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Title: Louis A. Kenney Papers, 1914-1992Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0393
Extent: 3.71 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1950-1992
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Louis A. Kenney was born February 28, 1917 in Dorchester, NE. He received his BA from Nebraska State College, Kearney in 1939 and completed a BS and a MS in Library Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1941 and served with the 42nd Infantry Division in World War II. He returned to civilian life in 1946 and spent a year studying abroad in Switzerland from 1949 to 1950. In 1960 he was awarded his PhD in history from the University of Maryland. His thesis was titled The Censorship Edicts of Emperor Charles V in the Low Countries, 1515-1550.

Kenney was San Diego State's University Librarian from 1961 to 1980 and played an instrumental role in planning for a new library building, the Malcolm A. Love Library, which opened in 1971. As a result, the library's collection tripled in size and Kenney helped to establish the Special Collections department for rare books and manuscripts. He also helped form the Friends of the Malcolm A. Love Library in 1964 and served on its Board.

Kenney was an avid collector of rare books. In 1967, he purchased the Zinner Collection for Special Collections. Kenney retired from San Diego State in 1980 but remained active with the Friends of the Library and various other organizations. He was named Emeritus Librarian upon his retirement. He died in December of 1993.

Author: Jennifer Hollander
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I. Correspondence, 1960-1980

II. Professional Files, 1950-1992

III. Printing Ephemera

IV. Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1914-1950

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Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Louis A. Kenney
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Louis A. Kennedy Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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