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Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) Collection

Identifier: MS-0218

Scope and Contents

The Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) Collection was donated in 2012 by the organization. The collection consists of various organizational, financial, and contractual documents pertaining to MLNC, its associated networks,and participating libraries. The collection materials range in date from 1977-2011, with the bulk of the collection from 1983-1989. General operations, board meetings, annual reports, and network affiliations make up the breadthof this collection from the early days of MLNC in the late 1970s all the way up to its merger with Amigos in 2011.

The MLNC collection has been arranged in six series and four subseries, each one focusing on a different aspect of the corporation and its dealings with other organizations. Original order within the series was mostly preserved, however the series were arranged in order to be more conducive to research. When materials are not organized by date, they are organized by meeting agenda items, orkept in original order. This collection provides an example of the inner workings of a nonprofit organization, as well as a brief glimpse into the history of library networking and cataloging in a time of rapid technological change; it would be useful toanyone studying library network operations, consortia, library history, interlibrary loan operations, OCLC, and more.


  • 1976 - 2011



3 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 4 Containers, 79 Folders.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Jessica McClanahan, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: October 2012.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository