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Florence Van Hoesen Collection

An inventory of her collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Van Hoesen, Florence.
Title: Florence Van Hoesen Collection
Dates: 1948-1979
Size: 1 box (0.5 linear foot)
Abstract: The Florence Van Hoesen Collection contains her dissertation, letters from her students and colleagues upon her retirement from Syracuse University, and photographs of her time as a professor in the School of Library Science.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Florence Van Hoesen

Florence Ruth Van Hoesen was born in Rochester, New York on March 7, 1898. She received her B.S. from the New York State Library School in Albany in 1926 and began teaching in the School of Library Science at Syracuse University in 1929. In 1948, while teaching in Syracuse, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, titled “An Analysis of Adult Reference Work in Public Libraries as an Approach to the Content of a Reference Course,” was widely regarded as an outstanding contribution to the field of library science. In 1958, the American Library Association awarded Van Hoesen the Beta Phi Mu award for “distinguished service to education for librarianship,” an honor that earned her the congratulations and praise of friends and colleagues nationwide and a spot on multiple Marquis Who’s Who lists. Van Hoesen retired from Syracuse University in 1963, after spending 34 years with the School of Library Science. Upon her retirement, the Beta Phi Mu fraternity established the Florence R. Van Hoesen Student Loan Fund in her name.

Florence Ruth Van Hoesen died on August 24, 1979, in Syracuse, New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Florence Van Hoesen Collection contains materials dating from 1948 to 1979. Included in the collection is a copy of her dissertation, “An Analysis of Adult Reference Work in Public Libraries as an Approach to the Content of a Reference Course,” and a portfolio of farewell letters from her students, friends, and colleagues. The collection also contains information on her involvement with Pi Lambda Sigma and Beta Phi Mu, photographs, news of her retirement, and news of her death.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

More information on Florence Van Hoesen can be found in the clippings and portrait files in the Syracuse University Archives.

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Selected Search Terms


Van Hoesen, Florence.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Library science.
College teachers.
Higher education.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Florence Van Hoesen Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Florence Van Hoesen Collection was donated to the Syracuse University Archives by Alma L. Dunning on January 14, 1980.

Processing Information

Materials unrelated to the portfolio of farewell letters were rehoused in acid-free folders.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Erin Carter
Date: 2014
Revision history:

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The items are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 1 Announcement of Florence Van Hoesen's Death 1979
Box 1 Beta Phi Mu 1958
Box 1 Dissertation: "Reference Work as an Approach to a Reference Course" 1948
Box 1 "My Book": Letters from friends, students, and colleagues upon Florence Van Hoesen's retirement 1963
Box 1 Photographs 1958-1963
Box 1 Pi Lambda Sigma 1958
Box 1 Retirement Materials 1963

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