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Notes and Documents
That April 9 date for the request was cutting it a bit close for
securing answers before the American Library Association conference
set for April 25-30, 1932. At the meeting Winkler had two tasks to
perform. He opened the discussion at the National Association of
State Libraries gathering with a paper on "Newspaper Collections
in State Libraries," and on April 29, during the afternoon session of
the Bibliographical Society of America, he read one of two papers
on "Special Collections in the South."
Over two years later, from James Childs of the Bibliographical
Society, he received a plea: "I am still hoping that you will still be
able to furnish [for publication] the paper you had for the New
Orleans meeting of the Society. The paper by L. R. Wilson and R. B.
Downs has been favorably commented on, and it would have been
very useful to have the work extended."' Wilson and Downs's
"Special Collections for the Study of History and Literature in the
Southeast" had appeared in the Bibliographical Society of America
Papers earlier in 1934.'
Why Winkler did not complete his report for publication one can
only surmise. Perhaps he did not get the information he had solicited.
The times were not good. The depression was being felt at the Uni-
versity; a new library building was under construction, with innu-
merable architectural details to consider; he was assisting the admin-
istration in the search for a new librarian as his successor; there were
the usual problems of personnel and personalities that beset an ad-
ministrator. And in December, 1933, the library had begun the move
into the first unit of the new building. By March, 1934, Winkler, as
University bibliographer, wrote Thomas W. Streeter that he had
ferreted out several items which he had not yet sent for the Streeter
bibliography and agreed: "For this delay I'll have to roast a long
time in the library section of Purgatory." By December, 1934, he had
probably decided on the permanence of Purgatory.
Unlike most of the Winkler speeches and articles, the paper he
presented in New Orleans on "Special Historical Collections of the
OChilds to Winkler, December 31, 1934, Winkler Collection.
'L. R. Wilson and R. B. Downs, "Special Collections for the Study of History and
Literature in the Southeast," Bibliographical Society of America Papers, XXVIII (1934),
*Information about University library problems and development is gleaned from the
extensive correspondence files of the Winkler Collection, in particular from Winkler's
letters to Streeter. The quote is from Winkler to Streeter, March [?], 1934, Winkler Col-
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