Guide to the Bernard A. Margolis Papers

undated, 1860-2018

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JHCP-0004


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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman in May 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in May 2019. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Margolis, Bernard A.
Title: Bernard A. Margolis Papers
Dates: undated, 1860-2018
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, photographs, awards, art, artifacts, educational records, newspaper clippings, audiovisual materials, brochures, and articles documenting Bernard A. Margolis’s personal and professional lives. Included are materials related to the Margolis and Birkenfeld families, art and artifacts collected by Margolis throughout his lifetime, educational records from elementary to graduate school, and material on his political involvement, including his protests against the Vietnam War and his campaign for Michigan State Senator. His professional papers include materials related to his work at the Denver Public Library, Monroe County Library System, Pikes Peak Library District, Boston Public Library, and New York State Library, as well as his involvement in professional library organizations.
Languages:   The collection is in English, Hebrew, and Romanian.
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (7 document boxes, 2 OS boxes)
ID:   JHCP-0004
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Bernard A. Margolis introducing a speaker at the Boston Public Library on May 15, 2004.

Biographical Note

Bernard (often referred to as Bernie) A. Margolis was born on October 2, 1948 in Greenwich, Connecticut to Sidney and Rose (Birkenfeld) Margolis. He had one younger brother, Michael. 

His father Sidney Margolis was born on February 17, 1918 to Bernard (born circa 1872 in Romania) and Dora (born circa 1885 in Poland) Margolis. Sidney grew up in New York City and attended the New Utrecht Evening High School, from which he graduated in 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, serving as a Crew Chief and Engineer Gunner of the 442nd Bomb Squadron of the 320th Bomb Group, and was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in 1945. He worked a variety of jobs in the Jewish community, including as administrator of the Jamaica Jewish Center, the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, and the Beth El Synagogue Center (all in New York), and as Director of National Community Development for the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith New York, Director of Development for the Synagogue Council of America, and various positions at the United Synagogue of America. In 1976, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the State University of New York. 

Bernard's mother, Rose (Birkenfeld) Margolis, was born on August 13, 1922 to Harry and Sadie Birkenfeld in Louisville, Kentucky. Harry, who owned a grocery store, was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States circa 1902, and Sadie was born in Kentucky to immigrant parents. 

On January 1, 1941, Sidney and Rose married. In the 1970s, the couple retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they opened a shop, Native American Artifacts and Antiquities. Rose died on October 22, 1992, and Sidney died on February 24, 2003.

Moving from Connecticut with his family, Bernard A. Margolis grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and attended Albert Leonard Junior High School and New Rochelle High School, where he was a prominent member of the Model United Nations organization, for which he won many awards. In 1970, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Denver, and in 1973, his Master of Arts in Librarianship, also from the University of Denver. 

In 1970, amidst the Vietnam War, Margolis was called to report to his local draft board. Citing his religious and moral beliefs, he sought classification as a Conscientious Objector. Although he was not granted the classification, he was granted an exemption from military service.

From July 1972 to October 1973, he served as the head of the Virginia Village branch of the Denver Public Library (DPL). In October 1973, Margolis was hired as the Deputy Director of the Monroe County Library System (MCLS), headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, serving until December 1975, after which he was appointed Director. As director, he oversaw 16 branch libraries and one mobile unit; successfully led three tax millage campaigns in 1976, 1980, and 1984; expanded the number of libraries in the system; developed a computer-output-microfilm (COM) catalog of library holdings; and instituted an art-for-loan program. During this time, he also served as the Director of the Raisin Valley Library System and the Director of the Southeast Michigan Regional Film Library and was a founder of the Woodland Library Cooperative. In 1985, he was named Michigan Librarian of the Year.

In 1986, Margolis ran for state senator of the 11th Senate District in Michigan. Winning the Democratic primary for the office, he later lost to Republican candidate Norman Shinkle in the general election.

In March 1988, Margolis was hired as the Director of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD), which serves El Paso County and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Here, he directed 11 library branches, doubled the library’s collection size, introduced free internet access to the library system, worked with the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration, and oversaw the Community Video Center, which produced live cable TV programming, documentaries, and informational media on topics like the Bill of Rights and homeschooling. In 1990, he was named Colorado Librarian of the Year by the Colorado Library Association. 

