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Edward Holley "Resources of Texas Libraries" Papers

Identifier: 1972-002

The Edward Holley "Resources of Texas Libraries" Papers contains materials relating to the book, Resources of Texas Libraries (1968) that he co-authored with Donald D. Hendricks. Items in the collection range in date from 1964 to 1970 with most of the material dating between 1967 and 1968. The bulk of the collection details research performed by Holley and Hendricks for their book.

The collection is divided into three series: Background, Manuscript, and Survey Results. The original arrangement has been retained as much as possible, although some reorganization was done to facilitate research. Each series is arranged alphabetically with materials in folders arranged chronologically.


  • 1964-1970
  • Majority of material found in 1967-1968


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Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Biographical Information:

Edward Gailon Holley was born in Pulaski, Tennessee, on November 26, 1927. During his career Holley served as a library administrator (Director of Libraries, University of Houston, 1962-1971), a library educator (Dean and Professor, School of Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-1985, and professor until his retirement in 1995), and a library historian. He has written over 100 books, articles, and essays on topics as diverse as library biography, the history of library education, copyright, library administration, and the place of personal morality in public life. While at the University of Houston he not only oversaw a major addition to the library, but was responsible for hiring Charles D. Churchwell as Assistant Director for Public Services, the first black professional on the campus (1967). As Dean of the School of Information and Library Sciences at Chapel Hill, Holley established a doctoral program, and expanded the Master's program to two years.

Holley has been the recipient of numerous awards including the ALA Scarecrow Press Award for his published dissertation, Charles Evans, American Biographer (1964); the ALA Melvil Dewey Award (1983); the ALA Joseph Lippincott Award (1987); and the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (Association of College and Research Libraries, 1988). While at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Holley was named William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor in 1989 and held that distinguished professorship until his retirement in 1995. In 1994 he was honored with a festschrift, For the Good of the Order: Essays in Honor of Edward G. Holley, the title bearing witness to his tireless professional devotion.

Processing Information:

Processed by Bobby Marlin and Tim Weaver, Summer 2003

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA