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Foster Edward Mohrhardt, American librarian. Decorated Order of Rising Sun, 3d class Japan; recipient Distinguished Service award Department Agriculture, 1963; Special medal International Federation Library Associations, 1972.


Mohrhardt, Foster Edward was born on March 7, 1907 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. Son of Albert Frederick and Alice Sarah (Bennett) Mohrhardt.


Student, University North Carolina, 1927. AB, Michigan State College, 1929. Bachelor of Science, Columbia, 1930.

Diploma, University Munich, 1932. Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1933. Special student, New York University.

Special student, Purdue University. Special student, Indiana University. Doctor of Laws, Kalamazoo College, 1967.

Doctor of Literature, Michigan State University, 1970. Honorary Doctor of Science, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, 1985.


Assistant librarian, Michigan State College, 1926-1929;Assistant librarian, New York Public Library, 1930;Assistant librarian, University of Michigan Library, 1931-1933;Assistant librarian, Colorado State College Education, Greeley, 1933-1934;Assistant librarian, business library Columbia, 1934-1935;assistant to chairman Carnegie Corporation advisory groups on college, Junior College Teachers College Libraries, 1935-1938;librarian, Washington and Lee University, 1938-1942, 45-46;chief library and reports division, Office Technology Services, unites states department Commerce, 1946-1947;visiting professor, Columbia, 1947-1948;visiting professor, U. Hawaii, 1972;contract consultant, Atomic Energy Commission Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1947-1948;director library service, VA, 1948-1954;director, United States Department of Agriculture Library, 1954-1968;program officer, Council Library Resources, 1968-1980;international consultant on librarianship and information science, since 1980. Chairman lecture series Graduate School Department Agriculture. Co-founder, owner LibraryPlacement Exchange, Washington.

Delegate International Association Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists, Ghent, Belgium, 1955, president, 1955-1969. Delegate International Congress Librarians, Brussels, Belgium, 1955. Board expert examiners United States Civil Service Commission.

Delegate seminar International Exchange of Publs. in Indo-Pacific Area, Tokyo, Japan, 1957. National committee American Library Resources on Southern Asia, 1957. Delegate United States-Japan Conference Libraries in HigherEdn., Tokyo, 1969, 2d wingspread, 1972.

Board directors United States Science Information Council. Board directors United States Book Exchange, president, 1958-1960. Member of advisory committee United States Quarterly Book Review, Air U. Library, Alabama.

Member committee science information Federal Council of Scientific and Technology.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts, 1959-1970, books on library and information science. Contributor articles to library and educational journals.


Served with Army of the United States, 1942. Civilian instructor electronics aircraft turrets United States Army Air Force, 1943. Senior inspector radar materials UNSR, 1943-1944.

Fellow Institute Information Scientists (London), American Association for the Advancement of Science (co-founder, chairman section T. Vice president 1963). Member American Library Association (councilor, president 1967-1968), Special Libraries Association, Medical Library Association, District of Columbia Library Association, Virginia Library Association (past president), National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, International Federation for Documentation (chairman United States national committee 1965, executive board, vice chairman), American Institute Biological Sciences, Pacific Science Association (committee communication and science information since 1967), National Federation of Science Abstracting and Indexing Services (president 1964-1965), Association Research Libraries (president 1966), International Federation Library Associations (vice president 1965-1971), Korean Library Association Clubs: Cosmos, International House Japan.


Married Katherine Selina Kivisto, December 19, 1936. Children– David England, Katri Selina.

Albert Frederick Mohrhardt

Alice Sarah (Bennett) Mohrhardt

Katherine Selina Kivisto

David England Mohrhardt

Katri Selina Mohrhardt