In 1993, after an amendment was passed in Colorado preventing any city, town, or county in the state from recognizing homosexual or bisexual persons as a protected class (the amendment was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court), the PPLD sponsored a five-part series of panel discussions called “Tolerance/Intolerance in the Pikes Peak Region,” which explored topics such as civil rights, church and state, gay rights, and racism in the local community.  Moderated by Margolis, it was broadcast on public television and won the Colorado Library Association 1993 Intellectual Freedom Award.

In 1997, Margolis was hired as the first president of the Boston Public Library (BPL). As president, he oversaw nearly 30 neighborhood library branches, led the effort in the restoration and renovation of the central library building, expanded library hours, created the Homework Assistance Program, and secured a multimillion dollar gift to establish the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL, among other accomplishments. Early on in his presidency, Margolis made headlines when he publicly disagreed with then Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s demand to block access to pornographic internet websites on public computers at the library. Eventually, a compromise was made, with the BPL installing filtering software on 26 computers available to minors. Margolis was also heavily involved in the creation of an exhibit on Alexandre Vattemare, a French national was an advocate for international library exchange and the formation of public libraries and who helped found the BPL. In 2007, Margolis’s contract was not renewed, and his presidency ended the following year.

In January 2009, Margolis was appointed New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner of Libraries. In his post at the State Library, located in Albany, New York and which serves the state’s 73 library systems and 7,000 academic, school, special, and public libraries, he administered the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. In 2018, for his work with the New York State Library, Margolis was posthumously awarded the Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award and the William Meredith Library Advocate Award.

On November 2, 1973, Margolis married Amanda Batey. In 2010, Margolis was diagnosed with blood cancer, and after an eight-year battle, died on April 14, 2018 at the age of 69.

References

Material from the collection.

Chronology

February 17, 1918 Sidney Margolis is born.
August 13, 1922 Rose Birkenfeld is born.
January 1, 1941 Sidney Margolis and Rose Birkenfeld marry.
October 2, 1948 Bernard A. Margolis is born.
1970 Bernard A. Margolis earns a B.A. from the University of Denver.
July 1972-October 1973 Bernard A. Margolis is head of the Denver Public Library's Virginia Village branch.
1973 Bernard A. Margolis earns an M.A. from the University of Denver.
October 1973-December 1975 Bernard A. Margolis is Deputy Director of the Monroe County Library System.
November 2, 1973 Bernard A. Margolis and Amanda Batey marry.
1976-1988 Bernard A. Margolis is Director of the Monroe County Library System.
1977-1980 Bernard A. Margolis serves as Executive Council Member of the Michigan Library Consortium.
1979-1980 Bernard A. Margolis serves as Vice Chair of the Southeast Michigan Information and Referral Alliance.
1979 Bernard A. Margolis is elected a delegate to the Michigan White House Conference on Libraries.
1980-1984 Bernard A. Margolis serves as treasurer of the Michigan Library Consortium.
1985 Bernard A. Margolis is named Michigan Librarian of the Year.
1986 Bernard A. Margolis runs for state senator in the 11th Senate District of Michigan.
1988-1997 Bernard A. Margolis is Director of the Pikes Peak Library District.
1989-1990 Bernard A. Margolis serves as chair of the Colorado Governor's Conference for Libraries and Information Services.
1989-2010 Bernard A. Margolis serves as a councilor of the American Library Association.
1990 Bernard A. Margolis is named Colorado Librarian of the Year.
October 22, 1992 Rose Margolis dies.
1997-2008 Bernard A. Margolis is president of the Boston Public Library.
Februrary 24, 2003 Sidney Margolis dies.
2009-2018 Bernard A. Margolis is New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner of Libraries.
April 14, 2018 Bernard A. Margolis dies.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, awards, art, artifacts, educational records, newspaper clippings, audiovisual materials, brochures, and articles documenting Bernard Margolis’s personal and professional lives. Included are materials related to the Margolis and Birkenfeld families, art and artifacts collected by Margolis throughout his lifetime, educational records from elementary to graduate school, and material on his political involvement, including his protests against the Vietnam War and his campaign for Michigan State Senator. His professional papers include materials related to his work at the Denver Public Library, Monroe County Library System, Pikes Peak Library District, Boston Public Library, and New York State Library, as well as his involvement in professional library organizations.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a three series as follows:

  • Series I: Margolis and Birkenfeld Families, undated, 1913-2010
  • Series II: Personal Papers, undated, 1860-2018
    • Subseries A: Art, Artifacts, and Interests, undated, 1860-2008
    • Subseries B: Education, undated, 1961-1980
    • Subseries C: General, undated, 1948-2018
    • Subseries D: Jewish Life, undated, 1958-1974
    • Subseries E: Politics, undated, 1966-1987
  • Series III: Professional Papers, undated, 1969-2018
    • Subseries A: Denver Public Library,1969-1973
    • Subseries B: Monroe County Library System, undated, 1973-2009
    • Subseries C: Pikes Peak Library District, undated, 1988-1997
    • Subseries D: Boston Public Library, undated, 1996-2008
    • Subseries E: New York State Library, undated, 2008-2018
    • Subseries F: Professional Library Organizations, 1975-2010

Access and Use

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Bernard A. Margolis Papers; JHCP-0004; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.


