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INTRODUCTION :

PROVENANCE:

Malcolm Glenn Wyer donated his papers to the Denver Public Library.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary and copyrights assigned to Denver Public Library when appropriate.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Identification and location of item], Malcolm Glenn Wyer Papers, WH424, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.

SIZE:

Number of boxes: 2

Oversize: 1 FF

LOCATION:

WH424

PROCESSED BY:

April Cox

November 2000

REVISED AND ENCODED BY:

Cynthia Rand

October 2004

Ann Brown

Abby Hoverstock

2006, 2009

PROJECT MANAGER

Ellen Zazzarino

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :

Malcolm Wyer (August 21, 1877 - December 31, 1965) was born in Concordia, Kansas. When Wyer was young his family moved to Minnesota because of health problems caused by malarial fever. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School. Wyer received his B. A. in 1899 and M. A. in 1901 from the University of Minnesota. In 1903, Wyer received his B.L.S. from New York State Library School. Wyer received an Honorary D.L.S. from the University of Nebraska in 1931. Colorado College and the University of Denver both presented Wyer with an honorary LL.D. in 1938 and 1958, respectively.

Wyer's work in libraries began at the University of Minnesota, in 1900, as a graduate student reference assistant. After graduating from New York State Library School in 1903, Wyer's first position was as librarian at Colorado College. In 1904, Wyer took the position as the acting librarian at the University of Iowa. The job became permanent in 1906. In addition to his work as librarian, Wyer taught Library Science during the summers from 1905-1913. He served as a Resident Director from 1906-1913.

Wyer accepted a position at the University of Nebraska from 1913-1924. Wyer interrupted his tenure at the University of Nebraska to serve as the Assistant to the Director for the American Library Association Library War Service, 1918-1919. In 1924, Denver offered Wyer the position of City Librarian; he accepted due to his interest in working in a public library. His career at Denver Public Library lasted until he retired in 1951. He was then named Librarian Emeritus and Consultant to the Denver Library Commission (1951-1956). In an effort to promote cooperation between libraries, Wyer founded the Bibliographical Center for Research (1934). Wyer founded the Western History Department in 1935. In addition, Wyer was a founder of the Adult Education Council in 1930, the first library-centered council of its kind in the U.S.

While at the Denver Public Library, Wyer founded the University of Denver School of Librarianship. He held the position of Dean from 1931-1948. He also served as the Director of Libraries at the University of Denver from 1933-1948. Upon retirement, Wyer was named Dean Emeritus. Wyer held the positions at both Denver University and the Denver Public Library to limit duplication in the library collections and to increase library resources for the community.

Wyer held the position of President in the following professional library organizations:

Iowa Library Association, 1910-1911

Nebraska Library Association, 1915-1917

Nebraska Public Library Commission, 1918-1923

Colorado Library Association, 1926-1927

Colorado Library Commission, 1929-1933

American Library Association, 1936-1937

Wyer was actively involved in the following organizations:

Board of Trustees, Denver Symphony Society

Executive Board, Central City Opera Association

Member, American Association of Adult Education

Member, Bibliographical Society of London

Member, Colorado Library Association

Member, Mountain-Plains Library Association

Officer and Board Member, Bibliographical Center for Research

Books and People; Short Anecdotes from a Long Experience published in 1964, details his library experiences. In addition, Wyer wrote extensively for a variety of library journals and publications.

Malcolm Wyer received numerous awards and honors including:

First Citation for Excellence, Colorado Library Association, 1939

Denver City Club Fine Arts Award, 1945

Wyer Auditorium, Main Denver Public Library, dedicated in his honor, 1956

Malcolm Glenn Wyer Award, established in his honor by the Adult Education

Council of Metropolitan Denver, 1960

Good Citizenship Medal and Citation, Colorado Society, Sons of the American

Revolution, 1965

Malcolm G. Wyer Loan Fund, established by Alumni Association, School of

Librarianship, University of Denver.

Wyer met his wife, Charlotte Spalding, while working at Colorado College. They married on July 25, 1906. They had one daughter Madeline (Wyer) Killinger. Wyer died in Denver on December 31, 1965.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :

The Malcolm G. Wyer papers date from 1903-1992. Material in the collection includes drafts of manuscripts, a biographical outline, correspondence, memos, awards, programs, transcripts of lectures, publications, bulletins, newsletters and memorial cards.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL :

Trimble, Anna Good

MSS -M220

SERIES 1 PROFESSIONAL 1903-1966 BOX 1 :

The series includes a biographical outline, correspondence, memo, awards, service recognition, programs, news release, lectures, publications, drafts, bulletins, newsletters, biobibliography and reports from the Denver Public Library, University of Iowa, Colorado College, Bibliographical Center for Research, University of Denver, Library Building Consultant and Boulder Public Library.

SERIES 2 ORGANIZATIONS 1916-1961 BOX 1 :

Material includes published journals, publications, programs, reports, drafts, bulletins and transcripts of speeches delivered at organizations such as American Association for Adult Education, Adult Education Council, American Library Association, Nebraska Library Association and the Colorado State Historical Society.

SERIES 3 MANUSCRIPTS 1909-1964 BOXES 1-2 :

The series contains drafts and clippings for the book, People and Books: Short Anecdotes from a Long Experience. It includes submissions to journals such as Library Quarterly, The Library Journal and Colorado and its People.

SERIES 4 PERSONAL 1904-1992 BOX 2 :

This series consists of alumni newsletters, a program, memorial cards, funeral programs, correspondence written by Wyer's brother and a business card.

SERIES 5 OVERSIZE 1949 OVFF1 :

Award Wyer received from the Denver Public Library for his 25th Anniversary celebration.

SUBJECT ACCESS :

: SUBJECT ACCESS - :

  • Wyer, Malcolm Glenn, 1877-1965 -- Archives.
  • Denver Public Library -- History.
  • Denver Public Library -- Western History Dept. -- History.
  • University of Denver -- School of Librarianship -- History.

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