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Guide to the Mary Eileen Ahern papers

MSN/MN 0504

 

Collection Summary

Title: Mary Eileen Ahern papers
Dates: 1893-1930
Collection No.: MSN/MN 0504
Creator: Ahern, Mary Eileen (1860-1938)
Extent: 244 items; 2 containers; 1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: This collection of the papers of the American librarian and editor Mary Eileen Ahern (1860-1938) consists primarily of incoming letters, many from prominent library professionals.

Selected Search Terms

Libraries--United States
Libraries and education--United States
Library schools
Public libraries--United States
Library publications--United States

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Mary Eileen Ahern Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The circumstances surrounding the acquisition of this collection by the Hesburgh Libraries are not known. Arranged and described by Kenneth Kinslow. Finding aid 2014, by Ingrid Adams.

Biographical Note

Mary Eileen Ahern (1860-1938) was born on a farm southwest of Indianapolis. She graduated from high school in 1878 and attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana. Upon graduation she worked as a teacher in the public schools for 8 years. In 1889 she became the assistant librarian for the state of Indiana, and then in 1892 she was appointed state librarian for a two-year term. This was an exciting period in the development of libraries in the U.S.: Andrew Carnegie was building libraries across the nation, and Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Decimal system and founded the American Library Association. In 1895 Ahern began attending the newly organized Armour Institute Library School in Chicago and later assumed the editorship of a new journal, Public Libraries, the first issue of which came out in May of 1896. Imbued with the importance of the library's mission, the education of the people, Ahern made certain that the new publication guided novice librarians in all phases of library work: from shelving and catalog cards through newspaper racks to weeding the collection. The subtitle of Public Libraries was "a monthly review of matters and methods." A great believer in the importance of organizations, Ahern also used the journal to promote library associations -- local, state, and national. In 1926 the journal changed its name from Public Libraries to Libraries, reflecting its broadening scope, and when Mary Eileen Ahern retired in 1931 due to poor eyesight, she was so integral to the journal that it ceased publication. The last issue which is dedicated to her is filled with expressions of gratitude and with testimonials to her work. Her greatest contributions were her influence on implementing standard methods and best practices and her influence on the growth of the professional community. She died in 1938.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes a little over 200 letters. The papers consist of a number of essays, presentations, speeches, and such miscellaneous items as: library course examinations and course syllabi.

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of 2 series: correspondence and papers. The letters are arranged alphabetically by sender, and the papers are arranged chronologically.

Container List

  • Series 1: Correspondence 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/MN 0504-1) Letter. Grace Abbott, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1916 January 11. TLS, 1 page.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/MN 0504-2) Letter. Jane Addams, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1918 June 18. ALS, 1 page.
        Jane Addams (1860-1935) was an important social worker, sociologist, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/MN 0504-3) Letters. Jane Addams, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1924 June 5-1929 May 1. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
          • Folder 4 (MSN/MN 0504-4) Letters. Clement Andrews, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 August 22-1927 June 9. 3 TLsS, 3 pages.
            Clement Andrews (1858-1930) was the librarian at the John Crerar Library.
            • Folder 5 (MSN/MN 0504-5) Letters. Claribel Barnett, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 April 6-1929 May 3. 2 TLsS, 2 pages, ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
              Claribel Barnett (1872-1951) was the librarian at the US Department of Agriculture. Part of one TLS is missing.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/MN 0504-6) Letter. F. C. Bay, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 November 20. ALS, 1 page.
                Notice of the death of Clement W. Andrews.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/MN 0504-7) Letter. Charles Belden, Boston, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 May 17. TLS, 1 page.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/MN 0504-8) Letter. Gabriel A. Bernard, Stockholm, Sweden, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1930 August 20. ALS, 1 page.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/MN 0504-9) Letter. Purd Bloughe, St. Joseph, Missouri, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908. TLS, 1 page.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/MN 0504-10) Letters. Sarah C. N. Bogle, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 January 1-17. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                        Sarah Bogle (1870-1932) was an American librarian and assistant secretary for the American Library Association.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/MN 0504-11) Letter. Charles Bolton, Boston, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1920 March 8. ALS, 1 page.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/MN 0504-12) Letter. Charles Booth, London, England, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1893 January 23. ALS, 1 page.
