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Lawrence Einar Wikander

Lawrence Einar Wikander, American librarian.

Background

  • Wikander, Lawrence Einar was born on December 16, 1915 in Pittsburgh. Son of Oscar Ragnar and Mary Edna (Gerdes) Wikander.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Williams College, 1937. Bachelor of Science in Library Science, Columbia University, 1939. Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1949.

    Career

    • General assistant Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, 1939-1940. Supervisor circulation Mount Pleasant Branch, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, 1940-1942. Assistant librarian Temple University, Philadelphia, 1946-1950.

      Librarian Forbes Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1950-1968, Williams College, Williamstown, 1968-1982, librarian emeritus, from 1982. Curator Calvin Coolidge Memorial Room Forbes Library, Northampton, 1982-1993.

    Works

    Membership

    President Northampton Community Chest, 1958-1960. Board directors Civil Liberties Union Massachusetts, Hampshire, 1957-1968. Trustee Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, 1969-1999, trustee emeritus, since 1999.

    Director South Mountain Concert Association, since 1975. Clerk Northampton History Society, 1955-1968. Director Hampshire Inter-Library Center, 1956-1968.

    Served to captain Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Military intelligence in Africa, Italy, Austria. Member American Library Association (member council 1962-1968), New England Library Association (president 1967-1968), Massachusetts Library Association (president 1960-1961), Western Massachusetts Library Club (president 1953-1955).

    Connections

    • Married Ethel Marie Whitlow, November 23, 1940. Children: Frederick Whitlow, Matthew Hays.
    • father: Oscar Ragnar Wikander
    • mother: Mary Edna (Gerdes) Wikander
    • spouse: Ethel Marie Whitlow
    • children: Frederick Whitlow Wikander
    • Matthew Hays Wikander
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    Born December 16, 1915
    Died July 13, 2002
    (aged 86)
    Nationality
    • 1937
      Williams College
    • 1939
      Columbia University
    • 1949
      University Pennsylvania
    • 1939 - 1940
      General assistant, Carnegie Library
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1940 - 1942
      supervisor circulation Mount Pleasant Branch
      Washington, United States
    • 1946 - 1950
      assistant, librarian Temple University
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1950 - 1968
      librarian Forbes Library
      Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1968 - 1982
      librarian Forbes Library
      Williamstown, Kentucky, United States
    • 1982 - 1993
      curator Calvin Coolidge Memorial Room Forbes Library
      Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
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