Joint Committee on Importations records, 1939-1943
This committee was formed by the American Library Association, the Medical Library Association, and several other national
library organizations to foster the centralized acquisition of important European scholarly and scientific journals of vital
interest to American scholars who were concerned that the journals would become unavailable as the war in Europe continued.
Although the United States was still neutral in 1939, there were obstacles to the importation of German materials and materials
from Nazi-occupied countries because of the British blockade of European ports and the U.S. government's increasingly restrictive
policy against sending dollars to Nazi-occupied areas.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and reports of the Joint Committee on Importations of Thomas Paul Fleming (1907-), Medical Librarian, Columbia
University, 1927-1972. The major correspondents are Thomas P. Fleming, Representative of the Medical Library Association,
Harry M. Lydenberg, Chairman and Director of the New York Public Library, and Keyes D. Metcalf, Executive Board Member and
Director of Harvard University Library.