                            Charles Booth (1840-1916) was a British philanthropist and social researcher.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/MN 0504-13) Letters. R. R. Bowker, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 October 16-1929 January 1. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/MN 0504-14) Letters. Arthur Bostwick, St. Louis, Missouri, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 February 9-1930 November 7. 3 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/MN 0504-15) Letter. Nan Britton, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. TLS, 1 page with enclosure.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/MN 0504-16) Letter. L. M. Brothers, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1924 December 13. ALS, 1 page.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/MN 0504-17) Letters. Stephen J. Brown, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1924 October 24-December 30. 2 ALsS, 2 pages.
                                      Stephen Brown (1881-1962) was an Irish Catholic priest, writer, bibliographer and library. He founded the Central Catholic Library.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/MN 0504-18) Letter. Ernest Burton, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 June 30. TLS, 1 page.
                                        Ernest Burton (1856-1925) was an American biblical scholar and president of the University of Chicago.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/MN 0504-19) Letter. Frances Cahill, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1925 September 12. ALS, 3 pages.
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/MN 0504-20) Letters. W. N. C. Carlton, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1914-1928. 3 TLsS, 7 pages.
                                            Carlton (1973-1943) was a librarian and author and served as the Newberry Library's librarian.
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/MN 0504-21) Letters. John Cavanaugh, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1915 February 24-1916 May 5. 3 TLsS, 5 pages.
                                              John Cavanaugh (1899-1979) was a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and served as the 14th president of the University of Notre Dame.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/MN 0504-22) Letter. Cedri Chivers, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 July 10. TLS, 1 page with enclosure.
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/MN 0504-23) Letter. Bauen H. Clark, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 August 9. TLS, 1 page.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/MN 0504-24) Letter. R. G. Clark, Buffalo, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 May 24. ALS, 1 page.
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/MN 0504-25) Letter. P. P. Claxton, Washington D. C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1916 April 29. TLS, 1 page.
                                                      Claxton (1962-1957) was an American educator and served as the United States Commissioner of Education.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/MN 0504-26) Letter. Jeanneth Cohn, Denmark, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1928 December 25. ALS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/MN 0504-27) Letter. William A. Craigie, University of Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1929 March 17. ALS, 1 page.
                                                          William Craigie (1867-1957) was a philologist and lexicographer. He was the third editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/MN 0504-28) Letter. Fred M. Cronden, St. Louis, Missouri, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. TLS, 1 page.
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/MN 0504-29) Letter. Annie Spencer Cutler, Cleveland, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 March 15. TLS, 1 page.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/MN 0504-30) Letters. John Cotton Dana, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 November 5-1927 May 16. 4 TLsS, 6 pages.
                                                                John Cotton Dana (1856-1929) was an American librarian and museum director and served as president of the American Library Association.
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/MN 0504-31) Letter. Cesar de Arteage, Madrid, Spain, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1916 August 15. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/MN 0504-32) Letter. William C. Dever, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 December 10. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/MN 0504-33) Letters. Melvil Dewey, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1905. 2 TLsS, 8 pages.
                                                                      Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) was an American librarian and educator and inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.
                                                                      • Folder 34 (MSN/MN 0504-34) Letters. Melvil Dewey, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1905 February 24-1930 June 13. 11 TLsS, 14 pages with enclosures.
                                                                        • Folder 35 (MSN/MN 0504-35) Letters. William S. Dodd, University of Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 January 23-1927 December 8. TLS, ALS, 2 pages.
                                                                          William Dodd (1869-1940) was an American historian of the South. He also served as the United States Ambassador to Germany during the Nazi era.
                                                                          • Folder 36 (MSN/MN 0504-36) Letter. F. K. W. Doreny, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 June 18. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                            • Folder 37 (MSN/MN 0504-37) Letter. M. S. Dudgeon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 April 21. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                              • Folder 38 (MSN/MN 0504-38) Letter. Linda A. Eastman, Cleveland, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 February 23. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                Linda Eastman (1867-1963) was an American librarian and served as head of the American Library Association.
