwarded to each employee for possible correc-
tion and verification. If all records are returned by
the end of January, the second printout should be
forwarded to the employee about April 1. Thereafter,
once each year the employee will receive a printout
to verify and update his personnel record.
Safeguards are being established to assure the pri-
vacy of information contained in the file which will
be used only for official purposes.
Federal Withholding Tax
Federal tax withholding on wages paid after Janu-
ary 15 will be increased to provide more accurate
withholding for 1972. Increased withholding were
reflected in the pay checks distributed on January 18.
District of Columbia tax withholding were also in-
creased, but the Maryland and Virginia withholding
will not be affected.
A new law makes it necessary for an employee to
file a new Employee's Withholding Exemption Certi-
ficate (Form W-4) with the Library if he wishes to
claim a new "special withholding allowance." With
the claim, an employee will not have as much income
tax withheld from his pay.
Staff members desiring clarification should contact
John Husovsky or Richard Pullen on ext. 5186.
Health Benefits Enrollment Extended
The enrollment period for the Health Benefits Pro-
gram for Federal Employees has been extended
through January 31. During the "open season," em-
ployees may change plans or options, and they may
cancel or reverse a change made after the open season
began on November 15. Details concerning the exten-
sion can be obtained by consulting Special Announce-
LC Information Bulletin
LC Minority Employment
The statistical survey of minority employment in
the Library of Congress for a Civil Service Commis-
sion report has been completed. The May 1971 sur-
vey was published in the Information Bulletin on
June 10. Categories named below in the breakdown
are those specified by the Commission.
American Indian 0
Spanish Surnamed 37
All Other Employees 2249
Total Employees 3840
Within the General Schedule and similar pay systems in grades 2 through 6, the number of employees in
minority groups is 903 (63.7 percent). There are 433 minority group employees in grades 7 through I1 (29.8
percent), and 75 in grades 12 and above (9.8 percent). The following table gives a further breakdown.
GS 14-15 186 3 2 5
1.6% 1.1% 2.7%
GS 16-18 52 2 0 1
There are 202 employees paid under wage systems; 177 (87.6 percent) are minority-group employees.
Lena J. Stewart, Field Director of the LC office in
Karachi since November 1969, retired on January 14
after almost 40 years of Government service. On
January 13 Miss Stewart was honored by her many
friends at a farewell reception in the office of William
J. Welsh, Director of the Processing Department. She
was presented with a bound book of signatures and a
starter set of electrical kitchen appliances.
Miss Stewart, a graduate of St. Andrews College at
Laurinburg, N.C., came to the Library in 1942 after a
brief period with the War Department. For several
years she was Classification Officer in the Personnel
Office. In 1945-46 she was granted a one-year leave
of absence to work with the Red Cross in the
Philippines and Japan. Miss Stewart left LC in 1952
to serve as a classifier of Foreign Service positions in
the State Department, but returned in May 1953 as
Administrative Officer in the Processing Department,
a position she held for five years. In 1958, she joined
the Agency for International Development (AID) as a
Personnel Officer, serving for two years in Laos and
Analysis of Full-Time Employment
November 29, 1971 All Pay Systems
January 27, 1972
for four and one-half years in Taiwan. She returned
to Washington in June 1965 as a Personnel Manage-
ment Specialist with the Peace Corps. In August 1966
Miss Stewart accepted an appointment as the LC
Field Director of the PL-480 Project in Indonesia. a
position she held until being transferred to Karachi.
Miss Stewart will be remembered by her colleagues
for a remarkable combination of charm, efficiency,
and imperturbability in moments of crisis. These
qualities were given recognition in the form of
superior performance awards by LC in 1951 and AID
Alexander Udris, Subject Cataloging Division, re-
tired on January 31 after more than 19 years of
service in the Library of Congress.
Born in Ziemeri. Latvia, Mr. Udris received his edu-
cation at the University of Latvia, where he studied
engineering and received a master of law degree in
1933 After graduation he became an assistant judge
of the Riga (Latvia) District Court, and from 1934 to
1944 he served as a judge of the Family and Probate
Court of Riga.
