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librarian , architectural historian

John Kresten Jespersen, American librarian, architectural historian. Scholar Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1979. Fellow: Royal Society Arts; member: Society Architectural Historians, American Library Association (associate), Beta Phi Mu.


Jespersen, John Kresten was born on February 11, 1946 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Johannes Kresten and Josephine Mae Jespersen.


Bachelor, Providence College, 1969—1973. AM, Brown University, 1973—1977. Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1977—1984.

Master of Library and Information Science, University Rhode Island, 1998—2000.


Visiting lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, 1984—1988. Visiting assistant professor Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1986—1987, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, 1987—1988. Assistant professor Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, 1988—1989.

Lecturer ornament Technology University of Nova Scotia, School of Architecture, Halifax, 1989—1990. Reference library Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, 2001—2002. Evening reference library Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 2001—2002.

Technical services supervisor Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, 2002—2005. Cataloging library, assistant professor Rhode Island College, Providence, 2005—2009, associate professor, since 2009.


  • Other Work

    • Author (co-author): (exhibition) Rubenism. Co-author: (Direct Imagination Civil Defense-ROM) "Owen Jones, The Grammar of Ornament., 1856".

      Compiler, writer: A Photo Archive of Curry College, 2005. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow: Royal Society Arts. Member: Society Architectural Historians, American Library Association (associate), Beta Phi Mu.


  • Other Interests

    Guitar, silversmith, bass.


Married Heather Bruce Pattison, June 14, 1986.

Johannes Kresten

Josephine Mae Jespersen

Heather Bruce Pattison