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Theodore F. Welch (1933- ) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 9/3/2
The Theodore F. Welch Papers fill two boxes and span the years 1967 to 1983. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence, which documents Welch's work at Northwestern and other library activities in the U.S., his strong connections with Japan and especially with Japanese libraries and librarians, his tenure working for the UN, and some of his personal relationships. The other materials in the series round out the information found in the correspondence. The records are divided into five subseries: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Trips and Conferences, Publications and Subject Files.

Biographical Materials, spanning the years 1969 to 1983, describe Welch's education and work before coming to Northwestern, as well as documenting the positions he held at Northwestern. Included are curriculum vitae and faculty biographical records from various years, as well as articles and news releases announcing Welch's appointments both at Northwestern and in Japan.

Correspondence occupies the majority of the space in the series and covers the period 1967 to 1983. Welch's correspondence centers around his two main interests, Japan and libraries, and demonstrates how he frequently combined the two. However, correspondence that relates specifically to the daily activities of the Northwestern University Library departments he worked in is relatively scarce. Topics that are covered in the letters include planning for bi-national conferences on libraries, Japanese visitors to Northwestern, trips to Japan, research questions and resources, the editing and publication of Welch's book on Japanese libraries, and Welch's work with the UN in Japan. Correspondence of a more personal nature reveals that Welch's work and his friendships were also frequently blended. Correspondence is divided into folders by year and arranged chronologically within the folders.

Trips and Conferences files span the years 1972 to 1983, and are divided into two categories: American Library Association and General. The American Library Association (ALA) category includes a report from a 1972 bi-national conference, as well as correspondence relating to regular ALA meetings and Welch's chairing of the jury which judged applicants for the 1983 Gale Award. In the General category is correspondence relating to a 1978 trip to Japan and an Institute offered at Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois, as well as undated travel itineraries. Folders within the categories are arranged alphabetically by title.

Publications span the years 1971 to 1980 and include articles by Welch and reviews of two books Welch published. The articles deal with Japanese topics and with libraries both in the U.S. and Japan. Welch's book Toshokan: Libraries in Japanese Society is reviewed along with the proceedings of a conference which Welch helped to edit.

Subject Files date from 1977 to 1982 and are arranged alphabetically by title. Topics include recommendations of former students, a collection of business cards, requisition forms and other financial documents, and a proposal for a fellowship that Welch applied for.

Documents in Japanese are found in folders throughout the series, and are included at the end of the folder with the undated documents.

Dates

  • 1967-1983

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

Abstract

Welch's career in librarianship began when he received a Master of Library Science from UC Berkeley in 1965. He worked as an independent cataloger at the Library of Congress from 1965 to 1967, then moved to Tokyo, Japan to work as a regional librarian for the U.S. Information Service. In 1969 he came back to the U.S. and began working at Northwestern University as Assistant University Librarian for Public Services. Welch held that position until 1975, but in 1973 he took a two-year leave to return to Japan, this time to Nagoya, and work for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development as their Chief Information Officer. In 1975 he received a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Tokyo, and returned to Northwestern as Assistant University Librarian for Development.
The Theodore F. Welch Papers fill two boxes and span the years 1967 to 1983. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence, which documents Welch's work at Northwestern and other library activities in the U.S., his strong connections with Japan and especially with Japanese libraries and librarians, his tenure working for the UN, and some of his personal relationships.

Method of Acquisition

The bulk of the Theodore Welch Papers were separated from Series 8/2/16, the Records of the Center for the Study of US-Japan Relations. Additional materials were incorporated from the University Archives' Faculty Biographical Files.

Related Materials

See also the Records of the Center for the Study of U.S.-Japan Relations, 1976-1983, Series 8/2/16.

Separated Materials

Photographs, mostly of Welch with Japanese colleagues, were separated and added to the Archives' Photographic Files.

Processing Information

Emma Maack, Summer 2005.
Title
Guide to the Theodore F. Welch (1933- ) Papers
Author
Emma Maack
Date
01/07/2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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