NAME: Vernon Dale Tate
DATES: 1909-1989
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WORKED AT: National Archives; MIT
OTHER INFORMATION: Tate was the first editor of American Documentation. He worked on microfilm technology 1950's-1960's (see titles of books) and helped microfilm the great documents of Western Civilization at LC. He was head of the division of photographic reproduction at National Archives. "One of the world's leading experts on and advocates for microfilm" (Burke). He wanted to modernize the library. He worked on the Scientific Aids to Learning Project which reported on the technical problems of microfilm and its uses in libraries and schools. He also was head of the libraries at MIT. At MIT, Tate worked on a new 3 year Aids to Learning project studying the futures of printing, microfilm, moving pictures, sound records, and automated bibliographies. He edited the Journal of Documentary Reproduction 1938-43. See biographical infomation in Dictionary of American Library Biography.
AWARDS:
OFFICES: President of ADI, 1948-49

PAPERS AT:
LOCATION #1
Department of Rare Book and Special Collections, University of Michigan; search under: Tate, Vernon Dale and separately under Harmon, George H. Papers 1959-1985. Both are part of the Eugene B. Power Collection for the Study of Scholarly Communication and Information Transfer.
PAPERS DATES: Tate papers dates: 1929-1989; Harmon papers are 1959-1985
SIZE: Tate papers are 47.5 cu. ft.; Harmon papers are 12.4 cu. ft.
INCLUDES: Summary of Tate papers: Collection includes: material that documents Tate's personal interests and activities along with many aspects of his professional career as a historian, librarian, and archivist between 1929 and 1989; papers contain correspondence, speeches, articles, meeting minutes, annual reports, newsletters, conference proceedings, press releases, dissertation research materials, and photographic and microphotographic research notes.

Summary of Harmon papers: arranged in six series: I. National Microfilm association file arranged alphabetically, 1964-1984; II. General subject files arranged alphabetically, 1959-1982; III. General correspondence arranged chronologically, 1966-1984; IV. Companies and organizations files arranged alphabetically by subject, 1959-1985; VI. Publications file arranged alphabetically by title, 1964-1984.
FINDING AID:
SOURCE: University of Michigan online catalog; RLIN catalog

PAPERS AT:
LOCATION #2
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University Library, University of Michigan; the library houses ASIS Records, 1939-1990 (Bulk, 1965-1982), 93 feet; search under: Tate, Vernon.
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INCLUDES: Should consult this collection for ASIS's early history.
FINDING AID:
SOURCE: ASIS

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