William Warner Bishop Papers: 1891-1955
Summary Information
Title: William Warner Bishop Papers
Creator: Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955
Inclusive dates: 1891-1955
Extent: 25 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Internationally recognized librarian; director of the University of Michigan Library. Correspondence and subject files relating to professional activities.
Call number: 85496 Aa/2, Ac
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Bentley Historical Library staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The bulk of the collection was transferred from the Graduate Library of the University of Michigan in 1975. Donor number 1278. Smaller additions were received from the Bishop family.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

Bishop's student notebooks from philosophy courses taught by John Dewey (Box 24) are also available on microfilm.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., William Warner Bishop Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into eight series:

  1. Correspondence -- Boxes 1-3
  2. Articles, Lectures, and Addresses -- Boxes 4-5
  3. American Library Association -- Boxes 6-15
  4. Carnegie Corporation of New York; Topical Files -- Boxes 16-27
  5. Visual Materials -- Box 27
  6. Student Notebooks -- Boxes 28-30
  7. Miscellaneous and Personal -- Boxes 30-31

Biography

William Warner Bishop was librarian of the University of Michigan from 1915 until his retirement in 1941. After graduating from the University of Michigan (M.A. 1893), Bishop taught Greek at Missouri Wesleyan College (1893-1894) and then became an instructor in New Testament Greek and assistant librarian at Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois. He was a fellow at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome in 1898-1899. On his return to the United States he became librarian and instructor in Latin at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, where he served from 1899 to 1902. Two years as head cataloger at Princeton University preceded his appointment as reference librarian at the Library of Congress in 1904. Bishop remained at the Library of Congress serving from 1907 to 1915 as superintendent of the reading room. In 1915, he was appointed librarian at the University of Michigan, succeeding Theodore Wesley Koch.

As librarian, Bishop was greatly responsible for the growth of the collection, the development and training of the staff, and the contacts established with European bookdealers and librarians. One of Bishop's most significant contributions was the establishment under his leadership of a department of library science to train individuals in bibliographical and other library-related skills.

Bishop was highly respected within his profession. He served as consultant on many of the library projects sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation; and he was chairman of the Advisory Group on College Libraries which assisted in building up the book collections of many college libraries in the United States and Canada. In no area of library work did he make a greater contribution than in international relations. In 1928 Bishop was invited by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to head the American group of librarians and others in initiating the reorganization of the Vatican Library. In addition, he served as president of the International Federation of Library Associations from 1931 to 1936; and as chairman of the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association, he promoted exchanges of library personnel and was instrumental in bringing many foreign librarians to this country and in providing library experience abroad for selected American librarians.

Bishop died February 19, 1955.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Bishop papers consist of personal and professional files documenting William Warner Bishop's activities apart from his work as librarian at the University of Michigan. The librarian's files were separately received and continue to be maintained as part of the records of the University of Michigan Library.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Libraries -- United States.
  • Librarians.
  • Libraries.
  • Monasteries -- Greece -- Patmos.
  • Patmos (Greece)
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • American Library Association.
  • Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York. Advisory Group on College Libraries.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Library.
  • Hiera Monē Iōannou tou Theologou Patmou.
  • Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945.
  • Quadrangle Club (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Library Science.
  • William L. Clements Library.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series includes files letters, personal and professional, received and sent, in the period of 1891-1952. This series also includes letterbooks of copies of outgoing letters written while Bishop was at the Library of Congress as the Superintendent of the Reading Room. The dates of the letterbooks are 1907 to 1915.

 
Filed letters [subseries]
Box   1  
1891-1925
Box   2  
1925-1940
Box   3  
1940-1952
 
Letterbooks [subseries]

(copies of outgoing correspondence of WWB as superintendent of the reading room of the Library of Congress)

Box   3  
1907-1908
Box   3  
1908-1914
Box   3  
1909-1915
 
Articles, lectures, addresses [series]

The Articles, Lectures, and Addresses series consists of writings and speeches primarily in the period following Bishop's coming to the University of Michigan. The files in this series are dated 1919-1951.

Box   4  
Articles 1919-1951
Box   5  
Lectures and addresses 1919-1943
 
American Library Association [series]

American Library Association is a series consisting of general correspondence, committee files, and other subject files detailing Bishop's lifelong association with the ALA. This series includes extensive documentation of his work with the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Resources.

