RG - 4.1: The Office of the Provost: The Papers of Musselman Library
43 boxes, 37 cubic feet
In April 1834 the Gettysburg College Board of Trustees agreed to spend $500 to purchase a library. This first library was housed in the home of the College's first librarian who lived on the third floor of Pennsylvania Hall. In 1889 the library moved into the first floor of the newly completed Glatfelter Hall. A move of the library to the third floor of Glatfelter occurred in 1922 when two literary societies disbanded and donated 15,000 volumes to the library.
Under President Hanson, a separate library building - with the capacity to house 100,000 volumes and hold 300 people - was constructed and opened on November 18, 1929. During the 125th anniversary year of Gettysburg College, the library was rededicated on April 14, 1957 and officially renamed The Samuel Simon Schmucker Memorial Library. John H. Knickerbocker served as head librarian from 1929-1959 and was known for his efforts to promote library use not only on campus, but also within the community.
Upon Knickerbocker's retirement, Lillian Smoke was appointed librarian and served in this capacity until 1974. During her tenure Mrs. Smoke worked to improve and expand the collection and oversaw a $493,499 addition to Schmucker library. The expanded building now had double the capacity of the original building with room for 200,000 volumes and 600 library patrons. A rededication ceremony took place on June 1, 1962.
During her final years as head librarian, Lillian Smoke was instrumental in the beginning the planning process for a new building. A committee formed in 1971 began discussions on the building that was eventually to become known as the Musselman Library Learning / Resource Center. Upon Mrs. Smoke's retirement in 1974, James Richards became her successor and saw the completion of the new building. Musselman Library, at a cost of $ 4,959,000, again doubled the library's capacity to 420,000 volumes and 800 study spaces. The name of the building was chosen to honor a major gift from the Emma G. Musselman Foundation.
Over the years the new building has seen many changes. After Richards' retirement in 1983, Willis Hubbard was hired as head librarian and served in this capacity until the mid-1990s when computing and the library merged forces under the title of Information Resources. To accommodate Computing's needs, significant remodeling and construction was done to the interior of the building. By the end of 1997 these two organizations, although still largely housed in the same building were place under separate administration. Robin Wagner was chosen as director of the library in 1998.
The Papers of Musselman Library record group comprises of approximately 37 cubic feet in 43 boxes. The majority of the papers are from the period of Musselman Library's construction in the early 1980's until present day. There are also a significant number of papers predating Musselman Library as early as 1834.
The record group is divided into six series:
I. Building Information
Due to the size and diversity of the record group, Series I, III, and V have each been divided into three subseries:
Series III and IV are arranged alphabetically by last name/category while Series I, II, and V are arranged chronologically within their subseries or sub-subseries. Certain papers are filed outside of their expected location due to their large size (such as blueprints or photo albums).
Series I (Building Information): Includes information regarding the library buildings (both Schmucker Memorial Hall and Musselman Library). Papers include information and notes on planning, funding, consultations, correspondence, order forms & agreements, as well as blueprints.
Series II (Departmental Papers): Includes records of library meetings, student and regular employees, budgets & financial information, organizations, events, etc. Departments are divided into two categories - Information Resources and the Library.
Series III (Gifts & Donations): Records of the gifts, donations, and other contributions the library has received. The series includes two boxes of gift record cards and two boxes of correspondences and signed forms.
Series IV (Personal Correspondence): Includes the correspondence, memos, notes, and files of former and current employees of both the library and IR. Files are arranged alphabetically by person's name rather than chronologically.
Series V (Documentation and Articles): Published documents and unpublished photographs of the library and IR. Includes published articles by library staff, articles and reports about the library from non-staff and general library and management information.
Series VI (Photographs): Photographs of various events, people, and buildings involving library staff and activities. Photos are placed in beige photo album boxes while negatives and duplicates are stored in a standard box.
Due to the number of documents, separate content lists have been created for each series. For more information on what type of files each series go to the Series Description on this page.