MSS SC 75, TC 44, PC 60, PC 61
Title: Manitoba Libraries Association fonds
Dates: 1973, 1975-1976
Extent: 1 cm of textual records and other material
Administrative History: In 1975, the Manitoba
Libraries Association (MLA) began a grassroots campaign to increase
library funding in the province. This campaign, entitled "Libraries
in Crisis" was begun in response to the provincial government's
cancellation of The Parkland Regional Pilot Project in Dauphin,
an initiative that would have improved library services in Dauphin.
The MLA sought to publicize the provincial government's neglect
of public libraries, especially in rural Manitoba. The campaign
utilized political lobbying and newspaper advertisements to publicize
their position. Organizers believed "Libraries in Crisis" to be
a qualified success as it raised public awareness of library funding
in the province but that due to its small number of participants
lacked the sustained pressure to enable systemic change in the province's
Custodial History: The fonds was donated by the
Manitoba Libraries Association, via University of Manitoba reference
librarian Dan Phelan in 1981. This fonds was originally titled "Libraries
in Crisis"; its present title was adopted in March 2002 to reflect
the provenance of the fonds.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of documents
surrounding the Manitoba Libraries Association's (MLA) campaign
to increase library funding in the province. The fonds includes
MLA minutes, personal letters, association letters, and newspaper
clippings. See also audio fonds TC 44 (1 audio cassette) and photograph
fonds PC 60 (16 photographs) and PC 61 (32 slides) for holdings
related to the same accession.
Restrictions: Open to all researchers.
Finding Aid: Finding aid is available for PC 60
and PC 61.