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Title: Correspondence of Andrew Horn, the Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Date (inclusive): 1945-1983
Record Series number: 453
Creator: University of California, Los Angeles.
4 boxes (1.6 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections. University Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections, University Archives Reference Desk for paging information.
Abstract: The Correspondence of Dean Andrew H. Horn contains, in part, formal letters, informal hand-written notes and cards, memos,
fliers and journals. The subjects of the materials range from the progression of the School of Library Services, congratulatory
notes regarding Dean H. Horn's professional career, letters of recommendation, requests for prospective employees and personal
correspondence with friends and colleagues. The span of the materal dates from 1945 to 1983. The bulk of the material correlates
to establishment and evolution of the University of California Los Angeles School of Library Services from 1960-1980, paralleling
his rise in professional stature and his post-retirement involvement with the school.
Andrew Harlis Horn was born in Ogden, Utah on July 22, 1914. After attending Venice High School in Los Angeles, Horn entered
Santa Monica City College, receiving his A.A. degree after two years with a major in pre-medical studies. He received his
B.A. degree from UCLA in history in 1937, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn his M.A. and PhD. degrees
in history from UCLA, in 1940 and 1943. While a doctoral student, Horn worked as a technical writer for engineering division
of Douglas Aircraft.
Horn went into the U.S. Army in 1943 and was assigned to the Medical Corps when it became known that he had a doctorate.
He spent the war years in Florida. Upon his discharge, Horn was appointed Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins
University and remained at Johns Hopkins for a year before returning to UCLA as a senior library assistant, having realized
that research and publication were not compelling interests to him. While working as a library assistant during the 1947-48
academic year, he married Mary Baier, a Baltimore native he had met at Hopkins.
Upon receiving his bachelor's degree in library service from UC Berkeley in 1948, Horn returned to UCLA and begin a series
of important jobs in the University library system. From 1948 to 1951, he worked in the University's Special Collections
Department, becoming its head in his last year there. From 1950 to 1954, he was UCLA's first University Archivist. He then
become the Assistant University Librarian (1951-1952) and the Associate University Librarian (1952-1954). During these years,
Horn steadily rose in stature, not only at UCLA, but also across the state as he helped create the first state-wide university
archives program and, with then Special Collections head Neal Harlow, started the California Library Association's first Library
Asked to head the library at the University of North Carolina, Horn left UCLA for Chapel Hill in 1954, with the understanding
on the UCLA campus that if and when a library school was opened there, he would return to teach historical bibliography, research
methods, and archives management. Horn spent three years at North Carolina before returning to California in 1957 to assume
the post of college librarian at Occidental College, again, according to UCLA legend, with the understanding on all sides
that he would return to UCLA when the creation of a library school was imminent.
Horn returned to UCLA in 1959 as the library school was in the last planning stages. While Robert Vosper was en route back
to UCLA from the University of Kansas, and as Lawrence Clark Powell continued as dean, Horn was given the job of creating
a curriculum, gathering a faculty, and admitting students for the new school, which would officially start in the fall of
1960. During the next six years Horn served as associate professor and acting dean of the School of Library Service, as it
was then known. Upon Powell's retirement in 1966, he became dean of the School and remained so until 1974. Together with
Robert Hayes, Horn gave the School its first two-year M.L.S. and the PhD. program. Horn also established the Chattel printing
press in the basement of the UCLA library and used the facility to instruct students in printing and the book arts.
Horn served as consultant to many libraries and organizations around the country, as well as in his immediate community.
He was an active member of the American Library Association, serving on numerous committees, including the Archives and Libraries
and Accreditation committees. He was twice elected a member of the ALA Council. He was also a member of the Bibliograhical
Society of America, the Bibliographical Society (London), the California Library Association, the Canadian Library Association,
the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, the Printing Historical Society (London), the Society of American
Archivists, and the Special Libraries Association, among others.
