Louis Round Wilson papers, 1833-1985.

Creator: Wilson, Louis Round, 1876-1979.
Collection number: 3274
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Abstract: Louis Round Wilson (1876-1979) was librarian and first director of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1901-1932, and dean of the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago, 1932-1942. From 1901 to 1932, Wilson served on many University of North Carolina committees and was instrumental in founding both the University Press and the Extension Division; he also edited the “Alumni Review” for twelve years, 1912-1924. When he returned to Chapel Hill from Chicago in 1942, he resumed his many activities at the University, serving on numerous faculty and special University committees until he retired in 1959. He was a consultant to the president of the University from 1959 to 1969. Wilson’s papers, which reflect his career as educator, librarian, and writer, contain personal and professional correspondence, memoranda, notes, printed material, clippings, minutes of meetings of both University and professional library association committees, typescripts and reprints of Wilson’s published and unpublished works, photographs, and volumes. Volumes include family diaries and albums, as well as writings relating to Wilson’s genealogical research about the Wilson, Round, and other families; his role in the administration of the University; and his activities as a professional librarian. There are very few papers pertaining to his years as dean of the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago. Additions of 1989 and 1997 contain personal correspondence, chiefly with his wife, Penelope Bryan Wright Wilson, and his daughters.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Box 7 contains a subject file entitled “The American Negro and his African Heritage” (See Folder 20)

Box 12 contains a related file entitled “Men and Movements: The American Negro and his African Heritage (See Folder 453).

Box 13 contains a file entitled “Negro Studies, 1926” (See Folder 527).

Box 42 contains subject files entitled “Libraries and Negros, 1930-1944” (see folder 190-193 in Series 5), and “Library Conferences: Negro Land Grant Colleges, 1944” (see Folder 196 in Series 5). There are also several folders relating to Wilson’s consultations at the library of  Atlanta University, a historically black college in Georgia (see Folders 197-200 in Series 5) as well as Shaw University in North Carolina (Folders 207-28)