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Edward B. Stanford papers

Identifier: uarc 278

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, biographical materials, and writings. Materials regarding Stanford's tenure as Director of the University of Minnesota Libraries are contained in the Libraries Records.


  • 1890, 1940s-1970s


Language of Materials

Collection materials 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 Edward B. Stanford (1910-2007)

Edward (Ned) Barrett Stanford, A.B. Dartmouth College (1932); B.S. University of Illinois (1934); M.A. Williams College (1939); Ph.D. University of Chicago (1942). Assistant University Librarian (1946-1951), Acting University Librarian and Acting Director of Library School (1951-1952), Director of Libraries and Director of Library School (1952-1953), Director of University Libraries (1953-1971), Professor in the Library School (1971-1977) at the University of Minnesota. Junior Librarian, Detroit Public Library (1935-1936). U.S. Civil Service Commissions (1942-1943). U.S. Army European Theater of Operations (1943-1946).

Edward Stanford was born March 31, 1910 in Moorhead, Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in biography and comparative literature in 1932 and from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in library science in 1934. He earned his M.A. in English from Williams College in 1939 and his Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1942.

After serving in the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the U.S. Army during World War II, Dr. Stanford was named Assistant University Librarian at the University of Minnesota in 1946 and appointed Director of Libraries in 1952. He joined the faculty of the University’s Library School when he stepped down as Director in 1971. Dr. Stanford retired in 1977.

During his tenure as Director of Libraries at the University of Minnesota, Wilson Library was planned and constructed, opening in 1968, the James Ford Bell Collection came to the University in 1952, and several special collections and archives were established, including the Kerlan Collection of children’s literature, Wangensteen collection of the history of biology and medicine, Social Welfare History Archives, and Immigration History Archives. In 2003, Dr. Stanford was honored with the distinguished alumnus award by the University of Illinois School of Library and Information Science.

Edward Stanford died April 13, 2007 in Hayward, California.


1 box (0.3 cubic feet)


Collection contains the personal papers of Edward B. Stanford, professor and Director of the Libraries at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1977 and 1992.

Related Materials in University Archives

University of Minnesota Library Records
Edward B. Stanford Papers, 1890s, 1940s-1970s
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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