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Dunkin mss., 1942-1977

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
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Dunkin, Paul Shaner, 1905-

Dunkin mss., 1942-1977

Collection No.
LMC 2274

ca. 3,000 items

Materials are in English

The Dunkin mss., 1942-1977, consists of the papers of librarian and library science professor Paul Shaner Dunkin, 1905-1975.

Access Restrictions

Student correspondence, evaluations, and theses-related materials in boxes 2 and 3 are restricted and may not be used.

Biographical Note

Dunkin received both his Ph.D. in Classics and B.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois. He worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library from 1937 to 1959, becoming chief of technical services in 1950. He joined the faculty of Graduate School of Library Service at Rutgers University in 1959 and taught there until his retirement in 1971. Dunkin wrote many papers on cataloging and classification, as well as several books including How to Catalog a Rare Book (1951, 1973) and Bibliography: Tiger or Fat Cat (1975). He was also an active member of the American Library Association, serving as assistant editor and eventually editor of ALA’s Library Resources and Technical Services, as well as serving on the ALA Council and many other committees.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Teaching; III. Writings; IV. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

The Dunkin mss., ca. 1960-1974, consist of the papers of librarian and library science professor Paul Shaner Dunkin, 1905-1975. Included is correspondence with students, other faculty, professional journals and organizations, and some family letters. Also present are manuscripts of some of the articles written by Professor Dunkin, course syllabi and lectures, and offprints of articles by and about him.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Rutgers University --Faculty --Archives.
    • Folger Shakespeare Library.
    • American Library Association.
    • Dunkin, Paul Shaner, 1905- --Correspondence.
    • Lubetzky, Seymour.
    • Richmond, Phyllis A.
    • Topics
    • Librarians --Correspondence.
    • College teachers --Archives.
    • Library science.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired, 1987
Usage Restrictions
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Dunkin mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 General Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

One folder per name unless otherwise indicated. Year or range of years of the correspondence follows each name. Additional correspondence may be found throughout the collection.

Allen, Joseph S., 1973

American Association of University Professors, 1971-1972

Angell, Richard S., 1960-1973

Applebaum, Edmond L., 1972

Asheim, Lester, 1953-1960

Atherton, Pauline,1959-1963

Ayrault, Margaret W., 1959-1971

Baker, J. Gerard, 1961

Batchelor, Harold Walter, 1961

Bentz, Dale M., 1960-1975

Boll, John J., 1967

Bibliographical Society of America, 1942-1973

Bibliographical Society of London, 1942-1974

Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1948-1975

Bond, Ethel, 1952-1959

Bowers, Fredson, 1946-1949

Bristol, Roger, 1967

Brown, Margaret C., 1965-1967

Cain, Stith M., 1964

Carnovsky, Ruth F., 1968-1975

Cataloging in Source, 1960

Chaplin, Arthur H., 1957

Childs, James Bennett, 1971-1972

Clapp, Verner W., 1960-1971

Colvin, Laura C., 1960-1970

Denis, Laurent G., 1967-1968

Dreis, Hazel, 1948

Fair, Ethel, 1963-1969

Goldhor, Herbert, 1966-1973

Greer, Agnes F. P., 1955-1960

Herschberger, Geo M., 1973

Hiatt, Peter, 1966-1967

Hickey, Doralyn, 1971-1973

Holley, Edward G., 1974

Journal of Library History, 1965-1974

Katz, Bill, undated

Lancour, Harold, 1973

Lee, Joel M., 1973

The Library Association, 1957-1970

Library Journal, 1971-1975

Lubetzky, Seymour, 1953-1973

(2 folders)

McCrosky, Janet Ellen, 1972

McNabb, Nellie, 1972

Mišić, Jelka,1967-1969

Moon, Eric, 1965-1968

Nyholm, Amy, 1971

Pautzsch, Richard O., 1971

Piternick, George

Prevost, Marie Louise, 1946-1960

Ranz, James, 1951-1962

Rawski, Conrad H., 1967-1972

Reed, Sarah R., 1972-1974

Richmond, Phyllis A., 1959-1975

(2 folders)

Rodell, Elizabeth, 1972-1973

Scobie, James R., 1972

The Shoe String Press, 1970-1977

Sealock, Richard B., 1971-1973

Segal, Joseph, 1972

Shearer, Dade B., 1951-1956

Shoe String Press, 1970-1977

Simonton, Wes. 1973-1974

Tauber, Maurice F., 1953-1966

Thomas, Alan R., 1972

Trinkle, Robert, 1974

Vann, Sarah K., 1974

Verona, Eva, 1961-1968

Weintraub, Benjamin, 1971-1974

Welsh, William J., 1971

Westby, Barbara M., 1971-1972

Series: Teaching

Class Materials

Arranged alphabetically by class title or subject

Notes, syllabi, printed materials, etc. used by Dunkin during his tenure at Rutgers University.

Box 1 Analytical bibliography

(3 folders)

Bibliographic organization and description

(2 folders)

Box 2 Bibliography

(2 folders)


(6 folders)

Cataloging and classification

(2 folders)

Development and operation of libraries

The Library in society

Social functions of libraries

Subject analysis

(2 folders)

Technical Services

Class registers, 1950-1953, 1958-1970/71

(4 folders)

Students, A-D

Correspondence, evaluations, theses-related materials, etc.

These files are RESTRICTED and may not be used.

Box 3 Students, E-Z

Correspondence, evaluations, theses-related materials, etc.

These files are RESTRICTED and may not be used.


(4 folders)

Cataloging manual; correspondence with Dean Ralph R. Shaw; faculty bibliography; Graduate School of Library Service bulletins, 1970-1971 and 1971-1972; miscellaneous memos

Series: Writings

Box 3 Bibliography: Tiger or Fat Cat. Outlines of chapters, drafts, draft pages, proof

(5 folders)

"Four S’s." Unpublished short story

"From Pig to Man." Article published in Toward a Theory of Librarianship (1973)

How to Catalog a Rare Book. Correspondence, 1963-1973; proposed changes to 1951 edition; typescript of 2nd edition, rev. 1971

(3 folders)

Box 4 How to Catalog a Rare Book (cont.). Research

Piercy, Esther June (1905-1967). Article for The Dictionary of American Library Biography (1978)

Richard Heston Shoemaker: The Library School Years. Article

Untitled and undated novel and short stories

(2 folders)

Series: Miscellaneous

Box 4 American Library Association. Correspondence, 1968-1976;  David Clift Festschrift; by-laws, constitution, budget, etc.; Margaret Mann Citation, 1967-1968; royalty statements

(5 folders)

American Library Association, Resources and Technical Services Division. Board of directors minutes, 1972;  materials relating to Cataloging in Source proposal, 1960

(2 folders)

Biographical and genealogical. Includes notes on family members and a family tree with several photographs

Book orders. Receipts, 1946-1974

(4 folders)

Folger Shakespeare Library. Catalog Office outline; report on collections and catalog; correspondence, memos, etc. pertaining to Louis B. Wright

(3 folders)

Printed articles and reprints by and about Dunkin, 1944-1977

(5 folders)

Printed. Miscellaneous