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Gordon Roland Williams, American librarian. Decorated Commendation medal.


Williams, Gordon Roland was born on July 26, 1914 in Ontario, Oregon, United States. Son of Herbert Harrison and George Lola (Davis) Williams.


AB, Stanford University, 1936;AM, University of Chicago, 1952.


Vice president, Brentano's Inc., California, 1945-1949;chief assistant librarian, University of California at Los Angeles, 1952-1959;director, Center for Research Libraries, Chicago, 1959-1980;board directors, Napa Valley Wine Library., 1984-1995. Member 1st Japan-United States Conference on Libraries in Higher Education, Tokyo, 1969, 2d Japan-United States Conference on Libraries in Higher Education, Wingspread, 1972, International Conference on Library Automation, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, 1966;member archives and library committee National Conservation Advisory Council, since 1973. Trustee, vice chairman Bioscis.

Information of Biological Abstracts, 1977-1983. Chairman Conference Cataloging and Information Sers. for Machine-Readable Data Files, 1978. Member Study Committee Libraries and Archives National ConservationAdvisory Council, since 1973.

Chairman advising committee McCune Rare Book Collection, since 1989.


Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American Library Association (chairman committee national union catalogue 1960-1985), International Institute Conservation Historic and Artistic Works, Association Research Libraries (committee on preservation of research library materials 1960-1968, director 1964-1967), Society of America Archivists (chairman committee on paper preservation 1970-1977) Clubs: Caxton (Chicago, honorary). Rounce and Coffin, Zamorano (Los Angeles).

Roxburghe (San Francisco).


Son of Herbert Harrison and George Lola (Davis) W. M. Jane Margaret Smith, April 25, 1942. 1 daughter, Megan Davis.

Herbert Harrison Williams

George Lola (Davis) Williams

Jane Margaret Smith