McCoy, Ralph E. (Ralph Edward), (1915-2007) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
McCoy was born October 1, 1915 in Springfield, IL and died September 4, 2007 in Decatur, IL. He received his associate’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois’ Library School program in 1939. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree he was drafted into the army for the newly formed 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division and was involved in the military until 1944. After military service McCoy then returned to University of Illinois to receive his masters in Library Science in 1950, and Ph.D in 1956. After his doctorate he began teaching and managing libraries at various universities including University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Georgia, and Rutgers University. McCoy also gave many different speeches and talks about censorship and first amendment rights all around the country.
Ralph McCoy was the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale from 1955-1976, where he began SIUC’s Rare Book collection. He was president of the Illinois Library Association in 1956, president of the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries in 1966, Association of Research Libraries Executive Director 1980-1981, and was involved in many other professional organizations.