Acquisition Information

Donated by Amanda Batey, 2018.


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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I: Margolis and Birkenfeld Families, undated, 1913-2010

  • In English and Romanian.
  • Boxes 1, 6.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs, research, legal documents, certificates, awards, newspaper clippings, and artifacts related to the Margolis and Bikenfeld families, particularly those of Bernard A. Margolis’s parents, Sidney and Rose. Included are photographs of Sidney, Rose, and their son Michael; Army discharge papers relating to Sidney’s military service; correspondence between Margolis family members; legal documents from Sidney’s ancestors in Romania; and rings, a watch, and a Swiss Army knife belonging to Sidney.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Birkenfeld Family Photographs undated, 1931-1946
1 2 Evelyn Joy Goldberg 2005-2010
1 3 Family Notes and Research undated, 2002
1 4 Margolis Family—Romanian Documents undated, 1913
1 5 Michael Margolis—Photographs undated
1 6 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (Sidney) 1967-1978
1 7 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Army Discharge Papers (copy) 1945
1 8 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Chamber of Commerce Award (Rose) 1967
1 9 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Correspondence 1969-1985
1 10 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Eulogy (Sidney) 2003
1 11 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Ketubah (copy) 1941
1 12 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Newspaper Clippings 1974-1990
1 13 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Photographs undated, 1980
6   Sidney and Rose Margolis—Plaques—Excerpt from "Mother" undated
6   Sidney and Rose Margolis—Plaques—"No Man is an Island" undated
1 14 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Salesian Purgatorial Society Certificate (Sidney) 2003
1 15 Sidney and Rose Margolis—Sympathy Cards (Rose) 1992
6   Sidney and Rose Margolis—Watch, Rings, and Swiss Army Knife (Sidney) undated

 

Series II: Personal Papers, undated, 1860-2018

  • In English and Hebrew.
  • Boxes 1-2, 5-7, 8OS, 9OS. 

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains art, artifacts, educational records, photographs, news clippings, maps, audiovisual materials, and correspondence documenting the personal life of Bernard A. Margolis. Included are diplomas, report cards, and yearbooks from elementary to graduate school; correspondence with friends and family; and materials related to Margolis’s Jewish life, including his Hebrew schooling and bar mitzvah. This series also contains materials detailing Margolis’s political involvement, including correspondence, forms, and photographs documenting his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War, as well as advertising materials, ephemera, correspondence, and news clippings chronicling his campaign for Michigan State Senate. Some large format artwork is stored separate from the collection.

Subseries A: Art, Artifacts, and Interests, undated, 1860-2008 

  • In English.
  • Boxes 1, 8OS, 9OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains art and artifacts collected by Bernard A. Margolis, as well as items related to his varied interests. Included are a sketch of the Boston Public Library by artist Nelson Chase (see Series B, Subseries III for more on Chase), a painting of the Carnegie Library in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Roger Howlett, a collection of stamps, and memorabilia related to sculptor Daniel Chester French. Also included is a portrait of Margolis by Channing Pena for an exhibit, Boston Faces, shown at the BPL in 2000. Some large format artwork is stored separate from the collection.

Box Folder Title Date
1 16 The Austrian Guide for the Perplexed 1349 (signed by Scott M. Kosofsky) 2008
    Bela Kalman Lamps Photograph 1960
    Boston Public Library Digital Sketch 1998
7   Boston Public Library Sketch by Nelson Chase undated
    Boston Public Library Sketch by Sidney   
    Caricature by "Colorado Bill" 1995
1 17 Carnegie Library in San Juan, Puerto Rico Painting by Roger Howlett circa 2005
1 18 Coins undated
1 19 Daniel Chester French Memorabilia 1940
8OS 1 Miscellaneous Artwork undated
9OS   Miscellaneous Artwork undated
1 20 Miscellaneous Business Records undated, 1860-1910
1 21 Portrait by Channing Pena undated
1 22 Portrait by Channing Pena—Movingline (Book) 2008
8OS 2 Portrait by Channing Pena—Oversized 2008
1 23 Shakers undated
1 24 Stamp Collection undated

