GSLIS timeline documents history of the School

GSLIS combed through files in the University Archives and relied on recollections of long-time faculty and staff to create a timeline of notable happenings in the history of our School. Since our establishment in 1893, GSLIS has been at the forefront of teaching and research in library and information science.

We invite you to browse through our timeline and share your memories of your time at GSLIS! Please add your comments to this web page.

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