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Lawrence Einar Wikander, American librarian.

Background

Wikander, Lawrence Einar was born on December 16, 1915 in Pittsburgh. Son of Oscar Ragnar and Mary Edna (Gerdes) Wikander.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, 1937;Bachelor of Science in Library Science, Columbia University, 1939;Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1949.

Career

General assistant, Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, 1939-1940;supervisor circulation, Mount Pleasant Branch, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, 1940-1942;assistant librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1946-1950;librarian, Forbes Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1950-1968;librarian, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1968-1982;librarian emeritus, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, since 1982;curator Calvin Coolidge Memorial Room, Forbes Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1982-1993.

Works

Membership

President Northampton Community Chest, 1958-1960. Board directors Civil Liberties Union Massachusetts, Hampshire, 1957-1968. Trustee Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, 1969-1999, trustee emeritus, since 1999.

Director South Mountain Concert Association, since 1975. Clerk Northampton History Society, 1955-1968. Director Hampshire Inter-Library Center, 1956-1968.

Served to captain Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Military intelligence in Africa, Italy, Austria. Member American Library Association (member council 1962-1968), New England Library Association (president 1967-1968), Massachusetts Library Association (president 1960-1961), Western Massachusetts Library Club (president 1953-1955).

Connections

Married Ethel Marie Whitlow, November 23, 1940. Children: Frederick Whitlow, Matthew Hays.

father:
Oscar Ragnar Wikander

mother:
Mary Edna (Gerdes) Wikander

spouse:
Ethel Marie Whitlow

child:
Frederick Whitlow Wikander

child:
Matthew Hays Wikander