 

Subseries B: Education, undated, 1961-1980

  • In English. 
  • Boxes 1, 6.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains diplomas, report cards, yearbooks, and writings related to Bernard A. Margolis’s education, ranging from his elementary to his graduate schooling. Included are an autograph book from Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich, Connecticut; diplomas, test results, and reports from Albert Leonard Junior High School in New Rochelle, New York; writings, report cards, and yearbooks from New Rochelle High, also in New Rochelle; SAT, GRE, and National Merit Scholarship Program results; diplomas, graduation programs, report cards, transcripts, yearbooks, and writings from University of Denver (for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees); and documentation from his time as a Masters of Public Administration student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Also included are newspaper clippings, awards, and programs related to Margolis’s active participation in New Rochelle High School’s United Nations Model Congress.

Box Folder Title Date
1 25 Albert Leonard Junior High School—Aptitude Test Results 1962
1 26 Albert Leonard Junior High School—Commendations 1963
1 27 Albert Leonard Junior High School—Diploma 1963
1 28 Albert Leonard Junior High School—Report to Parents 1961
1 29 Hamilton Avenue School undated, 1953-1955
1 30 PS 163 1955-1958
1 31 New Rochelle High School—Graduation 1966
6   New Rochelle High School—Model Congress—Award 1966
1 31 New Rochelle High School—Model Congress—News Clippings 1966
1 32 New Rochelle High School—Model Congress—Program 1966
1 33 New Rochelle High School—Report and Program Cards 1963-1966
1 34 New Rochelle High School—Writings—"The Constitutional Period in American History: A Critical Analysis" 1965
1 35 New Rochelle High School—Writings—Miscellaneous undated
1 36 New Rochelle High School—Writings—"One Negro...The Story of Marcus Garvey" undated
1 37 New Rochelle High School—Writings—"The Republic of Senegal: Problems of Developing Nations" 1965
1 38 New Rochelle High School—Writings—"Towards African Unity: The Pan-African Movement" 1964
1 39 New Rochelle High School—Writings—"The Turner Thesis and the Frontier Theory" undated
1 40 New Rochelle High School—Yearbook 1966
1 41 New Rochelle High School—Yearbook 1966
1 42 SAT, GRE, and National Merit Scholarship Program Results 1964-1970
1 43 University of Denver—Certiicate of Student Membership to the American Society of International Law 1970
1 44 University of Denver—Commencement Programs 1970-1973
1 45 University of Denver—Diplomas 1970-1973
1 46 University of Denver—Miscellaneous 1969-1970
1 47 University of Denver—Report Cards and Transcripts 1968-1973
1 48 University of Denver—Writings—"Art on the Market: Price and Taste" 1968
1 49 University of Denver—Writings—"To Hell with Paraphrasing!" 1967
1 50 University of Denver—Yearbook 1967
1 51 University of Michigan-Dearborn 1979-1980

 

Subseries C: General, undated, 1948-2018

  • In English. 
  • Boxes 2, 5-7.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, vital records, resumes, photographs, and news clippings related to Bernard A. Margolis’s personal life. Included is correspondence to and from his wife Amanda, as well as from miscellaneous friends; material related to Margolis’s involvement in Richard de Koster Associates in the late 1960s; and clothing items, including Margolis’s signature silk book ties and a bolo tie. Also included is research on the Joy family, who built and lived in the the house in West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, where Margolis lived while working as president of the BPL, and on artist Nelson Chase (see Series B, Subseries I for artwork by Chase), who painted a mural in the house.

Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Badges 1997-1998
6   Belts undated
2 2 Birth Certificate 1948
6   Bolo Tie undated
2 3 Correspondence—Cards from Amanda undated, 1986-2013
2 4 Correspondence—General undated, 1967-2011
6   Correspondence—Steve Leveen—Levenger Bag undated
2 5 Correspondence—Steve Leveen —The Little Guide to your Well Read Life 2004-2005
8OS 10 Kentucky Colonel Commission Certificate 2012
2 6 Married to a Rock Star Parody Book undated
7   Miscellaneous undated
2 7 Obituaries 2018
2 8 Photographs undated, 1956-1999
2 9 Research on Joy Family undated
2 10 Resumes 1980s-1990s
2 11 Richard de Koster Associates—"Art and the Olin-Matheson Chemical Corporation" 1967
2 12 Richard de Koster Associates—Currier Affair 1967
2 13 Richard de Koster Associates—Stationary undated
5   Silk Book Ties undated
7   Wildcat Press Stamps undated

