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Friends of the Folsom Library records

 Collection — Container: 2 Boxes
Identifier: 1982-19

Scope and Contents

Contents of the Friends of Folsom Library records (Acc. #1982-19) consist of membership information, events and scheduled programming from 1977 to 1984, a guestbook from 1976 to 1977, Board of Trustee minutes and meeting notes, and general correspondence related to the early foundation of the Friends of Folsom Library. Included in the General Series are American Library Association Friends of the Library notes from academic libraries around the country.


  • Created: 1966-2017
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1966-1981

Biographical or Historical Information

The Friends of the Folsom Library is a service organization comprised of Rensselaer faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and interested community members dedicated to enriching the collections, services, and events provided at the Folsom Library. Friends of Folsom Library's mission seeks to enhance community understanding of the functions of the Library and demonstrate its potential as a resource, sponsor programs for its members and others, and encourage support for future advancement of the Library operations. The Friends began in 1976, inspired by a nationwide move for academic libraries to reach outside the academic walls and immediate constitutents to broader communities. The Friends of Folsom Library continues to play a pivotal role in Folsom Library's growth today. The generosity of the Friends supports a collection of best-selling fiction and non-fiction, a browsing collection of popular magazines, and a collection of DVDs. They also underwrite the maintenance of plantings and provide lounge furniture throughout the Folsom Library as well as sponsor occasional exhibits and events, such as talks by local authors. In partnership with the Rensselaer Retirees Forum, the Friends co-sponsor monthly Lunch & Learn presentations on various topics during the academic year.

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Membership information, early guestbook, Board of Trustee minutes and meeting notes, and general correspondence related to the foundation of the Friends of Folsom Library.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in four series:  I. General; II. Meetings; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Programs and Events. Folders are arranged chronologically.

J. Kuba
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Processed by T.A. Gobert, 1997. Re-processed by Gretchen Koerpel, May 10, 2001. Revised by Irene Garnett, April 12, 2011. Re-processed by Jenifer Kuba, January 3, 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections Repository

110 8th Street
Institute Archives and Special Collections
Rensselaer Libraries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy NY 12180-3590 US
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