                                                                                • Folder 39 (MSN/MN 0504-39) Letter. Edward Elliot, Lafayette, Indiana, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1928 December 11. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                  Edward Elliot (1874-1960) was an educator and sixth president of Purdue Universtiy.
                                                                                  • Folder 40 (MSN/MN 0504-40) Letter. T. W. Elmendorf, Buffalo, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 April 21. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                    • Folder 41 (MSN/MN 0504-41) Letters. Louis L. Emmerson, Springfield, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1928-1930. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                      Louis Emmerson (1863-1941) was a Republican and the 29th governor of Illinois.
                                                                                      • Folder 42 (MSN/MN 0504-42) Letter. Charles Evans, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 June 5. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                        • Folder 43 (MSN/MN 0504-43) Letter. A. L. F., Budapest, Hungary, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, n.d. APCS, 1 card.
                                                                                          A. L. F. has not been identified.
                                                                                          • Folder 44 (MSN/MN 0504-44) Letters. Jennie D. Fellows, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 July 26-September 18. 3 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                            Jennie Fellows (1873-1938) was an author and instructor of library cataloguing at the New York State Library.
                                                                                            • Folder 45 (MSN/MN 0504-45) Letters. W. I. Fletcher, Amherst, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1910 May 7-27. 2 ALsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                              • Folder 46 (MSN/MN 0504-46) Letter. Jennie M. Flexner, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 February 21. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                Jennie Flexner (1882-1944) was a librarian and author.
                                                                                                • Folder 47 (MSN/MN 0504-47) Letters. William E. Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1911 April 14-1930 April 4. 3 ALsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                  • Folder 48 (MSN/MN 0504-48) This folder is not in use.  
                                                                                                    • Folder 49 (MSN/MN 0504-49) Letters. Henry B. Fuller, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. 2 ALsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                      Henry Fuller (1857-1929) was an American novelist and short story writer.
                                                                                                      • Folder 50 (MSN/MN 0504-50) Letter. Alexander Green, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 March 10. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                        • Folder 51 (MSN/MN 0504-51) Letters. Chalmers Hadley, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 February 7-1930 October 14. 5 TLsS, 5 pages.
                                                                                                          Chalmers Hadley (1872-1958) was an author.
                                                                                                          • Folder 52 (MSN/MN 0504-52) Letters. Helen H. Haines, Pasadena, California, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1911 March 19-1929 September 26. ALS, TLS, 2 pages with envelope.
                                                                                                            Helen Haines (1872-1961) was a managing editor of Library Journal and an officer of the American Library Assocation.
                                                                                                            • Folder 53 (MSN/MN 0504-53) Letter. Mary Hall, Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1918 January 28. ALS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                              • Folder 54 (MSN/MN 0504-54) Letter. Hubert C. Herring, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 March 17. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                Hubert Herring (1889-1967) was a Latin American historian.
                                                                                                                • Folder 54A (MSN/MN 0504-54A) Letter. Caroline M. Hewins, Hartford, Connecticut, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. APCS, 1 card.
                                                                                                                  Caroline M. Hewins (1846-1926) was instrumental in developing the Hartford Public Library system.
                                                                                                                  • Folder 55 (MSN/MN 0504-55) Letters. Theresa Hitchler, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 May 29-1930 January 9. 4 ALsS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                    • Folder 56 (MSN/MN 0504-56) Letter. Mary Hildegaard, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1924 November 13. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                      • Folder 57 (MSN/MN 0504-57) Letter. N. D. C. Hodges, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 5. ALS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                        • Folder 58 (MSN/MN 0504-58) Letter. C. K. Holton, Boston, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1929 February 15. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                          • Folder 59 (MSN/MN 0504-59) Letter. Franklin F. Hooper, Chappaqua, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, December 22. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                            Franklin Hooper (1851-1914) was an American biologist, geologist, educator, and institute director.
                                                                                                                            • Folder 60 (MSN/MN 0504-60) Letter. Emerson Hough, Denver, Colorado, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1922 September 13. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                              Emerson Hough (1857-1923) was an American author of western stories and historical novels.
