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September 1947 – Mrs. Jean C. Field appointed librarian.

(OD, 5/29/55 article said library was established in 1948 with 1600 books)


Three rooms (reference room, stack room and combined reading-work room and audio-visual aid library) were in use in the New Hartford building. A technical library also functioned at the State Street location. The collection stood at 3,061 books (up 1,274 from the year before). The library budget was $6,000.

September 8, 1952 – It was announced that the Institute Library would also be used as the New Hartford Public Library

1953 – Institute library also became the New Hartford Public Library. At that time the head librarian was Norva Havens. The library had 8,800 books, 285 filmstrips, 220 films, and 231 record albums of classical and semi-classical music, scores of Broadway musicals, many single discs of popular music. It was known as one of the most complete libraries on the subject of retailing in central New York.


A new library opened in Payne Hall, replacing one in the Academic Building. The new library, taking the entire second floor of Payne Hall, provided seating for 496 readers, as opposed to about 90 seats in the former library. Among new features were soundproof listening rooms, microfilm reading rooms, group study rooms, and a smoking lounge. Shelving was provided for 80,000 volumes, nearly triple the number of volumes which could be accommodated in the former library – 35,000. The library staff at the time included: Professor Alice Griffith, the Library Director; Barbara Kane, Catalog Librarian; Bonnie Mitchell, Circulation Library, and Audrey Sotendahl, Reference Librarian.

(Utica Newspapers, Aug. 24, 1969) “MVCC Library Developing American Negro Collection” – A selected collection of books about the Negro American is now being developed by Mohawk Valley Community College. The collection will include more than 200 books devoted to Negro history and literature.
Professor Alice Griffith, director of the MVCC library, said that the collection is being selected to benefit all students at the college. ‘It will offer the black student a literature with which he can identify and witness the achievements of black men and women,’ Professor Griffith said. ‘At the same time, it will help the white student learn how the black American views himself, his achievements, and frustrations.’ A portion of the collection will be used in MVCC social science courses.
The collection will include selections from the widely acclaimed 44-volume New York Times series, ‘The American Negro: His History and Literature,’ cited by the Saturday Review as ‘the most important response so far to the demand for Negro history.’
Works of more than 150 authors and Negro leaders will be included in the collection, among them James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Ralph Ellison, Nat Hentoff, LeRoi Jones, and Dr. Martin Luther King.
Selections from the New York Ties series will include the Frederick Douglass autobiography, ‘My Bondage and My Freedom,’ first published in 1855; ‘The New Negro,’ anthology of Negro poetry, fiction and drama edited by Alain Locke; and ‘The Life and Adventures of Nat Love,’ the roguish memoirs of the black cowboy who integrated the Wild West in the 1870’s and 1880’s….”


After three years of planning, the MVCC Utica and Rome Campus libraries were fully computerized. Sixteen on-line terminals were introduced for use in accessing a bibliographic database. The system was being used for cataloguing, acquisitions, public access and circulation. As a result, according to Library Director Raul Huerta, circulation in the libraries doubled in just one semester. (October 1989)