Fonds MG1028 - Violet Coughlin Fonds

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Violet Coughlin Fonds

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  • 1938; 1952-1979 (Creation)
    Coughlin, Violet, 1907-2001

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1.25 m of textual records.

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Violet Coughlin, professor of library science, was born in Montréal. After receiving her B.A. from McGill in 1928, she taught at Montréal High School before returning to McGill for her B.L.S. (1938). From 1941 to 1952, she was librarian of Royal Victoria College. She then joined the faculty of the School of Library Science at McGill, where she taught until her retirement as Emeritus Professor in 1976. During this period, she earned an M.A. (1958) and D.L.S. (1966) from Columbia University, and served as director of the school for 1972-1973. Her doctoral thesis was published as Larger Units of Public Library Service in Canada (Metuchen, N.J., 1968). Coughlin passed away on December 29, 2001 in Unionville, Ontario.

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Received in the McGill Archives on February 21, 1980.

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Fonds consists primarily of originals and printed materials concerning courses Coughlin taught in the Library School (1952-1979), and her own graduate studies and research (1958-1975). Her teaching materials comprise lecture notes, supplemented by clippings, articles, and bibliographies, for courses on book selection (including class lists, marks (restricted), a student project and examinations), research methods, and library work with children. Material stemming from her graduate studies comprises two papers submitted for her M.A., and two unrevised copies of her D.L.S. thesis on Canadian public library services. Her continuing interest in public libraries in Canada generated a series of research files of notes, photocopies and clippings (1961-1975).

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Material was received in six boxes which measured a total of 2.4 meters. This material has been condensed into five boxes totaling two meters of shelving space.

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