W.P. Kellam collection

W.P. Kellam collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Kellam, William Porter, 1905-
Title: W.P. Kellam collection
Dates: circa 1895-1993
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of postcards sent to the postcard collection and ephemera sent to the ephemera collection. Also included are clippings regarding Mr. Boes and his administration of University of Georgia Libraries (1973-1979).
Coll. Number: ms2025

Biographical/Historical Note

"W[illiam] Porter Kellam was born in North Carolina [in 1905]. He attended college at Duke University and Emory University, and he did additional graduate work at the University of Illinois. After a few years in teaching, he moved into library work. Kellam came to the University of Georgia in 1950 as the Director of the Library. His first project was to oversee the construction of the Main Library building, which was to provide a departure from traditional university library practices. All resources of the building were to be focused on bringing students and books together with as little interference as possible. He served as president and chairman of the board of the United States Book Exchange, president of the Southeastern Library Association, president of Phi Kappa Phi and was an active Rotary club member in Athens. He spoke on the radio, television, at seminars and lectures carrying the message of the meaning and importance of books. He also donated a large collection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in memory of his son, a graduate of UNC, who tragically died at the age of 42. On December 20, 1982, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Bishop established the W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund to bring scholars and lecturers to the University of Georgia to address issues of interest to the Library faculty." -- "W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund," http://www.libs.uga.edu/development/endow/kellamfund.html (Accessed May 18, 2009)

Warren Boes was the director of the University of Georgia Libraries from 1973-1979. During this time, he oversaw the development and implementation of the MARVEL library materials management system.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Academic libraries--Administration.
Academic library directors--Georgia--Athens--20th century.
Boes, Warren
Kellam, William Porter, 1905-
Printed ephemera.
Research libraries--Administration.
Research library directors--Georgia--Athens--History--20th century.
University of Georgia. Libraries. -- Administration
University of Georgia. Libraries. -- History--20th century--Sources

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. P. Kellam collection, circa 1895-1993. MS 2025. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

For related material held inside the Hargrett rare Book and Manuscript Library, see Porter Kellam collection, MS 2483.

For related materials located outside the UGA Libraries, see Duke University, Porter Kellam scrapbook.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Clippings, 1973-March 1978
2Clippings, April 1978-1980
3Miscellaneous re: Warren Boes controversy
4Speeches, correspondence, vita
5Speech "Episodes from the Professional Experiences of an Erstwhile Academic Libarian"
21Correspondence and obituary, 1993
2Photographs, circa 1990