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Robert D. Leigh papers, 1947-1955 

Creator: 
Leigh, Robert D (Robert Devore), 1890-
Phys. Desc: 
3 linear feet (3 linear feet 7 boxes)
Call Number: 
MS#0765
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Director of the Inquiry, 1947-1950 & author (Columbia University M.A. 1915, Ph.D. 1927). The Public Library Inquiry was a comprehensive survey of the American public library system by the Social Science Research Council.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, documents, memoranda, reports, and clippings of book reviews. The correspondence is chiefly with public, university, and special libraries, and with foundations and other organizations. There is correspondence with several leading American librarians, such as Carleton Joeckel, Joseph Wheeler, and Charles C. Williamson. About one half of the collection contains the field reports, interview reports, questionnaires, vocational interest blanks, and related materials used for one Inquiry study by Oliver Garceau"Library Government and Politics", which was published by the Columbia University Press in 1949 as THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. The manuscript of a report for the Russell Sage Foundation"The Nature of Public Communication", 1955, was added