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Guide to the Dale M. Bentz Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1937-2012
Creator: Bentz, Dale M. (1919-)
Extent: 4.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0299
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: Library administrator at the University of Iowa. Correspondence, writings, speeches.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs: Boxes 10, 11, 12, and oversize box 1.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were donated to University Archives during June-August 1986 and January 2011 by Dale M. Bentz. Finding aid posted to the Internet February 2011.

Preferred Citation: Dale M. Bentz Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney

Dale Monroe Bentz was born January 3, 1919, in York County, Pennsylvania. He received the B. A. degree in teaching from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1939. He received the B. S. in library science at the University of North Carolina in 1940, where he met his future wife, Mary Gail Menius, and where he began his career in the Periodicals Department during the summer of 1940. Dale and Mary Gail were married in June 1942. At that time, Bentz worked in the library at Duke University. In November 1942, Bentz began military service in Denver, Colorado, as administrative officer in the U. S. Army Air Corps. After he was discharged in 1946, he worked at East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University). Bentz received the M. S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1951.
Following graduation, Bentz worked as head of the Processing Department at the University of Tennessee. He was appointed associate director at the State University of Iowa Library on June 1, 1953. He was named University Librarian July 1, 1970, a position he held until his retirement on August 31, 1986.
Bentz was active on University committees and in professional associations, including the Iowa Library Association, where he served as president from 1959 to 1960. He served a number of years in several positions at the American Library Association, most notably as director of the Research Libraries Division. He was named president of the Resources and Technical Services Division of ALA from 1975 to 1976. Bentz was president of ACRL's University Libraries Section from 1963 to 1964.  Bentz was a charter member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library science honor society, and was inducted at the University of Illinois in 1951. Bentz wrote and presented on new directions for research libraries. He brought William Anthony, fine binder, to the University of Iowa Libraries, who worked to establish the Libraries' Conservation Department.
Other University activities include work with the University of Iowa Foundation during the formative years in the 1950s, as well as with the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Bentz served a term as chair of the Board of Trustees of Student Publications, Inc., from 1965 to 1967. He served as president of the Triangle Club (formerly the men's faculty club) and served on fund-raising committees to remodel Iowa Hall and for the Museum of Art. Bentz was also a member of Faculty Senate from 1968 to 1971.
Within the Iowa City community, Bentz helped found Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa and served as vice president 1966 to 1969. He was a member of the Iowa City Board of Education for six years, and president 1962 to 1963. After his retirement, one of his many activities was to deliver meals to homes through Johnson County Senior Dining/Home Delivered Meals. Active in his church, Bentz was president of the congregation when the Old First English Lutheran Church, which was located at the corner of Market and Dubuque streets, was destroyed by an arsonist. This led to leadership positions in raising funds for a new church. Bentz served several terms on the church council and was president of the council when the church was named Gloria Dei Lutheran. A complete listing of Bentz's activities may be found in the biographical series of the Bentz papers, as well as in his Faculty Vertical File.
Dale and Mary Gail Bentz have two sons, Dale Flynn, and Thomas, and one daughter, Carol.

These papers document the 33-year career of Dale M. Bentz in the field of library administration at the State University of Iowa. Bentz was active in professional and community activities, and evidence of these activities is preserved here for researchers, divided into professional, university, and community activities. The largest series, correspondence, is separated into personal and professional, with both arranged chronologically.Other series are writings, speeches, clippings, subject files, biographical material, and a scrapbook of clippings, certificates, and photographs. Each line in the box list represents one folder, with the date range of the material noted.
Folder, "Bentz, Dale M.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Bentz, Dale M. Reflections On a Lifetime. Iowa City: Maecenas Press, 1990.

