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Douglas Wallace Bryant


Douglas Wallace Bryant, American librarian.


Bryant, Douglas Wallace was born on June 20, 1913 in Visalia, California, United States. Son of Albert George and Ethel (Wallace) Bryant.


Student, University Munich, Germany, 1933. AB, Stanford, 1935; A.M. in liberal studies, University Michigan, 1938.


Assistant curator printed books William L. Clements Library, University Michigan, 1936-1938. Senior reference assistant, technical department Detroit Public Library, 1938-1941. Assistant chief Burton History Collection, 1941-1942.

Assistant librarian University California at Berkeley, 1946-1949. Attache American Embassy, London, 1949-1952. Administrative assistant librarian Harvard College Library, 1952-1955.

Associate director Harvard University Library, 1955-1964. University librarian Harvard, 1964-1972, director university library, professor bibliography, 1972-1979, professor bibliography, librarian emeritus, 1979-1994. Trustee, executive director American Trust for British Library, 1979-1990, president, 1990-1994.

Member United States national commission for United Nations Educational, 1953-1955. Vice president International Federation Library Associations, 1952-1958, International Federation for Documentation, 1956-1958. Consultant Ford Foundation, Ankara, Turkey, 1954, Rockefeller Foundation, London, 1956.

Lecturer, consultant Japanese university libraries, 1963. Consultant Institute American Studies, Free University, Berlin, 1964-1966, London School of Economics, 1965-1966. Chairman board directors Center Research Libraries, 1969-1970.


Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, World World War II. Head technical data branch Bureau aeronautics Navy Department, Washington. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Royal Society Arts.

Member American Library Association (chairman international relations committee 1952-1955, chairman coordinating committee on Slavic and East European library resources 1959-1961), Association Research Libraries chairman Committee on preservation research library materials 1960-1968, president 1969-1970, Massachusetts History Society, Colonial Society Massachusetts, American Antiquarian Society Clubs: Grolier (New York ), Harvard (New York ). Odd Volumes (Boston).


Married Rene Leilani Kuhn, April 6, 1953. 1 daughter, Heather Corbally Bryant Jordan.

Albert George Bryant

Ethel (Wallace) Bryant

Rene Leilani Kuhn