                                                                                                                              • Folder 61 (MSN/MN 0504-61) Letter. Harriet E. Howe, Cleveland, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 May 31. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                • Folder 62 (MSN/MN 0504-62) Letters. Julia Ideson, Hoveston, Texas, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 October 13-25. 2 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                  Julia Ideson (1880-1945) was a pioneer librarian and civic activist.
                                                                                                                                  • Folder 63 (MSN/MN 0504-63) Letter. Jess Illington, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 5. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                    • Folder 63A (MSN/MN 0504-63A) Letter. Mary Frances Isom, Portland, Oregon, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 February 11. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                      Mary Frances Isom (1865-1920) helped to develop the Library Assocation of Portland, Oregon.
                                                                                                                                      • Folder 64 (MSN/MN 0504-64) Letter. David K. Jordan, Stanford University, California, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1911 April 4. TLS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                                                        • Folder 65 (MSN/MN 0504-65) Letters. L. Stanley Jast, Manchester, England, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1909 June 19-1929 January 31. 2 TLsS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                                          L. Stanley Jast (1868-1944) was an author and librarian.
                                                                                                                                          • Folder 66 (MSN/MN 0504-66) Letter. Alexander Johnson, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 August 10. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                            • Folder 67 (MSN/MN 0504-67) Letter. Dane Starr Jordan, Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1915 October 23. ALS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                              • Folder 68 (MSN/MN 0504-68) Letter. A. D. Keaton, University of North Dakota, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1922 November 5. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                • Folder 69 (MSN/MN 0504-69) Letters. Andrew Keogh, Yale University, Connecticut, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 May 26-1929 July 28. ALS, TLS, 2 pages with enclosure.
                                                                                                                                                  Andrew Keogh was the Librarian of Yale University.
                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 70 (MSN/MN 0504-70) Letter. Willis H. Kerr, Emporia, Kansas, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 January 21. ALS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 71 (MSN/MN 0504-71) Letter. Arne Kildal, Oslo, Norway, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 June 2. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                      Arne Kildal (1885-1972) was a Norwegian author, librarian, and civil servant.
                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 72 (MSN/MN 0504-72) Letters. Theodore Wesley Koch, Northwestern University, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1928 Febrary 27-1929 October 31. 2 ALsS, TLS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                        Theodore Wesley Koch (1871-1941) was the Director of Libraries at Northwestern University and later at the University of Michigan.
                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 73 (MSN/MN 0504-73) Letters. H. L. Koopman, Providence, Rhode Island, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 February 3-April 11. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 74 (MSN/MN 0504-74) Letters. Ernest Cockburn Kyle, London, England, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 March 29-1930 April 12. ALS, TLS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 75 (MSN/MN 0504-75) Letter. W. C. Lane, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 8. TLS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 76 (MSN/MN 0504-76) Letter. John A. Lapp, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1913 April 3. TLS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 77 (MSN/MN 0504-77) Letter. J. N. Larneed, Buffalo, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 78 (MSN/MN 0504-78) Letter. Vachel Lindsay, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1918 September 22. ALS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                    Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) was an American poet.
                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 79 (MSN/MN 0504-79) Letters. Henry Goddard Leach, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1918 June 18. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                      Henry Goddard Leach (1880-1970) was an American author, educator, and intellectual.
                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 80 (MSN/MN 0504-80) Letter. W. S. Learned, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 August 2. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 81 (MSN/MN 0504-81) Letters. Henry E. Legler, Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1908 July 22-1909 April 30. 3 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                          Henry E. Legler (1861-1917) was a librarian in the Chicago Public Library system.
                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 82 (MSN/MN 0504-82) Letters. Harlow Lindley, Columbus, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1929 May 7. 2 ALsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                            Harlow Lindley (1875-1959) was the curator and secretary of the Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society.
                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 83 (MSN/MN 0504-83) Letter. W. M. Lindsay, St. Andrews, Scotland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1917 February 10. ALS, 1 page with envelope and enclosures.
                                                                                                                                                                              W. M. Lindsay (1858-1937) was a classical scholar, palaeographer, and professor of humanities at St. Andrews University. The enclosures include a review of Lindsay's study, Notae Latinae, by Charles Upson Clark as well as a postcard to Clark from Lindsay.