 

Subseries D: Jewish Life, undated, 1958-1974 

  • In English and Hebrew.
  • Boxes 2, 6-7, 8OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains certificates, correspondence, invitations, ephemera, and a scrapbook documenting Bernard A. Margolis’s bar mitzvah in 1961, including a watch his father gifted him for the occasion and which Margolis wore for the following 50 years. Also included are graduation and report cards from the Hebrew School of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, photographs and certificates from camps he attended and worked at, and miscellaneous Judaica, including yarmulkes, tefillin, tallit, and tallit bags (including one stitched by his mother Rose in 1974).

Box Folder Title Date
6   Bar Mitzvah—Certificate 1961
2 14 Bar Mitzvah—Congratulations Cards 1961
2 15 Bar Mitzvah—Invitations and Ephemera 1961
2 16 Bar Mitzvah—Scrapbook 1961
7   Bar Mitzvah—Watch 1961
2 17 Bar Mitzvah—Watch—Background undated
2 18 Camp Columbia 1964-1966
2 19 Camp—Photographs undated
8OS 3 Cejwin Camps Certificate of Merit 1958
2 20 Haggadah undated
6   Hebrew School of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills—Graduation Diploma 1961
2 21 Hebrew School of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills—Report to Parents 1956-1961
7   Tallit Bags undated, 1974
7   Tallit Clip undated
6   Teffilin and Bag undated
6   Yarmulkes undated

 

Subseries E: Politics, undated, 1966-1987

  • In English.
  • Boxes 2, 5, 7, 8OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains cassettes, correspondence, news clippings, maps, and photographs related to Bernard A. Margolis’s involvement in politics. Included are advertising, background papers, ballots, correspondence, and new clippings related to Margolis’s campaign for Michigan State Senate in 1986; correspondence, photographs, a timeline of activities, and forms documenting his appeals for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War; and correspondence and other materials related to his friendship and work with U.S. Representative John Dingell and Michigan Lieutenant Governor Martha Griffiths.  

Box Folder Title Date
2 22 Committee and Delegation Certificates 1986-1987
2 22 Ephemera undated
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—Friends of Bernie Margolis [Cassette] 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—I'm for Margolis [Cassette] 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—Margolis for Senate (Beautiful Bernie/Ha, Ha, Ha/Norman, Norman, Norman) [Cassette] 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—Margolis for Senate (Beautiful Bernie/Ha, Ha, Ha/Norman, Norman, Norman) [Reel] [3 copes] 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—Margolis for State Senator (July 28, 1986) [Cassette] 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Advertising—Unlabeled [Cassettes] 1986
2 24 Michigan State Senate Campaign—"An Analysis of the Political Attitudes in the 11th Senate District of Michigan" Prepared for Friends of Bernie Margolis 1986
2 25 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Background Papers 1986
2 26 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Michigan in Brief: An Issues Handbook for the 1986 Elections 1986
8OS 4 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Ballot—Oversized 1986
2 27 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Correspondence 1986
2 28 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Election Results 1986
2 29 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Endorsements 1986
2 30 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Ephmera 1986
2 31 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Evening with Lt. Governor Martha Griffiths Fundraiser 1986
8OS 4 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Maps—Oversized 1986
2 32 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Miscellaneous 1986
2 33 Michigan State Senate Campaign—News Clippings 1986
2 34 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Primary Ballot 1986
5   Michigan State Senate Campaign—Shinkle/Margolis Debate (September 4, 1986) [Cassette] 1986
2 35 Michigan State Senate Campaign—Strategic Planning 1986
2 36 Miscellaneous 1986-2001
8OS 4 Miscellaneous—Oversized 1986
2 37 Vietnam War—Consientious Objector and Other Forms 1968-1970
2 38 Vietnam War—Correspondence—Conscientious Objector References 1968-1970
2 39 Vietnam War—Correspondence—Draft Board 1968-1970
2 40 Vietnam War—Miscellaneous undated, 1968-1970
2 41 Vietnam War—Petitions 1970
2 42 Vietnam War—Photographs undated
2 43 Vietnam War—Registration Certificate and Notices of Classification 1966-1972
2 44 Vietnam War—A Time to Speak: Swords into Plowshares 1969
2 45 Vietnam War—Timeline 1968-1970

 

Series III: Professional Papers, undated, 1969-2018

  • In English.
  • Box 1, OS folder.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, brochures, photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials related to Bernard A. Margolis’s professional work in the library field. Included are materials documenting his tenures as Director of the Virginia Village branch of the Denver Public Library, Deputy Director and later Executive Director of the Monroe County Library System, Director of the Pikes Peak Library District, President of the Boston Public Library, and New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner of Libraries. Also included are materials related to his involvement in professional library organizations, including the American Library Association.