 
General Correspondence files [subseries]
Box   5  
1907-1918
Box   6  
1919-1933
 
Executive Officers and administration [subseries]
Box   6  
President 1920-1932
Box   6  
Secretary 1918-1925/26
Box   7  
Secretary 1926/27-1929/30
Box   7  
Conference files 1919
Box   7  
Mid-Winter Meeting 1916, 1919
Box   7  
Post-Conference trip 1926-1927
Box   7  
Council 1907, 1921-1924
Box   7  
Council summaries
Box   7  
Nominations 1916
Box   7  
Nominating Committee 1919
Box   7  
Executive Board 1918-1932
Box   8  
Assistant Secretary 1920-1932
Box   8  
Treasurer 1924-1925
Box   8  
Trustees Section 1922
 
Topical Files (mainly committees) [subseries]
Box   8  
Board of Education for Librarianship 1924-1944
Box   8  
Booklist 1920-1929
Box   8  
Current Budget 1926-1927
Box   8  
California-ALA
Box   8  
College and Reference Section 1906-1908, 1917-1918, 1921-1925
Box   8  
College and University Librarians 1926-1927
Box   9  
Committees 1918-1921
Box   9  
Committee of Eleven 1918-1919
Box   9  
Committee of Five 1919, 1919-1925
Box   9  
Committee of Twenty-five 1922-1923
Box   9  
Committee on ALA Activities 1929-1932
Box   9  
Committee on Bibliography 1924-1933
Box   9  
Committee on Bookbinding 1908, 1924-1925
Box   9  
Committee on Bookbuying 1922
Box   9  
Committee on Books for Foreign Countries 1922-1929
Box   9  
Committee on the Catalogue General of the Bibliotheque Nationale 1928-1929
Box   9  
Committee on the Classification of Personnel 1924-1928
Box   9  
Committee on Code of Ethics 1938-1939
Box   9  
Catalog section 1907, 1917, 1922-1925
Box   9  
Committee on Catalog Code Revision 1932-1938
Box   9  
Committee on Cataloging 1922-1924
Box   9  
Committee on Cataloging and Classification 1937-1939
Box   9  
Committee on Catalog Rules 1920
Box   9  
Committee on Committees 1922-1923, 1930-1935
Box   9  
Committee on Cooperative Cataloging 1931-1933
Box   9  
Committee on Devastated Libraries 1940-1941
Box   9  
Committee on Evans Bibliography 1923-1925
Box   9  
Committee on Enlarged Program 1919-1921
Box   9  
Committee on Federal and State Relations 1931-1932
Box   9  
Committee on Federal Relations 1937-1939
Box   9  
Committee on Fiftieth Anniversary 1924-1927
Box   9  
Committee on Importations 1919-1920
Box   9  
Committee on International Bibliography 1919-1920, 1927-1928
Box   10  
Committee on International Relations 1917-1945
Box   11  
Committee on International Relations

(dates vary)

Box   11  
Committee on Intellectual Cooperation 1926-1928
Box   11  
Committee on Library Administration 1921-1922
Box   11  
Committee on Library Cooperation 1920-1924
Box   11  
Committee on Library Cooperation with Hispanic Peoples 1928-1929
Box   11  
Committee on Library Radio Broadcasting 1929-1930
Box   11  
Committee on Library Training 1920-1924
Box   11  
Committee on Local Managements 1921-1922
Box   11  
Membership Committee 1923-1924
Box   11  
Committee on Oberly Memorial Fund 1922-1928
Box   11  
Committee on preparation of a Bibliography of Humanistic Literature 1921-1922
Box   11  
Committee on Printed Card Memorial 1925-1927
Box   11  
Committee on Public Documents 1908, 1910
Box   11  
Committee on Rag Stock Paper for Government Publications 1927-1928
Box   11  
Committee on Recruiting 1927-1928
Box   11  
Committee on Reorganization of the Catalog Section 1922-1923
Box   11  
Committee on Library Resources 1922-1923
Box   11  
Committee on Resources of American Libraries 1921-1927
Box   11  
Committee on Resources 1935-1936
Box   12  
Committee on Resources 1935-1945
Box   12  
Committee on Rockefeller Memorial 1922-1924
Box   12  
Committee on Sabin's Dictionary 1924-1925
Box   12  
Committee on Salaries
Box   12  
Committee on Union List of Government Serials 1925-1926
Box   12  
Committee on Salary of Librarian of Congress 1926-1927
Box   12  
Commission on Library and Adult Education 1924-1925
Box   13  
Commission on Library and Adult Education 1925/26-1928
Box   13  
Conference of University Librarians 1919-1924
Box   13  
Conference of Librarians of Large Public Libraries 1923-1924
Box   13  
Conference of University and College Librarians 1928-1929
Box   13  
Congressional Commission 1919
Box   13  
Constitution 1919-1921
Box   13  
Endowment Fund 1919
Box   13  
European Representatives 1919-1920
Box   13  
Friends of the Library 1935-1939
Box   13  
German Periodicals 1921-1923
Box   13  
Journal of discussion 1927-1929
Box   13  
Leipzig Exhibit 1914
Box   13  
Lending section 1923-1924
Box   13  
Library Pioneers 1924-1925
Box   13  
Panama-Pacific Exposition 1914-1915
Box   13  
Paris Library 1920
Box   13  
Publishing Board 1909-1925
Box   13  
School Libraries Section 1920
Box   13  
Survey 1919
 
