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microphotographer , business executive

Eugene Barnum Power, microphotographer, business executive. Organized 1st large microfilming project for libraries, copying all books printed in England before 1640; during war directed large scale copying important British manuscript materials in public and private archives, also enemy documents.

Background

Power, Eugene Barnum was born on June 4, 1905 in Traverse City, Michigan, United States. Son of Glenn Warren and Annette (Barnum) Power.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Michigan, 1927. Master of Business Administration, University Michigan, 1930. Doctor of Humane Letters, University Michigan, 1971.

Doctor of Humane Letters, St. John's University, 1966.

Career

With Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1930-1938, vice president, 1935-1938. Engaged in experiments with methods and uses of microfilm technique for reproduction materials for research, 1935. Founder University Microfilms (merged Xerox Corporation, 1962), 1938-1970.

Director Xerox Corporation, 1962-1968. Organized Microfilms, Inc. (as distribution agency, using microfilm as reproduction medium for science and technical materials), 1942-1962, Projected Books, Inc.

(a non-profit corporation, for distribution of reading and entertainment materials in photograph form to physically incapacitated), 1944-1970, Eskimo Art, Inc. (non-profit corporation), 1953, University Microfilms, Ltd., London, 1952. Director Domino's Pizza Inc., Ann Arbor., 1978-1992.

Past chairman Michigan Coordinating Council State Higher Education Regent University Michigan, 1956-1966. Delegate International Federation Documentation Conference, 1939, Paris, 1946, Berne, 1947. President International Micrographic Congress, 1964-1965, National Microfilm Association, 1946-1954.

Special representative Coordinator of Information and Library of Congress, London, 1942, Office of Strategic Services, 1943-1945. Member National Council on Humanities, 1968-1974.

Achievements

  • Organized 1st large microfilming project for libraries, copying all books printed in England before 1640. During war directed large scale copying important British manuscript materials in public and private archives, also enemy documents.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author numerous articles.

Membership

Trustee Carleton College, 1966-1975, St. John's University, 1966-1971. President, chairman The Power Foundation, 1968-1993. Chairman Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Inc., 1978-1988, chairman emeritus, 1988-1993.

Member University Michigan Alumni Association (Achievement award 1990). Clubs: Rotary (Paul Harris fellow 1979).

Connections

Married Sadye L. Harwick, June 17, 1929 (deceased). 1 child, Philip H.

father:
Glenn Warren Power

mother:
Annette (Barnum) Power

spouse:
Sadye L. Harwick

child:
Philip H. Power