Subseries A: Denver Public Library, 1969-1973

  • In English.
  • Boxes 2-7, 8OS, 9OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes materials related to Bernard A. Margolis’s work at the Denver Public Library (DPL). Included are issues of The Inkling, a monthly newsletter published by staff at the DPL; personnel action forms documenting Margolis’s promotions; meeting minutes and other materials recording his involvement in the DPL’s Staff Association; suggestion awards awarded by the City and County of Denver; and correspondence documenting his work as Campaign Chairman of the local chapter of the United Way. 

Box Folder Title Date
2 46 The Inkling 1970-1973
2 47 Personnel Action Forms 1973
2 48 Staff Association 1969
2 49 Suggestion Awards 1972
2 50 United Way 1971

 

Subseries B: Monroe County Library System, undated, 1973-2009

  • In English.
  • Boxes 3, 5, 8OS, 9OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains awards, correspondence, anniversary programs, newsletters, photographs, news clippings, and brochures documenting Margolis’s tenure as Deputy Director, and later Executive Director, of the Monroe County Library System (MCLS). Included are numerous awards and plaques, including the Librarian of the Year awarded by the Michigan Library Association in 1985; library brochures and pamphlets documenting the library system's programming and events; materials on the MCLS’s 50th and 75th anniversaries (the latter of which Margolis returned to Monroe for in 2009); and news clippings chronicling the MCLS’s programs and activities during this period. Also included are materials related to activities in which Margolis participated outside of the MCLS, including his work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Monroe Country, his publications in The Bottom Line and other library journals and magazines, and the 50th anniversary celebration of Little Brown Bear, a children’s book character created by Monroe resident Elizabeth Upham McWebb.  

Box Folder Title Date
8OS 5 Awards—Bernard A. Margolis Day Certificate 1988
8OS 5 Awards—Librarian of the Year—Certificate 1985
9OS   Awards—Librarian of the Year—Name Plate 1985
7   Awards—Librarian of the Year—Plaque 1985
3 1 Awards—Librarian of the Year—Program and Correspondence 1985
3 2 Awards—Miscellaneous undated, 1975-1988
3 3 Awards—Monroe County Fair VIP Goat Milking Contest 1986-1987
3 4 Business Cards undated
3 5 Continuing Education and Professional Certificates 1973-1982
3 6 Correspondence—Congratulations and Farewell Letters 1988
3 7 Correspondence—Miscellaneous 1979-2007
8OS 6 Correspondence—Oversized Card undated
3 8 Correspondence—State Librarian Position 1983
9OS   Ellis Library and Reference Center Deisgn 2011
3 9 Farewell Reception 1988
5   Farewell Reception (February 20, 1988) #1 and #2 [DVD] 1988
5   Farewell Reception—Goobye BAM-BAM (February 1988) [VHS] 1988
5   Farewell Reception—Woodlawn's BAM Goodbye (February 20, 1988) [VHS] 1988
8OS 5 Farewell Resolution by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners 1988
8OS 5 Farewell Resolution by the South Rockwood Village Council 1988
8OS 7 Farewell Scrapbook 1988
3 10 "The Glory March" 1980
3 11 Little Brown Bear 50th Anniversary 1978
3 12 MCLS On Line Newsletter 1974-1975
3 13 Michigan White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services Report 1979
3 14 Miscellaneous undated, 1979-1983
3 15 Miscellaneous Library Brochures and Publications ubdated, 1976-1981
3 16 Miscellaneous Library Programs undated, 1975-1979
3 17 Monroe County Library System 50th Anniversary 1984
3 18 Monroe County Library System 75th Anniversary 2009
8OS 8 Monroe County Library System 75th Anniversary—Scrapbook 2009
3 19 News Clippings undated, 1973-1988
3 20 Other Organizations 1975-1985
3 21 Performance Reviews and Correspondence [restricted] undated, 1984
3 22 Photographs undated, 1986
5   Photographs—CD undated
8OS 5 Resolution by the Michigan Legislature 1988
8OS 5 Resolution by the Michigan Legislature 1985
8OS 5 Resolution by the Monroe County Board of Commissioners 1988
3 23 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Monroe County 1974-1976
3 24 Retirement Celebration for Mary Rossiter Daume 1976
3 25 Task Forces and Commissions 1979-1984
3 26 Woodlands Library Cooperative Newsletters 1979-1983
3 27 Workshops and Presentations 1976-1983
3 28 Writings—The Bottom Line 1978

