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California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) Archive

 Collection — Box: 20
Identifier: 2011-101-r
This archive contains the operating records of the California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) association dating from 1978 to 2013. Records document various CARL functions and organizations including the historical background of CARL. Material includes flyers, financial records, worksheet handouts, evaluation forms, pamphlets, agendas, itineraries, program folders, correspondence, reading lists, bibliographies, program materials such as handouts, checklists, legislative programming, constitutions, by-laws, program calendars, minutes, and promotional materials.

Of particular note is the Leadership series that contains a sizeable amount of records pertaining to CARL business from 1983 to 2013. Of particular interest is the Meetings subseries, which contains minutes, correspondence, flyers, agendas, handouts, and rosters dating from 1978 to 2012, and the Binders, Manuals, Administrative Series which contain the President's binders from 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 1999-2003, and the Treasurer/Secretary Binders from 1983, 1991, and 1994. These binders contain well organized financial, membership, meeting, program, and conference records.

The Newsletter series contains every CARL Newletter published from 1981 to 2010 and is an active series.


  • 1979 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of this collection is open for research. The membership rosters and any other material relating to specific members are closed to the public except with written permission from the CARL Executive Board.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where noted at the series level and/or previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions necessary from the CARL Executive Board to make use of this material.


20 Linear Feet (17 cartons)


This archive contains the operating records of the California Academic and Research Libraries Association (CARL) .

Biographical / Historical

CARL was organized in its present form in 1978 and 1979, when the existing Chapter of Academic and Research Libraries of the California Library Association merged with the recently-formed ACRL Chapters in California to form a single organization affiliated with both ACRL and CLA. In 1991, the California Library Association voted to discontinue chapters and replace them with sections whose members must also be members of CLA. In January 1992, the CARL president mailed a survey to members outlining CARL's options and requesting an opinion vote. A majority (71%) of CARL members voted for independence from CLA, and in September 1992 approved changes to the CARL constitution and bylaws which codified this decision. Members of the California State University Librarians Chapter of CLA were faced with the same set of options, and voted to join CARL as an interest group. They gathered the requisite number of signatures on a petition and were welcomed to CARL in November 1992.

CARL is an independent chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

CARL's purpose, as stated in its constitution, is ". . . to provide opportunities for the professional growth of its members by conducting workshops and arranging programs; to encourage the exchange of ideas and information relating to library cooperation and development; to disseminate educational information oriented to those working in academic and research libraries; and to support and, when appropriate, participate in programs of other regional and local organizations in California in order to promote and improve library service to the academic and research community."

California Academic & Research Libraries: History. Retrieved 9 Novemeber 2011 from


This archive is arranged by series as well as organizational function. Original order within each folder was maintained, while original order within each series was maintained whenever possible and appropriate.

This is most evident in the Executive Board series where various CARL presidents collected the entire year's records in a single binder (membership records, meeting minutes, programs, election records, etc.).

Series arrangement:

Series I. Leadership Series 2. Finances Series 3. Committees Series 4. Interest Groups Series 5. Communications Series 6. Membership Series 7. History

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries
Finding Aid for the California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) Archive
Rand Boyd
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US