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Looking for more current, digital content from the ALA? Check out the American Library Association Institutional Repository (ALAIR)!

ALAIR is an open access repository, committed to collecting, permanently storing, and providing digital access to the publications and intellectual work of the ALA.

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The American Library Association Archives was established at the University of Illinois in 1973 and since then has been managed by the University Archives.

Discover ALA's history through documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials on social and political activism, library services and technology, ALA conferences, the Library War Service, and more. The Archives provides access in support of research, scholarship, and educational outreach.

ALA Ex-Presidents at Saratoga Springs, New York

ALA Ex-Presidents at Saragota Springs, New York, 1918

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94th ALA Annual Conference program coverLooking for materials on a specific topic or person? Search the Archives holdings database using keywords or phrases.

Browse through the Archives blog for more information on popular topics such as the Library War Service, the 1964 New York World's Fair, Knapp School Libraries Project, and bookmobiles. Also check out our research guides on library related topics.

The ALA Archives also has electronic records readily available for research. Search for digital materials in the American Library Association Institutional Repository or browse the Archives digital collections.

When you are ready to schedule an appointment to visit the archives, would like to request copies, or need more help, contact us!


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