                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 84 (MSN/MN 0504-84) Letter. George Locke, Toronto, Canada, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 May 1. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                George Locke (1870-1937) was a Canadian librarian who later became president of the American Library Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 85 (MSN/MN 0504-85) Letter. Hugh Lotting, Westport, Connecticut, to Mary Eileen Ahern. Chicago, Illinois, 1918 December 18. Greeting card, with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The greeting card consists of a personalized Christmas card.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 86 (MSN/MN 0504-86) Letters. John A. Lowe, Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 October 5-1925 November 19. 2 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 87 (MSN/MN 0504-87) Letters. T. W. Lyster, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1918 June 18. ALS, TLS, 2 pages with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                      T. W. Lyster (1855-1922) was the Librarian of the National Library of Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 88 (MSN/MN 0504-88) Letters. Cornelia Marvin, Salem, Oregon, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 October 2. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Cornelia Marvin (1873-1957) was a librarian and civil servant in Oregon.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 89 (MSN/MN 0504-89) Letter. Felix Meiner, Leipzig, Germany, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, n.d. TLS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Felix Meiner (1883-1965) was a German author and philosopher.
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 90 (MSN/MN 0504-90) Letter. Harriet Monroe, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 June 2. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Harriet Monroe (1860-1936) was an American literary critic, poet and patron of the arts. She was the founding publisher and long-time editor of Poetry magazine.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 91 (MSN/MN 0504-91) Letter. Ann Moor, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 March 18. ALS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 92 (MSN/MN 0504-92) Letter. R. G. Moulton, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1917 October 26. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 93 (MSN/MN 0504-93) Letters. Cathal O'Byrne, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 March 25-April 26. 3 ALsS, 3 pages with enclosures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cathal O'Byrne (1867-1957) was an Irish singer, poet, and writer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 94 (MSN/MN 0504-94) Letters. Frances Oleott, Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1917 April 5-1930 April 4. 3 TLsS, ALS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 95 (MSN/MN 0504-95) Letter. Ernie O'Malley, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957) was an Irish Republican Army officer and writer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 96 (MSN/MN 0504-96) Letters. Edmund L. Pearson, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1910 January 1-1917 May 11. 2 TLsS, ALS, 3 pages with enclosure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edmund Pearson (1880-1937) was a librarian and author.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 97 (MSN/MN 0504-97) Letter. Lucy Perkins, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 98 (MSN/MN 0504-98) Letter. Gifford Pinchot, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 December 16. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) was an American forester and politician. He served as Chief of the United States Forest Service and Governor of Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 99 (MSN/MN 0504-99) Letter. Mary W. Plummer, Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 9. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 100 (MSN/MN 0504-100) Letter. Sr. M. Polycarp, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1926 December 29. ALS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 101 (MSN/MN 0504-101) Letters. Herbert Pulnam, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 5. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herbert Putnam (1861-1955) was an American librarian and served as the Librarian of Congress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 102 (MSN/MN 0504-102) Letters. Herbert Putnam, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1918 July 15. ALS, TLS, 2 pages with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 103 (MSN/MN 0504-103) Letters. Samuel H. Ranck, Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 December 24-1930 December 12. 2 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Samuel H. Ranck (1867-1952) was the director of Grand Rapids Public Library.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 104 (MSN/MN 0504-104) This folder is not in use.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 105 (MSN/MN 0504-105) This folder is not in use.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 106 (MSN/MN 0504-106) This folder is not in use.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 107 (MSN/MN 0504-107) Letter. M. Llewellyn Raney, Baltimore, Maryland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 November 15. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 108 (MSN/MN 0504-108) Letter. Will Ransom, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 August 13. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will Ransom (1878-1955) was an American graphic designer, letterer, typeface designer, and bibliographer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 109 (MSN/MN 0504-109) Letter. Josephine Adams Rathbone, Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 June 22. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 109A (MSN/MN 0504-109A) Letter. Alice Hegan Rice, Louisville, Kentucky, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942) was an American novelist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 110 (MSN/MN 0504-110) Letter. Laura E. Richards, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1907 October 26. APCS, 1 card.