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Subgroup 21: Office of the Vice President records, 1951-1984

Identifier: NL Archives 03/21

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

In 1975, when the Newberry's Director and Librarian became President and Librarian, the position of Vice President was also created. The first Vice President, James Wells, served from 1975 until his retirement in 1984. Soon after Wells' departure, Joel Samuels was appointed Administrative Vice President. Vice Presidents were later appointed to head the Library's Academic, Administration and Finance, and Development divisions.

Joel Samuels' papers are located in the Associate Librarian's Administrative files, Record Group 09/01/01.


  • Creation: 1951-1984


Conditions Governing Access

The Newberry Library Archives are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Unprocessed records are available by appointment only. Advance notice is necessary, particularly for administrative files, so that files may be screened for personnel records that are removed when records are processed.

Files containing personal or confidential information about individuals (including individual files on members of the Board of Trustees, individual donor files and records reporting the donations of an individual, personnel records, payroll records, and individual accepted fellows files) are closed for 30 years.


25 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 23 record cartons)


Organized in one series: James M. Wells papers (03/21/01).

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States