Dale M. Bentz. A scrapbook of letters gathered from colleagues and friends at Bentz's retirement and placed in a full goatskin designer binding by William Anthony, 1986. Special Collections, xfZ269.3.F55A5 v.31

Hamilton, Virginia. In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1988. Told by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Barry Moser. Presented to Dale M. Bentz by President Hunter Rawlings at the annual Friends Dinner celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Friends of the University Libraries. Special Collections, xBL226.H35 1988 cop.2

Records of the University Libraries (RG21.0001.001)

Browse by Series:
Series 5: SPEECHES
Series 6: WRITINGS

  • Box 1:
  • Professional Correspondence - 1950-1978
  • Box 2:
  • Professional Correspondence - 1979-1983
  • Box 3:
  • Professional Correspondence - 1984-1987
  • Box 4:
  • Personal Correspondence - 1950-1960
  • Box 5:
  • Personal Correspondence - 1960-1967
  • Box 6:
  • Personal Correspondence - 1967-1974
  • Box 7:
  • Personal Correspondence - 1974-1981
  • Box 8:
  • Personal Correspondence - 1981-1990
  • Personal Correspondence - 1991-2008
  • Box 9:
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Recruiting Committee - 1947-1956
    Pamphlets, articles, bulletins, correspondence
  • Bentz ACRL presentation - 1955
  • ACRL Officers and committees - 1963-1964
  • ACRL constitution and bylaws correspondence - 1956-1958
  • ACRL committee appointments, correspondence, minutes - 1961-1962
  • ACRL Board of Directors correspondence - 1962-1965
  • Box 10:
  • Montreal American Library Association (ALA) meeting, photograph of award presentation to Ruth MacDonald - 1960
  • ALA Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS), correspondence, committee roster - 1963-1964
  • ALA Division of Cataloging and Classification (DCC), Questionnaire results, correspondence - 1953-1958
  • ALA Statistics Committee for College and University Libraries, correspondence - 1959-1962
  • ALA Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD)
  • RTSD Program Committee, correspondence - 1956-1957
  • RTSD Nominating Committee, history, correspondence - 1958-1959
  • RTSD Organization Committee, correspondence - 1959-1961
  • RTSD Resources Committee, correspondence - 1963-1965
  • RTSD Annual report, correspondence - 1976
  • Notes of congratulations - 1974
  • Presidents and conference, meetings attended, inaugural luncheon program - 1975-1986
  • Bentz biographical information - 1974-1978
  • Beta Phi Mu, news release and clipping during Bentz presidency of the society - 1966-1967
  • Conferences, programs and news release - 1955-1975
  • Freedom To Read Foundation charter membership - 1969
  • Service as ILA president, clippings, intinerary, program - 1956-1957
  • ILA Centennial Committee, minutes, correspondence - 1987-1989
  • Kappa Phi Kappa, National Education Fraternity, photocopy of certificate of membership, history - 1937
  • Midwest Academic Librarians Conference (MALC), program, correspondence - 1963
  • National Library Week Steering Committee certificate of recognition - 1960
  • Box 11:
  • Alumni Association reunion program, list of attendees, flyers - 1963
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award correspondence, clipping, luncheon program, June 3 - 1989
  • Dad's Association correspondence - 1963
  • Faculty Senate correspondence - 1968
  • Friends of the Libraries correspondence - 1955-1959
  • Four Tales, à la carte, by chef Louis Szathmary, Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, inscribed - 1986
  • Graduate College Faculty Minutes, presentation by Bentz - 1955
  • Iowa Hall campaign, correspondence - 1982
  • Special Collections tour, photograph of Dr. Hans Ehrenhaft, Dale Bentz, and Darrell Wyrick, n.d.
  • Triangle Club, programs - 1953, 1967
  • Letters of appreciation - 1986-2012
  • The Unofficial Guide to the University of Iowa, listing Bentz and seven other administrators in a positive light [late 1960s?]
  • Vino Club history, including biographical note of founder, Louane L. Newsome
  • Vino Club photographs
  • Box 11:
  • Establishing Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa, annual report - 1967
