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Joseph M. Dagnese papers

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 98

Scope and Contents

The Joseph M. Dagnese papers contain information about his memorial service such as programs and correspondence between different university members planning the service. Dagnese's resume is included in the collection as well as a list of topics he focused on as director of the Purdue Libraries.


  • 1972 - 1994

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Joseph M. Dagnese was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1927, the son of Gennaro Francis and Carmella Veronica Martocci Dagnese.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Boston College in 1949. In 1951, he received his Master of Arts degree in English Literature and in 1952, a Masters of Science degree in Library Science from Catholic University of America. Additional graduate studies in German language and literature were completed at Heidelberg University in 1954-55. Returning to the United States in 1955, Mr. Dagnese became Assistant Head of the Cataloging Division of the Library at Catholic University. Before assuming the directorship at Purdue in 1972, he held a number of positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also served as Documents Librarian with Nuclear Metals and was a library consultant at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, Rajasthan, India.

Mr. Dagnese served 17 years during a period of transition and expansion of the University, and at the time of his death on January 27, 1989, he was engaged in the implementation of a statewide library network for sharing library resources.

He served higher education nationally in various capacities, always pursuing excellence in education. Mr. Dagnese was President of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in 1979-80., was a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Research Libraries from 1981-84; was President of the Universal Serials Book Exchange in 1985, and completed several committee assignments for the Association of Research Libraries. He was elected a Fellow of SLA in 1987, and was serving as the SLA representative to the International Federation of Library Associations at the time of his death in 1989.


0.182 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box)


Collection material is divided into eleven series and organized chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and box.
Joseph M. Dagnese papers
Amanda Rumba, Mary A. Sego, and Jon Hathaway
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2011-06-07 by Mary Sego. Second edition updated 2017-09-13 by Jon Hathaway.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-09-13: Items placed in new folders and collection record updated by Jon Hathaway.
  • 2020-04-17: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align to data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States