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Richard Barksdale Harwell

Richard Barksdale Harwell was American librarian. Recipient Award of Distinction Atlanta Civil War Round Table, 1983, Nevins-Freeman award Chgo Civil War Round Table, 1984; Fellow Henry E. Huntington Library, 1951, 67.


  • Harwell, Richard Barksdale was born on June 6, 1915 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Davis Gray and Helen (Barksdale) Harwell.

  • Education

    • AB, Emory University, 1937. Bachelor of Library Science, Emory University, 1938. Doctor of Literature, New England College, 1966.

      Doctor of Literature, Wofford College, 1987.


    • Assistant, Flowers collection Duke University Library, 1938-1940. Staff Emory University Library, 1940-1954, assistant librarian, 1948-1954. Director Southeastern Interlibrary Research Facility, 1954-1956.

      Director publications Virginia State Library, 1956-1957. Executive secretary Association College and Research Libraries, 1957-1961. Associate executive director American Library Association, 1958-1961.

      Librarian Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1961-1968, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1968-1970. Director libraries Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, 1970-1975. Curator of rare books and manuscripts University Georgia Library, 1975-1980.

      Bibliographical consultant University Virginia Library, 1953, Boston Athenaeum, 1953. Advisory board Civil War Centennial Commission. Consultant University Jordan library, 1966.


    • The Mint Julep
    • "It is my pleasure, a pleasurable duty, to recommend that you follow the author's graceful lead and, perhaps with the benefit of one of the diverse receipts to be found in this book, hold in your hands a frosted goblet to sip from as you live and learn, the joys of the mint julep.


    Board directors Kittredge Foundation Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Member Georgia History Society (curator 1954-1956), Atlanta History Society (director 1955-1956), Southern History Society, American Library Association, Southeastern Library Association (executive secretary 1952-1954), Georgia Library Association, American Antiquarian Society, Hereward the Wake Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: Grolier (New York City).


    • father: Davis Gray Harwell
    • mother: Helen (Barksdale) Harwell
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    Died March 3, 1988
    (aged 72)
    • 1937
      Emory University
    • 1938
      Emory University
    • 1966
      New England College
    • 1987
      Wofford College
    • 1938 - 1940
    • 1954 - 1956
      director, Southeastern Interlibrary Research Facility
    • 1956 - 1957
      director, publications Virginia State Library
    • 1957 - 1961
      executive, secretary Association College and Research Libraries
    • 1958 - 1961
      associate executive, director A.L.A.
    • 1961 - 1968
      librarian Bowdoin College
      Brunswick, Georgia, United States
    • 1968 - 1970
      librarian Bowdoin College
      Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1970 - 1975
      director, libraries Georgia Southern College
      Statesboro, Georgia, United States
    • 1975 - 1980
      curator of rare books and manuscripts University Georgia Library
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