Top Menu

Dr. Benjamin E. Powell Collection

Title: Dr. Benjamin E. Powell Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1935-1979
Extent of Materials: 2 boxes
Location: cupboard no. 2
Donor: Dr. Benjamin E. Powell
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR Dr. Powell was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Public Library.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: The Powell Collection, 1935-1979, is composed of a scrapbook, papers, pamphlets, minutes, and correspondence documenting the professional activities of Dr. Benjamin E. Powell, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Durham County Public Library. Dr. Powell also acted as university librarian at Duke. The collection includes a 1947 North Carolina scrapbook, papers and pamphlets concerning the North Carolina Library Association and Durham Public Library, minutes from library board meetings, North Carolina State Library memoranda, and the correspondence of Dr. Powell. The collection covers the library bond issue of 1976 along with the construction of a new public library. Of particular interest are a 1963 report on the future of library service in Durham and a 1981 Duke University Library newsletter published in memory of Dr. Powell.
Container List: Box 1
11 folders containing:
NC Scrapbook 1947
miscellaneous NC and Durham County Public Library materials, including papers relating to bond issue and new library
Minutes of DCPL board meetings, 1960s and 1970s
Box 2
16 folders containing:
Powell correspondence 1948, 1951, 1960s, 1970s
Miscellaneous library-related items from former DCPL director George Linder’s desk
Miscellaneous DCPL papers
Staff manual and loose papers
Powell DCPL Board of trustees notebook and loose papers
Duke University Library newsletter, “In Memoriam” Benjamin E. Powell