War-related
Box   13  
Library War Finance Committee 1919
Box   13  
Library War Service Committee 1917-1919
Box   14  
Committee on Aid to Libraries in War Areas 1942-1945
 
Carnegie Corporation of New York [series]

The series - Carnegie Corporation of New York - pertains to Bishop's professional relationship with this foundation and his participation on various of its advisory groups.

Box   14  
General files 1930-1941
Box   14  
Advisory Group on College Libraries 1928-1929/30
Box   15  
Advisory Group on College Libraries 1930/31-1941
Box   15  
Miscellaneous files, dates vary
Box   16  
Advisory Group on College Libraries (Canada) 1930-1934
Box   16  
Advisory Group on Junior College Libraries 1933-1937
Box   17  
Advisory Group on Junior College Libraries 1937-1940
Box   17  
Advisory Group on University Libraries 1938-1939
 
Foreign Libraries:
Box   17  
Australia
Box   17  
New Zealand
Box   17  
Near East

(arranged by college)

Box   17  
Advisory Group on Teachers College Libraries 1937-1940
Box   17  
Advisory Group on Technological Colleges, state colleges, and colleges for Negroes
Box   17  
Survey of University Libraries 1925-1928
Box   17  
Advisory Group on the American Library Association 1930-1932
Box   17  
Michigan Project A
Box   17  
Advisory Group on Library Fellowships 1928-1935
Box   17  
Advisory Group on Library Scholarship Grants 1928-1933
Box   17  
Advisory Group on Library School Grants 1933-1934
Box   17  
Appraisal Committee 1933-1934
 
Advisory Group on College Libraries
Box   17  
Grant files

(arranged by college)

Box   18  
Grant files

(arranged by college)

Box   18  
Colleges not receiving grants
Box   18  
Carnegie Corporation of New York miscellaneous 1920-1930
Box   18  
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 1923-1925
Box   18  
Miscellaneous Carnegie files
Box   18  
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1928-1936
 
Topical files [series]

Topical Files, arranged alphabetically, consist of correspondence and other papers relating to Bishop's other organizational and personal interests.

