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library consultant

Percy William Filby, British library consultant. Recipient Genealogy award RASD History Section, 1993, Filby prize 2000.

Background

Filby, Percy William was born on December 10, 1911 in Cambridge, England. Son of William Lusher and Florence Ada (Stanton) Filby. came to the United States, 1957, naturalized, 1960.

Education

Student, Cambridge University.

Career

Librarian, Cambridge U., 1930-1937;director science library, Cambridge U., 1937-1940;secretary to, Sir James Frazer, 1934-1939;senior researcher, archivist, British Foreign Office, 1946-1957;assistant director, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, 1957-1965;librarian, assistant director, Maryland. History Society, Baltimore, 1965-1972;director, Maryland. History Society, 1972-1978;retired, Maryland.

History Society, 1978;library consultant, since 1978. Consultant on rare books, calligraphy. Appraiser rare books and manuscripts.

Works

Membership

Member Ellis Island Restoration Commission Served to captain Intelligence Corps. British Army, 1940-1946, cryptographer, Bletchley, England, 1940-1946. Fellow Society Genealogists (London), National Genealogical Society, Manuscript Society (president 1976-1978).

Member American Library Association (Mudge citation for distinguished reference librarianship 1989), Special Libraries Association (president Baltimore chapter 1961-1962), Society Scribes (vice president), Society for Italic Handwriting, Society of America Archivists, Typophiles, Baltimore Bibliophiles (president 1963-1965, 89-91), American Antiquarian Society, Bibliographical Society of America (council 1978-1982), Grolier Club (New York City), American Society Genealogists (certified appreciation 2000).

Connections

Married Nancie Elizabeth Giddens (divorced 1957). Children: Ann Veronica Filby Chesworth, Jane Vanessa Johnson, Roderick, Guy. Married Vera Ruth Weakliem, 1957.

father:
William Lusher Filby

mother:
Florence Ada (Stanton) Filby

spouse:
Nancie Elizabeth Giddens

spouse:
Vera Ruth Weakliem

child:
Ann Veronica Filby Chesworth Filby

child:
Jane Vanessa Johnson Filby

child:
Roderick Filby

child:
Guy Filby