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Richard Henry Logsdon

Richard Henry Logsdon was American librarian and educator.


  • Logsdon, Richard Henry was born on June 24, 1912 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, United States. Son of Henry John and Odelia Marie (Seifert) Logsdon.

  • Education

    • AB, Western Reserve University, 1933. British Society for Literature and Science, Western Reserve University, 1934. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chgo, 1942.


    • Librarian State Teachers College, Alamosa, Colorado, 1934-1939. Madison College, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1939-1943. Professor library science, head department University Kentucky, 1943-1945.

      Chief librarian United States Office Education, 1945-1947. Assistant director VA Library Service, 1947, Columbia University Libraries, 1947-1948, associate director, 1948-1953, director, 1953-1969, professor library service, 1956-1969, adjunct professor library service, 1969-1972. University dean for libraries City University New York, 1969-1971.

      Professor library science City University New York (Queens College), 1969-1979, acting chairman department, 1973, chairman department, 1976-1977. Adviser library architecture and administration Kabul University, Government Afghanistan, 1959. Chairman Coordination Committee for Slavic and East European Library Resources, 1961-1962.

      Program consultant Albert Schweitzer Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1981-1984.


    • Organization Skills (Career Skills Library)
    • The Career Skills Library covers technical and personal skill, traits and attributes that are crucial to success in any professional field, including communication, problem solving, organization and relating to others.


    Member Leonia Board Education, 1953-1955. Member New York Regents Advisory Council, 1964-1974, Governor's Library Committee, 1965-1970, Commissioners Committee Library Development, 1967-1970. Consultant manpower and education Indiana State Library, 1971-1973.

    Board visitors Tufts University Libraries. Board overseers Case- Western Reserve University. Vice president, board directors New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, 1964-1970, executive director, 1970-1972.

    Board governors Laymen's Club, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, since 1981. Board directors Omega Liturgical Dance Group, since 1981. Served as lieutenant Bureau Naval Personnel United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.

    Member American Library Association (member board education for librarianship 1946-1951, chairman 1950-1951, chairman commission national plan for library education 1963), Association Research Libraries (director 1962-1965, chairman 1964), Association College and Research Libraries (chairman university section 1954-1955), Middle Atlantic States Association College and Secondary Schools (member commission on higher instructions 1951-1958, executive committee 1956-1958), New York Library Association (president 1965-1966) Clubs: Grolier (council 1965-1969).


    • Married Lois Irene Kupfer, September 22, 1934 (deceased June 1986). Children: Mary Josephine, John Richard, Elizabeth Irene, Rachel Anne.
    • father: Henry John Logsdon
    • mother: Odelia Marie (Seifert) Logsdon
    • spouse: Lois Irene Kupfer
    • children: Mary Josephine Logsdon
    • John Richard Logsdon
    • Elizabeth Irene Logsdon
    • Rachel Anne Logsdon
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    • 1933
      Western Reserve University
    • 1934
      Western Reserve University
    • 1942
      University Chgo
    • 1934 - 1939
      Librarian State Teacher, s College
      Alamosa, Colorado, United States
    • 1939 - 1943
      Madison College
      Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
    • 1943 - 1945
      professor, department University Kentucky
    • 1943 - 1945
      head, department University Kentucky
    • 1945 - 1947
      chief librarian United States Office Education
    • 1947
      assistant, director Veterans Administration Library Service
    • 1947 - 1948
      assistant, director Veterans Administration Library Service
    • 1969 - 1971
      university dean for libraries City University New York
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