 

Subseries C: Pikes Peak Library System, undated, 1988-1997

  • In English.
  • Boxes 3, 5-7, 8OS, 9OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains awards, correspondence, newsletters, audiovisual materials, programs, brochures, news clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Margolis’s tenure as Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). Included are various awards, including the Librarian of the Year awarded by the Colorado Library Association; numerous VHS tapes of videos produced by the Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library System; pamphlets for the Tolerance/Intolerance in the Pikes Peak Region program; correspondence; programs and VHS tapes on the Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other programming the library offered; photographs; and newspaper clippings and programs about “The Secret Garden” bench, which was constructed and dedicated in Margolis's honor in 1997.

Box Folder Title Date
6   Awards—Care & Share Appreciation Plaque 1997
3 29 Awards—Colorado Librarian of the Year 1990
3 30 Awards—Colorado Librarian of the Year—Congratulations 1990
5   Awards—Colorado Librarian of the Year—News Segment Recordings (October 25, 1990) [2] 1990
7   Awards—Colorado Librarian of the Year—Plaque 1990
8OS 5 Awards—Colorado Springs Certificate of Appreciation 1988
7   Awards—El Paso Country Board of Retirement Service Plaque 1997
9OS   Awards—El Pomar Foundation 1997
7   Awards—Frank Waters Award 1996
7   Awards—Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services, Colorado Information Connection, Steering Committee Chairman Wind Chime 1990
7   Awards—Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services, Colorado Information Connection, Steering Committee Member 1990
3 31 Awards—Miscellaneous 1993-1997
8OS 5 Awards—State of Colorado and Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Certificate 1997
3 32 Awards—United Way Appreciation Certificate 1989
6   Awards—United Way Priorities and Allocations Committee Recognition Plaque 1991
3 33 Banned/Challenged Books 1995-1996
3 34 Business Cards and Name Badges undated
3 35 Check It Out (Newsletters) 1994-1997
3 36 Chuck Asay Cartoon 1993
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—A Farewell Salute to Bernie Margolis (February 21, 1997) 1997
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Citizen Responsibility: Patriotism or Allegience? undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Homeschooling 101: Part I-Getting Started undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Homeschooling 101: Part II-Nuts and Bolts undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Homeschooling the High School Student [Tape 1] undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Homeschooling the High School Student [Tape 1] undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—Prisons: They Ain't What They Used to Be undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Bill of Rights and Beyond: Cruel and Unusual Punishment undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Bill of Rights and Beyond: Freedom of Speech and the Press undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Bill of Rights and Beyond: Separation of Church and State undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Bill of Rights and Beyond: The Right to Bear Arms undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Bill of Rights and Beyond: Thomas Jefferson's Perspective [2] undated
5   Community Video Center of the Pikes Peak Library Center—The Renaissance Artist of Colorado Springs undated
3 37 Correspondence—Congratulations and Farewell Letters 1997
3 38 Correspondence—Miscellaneous undated, 1989-1996
3 39 Correspondence—Resignation Letters 1997
3 40 Farewell Reception Guest Book 1997
3 41 Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering 1991-1996
8OS 9 Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering—Charlie Daniels Band Performance (May 27, 1990) 1990
5   Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering—Evening Performance (May 26, 1990) 1990
5   Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering—Matinee Performance (May 26, 1990) [3] 1990
5   Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering—The Main Event (May 26, 1990) [2] 1990
7   Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering—Plaque 1990
3 42 Imagination Celebration 1996-1997
3 43 Miscellaneous undated, 1996
3 44 Miscellaneous Library Brochures undated
3 45 News Clippings undated, 1988-1995
3 46 Photographs undated
3 47 Review of Accomplishments/Evaluation 1994-1996
3 48 Secret Garden Bench Dedication 1997
3 49 Secret Garden Bench Dedication—Donations [restricted] 1997
3 50 Stephen King Reception 1994
3 51 Tolerance/Intolerance in the Pikes Peak Region 1993
3 52 Welcome Reception 1988
5   Welcome Reception—Bernie Margolis-The Next Chapter (March 11, 1988) [VHS] 1988
6   Welcome Scrapbook 1988
3 53 Year of the Young Reader Reception with Barbara Bush 1989