Following World War II, Mr. Udris served first as
Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission and later as
Deputy Camp Administrator of the International
Refugee Organization in Stuttgart, Germany.
In 1950 Mr. Udris emigrated to the United States
and worked in private industry until his appointment
to the Library of Congress in November 1952 as
Assistant Editor in the East European Accessions List
Project. He was promoted in 1954 to Cataloger-
Translator, and in 1961 transferred to the Monthly
Index of Russian Accessions (later relocated in the
Aerospace Technology Division) as a Subject
Cataloger-Translator. Since 1969 Mr. Udris has served
as Location Assistant in the Sheflisting Section of the
Subject Cataloging Division.
On the occasion of his 70th birthday, and in honor
of his retirement, the staff of the Subject Cataloging
Division held a luncheon on January 18.
Appointments: Terry Sue Alexio, librarian, GS-9, Share
Cat, PA'2291. Maureen R. Booney, secretary, GS-6, R&T,
PA2370; Mrs. Annie L. Gartmon, clerk-tpikt. GS-2, GR&B,
PA2414; George B. kelly, chemist, GS-11, R&T, PA2464;
David M. Sale, legal analyst, GS- 1, CRS A, PA2325; Heinz
A. Toennies, analyst in fiscal and financial economics, GS-13,
CRS E, PA2260; Julius C. Wilson, reading room assistant,
GS-2, S&R, PA2412.
Temporary Appointments: Doris V. Berry, library aid,
GT-2, Cat Publ, OPSU0: Mrs. Suzanne Burton, editorial assist-
ant, GS-4, ( RS F, Ol'40,. Humphrey Neal, clerk, GS-3,
IBHP111, Mrs. Kathleen F. Rusell, Icrk-inf6rmallion recep-
tionist, GS-4, Desc Cat.
Reappointments: James M. Mitchell, specialist in American
national Government, GS-15, CRS (;;R; Johnnie R. Pitman,
warehouseman, WG-5, Card, PB2419.
Promotions: Mrs. Gwendolyn P. Andrews, to correspond-
ence unit supervisor, GS-6, Cop Exam, PA2329; John H.
Bazemore, CRS D, to library technician, GS-4, Ord, PB2365,
Arvell R. Giles, to supervisor, Publications Distribution Unit,
GS-6, CS, PB2444; Robert J. Hendricks, Cat Publ, to clerk,
GS-3, Subj Cat, PA2426; Kathryn A. Kontak, to loan refer-
ence specialist, GS-11, Loan, PA2362; Christine Moynihan,
to assistant laboratory technician, GT-3, Photodup, PA2296;
Mrs. Barbara B. Petty, to supervisory librarian, GS-12, Cat
Publ, PB2405; Elijah Walker, CMO, to warehouseman, WG-5,
Resignations: Stuart Johnson Jr., S&R; Mrs. Leander G.
Holt, Bldgs Mgmt; Harry G. Houze, Ser.
Mr. and Mrs. Karl B. Freyder celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on January 21. Mr. Freyder will
be remembered as the former Foreman Gardener in
the Buildings and Grounds Division. He retired in
1968. [See the Information Bulletin of May 2,
After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Freyder spent
three months in 1968 visiting his native Germany,
and touring Italy, Austria, and Switzerland.
Emma G. Montgomery, Principal Acquisitions
Officer in the Reference Department, will be away
during 1972, on a one-year leave of absence, to work
on an M.A. degree in library science at the University
of Hawaii. During her absence, William Matheson will
act as Principal Acquisitions Officer.
Mr. Matheson came to the Library in June 1971 as
Assistant to the Chief of the Rare Book Division,
from his former position of Chief of the Rare Books
and Special Collections, at the Washington University
Library in St. Louis, Mo. For a fuller account of Mr.
Matheson's career, see the Information Bulletin of
June 3, 1971.