Box   19  
American Academy in Rome
Box   19  
American Book Center for Devastated Libraries
Box   19  
American Library in London
Box   19  
American Library in Paris 1945-1946
Box   19  
Books for Latin America
Box   19  
Chicago University Graduate Library School 1926
Box   19  
Commonwealth Fund 1924-1925
Box   19  
Chrysostom Manuscripts 1922-1923
Box   19  
Columbia University
Box   19  
Committee of Library Experts
Box   19  
Congress International Provisoire des Bibliothecaires
Box   19  
Cornell University
Box   19  
Cosmos Club 1915-1940
Box   19  
Duodecimos 1926-1928
Box   19  
Grosvenor Library 1917-1930
Box   19  
Institute of International Education 1919-1925
Box   19  
International Bibliography of Humanistic Studies 1919-1921
Box   19  
International Congress of Librarians 1928-1929
Box   19  
International Congress of Library Experts 1928-1929
Box   19  
International Congresses 1922-1924
Box   19  
International Federation of Library Associations 1929-1933/34
Box   20  
International Federation of Library Associations 1934/35-1941
Box   20  
International Institute of Bibliography 1918-1925
Box   20  
International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation 1925-1933, 1945
Box   20  
International Library Cooperation 1928-1929
Box   20  
Institute of International Education
Box   20  
Joint Committee on Books for Devastated Libraries
Box   20  
League of Nations Library 1924-1930
Box   21  
Library History 1927-1928
Box   21  
Library Journal 1914-1925
Box   21  
Library of Congress 1930-1931
Box   21  
Library of Congress: Catalog of Printed Cards
Box   21  
Library Science (Dept.), University of Michigan
Box   21  
Lydenberg, H.M. 1922-1924
Box   21  
Lomer, G.R. 1926-1934
Box   21  
Mailing list
Box   21  
Mary Bloom Manny Memorial. Fund 1925-1926
Box   21  
Miller, Wilhelm 1917
Box   21  
Monroe County Library
Box   21  
Munthe, Wilhelm 1932-1939
Box   21  
New International Encyclopedia 1916-1919
Box   21  
New International Yearbook 1919-1921
Box   21  
Our Lady of the Lake College
Box   21  
Pan American Bibliographical Congress
Box   21  
Paris Library School 1923-1932
Box   21  
Paris Museum National Histoire Naturelle
Box   21  
Parsons, Mary P. 1928-1939
Box   21  
Penniman, J.R. 1921
Box   21  
Phi Beta Kappa 1913-1936
Box   21  
"Poor Paper" Books
Box   21  
Prussian State Library 1925-1940
Box   21  
Putnam Anniversary Volume 1928-1929
Box   21  
Randall, William 1925-1935
Box   21  
Reed, Katherine 1940-1941
Box   21  
Research Club 1925-1935
Box   21  
Rice Institute 1929-1941
Box   21  
Richardson, E.C. 1926-1938
Box   21  
Roland-Marcel 1930-1931
Box   21  
Sending-Larsen, Holger 1932-1933
Box   21  
Sumner, Edward A. 1928-1929
Box   21  
Teachers college journals
Box   21  
Utley, George B
Box   21  
Van der Riet, F.G. 1945
Box   21  
Vatican research
Box   21  
Vatican Norme 1937-1941
Box   21  
Voynich, W.M. 1910-1920
Box   22  
Voynich, W.M. 1920-1939
Box   22  
War periodicals
Box   22  
Western College for Women 1929-1930
Box   22  
Williams and Wilkins Co. 1915-1925
Box   22  
Worcester County Law Library 1915-1937
 
Biographical/personal and miscellaneous [series]

The Biographical/personal and miscellaneous series consists of biographical information, files relating to the reunions and other alumni activities of the class of 1892 and 1893 of the University of Michigan, and Christmas cards from the period of 1929-1930 There are also three personal diaries dated 1912, 1913, and 1916.

Box   22  
Biographical miscellanea
 
Christmas Cards
Box   22  
1929-1930 (2 folders)
Box   22  
Citations

(see also diplomas in oversize folder Ac)

Box   22  
Diaries 1912, 1913, 1916 (3 volumes)
Box   22  
U. of M. Student miscellanea
Box   22  
U-M Class of 1892 alumni and reunion material
Box   22  
U-M Class of 1893 alumni and reunion materials
Box   23  
Printed materials (3 folders)
 
Student Notebooks [series]

Student Notebooks date from 1890 to 1893 when Bishop was a student at the University of Michigan. This series is of most importance for the notes taken by Bishop on the philosophy lectures of John Dewey. Microfilm copies of these notes are available for inter-library loan.

Box   23  
University of Michigan student notebooks 1890-1893
Box   23  
Notes and lectures on classical studies
Box   24  
University of Michigan student notebooks 1890-1893

(include notes on the philosophy lectures of John Dewey; microfilm copy of Dewey lectures also available)

 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs include portraits, photographs of Bishop receiving awards or participating in various library functions and conventions. (The photographs series also includes oversize photos in Ac folder.)

Box   25  
Portraits of Bishop and his wife Finie Burton
Box   25  
Informal portraits and snapshots
Box   25  
Bishop receiving awards and attending various meetings of librarians
Box   25  
University of Michigan Library School classes 1918-1921
Box   25  
William Clements Library dedication 1923
Box   25  
Quadrangle Club circa 1930
 
European conventions of librarians
Box   25  
Barcelona
Box   25  
Bern 1931-1934
Box   25  
Madrid 1935
Box   25  
Rome 1929
Box   25  
Bishop with Monsignor Tisserant circa 1927-1928
Box   25  
Monastery of St. John on Patmos 1920

(taken by Francis W. Kelsey)

Box   25  
Portraits of librarians