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Indiana Library Institutes on War Issues collection

 Collection — Folder: S2437
Identifier: S2437

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items from the Indiana State Library's booth at the Indiana Library Institute on War Issues meetings held at Winona Lake and Spring Mill Lake in June 1943, including programs for each event; diagrams and instructions for the Indiana State Library's booth setup; a typewritten transcription of a prayer by Stephen Vincent Benet that was read by President Roosevelt at the United Nations Day Ceremony in June 1942 and printed in the New York Times June 15, 1942; a typewritten transcription of "Postwar Planning," an editorial printed in the Indianapolis Times on March 20, 1943; and a photocopy of an April 22, 1943 letter sent to Indiana State Librarian Harold F. Brigham from Wendell L. Willkie.

The collection also includes a copy of the February 17, 1943 legislative memorandum "Air Power and Lend-Lease" from the National League of Women Voters; two copies of "Films for Library Discussion Groups," a list compiled for the Chicago Regional Institute on the War and Postwar Planning held April 3-4, 1943; a program from the Regional Library Institute on War and Post-War Issues meeting held in Denver Colorado April 1-2, 1943; a program from the Regional Institute "War and Postwar Issues" sessions held in Des Moines, Iowa April 8-9, 1943; a copy of S. RES. 114, a resolution by the U.S. Senate in March 1943 regarding support for the formation of an organization of "United Nations" to fight against the Axis Powers; and a copy of H. CON. RES. 25, a concurrent resolution passed in September 1943 regarding the support of Congress for the participation of the United States in the establishment and maintenance of lasting peace.


  • 1942-1943

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In January 1943, around two hundred librarians and library trustees from across the country were invited to attend the National Institute on War and Postwar Issues held in Chicago under the auspices of the American Library Association. The Chicago meeting was the instigator for other similar programs held at the regional, state, and local level. The Indiana Library Association, Indiana Library Trustees Association, and the Indiana State Library sponsored the Indiana Library Institutes on War Issues meetings held at Winona Lake June 1-2, at Spring Mill State Park June 4-5, and at Indianapolis October 6-8. The purpose of these institutes was to provide an opportunity for practical discussion regarding the opportunities and responsibilities of libraries in promoting public understanding of war and postwar problems.


Indiana State Library. "Institutes on War and Postwar Issues." Library Occurrent 14, no. 5. (January-March 1943): 113-115.

Indiana State Library. "Indiana Institutes on War Issues." Library Occurrent 14, no. 6. (April-June 1943): 138-139.

"Librarians to Discuss Part in Public Thinking at State-Wide War Institute." Indianapolis Star (IN), September 25, 1943. Accessed October 26, 2022.

"Library Institutes Scheduled for June." Indianapolis News (IN), May 28, 1943. Accessed October 26, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/10/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/10/26 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.