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Librarian , Publishing company executive

Chester Milton Lewis, American publishing company executive, librarian. Recipient Jack K. Burness Memorial award for distinguished librarianship, 1965; named Honorary Alumnus Alumni Association School Library Science Columbia, 1956.


Lewis, Chester Milton was born on January 12, 1914 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of Harry Scudder and Mabel Cornelia (Hauser) Lewis.


Student, Columbia College, 1934.


With, New York Times Library, New York City, 1933-1979;assistant manager morgue, New York Times Library, New York City, 1945-1946;library supervisor, New York Times Library, New York City, 1946-1947;chief librarian, New York Times Library, New York City, 1947-1964;general services manager, New York Times Library, New York City, 1964-1969;director archives, New York Times Library, New York City, 1969-1979;director oral history programs, New York Times Library, New York City, 1970-1979;medical administrator, New York Times Library, New York City, 1972-1979;Idea award program administrator, New York Times Library, New York City, 1976-1979;curator, Museum of Printed Word, 1976-1979. Consultant, historian emeritus, 1979-1990. Lecturer Graduate School Library Science, Pratt Institute, New York City, 1956-1958.

Visiting lecturer Graduate School Business Administration, Cornell Univercity, 1959-1960. Consultant microphotography and library operations. Director Microfilming Corporation American, 1962-1972.

Member information services committee WelfareCouncil, New York City, 1950-1953. Vice president, treasurer Rolling Wood Association, 1950-1951. Chairman advisory council Grad School Library Science C.W. Post College, 1966-1969.

Member of advisory committee Edward R. Murrow Memorial Library, 1966-1970. Member of New York State Advisory Committee on Newspaper Preservation, 1974-1976.


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  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Microrecording-Industrial and Library Applications, 1956. Editor: Special Libraries– How to Plan and Equip Them. Member editorial board: American Documentation, 1962-1971.

      Contributor business and professional periodicals.


Fellow National Microfilm Association. Member Special Libraries Association (chairman newspaper division 1964, award merit 1972, Second vice president 1952-1953, 1st vice president 1954-1955, president 1955-1956, chairman headquarters salary review committee 1956-1957, chairman promotion techniques committee 1956-1959, executive board 1956-1957, chairman awards committee 1957-1968, representative American Standard Association committee on photo duplicating documents 1960-1966, chairman copyright law revision committee 1960-1971, representative joint libraries committee on copyright 1960-1969, international management congress committee 1962-1964, professional consultant from 1960, Hall of Fame award 1978, Joseph Kwapil award 1981), American Library Association (committee library standards microfilm 1961-1964), Council National Library Associations, Oral History Association (member committee on evaluation 1976-1977, adviser oral history programs 1977, member nominating committee 1977-1979, committee on copyright and legal agreements 1978-1980, committee on evaluations and standards 1978-1980, consultant 1978-1980), New England Oral History Association, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Cedar Swamp History Society (vice president since 1980), Beta Phi Museum.


Son of Harry Scudder and Mabel Cornelia (Hauser) L. M. Isabelle Joan Finch, June 2, 1945 (deceased 1988). 1 daughter, Holly Finch.

Harry Scudder Lewis

Mabel Cornelia (Hauser) Lewis

Isabelle Joan Finch