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The COLUMBUS MEMORIAL LIBRARY at THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES A CORNERSTONE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM By Beverly Wharton-Lake Acting Director.

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1 The COLUMBUS MEMORIAL LIBRARY at THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES A CORNERSTONE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM By Beverly Wharton-Lake Acting Director of the Columbus Memorial Library

2 Columbus Memorial Library Purpose Responsibilities Collections History Future

3 Patrons of the Columbus Memorial Library include...  OAS Secretariat  Permanent Missions  Permanent Observer Missions  Researchers from the General Public World Wide  Embassies

4 The OAS and the Inter-American System Documenting the History, Preserving the Archives

5  Traditional Library  Documents Program  Archives  Records Management  Depository Libraries OAS Documents sent to 133 libraries in this hemisphere and world wide  Publications Program Indexes Bibliographies

6 Former Responsibilities of Columbus Memorial Library  Official Historical Research  Library and Archives Development Program throughout Hemisphere  Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)

7 Ambassador Carlos Martinez Silva from Colombia “…the memorial to be erected ought to be something at once useful and made up of elements, to which each government might contribute independently, (and) it occurred to me that the only plan which would satisfy all these requirements was the establishment in Washington of a memorial Library, to which each government could send, on its own account, the most complete collection possible of historical, literary and geographical works, laws, official reports, maps, etc., so that the results of intellectual and scientific labor in all America might be collected together under a single roof… That would be a monument more lasting and noble than any in bronze or marble.”

8 Columbus Memorial Library Reading Room, 1910

9 Pan American Union

10 50th Anniversary of Name Change to OAS

11 Alliance for Progress

12 The General Collection Latin America Caribbean Spain France Portugal North America LAW POLITICAL SCIENCE ART & MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ECONOMICS DEVELOPMENT HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION WOMEN’S ISSUES HUMAN RIGHTS DEMOCRACY DRUG TRAFFICKING

13 OAS Documents Collection Documents of the Inter-American Specialized Organizations Collection &

14 The Archives

15 Official Gazette Collection United Nations Collection League of Nations Collection and

16 Rare Book Collection Maps and Atlas Collection

17 Photograph Collection

18 Leo Stanton Rowe Manuscript Collection Personal and official papers of Dr. Leo S. Rowe Director of the Pan American Union

19 Increase in Reference Requests in CML

20 Connect online to the Columbus Memorial Library

21 Celebrating the Columbus Memorial Library’s 113th Anniversary

22 Future Challenges Automation Preservation

23 Columbus Memorial Library Corner-stone of the Inter-American System


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