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[Identification and location of item], Malcolm Glenn Wyer Papers, WH424, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of boxes: 2
Oversize: 1 FF
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
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.
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.
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