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church fundraising committee letter of appreciation - 1983
  • Iowa City Public Information Committee correspondence - 1958
  • Johnson County Senior Dining/Home Delivered Meals pamphlet, late 1980s to mid-1990s
  • School Study Council correspondence - 1958
  • United Way correspondence, clipping, certificates of appreciation - 1993-1999
  • Clippings of Bentz activities - 1956-2006
  • Clippings, president of Iowa City school board - 1960-2002
  • Series 5: SPEECHES
  • Box 11:
  • Presentations - 1955-1971
  • Speech, "The Test of Life," n.d.
  • Address, U. S. Army-Iowa Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium - 1968
  • Series 6: WRITINGS
  • Box 11:
  • Bentz, Dale M. "Frank Paluka: A Tribute." Books at Iowa 45, November - 1986
  • Manuscript, "Reclassification and Recataloging" - 1953
  • Box 12:
  • Manuscript, “Reflections on a Lifetime”
    2 folders
  • "Survey of the Catalog Department, University of Colorado Libraries" - 1959
  • "The Teaching Function of the University Library." Library Science class paper - 1951
  • Series 7: SUBJECT FILES
  • Box 12:
  • Clippings, programs, bulletins - 1941-1987
  • Author Richard Armour, including photograph, n.d.
  • Earl Shaffer correspondence, clippings - 2001-2003
  • Research on speech writing - 1949-1971
  • Box 12:
  • Gettysburg College, correspondence from Gettysburg president Henry W. A. Hanson congratulating Bentz on receiving an N. Y. A. job - 1936
  • University of Illinois News Letter - 1987
  • University of North Carolina, invitation - 1952
  • Duke University Library invitation to reception for Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Edward Powell, August 23
  • University of Tennessee
  • Item: Invitation issued by Bentz as Chairman of the University of Tennessee Library Lecture Series - 1950
  • Item: Correspondence regarding Bentz ALA position (1950) and promotion to Assistant Professor and Head of Processing at the University of Tennesse Library (1951) 1950-1951 - 1950, 1951
  • Item: Invitation to twenty-third annual library lecture, presented by Dr. Arthur McAnally, April 20 - 1971
  • State University of Iowa
  • Item: Associate Director appointment - 1953
  • Item: University Librarian appointment - 1970
  • Item: Retirement - 1986
  • Item: Retirement photographs - 1986
  • Item: Retirement congratulations from Desmond Leigh Hunt (nephew of poet Leigh Hunt) - 1986
  • Box 12:
  • Offers - 1941-1951
  • Offers - 1951-1978
  • University of Tennessee offer - 1970
  • Iowa Social Register - 1965-1966
  • Vita - 1972
  • Who's Who in America - 1968
  • Series 10: OVERSIZE BOX
  • Box 13:
  • Publications
  • Scrapbook of Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz
  • Dale M. Bentz Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 29 - 1994
  • University of Tennessee Library Lectures, no. 1-3 - 1949-1950
  • University of Iowa Foundation 40th anniversary coaster - 1996
  • Scrapbook of reading list by Mary Gail - 1940
    Including a personal memo by Dale about Mary Gail
  • Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Mary Gail by Old Capitol Volunteer Program - 1977
  • Correspondence from Mercy Hospital to Mary Gail regarding the donation of her water color paintings, April - 2012
  • Parody of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," by Mary Gail - 1941
  • The Ginko Leaf Collection, by Oaknoll Poetry Group - 2002
  • The Leaflet, Oaknoll employee newsletter, including biographical sketch of Mary Gail, March - 2011
  • Cards bearing reproductions of artwork by Mary Gail, some undated - 1970-1997
  • Color contact sheets of photographs of watercolor prints by Mary Gail, undated
  • Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department events publication, with cover art by Mary Gail, Winter-Spring - 1995
  • Twenty Years: The Print and Drawing Study Club, with history by Mary Gail - 1994
  • Two examples of Japanese brush paintings by Mary Gail

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

University of Iowa Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Associates' Papers