Academics & Faculty

UCLA Acquires Papers Of Internationally Renowned Library Preservationist Susan Garretson Swartzburg


The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the UCLA Library recently completed the acquisition of the Susan Garretson Swartzburg Papers. The collection, comprised of Swartzburg's preservation library, includes a book collection, professional papers, audiotapes, brochures and photographs. It is currently the largest comprehensive compilation of library and archival preservation information available for public access.

The professional papers and research materials, documenting the theory and practice of U.S. library preservation from 1965 through 1996, will be housed in the Charles E. Young Research Library's Department of Special Collections (manuscript collection No. 514). The collection of more than 350 books and serials will be stored in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies' multimedia technology lab. Information about the holdings will be cataloged on ORION2, the Library's online information system; a finding aid for the Swartzburg papers will be available through the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California. UCLA obtained the collection through a deed of gift by Swartzburg's husband, Dr. Marshall Swartzburg, and son, Mark Swartzburg, after her sudden and untimely death in 1996.

"We are extremely fortunate to obtain such an extensive collection," said Michele Cloonan, associate professor and former chair of the Information Studies Department at UCLA. Cloonan, a close friend and colleague of Swartzburg, supervised the acquisition of the material. "Susan would be extremely happy to know that her years of dedicated research can now be used by professionals, scholars and students to continue future work in the field of preservation," Cloonan said.

According to Charlotte B. Brown, assistant head of the Department of Special Collections at UCLA's Research Library and a friend and colleague, "Susan's knowledge of library and archival preservation was in-depth, extensive and often unique. We are most fortunate that her preservation expertise and tireless advocacy are well documented in her papers and in her library."

Swartzburg was a well-known author, librarian, teacher and advocate of library and archival preservation. She received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College in 1966. In 1971, while on the staff of the Yale University Library, she was invited to develop a program for preservation of the library's collections. From 1975 to 1996, she worked as a director, then preservation librarian at the Alexander Library at Rutgers University. The book she was co-writing (with Robert Schnare) at the time of her death, "Bibliography of Preservation Literature, 1983-1996," will be published in November 2000.



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