Following his retirement as dean emeritus in 1978, Horn taught courses on printing at UCLA. He died in Santa Monica, California
on May 23, 1983. Horn is considered one the most important figures in the history of library science education due to his
major role in establishing the graduate program at UCLA.
||Born July 22 in Ogden, Utah
||Pre-med student at Santa Monica City College
||B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in History, UCLA
||M.A., in History, UCLA
||Technical Writer, Engineering Division of Douglas Aircraft
||Ph.D. in History, UCLA
||Staff sergeant, U.S. Army
||Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
||Senior Library Assistant, UCLA
||B.L.S., UC Berkeley
||Creates University Archivists Council, composed of Archivists from all nine UC campuses
||Department of Special Collections, UCLA Library, Assistant Head (1948-1950); Head (1950-51); first University Archivist (1950-54);
Assistant University Librarian (1951-52); Associate University Librarian (1952-54)
Great American Historical Documents and Books(with E. H. Carpenter)
||Consultant to California State College, Northridge on map collection
High School and County Library Service(with Byron H. Atkinson),
California Librarian September 1
||Editor, California State Centennial issue of
California Library Bulletin (June)
||Certificate in Archives and Manuscripts Administration,
||Three-month tour of European libraries
||University Librarian and Professor of Librarianship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Library Trends, vol. 4 no. 2 (October)
||North Carolina State Library Board of Trustees;
Know Your Library educational television program, UNC
||College Librarian, Occidental College
Southern California Union List of Microtext Editions
||Lecturer, UCLA School of Library Service. Creates curriculum, gathers faculty, admits 50 students to open School of Library
Service at UCLA
||Panel of Advisory Editors, UC Press, UC Publications in Librarianship
||Associate Professor, UCLA School of Library Service.
||Acting Dean, UCLA School of Library Service
||Assistant Dean and Vice Chairman of UCLA School of Library Service
||Member, Advisory Council on Education for Librarianship
||Professor, UCLA School of Library Service
||Advisor, Peace Corps Training Program for Nigeria (UCLA Campus)
||Summer Sessions Visiting Professor, School of Librarianship, UC Berkeley
||Sabbatical in Europe to visit European libraries and university presses
||Board of Advisors, International Relations Bibliographic Service (Santa Barbara)
||Advisory Board, CLIO Press (Santa Barbara)
||Dean and Chairman of Department, UCLA School of Library Service (name changed in 1973 to Graduate School of Library and Information
||Member, Board of Directors of the Medical Library Scholarship Foundation (Medical Library Group of Southern California)
||Member, Mexican-American Recruitment Committee of L.A. City and County Library Systems
||Consultant to Chancellor, Librarian and others at UCSB regarding need for a professional school of librarianship
||Member, Advisory Committee of L.A. City Junior College District for the Library Assistant Training Program
||Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Trade Tech
||Manuscript reader-advisor, University of Wisconsin Press
||Sabbatical in Australia
||Board of Directors, INFILL/PHOT (indexing-abstracting service on photography), Oceanside
||Retires, and continues as Professor and Dean Emeritus at UCLA
||Cited by University Archivists Council for contributions to field
||Teaches courses on printing at UCLA
||Operates Battledore Press out of Glendale home, printing cards, certificates, and pamphlets
||Receives University Service Award from University of California
||Member, Advisory Board of
The Journal of Library History
||Advisor, Executive Board, Los Angeles Library Association
||May 23, Dies in Santa Monica, California
Scope and Content
Dean Andrew Horn's Correspondence is comprised of his unpublished personal and professional letters throughout his professional
life in academia. The bulk of the material correlates to establishment and evolution of the University of California Los
Angeles School of Library Services from 1960-1980, paralleling his professional rise in stature and his post-retirement involvement
with the school.
The documents include, in part, formal letters, informal hand-written notes and cards, memos, fliers and journals. The subjects
of the materials range from the progression of the School of Library Services, congratulatory notes regarding his professional
career, letters of recommendation, requests for prospective employees and personal correspondence with friends and colleagues.
Highlights of the series reflect Dean Horn's interest in and involvement with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Medicine
Library of Southern California, D.W. Palmer, the Ph.D. Committee in Education, Ph.D. in history, Rare Books and Manuscript
Committee, the Trade Tech Advisory Board, his Archival Certification and Beatrice Warde.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Correspondence 1945-1974 (Box 1)
- Correspondence 1954-1981 (Box 2)
- Correspondence 1949-1983 (Box 3)
- Correspondence 1948-1981 (Box 4)
The correspondence is divided among four boxes. The first box, which predates the establishment of the School of Library
Services, is predominantly chronologically organized. The remaining three boxes are arranged in alphabetical order. The
folders are also arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent or subject material. The folders also indicate the
span dates of correspondence. The notation of dates is highly accurate.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Horn, Andrew H. (Andrew Harlis), 1914-1983.
University of California, Los Angeles. Graduate School of Library and Information Science--Dean--Archival Resources