Guide to the Papers of William Lansberg, 1958 - 1960Manuscript MS-1014

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of William Lansberg, 1958 - 1960

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1014

Collection Dates:

1958 - 1960 1958 - 1960

Size of Collection:

1 box (.50 linear ft.)

Abstract:

William Lansberg (1916-1999), librarian. Contains typed radio scripts of the bibliographically themed "Baker Bookman" which aired over WTSL radio, Hanover, NH during the years 1958-1960. Also contains newspaper clippings from numerous sources which carried the print column "Baker Bookman."

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

William Lansberg (1916-1999), librarian. Papers consist of typed radio scripts aired on WTSL radio, Hanover, NH during the years 1958-1960, and newspaper clippings from multiple newspapers that published Lansberg's column, "The Baker Bookman" during those years. The scripts and the columns reviewed the most popular and/or most important books of the week. Lansberg reviewed books for both adults and children, popular fiction and scholarly works. At one time, as many as fourteen Vermont and New Hampshire newspapers carried the column each week.

Biography

Born June 24, 1916, in Boston, MA, William Lansberg received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1938. From there, he went to the University of North Carolina, where he taught Romance Languages and studied for his M.A. (1940) and his Ph.D. (1945.) He married Eunice M. Walmsley in 1941. He earned his B.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, in 1949, and returned to Dartmouth in 1951, as Assistant to the Librarian, and Director of Acquisitions in the Dartmouth College Library. Twice chosen to receive the John Cotton Dana Publicity Awards (1953, 1954) Lansberg began the popular "Baker Bookman" newspaper column, and WTSL/WDCR radio programs in 1958. At one time, fourteen New Hampshire and Vermont newspapers carried Lansberg's column.

In 1960, Lansberg left Dartmouth to become Director of Library Services at Elmira College, Elmira, New York. From there he went on to serve as Librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York (1963-1967) and Director of Libraries, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. He was also, for a time, Editor-in-Chief of Kennicat Press, Port Washington, New York. In 1970, he joined the University of Arizona's School of Library Science faculty, where he taught a popular seminar on library architecture. After the death of his wife, he remarried, and settled permanently in Arizona. William Ross Lansberg died March 16, 1999 at Tucson, Arizona.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, WTSL radio, 1958-1960

Radio Scripts

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1958-1960

Radio Scripts and Newspaper Clippings

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Radio scripts, June-July 1958
  • Folder: 2, Radio scripts, August-September 1958
  • Folder: 3, Radio scripts, October-December 1958
  • Folder: 4, Radio scripts, February-April 1959
  • Folder: 5, Radio scripts, May-August 1959
  • Folder: 6, Radio scripts, September-October 1959
  • Folder: 7, Radio scripts, November-December 1959
  • Folder: 8, Radio scripts, January-February 1960
  • Folder: 9, Radio scripts, March-April 1960
  • Folder: 10, Radio scripts, May-July 1960

Series 2, Baker Bookman newspaper clippings, 1958-1960

Newspaper Clippings

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1958-1960

Radio Scripts and Newspaper Clippings

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 11, Newspaper Clippings, 1958-1960

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