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James Bennett Childs

James Bennett Childs, American librarian. Served in infantry, Camp Grant, Illinois, 1918. Member American Library Association, Bibliographical Society of America, American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, Inter-American Bibliographical and Library. Association (member council), Sons of the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa, Clubs: Cliff Dwellers (Chicago), Cosmos (Washington).

Background

  • Childs, James Bennett was born on June 2, 1896 in Van Buren, Missouri, United States. Son of Trall B. and Mary C. (Michener) Childs.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Illinois, 1918. Bachelor of Liberal Studies with final honors, University Illinois, 1921.

    Career

    • Assistant University Illinois Library., 1918-1921. Cataloguer John Crerar Library., Chicago, 1921-1925. Chief documents officer Library. of Congress, 1925-1930, from 1934, chief of catalog division, 1930-1934.

      Official delegate World Congress of Libraries, Rome and Venice, 1929. Delegate 8th American Science Congress, Washington, 1940.

    Works

    • The memorias of the republics of Central America and of the Antilles,
    • James Bennett Childs, Specialist in Government Document Bibliography at the Library of Congress, occupied a position of eminence in the library profession and was recognized as the principal authority in the field of government publications, not only in the United States but through out the world.
    • Wrote Sixteenth Century Books, 1925, Account of Government Document Bibliography in the United States and Elsewhere, 3d edition, 1942, Memorias of Republics of Central America and Antilles, 1932, German Federal Republic Official Publications, 1959, Spanish Government Publications, from 1936, volunteer I., 1965. Editor guide official publications other American Republics, 1944, Publications Bibliographical Society of America, 1926-1936. Contributing editor Handbook of Latin American Studies.

    Membership

    Served in infantry, Camp Grant, Illinois, 1918. Member American Library Association, Bibliographical Society of America, American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, Inter-American Bibliographical and Library. Association (member council), Sons of the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa, Clubs: Cliff Dwellers (Chicago), Cosmos (Washington).

    Connections

    • Married Eleanor Atala Pirkner, November 20, 1927. Seven sons.
    • father: Trall B. Childs
    • mother: Mary C. (Michener) Childs
    • spouse: Eleanor Atala Pirkner
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    Nationality
    • 1918
      University Illinois
    • 1921
      University Illinois
    • 1918 - 1921
      Assistant, University Illinois Library
    • 1921 - 1925
      cataloguer John Crerar Library
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1925 - 1930
      chief documents officer, Library of Congress
    • 1930 - 1934
      chief documents officer, Library of Congress