Cameron, Donald F., M.D.

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The expansion of the Rutgers University Library system can be attributed to the work of Donald F. Cameron, who succeeded George Osborne as University Librarian in 1944. At that time, the University Library's collection, housed in the Voorhees Library, numbered approximately 400,000 volumes. It had long been recognized that the collection, the staff, and the library building itself would need to be expanded to sufficiently provide for Rutgers' growing community. Cameron came to Rutgers as an associate professor of English in 1929. Though he had no working experience as a librarian when he was appointed, he was actively involved in library issues and helped to found the Associated Friends of the Library of Rutgers University in 1937. This group initiated the publication of The Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, which featured articles based on library materials and generally constituted a vocal constituency in behalf of the library's needs. Cameron also championed faculty research as a co-founder (and later editor) of the Rutgers University Press and organizer of the University Research Council. He was active throughout his career at Rutgers, contributing to university governance through his service on numerous committees. Cameron's appointment to the position of university librarian came at a time of great change at Rutgers. By 1944, the University was designated the State University of New Jersey. With this official designation and eventually, the end of the war, came several internal organizational reforms, a merger with the Newark Colleges, a new corps of faculty, and the appointment of several new key administrators, including Cameron. The atmosphere of change was reinforced by an influx of returning veterans entering college on the GI Bill. Enrollments soared from prewar high of 7,000 to early 16,000 by 1948. The explosive expansion witnessed after the war forever changed Rutgers. From this point on, the university would continue to expand its constituency, which would require the provision of more and larger library buildings, collections, and services. As the library acquired new collections in the early years of Cameron's tenure, space issues that were always recognized became desperate. The remedy to this problem was the construction of the Archibald S. Alexander Library, an accomplishment for which Donald Cameron is perhaps most remembered. Library construction was a hallmark theme of Cameron's term as university librarian. In total, he was instrumental in the planning of over fourteen million dollars worth of library buildings on the various campuses. Cameron filled these new buildings with thousands of acquisitions. The records reflect hundreds of gifts and purchases. During his twenty-two years as university librarian, holdings increased from 400,000 volumes to 1.2 million. Donald Cameron retired from Rutgers in 1966. After leaving Rutgers, Cameron remained active in the library community, acting as a consultant to New Jersey and New York state college and university libraries and to the American Library Association until his death in 1974 at the age of seventy-three.

From the description of Records, 1925-1971. (Rutgers University). WorldCat record id: 230723984

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associatedWith 21 (Restaurant : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Adams, Ruth M. person
associatedWith American Library Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Army Specialized Training Program (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Associated Unions of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Association of College and Reference Libraries (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901- person
associatedWith Beck, Lewis C. (Lewis Caleb), 1798-1853. person
associatedWith Bentley, Arthur Fisher, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Blaustein, Albert P., 1921- person
associatedWith Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey. corporateBody
associatedWith Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980. person
associatedWith Brown University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Case, Clarence Edwards, 1877-1961. person
associatedWith Clothier, Robert C. (Robert Clarkson), 1885-1970. person
associatedWith Cole, William Harder, 1892-1967. person
associatedWith Committee on Library Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Corwin, Margaret Trumbull. person
associatedWith Council of Proprietors of the Western Division of New Jersey. corporateBody
associatedWith Dartmouth College. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Davidson, Carter, 1905-1965. person
associatedWith Demarest, G. S. person
associatedWith Dix, William S. person
associatedWith Doak, Lowell C. person
associatedWith Drury, Francis K. W. (Francis Keese Wynkoop), 1878-1954. person
associatedWith Duke University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Eagleton Institute of Politics. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Easton, Elmer Charles, 1909- person
associatedWith Edmonds, Anne C. (Anne Carey), 1924- person
associatedWith Erftt, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Fiordalisi, Vincent E. person
associatedWith Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Gross, Mason Welch, 1911-1977. person
associatedWith Hartley, Omar G. person
associatedWith Harvard University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Hurley, Francis K. person
associatedWith International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried & Machine Workers, AFL-CIO. corporateBody
associatedWith John Marshall College (Jersey City, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Lewis Webster. person
associatedWith Kriendler, I. Robert (Irving Robert), 1914-1974. person
associatedWith Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.). Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Lamont, William. person
associatedWith Lewis, Fred. person
associatedWith Library of Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Mabel Smith Douglass Library. corporateBody
associatedWith MacCarter, Beatrice. person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith McCormick, Richard Patrick, 1916-2006. person
associatedWith McDonough, Roger H. person
associatedWith Meder, Albert E. person
associatedWith Melvil Dui Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Merritt, Catherine. person
associatedWith Metzger, Karl E. person
associatedWith Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith Miers, Earl Schenck, 1910-1972. person
associatedWith Molnar, August J. person
associatedWith Moreland, Wallace S. (Wallace Sheldon) person
associatedWith Muhlenberg College. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith National Interfraternity Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Nelson, Thurlow C. (Thurlow Christian), 1890-1960. person
associatedWith Newark Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith New Brunswick Historical Club (N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Jersey College for Women. corporateBody
associatedWith New Jersey Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith New Jersey Library Association. corporateBody
associatedWith New Jersey Press Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols, Roy F. (Roy Franklin), 1896-1973. person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Purdue University. Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Reynarowych, Roman. person
associatedWith Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Rutgers College corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers, Henry, 1745-1830. person
associatedWith Rutgers University corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Committee on Naming New Buildings. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Committee on Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Dept. of English. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Dept. of Mathematics. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Dept. of Psychology. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Dept. of Public Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Graduate School of Library Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Institute of Management and Labor Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Libraries corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Office of the Provost. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Office of the University Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Publications Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Research Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. School of Journalism. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. School of Law. corporateBody
associatedWith Ryan, Donald. person
associatedWith Schlatter, Richard, 1912-1987. person
associatedWith Shoemaker, Richard H. person
associatedWith Sinclair, Donald A. person
associatedWith Sloane, William, 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Swink, John L., 1914- person
associatedWith Syracuse University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Illinois. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of North Carolina. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Pennsylvania. Graduate School. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Pennsylvania. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Rochester. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilhelm, C. W. person
associatedWith Williams, Harrison A. person
associatedWith Worley, Parker. person
associatedWith Zingg, Wherry. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Jersey
New Brunswick (N.J.)
New Jersey--New Brunswick
United States
Greek letter societies
Japanese students
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945


Active 1925

Active 1971



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