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librarian and educator

Richard Henry Logsdon was American librarian and educator.


Logsdon, Richard Henry was born on June 24, 1912 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, United States. Son of Henry John and Odelia Marie (Seifert) Logsdon.


AB, Western Reserve University, 1933. British Society for Literature and Science, Western Reserve University, 1934. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chgo, 1942.


Librarian State Teachers College, Alamosa, Colorado, 1934-1939. Madison College, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1939-1943. Professor library science, head department University Kentucky, 1943-1945.

Chief librarian United States Office Education, 1945-1947. Assistant director VA Library Service, 1947, Columbia University Libraries, 1947-1948, associate director, 1948-1953, director, 1953-1969, professor library service, 1956-1969, adjunct professor library service, 1969-1972. University dean for libraries City University New York, 1969-1971.

Professor library science City University New York (Queens College), 1969-1979, acting chairman department, 1973, chairman department, 1976-1977. Adviser library architecture and administration Kabul University, Government Afghanistan, 1959. Chairman Coordination Committee for Slavic and East European Library Resources, 1961-1962.

Program consultant Albert Schweitzer Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1981-1984.



Member Leonia Board Education, 1953-1955. Member New York Regents Advisory Council, 1964-1974, Governor's Library Committee, 1965-1970, Commissioners Committee Library Development, 1967-1970. Consultant manpower and education Indiana State Library, 1971-1973.

Board visitors Tufts University Libraries. Board overseers Case- Western Reserve University. Vice president, board directors New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, 1964-1970, executive director, 1970-1972.

Board governors Laymen's Club, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, since 1981. Board directors Omega Liturgical Dance Group, since 1981. Served as lieutenant Bureau Naval Personnel United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.

Member American Library Association (member board education for librarianship 1946-1951, chairman 1950-1951, chairman commission national plan for library education 1963), Association Research Libraries (director 1962-1965, chairman 1964), Association College and Research Libraries (chairman university section 1954-1955), Middle Atlantic States Association College and Secondary Schools (member commission on higher instructions 1951-1958, executive committee 1956-1958), New York Library Association (president 1965-1966) Clubs: Grolier (council 1965-1969).


Married Lois Irene Kupfer, September 22, 1934 (deceased June 1986). Children: Mary Josephine, John Richard, Elizabeth Irene, Rachel Anne.

Henry John Logsdon

Odelia Marie (Seifert) Logsdon

Lois Irene Kupfer

Mary Josephine Logsdon

John Richard Logsdon

Elizabeth Irene Logsdon

Rachel Anne Logsdon