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Laura E. Richards (1850-1943) was an American writer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 111 (MSN/MN 0504-111) Letter. E. C. Richardson, Princeton, New Jersey, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1909 June 7. TLS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        E. C. Richardson (1860-1939) was an American librarian, theologian, and scholar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 112 (MSN/MN 0504-112) Letters. Carl B. Roden, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 September 19. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carl Roden served as chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 113 (MSN/MN 0504-113) Letter. Azariah S. Root, Oberlin, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1922 November 4. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Azariah Root (1862-1927) was a librarian and professor of bibliography at Oberlin College.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 114 (MSN/MN 0504-114) Letters. Charles Rush, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 June 2-13. 2 TLsS, ALS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 115 (MSN/MN 0504-115) Letter. Henry Sanborn IV, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 115A (MSN/MN 0504-115A) Letter. Carl Sandburg, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1929 July 14. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American writer, editor, and poet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 115B (MSN/MN 0504-115B) Letter. Carl Sandburg, Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 June 29. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 116 (MSN/MN 0504-116) Letter. George Sarton, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 January 31. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      George Sarton (1884-1956) was a Belgian-American chemist and historian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 117 (MSN/MN 0504-117) Letter. H. O. Seanance, University of Missouri, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 May 25. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 118 (MSN/MN 0504-118) Letter. Charles C. Soule, Boston, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1896 May 11. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 119 (MSN/MN 0504-119) Letters. Burton E. Stevenson, Chillicothe, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 November 25. 2 TLsS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Burton Stevenson (1872-1962) was an American author, anthologist, and librarian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 120 (MSN/MN 0504-120) Letter. Adam Strohm, Detroit, Michigan, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1930 November 28. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 121 (MSN/MN 0504-121) Letter. Hillary Sullivan, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 December 25. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 122 (MSN/MN 0504-122) Letters. John Thompson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1909 June 15. 2 TLsS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 123 (MSN/MN 0504-123) Letter. Jessie J. Thwaites, Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1914 January 21. ALS, 1 page with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 124 (MSN/MN 0504-124) Letter. Reuben Thwaites, Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1911 May 26. TLS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reuben Thwaites (1853-1913) was an American historical writer and president of the American Library Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 125 (MSN/MN 0504-125) Letters. Mary L. Titcomb, Hagerstown, Maryland, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 January 7-February 15. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mary L. Titcomb (1857-1932) was a leader in the development of the study of library and information science.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 126 (MSN/MN 0504-126) Letters. Alice S. Tyler, Cleveland, Ohio, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1916 March 24-1930 February 3. 3 ALsS, 2 TLsS, 5 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alice Tyler (1859-1944) was an American library advocate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 127 (MSN/MN 0504-127) Letter. Katharine Tynan, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 December 24. ALS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Katherine Tynan (1859-1931) was an Irish novelist and poet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 128 (MSN/MN 0504-128) Letter. Albert Vestal, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1918 June 18. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Albert Vestal (1875-1932) was an American politician, serving as the House Majority Whip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 129 (MSN/MN 0504-129) Letter. Harry Vow, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1924 May 12. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 130 (MSN/MN 0504-130) Letters. Frank K. Walter, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 January 12-20. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frank Walter (1875-1945) was the director of of the University of Minnesota Library.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 131 (MSN/MN 0504-131) Letter. Hilary Waltman, to Mary Eileen Ahern, Chicago, Illinois, 1926 July 7. ALS, 2 pages with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 132 (MSN/MN 0504-132) Letter. Whitney Warren, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1923 April 8. ALS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whitney Warren (1864-1943) was an architect.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 133 (MSN/MN 0504-133) Letter. Roy West, Washington D.C., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1928 December 8. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 134 (MSN/MN 0504-134) Letter. C. C. Williamson, Columbia University, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1926 May 10. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charles C Williamson (1877-1965) was the head of libraries and director of the School of Library Service at Columbia University, which later merged with the New York State Library School.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 135 (MSN/MN 0504-135) Letter. H. W. Wilson, New York City, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 March 29. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            H. W. Wilson (1868-1954) was the creator of the Reader's Guide and founder of the publishing house H. W. Wilson Company.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 136 (MSN/MN 0504-136) Letters. Louis N. Wilson, Worcester, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1912 April 12-1916 September 8. 2 ALsS, TLS, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 137 (MSN/MN 0504-137) Letter. Phineas L. Windsor, University of Illinois, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1925 February 27. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phineas Windsor (1871-1965) was the librarian at the University of Texas and established the Texas Library Commission and Texas State Library Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 138 (MSN/MN 0504-138) Letters. G. E. Wire, Worcester, Massachusetts, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1916 December 1-1926 December 15. 3 ALsS, 4 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 139 (MSN/MN 0504-139) Letter. George A. Works, Cornell University, New York, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1927 June 21. TLS, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    George Works was a professor at Cornell University and head of the Connecticut Agricultural College.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 140 (MSN/MN 0504-140) Letter. Purd B. Wright, St. Joseph, Missouri, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 October 10. TLS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Purd Wright (1860-1927) was a newspaper editor, librarian, and city clerk in Saint Joseph, Missouri and later the` city librarian in Kansas City.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 141 (MSN/MN 0504-141) Letters. J. I. Wyer Jr., to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 August 12. 2 TLsS, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James Ingersoll Wyer (1869-1955) was the Director of the New York State Library and pioneered the reference textbook.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 142 (MSN/MN 0504-142) Letter. Gulielma Zollinger, Newton, Idaho, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1903 February 3. TLS, 2 pages with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gulielma Zollinger (1856-1917) was an author.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 143 (MSN/MN 0504-143) Letter. Unidentified, to Mary Eileen Ahern, 1908 December 5. AL, 2 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Letter appears to be incomplete.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 144 (MSN/MN 0504-144) Letters. Miscellaneous Unidentified, to Mary Eileen Ahern, n.d. 4 APCsS, 4 cards with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 145 (MSN/MN 0504-145) Library exam, "D. C. Idyl," 1903-1904. TMs, 3 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New York state library school exam with regard to Dewey cataloging numbers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 146 (MSN/MN 0504-146) Library exams and syllabus of study, 1904-1906. 5 exams, 21 pages; 1 syllabus, 1 page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exams are from the Pratt Institute Library School, Simmons College Library School, and other places.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 147 (MSN/MN 0504-147) Edwin Wiley. "The Library as an Educational Force," 1906. 2 TMs, 22 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Essay was read before the Tennessee Library Association by Professor Edwin Wiley, librarian at Vanderbilt and member of the English department. Folder includes another version of this essay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 148 (MSN/MN 0504-148) "School Libraries: Present, Past and Future," n.d. TMs, 13 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Essay is typed on the stationery of Public Libraries, the journal that Ahern edited.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 149 (MSN/MN 0504-149) Documents dealing with the charge of anti-Semitism against Melvil Dewey, 1905. Newspaper clipping; tear sheets, 11 pages; carbon copies, 8 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Folder includes an article from the New York Tribune and an editorial, as well as letters to the editor, from the New York Sun. Among the carbon copies are a letter from Dewey and a letter in support of Dewey from Herbert Putnam, the Librarian of Congress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 150 (MSN/MN 0504-150) Documents dealing with women and the political situation in Ireland, 1914-1922. 4 documents, 14 pages, with envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Folder includes such items as: the "Manifesto from Cumann na mBan" (the Irishwomen's Council) and the "Statement from the Women of Ireland to the Senate and Congress of the US."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 151-F1 (MSN/MN 0504-150-F1) Poster commemorating Easter Week and the Easter Rebellion, 1919. 1 poster, 36 x 27 cm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Poster published in Chicago features a poem entitled: "Old Ireland" by Walt Whitman.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 152 (MSN/MN 0504-152) Miscellaneous items, 1923-1929. 7 items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Folder includes a variety of items from a patriotic World War I poem to a menu for a library association meeting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 153 (MSN/MN 0504-153) Hans Einar Hansen Mose. "Danish literature in English translation," 1925. TMs, 13 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is unclear whether this is a paper submitted to Public Libraries for publication or whether it is a paper done for course work at the University of Illinois' library school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 154 (MSN/MN 0504-154) Itinerary for an ALA oriental tour, 1930. TLS, 2 itineraries, 21 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The tour took Ahern and 7 others to Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and China.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 155 (MSN/MN 0504-155) Mary Eileen Ahern. "What and How to Read," n.d. TM, 8 pages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "What and How to Read" was a speech delivered by Ahern.