The Library of Congress Professional Association
will meet on January 26 at 12 noon in the Whittall
Pavilion. Robert S. Bray, Chief of the Division for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped, will describe
recent developments in aids for the blind and physi-
LC Information Bulletin
The WRA LC Caps exerted tremendous effort
against the Wilmack team on January 10. Considering
the record of the unbeaten Wilmack team and the use
of a five-man LC team without relief on the sidelines,
the five point loss could only be interpreted as a tre-
mendous expenditure of energy and team spirit.
Playing into the second half of season, the LC Caps
lost to the All Soul Jets team by a score of 54 to 46
on January 17.
NEWS IN THE LIBRARY WORLD
Lionel Trilling to Present Lecture
The National Endowment for the Humanities has
selected Lionel Trilling to give the first of the annual
"Jefferson Lectures in the Humanities," a national
series created to help bridge the gap between learning
and public affairs.
Dr. Trilling, an internationally known writer and
teacher, is one of the three University Professors at
Columbia University, an honor awarded to out-
standing teachers whose work and thought go beyond
their own academic fields. He is the author of critical
studies of Matthew Arnold and E. M. Forster, a novel,
The Middle of the Journey, and several volumes of
critical essays, including The Literal Imagination, The
Opposing Self and Beyond Culture. He has taught at
the University of Wisconsin, Hunter College, and Ox-
ford and Harvard Universities.
Dr. Trilling will deliver the first Jefferson Lecture
before an invited audience of scholarly, cultural, and
public leaders in Washington, D.C., in April. The lec-
ture will be published. The subject of Dr. Trilling's
lecture has not yet been. announced but he will dis-
cuss those aspects of contemporary culture related to
The selection of Dr. Trilling was made from among
200 nominations received from learned educational
and professional organizations and from the National
Council on the Humanities, a group of 26 citizens
appointed from public life by the President to advise
5,500 Scholars Attend AHA Meeting
The 86th annual meeting of the American Histori-
cal Association (AHA) was held in New York City,
December 28-30, at the New York Hilton Hotel.
Approximately 5,500 scholars attended, an increase
of about 400 over last year's total.
The scarcity of academic jobs and restrictions on
travel funds prompted requests from 1,300 persons to
participate in the program, and the result was 134
sessions on subjects ranging from the implications of
Thomas S. Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions
(which introduced the concept of paradigms now so
popular with historians and social scientists) to the
application of computer techniques to historical
One of the better attended sessions was an evening
program on the Pentagon Papers, featuring a joint
paper read by Ernest R. May on the shortcomings of
the Papers as written history, a defense of the com-
pilation by Leslie Gelb, and comments by Louis
Morton and Daniel Ellsberg. A related session on the
declassification of secret documents included a panel
discussion on problems involved in declassifying, and
the various periods of time that have been suggested
after which documents should be automatically
The wide range of topics treated in the sessions
reflected the interests of the 31 societies and other
groups which met jointly with the AHA. Thus, there
were sessions on the history of science and tech-
nology, church history, social history, peace research,
Soviet history, the historical value of films (see fol-
lowing article), the history of social welfare, Irish
studies, educational history, the bibliography of for-
eign relations, American studies, labor history, the
history of agriculture, and other topics.
Special sessions included discussions dealing with
the problem of jobs for historians, academic freedom,
a new history education periodical to be published by
the AHA, and the contributions of Lenny Bruce. At
the general meeting on December 28, Joseph R.
Strayer delivered the presidential address, "The
Fourth and the Fourteenth Centuries." (Dr. Strayer
assumed the presidency in February 1971, following
the death of David M. Potter.) [Ronald S. Wilkinson I
Reflecting the growing interest in motion pictures
among American historians, the AHA annual meeting
provided a series of panel discussions and meetings on
film-oriented topics. The topics explored included
"Historians' Work in Sound and Film," "The Film
and the Depression," "Television, Documentary, and
Newsreel Films," "The Film as Social and Intellectual
History," and "Film as an Instrument of Social
Control: The Propaganda Film."