 

Subseries D: Boston Public Library, undated, 1994-2008

  • In English.
  • Boxes 3-4, 7, 9OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, brochures, awards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and publications documenting Margolis’s tenure as President of the Boston Public Library (BPL). Included are correspondence and letters of support after his contract was not renewed, reports and programs on the library's 150th anniversary, news clippings related to the public dispute between Margolis and Menino regarding internet censorship at the library, programs and brochures chronicling various programs and events at the BPL, and strategic planning and other administrative documents. 

Box Folder Title Date
3 54 150th Anniersary Commemorative Report 1998
3 55 150th Anniversary Gala Program 1998
9OS   Award—IberoAmerican Film Festival 10th Anniversary Appreciation Plaque 2005
7   Award—Globe 2000
4 1 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes (November 13, 2007) 2007
4 2 Boston, Our People: Coming to America 1996
4 3 Campaign for the Library Booklet 1988
4 4 Correspondence—Cover Letter 1996
4 5 Correspondence—Farewell Letters 2008
4 6 Correspondence—General 1997-2008
4 7 Correspondence—Letters of Support 2007-2008
4 8 Correspondence—Staff 1999-2006
4 9 Event Programs undated, 1999-2008
4 10 Exhibits undated, 1990-1997
4 11 Exhibits—Into the Streets, 1947-1976: Photographs of Boston by Jules Aarons Booklet (Introduction by Bernard Margolis) 1999
4 12 Internet Censorship 1997-1998
4 13 Internet Censorship—News Clippings (Boston Public Library) undated, 1997-2000
4 14 Internet Censorship—News Clippings (General) undated, 1997-1999
4 15 Job Description undated
4 16 Literary Lights 1997-2008
4 17 Long Range Plan 2000-2003
4 18 McKim Building Centennial Celebration Booklet 1995
4 19 Meeting with Mayor Thomas Menino 2001
4 20 News Clippings—BM at BPL 1997-2007
4 21 News Clippings—General Library Articles 1994-2008
4 22 Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (signed by Norman Leventhal) 2006
4 23 Photographs undated, 2003-2008
4 24 Red Sox Legends (with Foreword by Bernie Margolis) 2007
4 25 Review of Accomplishments/Evaluations 1997-2006
4 26 Strategic Goals 2002-2003
4 27 Visit to Germany 1999
4 28 Welcome Documents 1996-1997

 

Subseries E: New York State Library, undated, 2008-2018

  • In English.
  • Boxes 4, 6-7, 8OS.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, reports, and other material related to Margolis’s work at the New York State Library. Included are statements from the institution on Margolis’s passing, as well as updates about activities and changes at State Library, and correspondence welcoming him to the job.

Box Folder Title Date
7   Awards—William Meredith Library Advocate Award 2018
4 29 Awards—Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award 2018
6   Awards—Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award—Clock 2018
4 30 Background on the New York State Library 2008
4 31 Correspondence—Cover Letter 2008
4 32 Correspondence—Welcome Cards 2008
4 33 Impact Report 2010: Opportunity Online Hardware Grant 2010
8OS 5 Resolution by the New York Library Association 2018
4 34 State of New York Public Librarian's Professional Certificate 2009
4 35 Statement on the Passing 2018
4 36 Updates from the State Librarian 2009-2013
 

 

Subseries F: Professional Library Organizations, undated, 1975-2010

  • In English.
  • Boxes 4, 7.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, certificates, photographs, and conference materials related to Margolis’s involvement in various professional library organizations, including the American Library Association, the International Conference Public Library Management and Service Trends, the Michigan Library Association, and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services. 

Box Folder Title Date
4 37 American Library Association—Correspondence 2000
4 38 American Library Association—Councilor Certificates 1989-2010
4 39 American Library Association—Library Public Relations Workshop Consultants 1982
7   American Library Association—Senior Endowment Trustee Plaque 2001
4 40 Association of Research Libraries 2008
4 41 Correspondence 2000
4 42 International Conference on Public Library Management and Services Trends—Photographs 2007
4 43 International Conference on Public Library Management and Services Trends—Sessions 2007
4 44 Michigan Library Association 1975
4 45 White House Conference on Library and Information Services—Delegate Certificate 1991