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Librarian , publisher

Morris Arthur Gelfand, American Librarian, publisher.


Gelfand, Morris Arthur was born on June 1, 1908 in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States. Son of Joseph Samuel and Sadie (Schneider) Gelfand.


Bachelor of Science, New York University, 1933. Master of Arts, New York University, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1960.

Bachelor of Science in Library Service, Columbia University, 1934.


Supervisor research reading room, Washington Square Library, New York University, 1931-1937; library assistant, Queens College Library, Flushing, New York, 1937-1941; assistant librarian, Queens College Library, 1941-1942; librarian, Queens College Library, 1946-1959; professor librarian, Queens College Library, 1959-1970; department chairman library science, Queens College, 1970-1976; founder, proprietor, The Stone House Press, since 1978; president, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 1981-1985. Fulbright lecturer, consultant U. Rangoon, Burma, 1958-1959. Member visitation committees, commission institutions higher education Middle States Association Colleges Secondary Schools, 1949-1969, 74-77.

Consultant Agency for International Development, Venezuela, 1970. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization library expert, Thailand, 1962. Visiting professor, library consultant U. Delhi, India, 1966.

Library consultant Ford Foundation, Brazil, 1964, 66, 67, 69. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization consultant Hacettepe (Turkey) U., 1976. President Roslyn (New York) chapter American Field Svc., 1964-1965.

Trustee Council on Research in Bibliography, Inc., Bryant Library., Roslyn, Nassau Library. Sys., New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library. Agency, president of the board of trustees, 1973-1979.

Chairman chancellor's task force on libraries CUNY, 1979-1981.


Served with United States Army, 1942. Second lieutenant to major, A.C. 1942-1945. Statistical officer, adjunct European Theatre of Operations.

Library officer United States Army Forces, 1945-1946, Pacific. Member American Association of University Professors (president Queens College 1952-1953), American Library Association (representative to United Nations Organization 1962-1965), American Printing History Association (president 1982-1984), Typophiles (president 1990-1995, president emeritus since 1996), Association College and Reformed Libraries (chairman program committee, college secretary 1949-1950), Bibliographical Society of America, New York Library. Club (president 1947-1948), Steering Committee on Library.

Cooperation in Metropolitan New York (secretary 1949), Sigma Society of New York University (president 1928), Archons of Colophon Club (New York City), Grolier Club (New York City), Century Association (New York City), Rowfant Club (Cleveland, honorary), Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Phi.


Married Beatrice Margaret Traube, February 1, 1948. Children: James Munn, Lisa Jay.

Joseph Samuel Gelfand

Sadie (Schneider) Gelfand

Beatrice Margaret Traube

Lisa Jay Gelfand

James Munn Gelfand