These and other film-related sessions were well
attended and frequently generated heated discussions
and debate. One of the most controversial was a ses-
sion on the film as social and intellectual history in
which two University of Pennsylvania professors,
January 27, 1972
Stuart Samuels and Robert Rosen, called current film
history narrow and the work of film buffs, liberal
reformers, cultural consensus builders, moralists, and
A session devoted to television, documentary, and
newsreel films was held with a presentation by
Samuel Suratt, Archivist. CBS News, and comments
from William Hughes. Essex Community College.
Martin Jackson, Newark College of Engineering, and
John Kuiper of the Library's National Film Collec-
tion. The discussion centered on scholarly methodol-
ogy and the problems and needs of selection,
acquisition, and preservation of existing and future
collections. [John Kuiper]
Charles E. Lee, President of the Society of Ameri-
can Archivists, presided at a Joint AHA-SAA
Luncheon Meeting on December 28, which heard a
report from the National Archives Advisory Council
by Sidney Fine of the University of Michigan and
Norman A. Graebner of the University of Virginia.
Editors of projects for the publication of papers
from the early period of American history met at a
luncheon of the National Historical Publications
Commission, which was attended by a number of
Commission members, including Mrs. Elizabeth E.
Hamer, Assistant Librarian of Congress, who repre-
sented the Librarian. James Hutson, newly appointed
Coordinator of the Library's American Revolution
Bicentennial Programs, was introduced, and editors
recently appointed to Commission-sponsored projects
briefly described their projects.
Two Authors Receive Beveridge Award
The 1971 Albert J. Beveridge Award, presented
annually by the American Historical Association for
the best book in English on American history, includ-
ing the United States, Canada and Latin America, has
been awarded jointly to Carl N. Degler for Neither
Black nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil
and the United States, and to David J. Rothman for
The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and
Disorder in the New Republic. The prize carries an
honorarium of $5,000.
FLC Meets on ERIC Program
The purpose and current program of the ERIC
(Educational Resources Information Center) Clearing-
house on Library and Information Sciences was
presented by Herbert R. Koller, Director, and J. I.
Smith, Assistant Director, at the January 19 meeting
of the Federal Library Committee. This nation-wide
information system, designed and supporled by the
U.S. Office of Education, provides a varied cliernele
(libraries, information science seriLes, Government
agencies, professional asocialionjs, educators, and
administrators) with documents and bihliograplhic of
publications not readily available through copyright
or from publishers. The ERIC system provides for the
collection of this scattered literature through 20
decentralized clearinghouses, each concentrating in a
major educational area. ERIC screens and organizes
the materials, furnishes copies at modest cost, and
prepares summaries, reviews, and bibliographies on
special topics. Over 400 major institutions and associ-
ations offer the ERIC materials to their constituents.
Some 70 subject areas have now been identified by
the user community; these include guidelines for the
establishment of libraries, development of new library
services, and library research activities.
The Committee also was briefed on plans for a
practical library automation seminar to be held in the
spring for librarians in the field. Specific information
on this will be announced when plans have been com-
The Librarian of Congress introduced Charles H.
Stevens, Executive Director of the National Commis-
sion on Libraries and Information Sciences.
The Federal Library Committee asked the
Executive Secretary to express its deep appreciation
to Mrs. June Newell, whose serious illness has necessi-
tated her retirement from the FLC Office, for her
dedicated and very helpful service to the members of
St. John's to Mark IBY with Conference
St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., will cele-
brate International Book Year 1972 with a one-day
conference on campus Saturday, May 6. More than
400 scholars, educators, librarians, book publishers,
communications specialists, and members of the
United Nations and the diplomatic corps are expected
to participate. Theme of the Conference is "Books in
a Starving World: A Quest for Enrichment."
Sponsored by the St. John's Department of Library
Science, the Conference will feature five panel dis-
cussions, a book film theater, exhibits, a luncheon.
and an opportunity to exchange ideas in an academic
and social atmosphere.
