The Library built a major addition to the original 1954 building in 1974.
P-2952, the addition behind the preexisting Library, soon after it opened.
P-3063 The 1970’s were big into mushroom decor–my mother had tan Pyrex mixing bowls with little mushrooms printed on them–and the Library was no exception. The last of these literal toadstools resides in the archival collections.
P-3063 This abstract scenic divider hung in the lobby in front of the circulation desk. The archives staff was overjoyed to discover that we had a color photograph of it–black and white simply does not do it justice.
The look would not be complete, of course, without harvest gold chairs.
White worked for the library for 37 years and was a driving force behind the establishment of the archival collections.
Texas Instruments Silent 700 dumb terminal. A dumb terminal is a component that allows access to a computer but does not have its own processing capability. When I was in high school–I’m dating myself–our library catalog was accessed by dumb terminals that were connected to a “real” computer located elsewhere in the school library. (The whole system was slow. The “good” catalog was still the card catalog.) They’re basically a keyboard and a screen. The TI Silent 700, so named because it was a dot matrix that printed relatively quietly, came out in this form in 1971 and had a thermal paper output instead of a monitor. It had a modem and accessed remote computers via, yes, a telephone. Enjoy the image of it plugged into a bona fide rotary phone. (McGovern Historical Collections photo files; Institutions)