Winchester, MA A "Convention of Librarians" was held in Philadelphia in the fall of 1876 . On October 6, 1876 a register was passed for attendees to sign to become charter members of a new library association that would become the ALA. Records of the American Library Association's (ALA)  history of achievement and service provide a way to understand the historical and societal value of librarianship.
The ALA Archives consists of both analog and digital resources and "was established in the summer of 1973 , when ALA entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its non-current records of value housed at the University Archives." 
In January of 2014  the ALA Archives and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched the ALA Institutional Repository, ALAIR , using DSpaceDirect . Organizational records including meeting minutes, administrative documents, reports, whitepapers, newsletters, web pages, and other types of publications that illustrate the scope of the ALA community enterprise are now available in an open access repository committed to collecting, permanently storing, and providing digital access to the publications and intellectual work of the American Library Association.