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Snell Library's 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 years of research and learning

Snell Library's 20th Anniversary

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nation's Top Librarian Celebrates Snell's 20th Year

David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, LA’72, MA’76, explored the future of archives and libraries in the digital age, and chronicled the storied history of the nation’s record-keeping arm during a celebration at Northeastern University.  Ferriero, speaking at an event marking Snell Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, said the rapid growth of digital media has allowed unprecedented access to libraries and archives. Yet in this world of unlimited, and sometimes overwhelming, amounts of easily available information, libraries can lend an invaluable service of identifying the quality of that content, he said.

Read a full article on the anniversary celebration from News@Northeastern.



The Snell Library is named after George Snell '41, and his wife Lorraine for their philanthropic leadership and dedication in building a new library for the Northeastern community.

George Snell was born in Schenectady, NY, and lived much of his life on Nantucket. He graduated from Northeastern in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he went to work for Dupont, and then was sent by the company to the University of Chicago to work with scientists there on the Manhattan Project. He served in the Navy from 1944-1946 and upon his return, entered the construction business in Washington, DC. He became a trustee of the University in 1970, and was elected trustee emeritus in 1991. He died in December 1997 at age 79. His wife Lorraine has continued to support the NU Libraries.

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Each year hundreds of Northeastern University alumni, faculty, staff and friends recognize the impact of a great, world-class, research library in an academic community.  With the gifts we receive, the Library is able to fulfill needs for building improvements, procure new library services, and acquire  printed and electronic resources, which include rare and historical pieces of art, music, and film to keep up with the growing needs of the University.

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