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David K. Berninghausen papers

Identifier: uarc 277

Scope and Content

The collection consists of both personal and professional papers. His work on intellectual and academic freedom is represented by writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and work with the ALA's committee on Intellectual Freedom. Also contained in the collection is general personal and professional correspondence, committee involvement both at the University of Minnesota as well as nationally, miscellaneous writings, travel files, and teaching materials.


  • 1940-1982


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of David K. Berninghausen (1916-2001)

David Knipe Berninghausen, B.A. Iowa State Teachers College (1936); B.L.S. Columbia University (1941); M.A. Drake University (1943). Assistant Librarian, Iowa State Teachers College (1941-1944). Director of Libraries and Instructor in English, Birmingham-Southern College (1944-1947). Librarian and Professor, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science (1947-1953). Director of Library School (1953-1974) and Professor (1953-1981), University of Minnesota.

David K. Berninghausen was born February 5, 1916 in Beaman, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) with a B.A. in speech and drama in 1936. He taught in Des Moines area schools and then earned a Bachelor of Library Science degree from Columbia University in 1941 and an M.A. in English from Drake University in 1943. After serving in librarian and faculty positions at Iowa State Teachers College, Birmingham-Southern College, and Cooper Union, Professor Berninghausen accepted the position of Director of the Library School and Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1953. He held the position of Director until 1974 and continued on the faculty of the Library School until his retirement in 1981.

Professor Berninghausen served as President of the Minnesota Library Association (1957-1958), the Association of American Library Schools (1959-1960), and the University of Minnesota chapter of the American Association of University Professors (1961-1962). He also served on the council of the American Library Association (1960-1964) and as chairman of the Association’s Committee on Accreditation (1960-1961). He was chairman of the American Library Association’s Committee on Intellectual Freedom (1948-1950) and played a major role in drafting the Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

He received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Drake University in 1964 and the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970.

David K. Berninghausen died in Peoria, Arizona in April 2001.


7.0 Cubic Feet (7)


Collection contains the papers of David K. Berninghausen, professor and director of the Library School at the University of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into the following series:
  1. Academic and Intellectual Freedom
  2. Committees
  3. General Correspondence
  4. Talks and Writings
  5. Subject Files

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on September 14, 1972. Additional deposits were made on November 5, 1982 and May 16, 1984.
David K. Berninghausen Papers, 1940-1982
Karen Spilman
April 2005
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

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