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Clarence Clifford Gorchels


Clarence Clifford Gorchels, American librarian.


Gorchels, Clarence Clifford was born on August 26, 1916 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Arthur Frederick and Mary Elizabeth (Korsch) Gorchels.


Bachelor of Science, Wisconsin State College, Oshkosh, 1940. Bachelor of Library Science (Wisconsin Library Association fellow 1944-1945), University Wisconsin, 1945. Master of Science, Columbia, 1952.

D.L.S., Columbia, 1971.


With Washington State University, 1945-1958, chief technical services division, 1947-1950, chief readers service division, 1950-1956, acting assistant director of libraries, 1956-1958. Visiting assistant professor University Washington School Librarianship, 1958-1959. Associate library service Columbia School Library Service, 1959-1960.

Director libraries, chairman department library science Central Washington State College, Ellensburg, 1960-1963. Librarian California State College at, Palos Verdes, 1963-1966. Director library Western Oregon State College, 1966-1987.

Director World Affairs Institute, Washington State University, 1978. Member advisory board School Library Service, University Southern California, from 1966. Librarian Paul Jensen Artic Museum, Monmouth, Oregon, from 1987.

Consultant for university libraries King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, 1983.


  • Editor: Foreshadow, Bulletin Regional History Research, since 1957. Assistant to editor: College and Research Libraries, 1959-1962. Books appraisal staff Library Jour, since 1947.

    Abstractor: books appraisal staff Historical Abstracts, since 1956

  • Author articles.


Member American Library Association (council 1956-1957, chairman statistics committee 1952-1954, 56-57, chairman budgeting, costs and accounting committee since 1965, editorial board since 1984), Pacific Northwest (vice chairman 1956), Washington State (executive board), Washington State School library associations, Association College and Reference Librarians, American Association of University Professors, California State College Librarians (secretary 1963-1965), Kiwanis, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi.


Married Eugenia Hayes, June 16, 1945. Children: Catherine Marilee, Christopher Michael, Melissa Jean, Gregory Francis.

Arthur Frederick Gorchels

Mary Elizabeth (Korsch) Gorchels

Eugenia Hayes

Catherine Marilee Gorchels

Christopher Michael Gorchels

Melissa Jean Gorchels

Gregory Francis Gorchels