Meet the ACRL Presidents: Phineas L. Windsor

Phineas L. WindsorOver the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents.

Phineas Lawrence Windsor (1871-1965) was the second president of ACRL (and the first president of ACRL as a self-governing division), serving from 1939-1940. During that time he was also the university librarian and director of the library school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under his leadership, ALA formerly recognized the “Association of College and Reference Libraries” as ALA’s first division on May 31, 1940. According to the bylaws of the new division, “any section of 50 or more members shall elect from its voting membership one representative on the Board of Directors.” A life-long member of ALA, Windsor also served on the ALA Council from 1909-13, 1918-23, and in 1936. He was also instrumental in establishing the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and served on the first ARL advisory board in 1932.