Clarence Baldwin, History of the Waterloo Public Library, ca. 1984-1985
Title: Clarence Baldwin, History of the Waterloo Public Library, ca. 1984-1985
Record Series: MsC-50
Creator: Baldwin, Clarence and Marie
Date: ca. 1984-1985
Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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Preface to History of the Waterloo Public Library, by Marie Baldwin
When Beverly Lind took over the position as Director of the Waterloo Public Library, January 3, 1984, she was surprised that there was no written history available of the Waterloo Public Library, so she asked my husband, Clarence Baldwin, if he would undertake the task.
After retiring from his position as Civil Engineer in the County Engineer’s office and then as a Consultant for the Metropolitan Planning Commission (now Area 7) in 1972, he devoted his time to his avocation of History and Genealogy. He had published a documented history of Black Hawk County, Crossroads on the Cedar, in 1967 and, in May of 1982, Historical Sketches. He was, therefore, pleased to have the opportunity to render his services to the Waterloo Public Library.
The only library records available were drawers full of “bits and pieces,” newspaper clippings, etc. This sorting of facts was a monumental task accomplished with the able assistance of Jane Martin, Head of the Information Department. Courthouse records and annual reports of the Library were helpful, [as were] interviews with citizens who had been active in promoting a library which would serve the whole community. It took over a year to compile the facts and complete the history.
At the 10th anniversary celebration of the present location of the Waterloo Library, April 14, 1991, Beverly Lind announced that by the time of the 100th anniversary of the Library in 1996, hopefully, a pamphlet would be published and made available of Clarence’s history of the Waterloo Public Libraries.
I would like to express my my thanks and appreciation to the Waterloo Public Library for honoring my husband, a man dedicated to service in the community he loved and in which he had lived most of his life. Clarence was deceased in 1988 and it so happens that 1996 will also be the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Scope and Content
Clarence Baldwin wrote this history of the Waterloo Public Library in 1984-1985. Then Director of the Waterloo library, Beverly Lind, donated Mr. Baldwin’s history to Special Collections in 1996, along with the following preface to the work, written by Marie Baldwin, Mr. Baldwin’s wife. He died in 1988.
- Folder 1: History of the Waterloo Public Library
Added online by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2017. Updated October 2017 (dh). Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.