Reservations can be made by mailing an $8 registra-
tion fee, which will cover the Conference and
luncheon, to Public Relations, St. John's University,
Grand Central & Utopia Parkways, Jamaica. N.Y.
3 1262 08492 9941
LC Information Bulletin
Two Canadian Poets to Read at Folger
The Folger Shakespeare Library 1972 Poetry Series
will present "An Evening of Canadian Poetry" on
Sunday, January 30 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Two Toronto poets, Raymond Souster and Gwen-
dolyn MacEwen, will read from their own work. Mr.
Souster, an accountant, is editor of Contact Press and
of New Wave Canada (1966), an anthology of young
writers' work. His books of poetry have been pub-
lished since 1946. Miss MacEwen left school to pur-
sue a literary career and began publishing her poetry
and novels in 1963.
New CMEA Publications
The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance
(CMEA) Secretariat in Moscow has expanded and
extended its contacts with international economic,
scientific, and technical organizations in recent years,
according to the Survey of CMEA Activities in 1970.
It is hoped that this trend will be reflected in a wider
distribution of CMEA publications.
The CMEA, often called COMECON in English, is
the East European counterpart of the Organization
for economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
CMI.A member countries comprised a population of
347 million by the end of 1970, but produced about
one-third of the world's industrial output.
The Library of Congress has recently received sev-
eral CMEA publications including Survey of CMEA
Activities in 1970 (Moscow 1971); Comprehensive
Programme for the Further Extension and Improve-
ment of Cooperation and Development of Socialist
Economic Integration by the CMEA Member-
Countries (Moscow 1971); and Biulleten' Po
Vodinomin Khoziaistru, nos. 4-8 (1969-71).
Leonard Cohan Named Journal Editor
Leonard Cohan, Director of Libraries, Polytechnic
Institute of Brooklyn, has been appointed editor of
Information-News/Sources/Profiles, a bimonthly
journal of Science Associates International, Inc.
Mr. Cohan, author of the study "Science Informa-
tion Personnel" and editor of Directory of Com-
puterized Information in Science and Technology
published by Science Associates, is an authority on
new approaches to the creation and organization of
information and library resources.
In February, Science Associates will begin pub-
lishing library and information sciences studies and
state-of-the-art reports commissioned by govern-
mental, academic, and learned society groups in a
new bimonthly publication entitled Information-
Part 2. Among the first reports to be published will
be "Interface of Technical Libraries with Other Infor-
mation Systems," written by Alan M. Rees, and
developed in cooperation with the Federal Library
Committee's Task Force on the Role of Libraries in
Annual subscriptions to Information-Part 2 is $25.
Orders and requests for further information may be
sent to Science Associates International, Inc., 23 East
26th St., New York, N.Y. 10010.
Air Force to Compile Aviation Guide
The Office of Air Force History is compiling a
documentary guide which will describe various
depositories, libraries, and collections containing ref-
erence and documentary materials on aviation and
other matters relating to Air Force history. The guide
will be used to aid scholars and students conducting
original research in the field. The format will be
styled after that used by the National Union Catalog
of Manuscript Collections of the Library of Congress.
Libraries holding collections of pertinent primary
source material may be identified by contacting Law-
rence J. Paszek, Senior Editor, Office of Air Force
History, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Department of
the Air Force, Washington, D.C. 20314.
D.C. Branch of NAL Reopens
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) opened
the renovated quarters of its District of Columbia
Branch, located in the South Agriculture Building on
Independence Ave., during special ceremonies on
The D.C. Branch has approximately 300 journals
on display covering various aspects of agriculture.
Supplementing the display is a monthly computer
print-out of journal titles available from the NAL.
Other features of the branch are the Civil Rights,
Pre-Retirement, and New Book shelves. The branch
houses the USDA Graduate School collection and
about a quarter of the permanent NAL collection
dealing with the social sciences, management,
economics, statistics, and foreign trade.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mrs. Susan Moundalexis is the librarian-in-charge.
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