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Henry Birnbaum, Swiss, American librarian. Pace University Civic Center Campus Library. named Henry Birnbaum Library. in his honor, 1989.


Birnbaum, Henry was born on March 7, 1917 in Switzerland. Came to United States, 1929, naturalized, 1941. Son of Isaac and Fanny (Hauser) Birnbaum.


Bachelor magna cum laude in International Relations, University Colorado, 1952. Master of Science in liberal studies, Columbia University, 1954. Certified advanced librianship, Columbia University, 1973.


Personal service manager Hoover Manufacturing & Sales Company, New York City, 1936-1941. Administrative assistant Library of Congress Mission in, Europe, 1945-1946. Library assistant Library Congress, 1946-1947.

Research analyst Office Chief Counsel War Crimes, Nürnberg, Germany, 1947-1948. Assistant case editor, 1948-1949. Assistant acquisition division Brooklyn College Library, 1952-1954, catalog librarian, 1954-1957, chief circulation librarian, 1957-1961.

Chief librarian Pace University, New York City, 1961-1966, director libraries, 1966-1976, University library, 1977-1993, University library emeritus, from 1994, secretary senate, 1961-1995, University consultant, 1994-1995. Member regents advisory council Task Force on Libraries and Major Facilities, New York City. Regional Plan for Higher Education, 1972.


  • Other Work

    • Author monograph. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Trustee New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library. Agency Served with Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member American Library Association (chairman ad hoc committee circulation librarians 1959-1960, chairman circulation services discussion group, library administration division 1961-1962, chairman planning and action committee circulation service section 1968-1970), Association College and Research Libraries, New York Technology Services Librarians (chairman social committee 1958-1959), New York Library Club (member council 1963-1964, 75-78, treasurer 1964-1966, vice president, president-elect 1971-1972, president 1972-1973), Library Association City Colleges New York (delegate Brooklyn College to executive council 1956-1959), Archons of Colophon (convener 1966-1967), New York History Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Delta Phi Alpha.


Isaac Birnbaum

Fanny (Hauser) Birnbaum