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Richard Barksdale Harwell was American librarian. Recipient Award of Distinction Atlanta Civil War Round Table, 1983, Nevins-Freeman award Chgo Civil War Round Table, 1984; Fellow Henry E. Huntington Library, 1951, 67.


Harwell, Richard Barksdale was born on June 6, 1915 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Davis Gray and Helen (Barksdale) Harwell.


Bachelor of Arts, Emory University, 1937;Bachelor of Library Science, Emory University, 1938;Doctor of Literature, New England College, 1966;Doctor of Literature, Wofford College, 1987.


Assistant, Flowers collection, Duke U. Library, 1938-1940;staff, Emory University Library, 1940-1954;assistant librarian, Emory University Library, 1948-1954;director, Southeastern Interlibrary Research Facility, 1954-1956;director publications, Virginia State Library, 1956-1957;executive secretary, Association College and Research Libraries, 1957-1961;associate executive director, American Library Association, 1958-1961;librarian, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine., 1961-1968;librarian, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1968-1970;director libraries, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, 1970-1975;curator of rare books and manuscripts, U. Georgia Library, 1975-1980. Bibliographical consultant University of Virginia Library, 1953, Boston Athenaeum, 1953. Advisory bd.Civil War Centennial Commission.

Consultant U. Jordan library, 1966.



Board directors Kittredge Foundation Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Member Georgia History Society (curator 1954-1956), Atlanta History Society (director 1955-1956), Southern History Society, American Library Association, Southeastern Library Association (executive secretary 1952-1954), Georgia Library Association, American Antiquarian Society, Hereward the Wake Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: Grolier (New York City).


Davis Gray Harwell

Helen (Barksdale) Harwell