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Robert Gordon Vosper, American librarian. Decorated officer Order of Crown of Belgium, 1977; recipient University of California at Los Angeles medal, 1988; Guggenheim fellow, 1959-1960; honorary research fellow School Library Studies, University College, London, 1973-1974.


Vosper, Robert Gordon was born on June 21, 1913 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Chester Vivian and Anna (Stipe) Vosper.


Bachelor, University Oregon, 1937. Master of Arts, University Oregon, 1939. Library certificate, University California, 1940.

Doctor of Laws, Hofstra University, 1967.


Junior librarian, University of California, 1940-1942;assistant reference librarian, Stanford University, 1942-1944;head acquisitions department, library, University of California at Los Angeles, 1944-1948;assistant librarian, University of California at Los Angeles, 1948-1949;associate librarian, University of California at Los Angeles, 1949-1952;professor library science, University of California at Los Angeles, 1961-1983;professor emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles, 1983-1994;director libraries, U. Kansas, 1952-1961;librarian, University of California at Los Angeles, 1961-1973;director, Washington Clark Memorial Library, 1966-1981. Annual library lecturer U. Tennessee, 1957. Walters Memorial lecturer University of Minnesota, 1959.

Fulbright lecturer, Italy, 1960. Director Association Research Libraries Farmington Plan Survey, 1957-1958. Delegate Princeton Conference International Exchanges, 1946, Mexico City Conference Microfilming Archives, 1949.

Secretary Governor's Commission Kansas Territorial Centennial Celebration, 1954-1955. Member National Science Foundation Science.Info. Council, 1965-1970; facilities and resources National Library Medicine, 1966-1968.

Visiting committee Massachusetts Institute Technology Library, 1965-1972, Stanford University, 1972-1978. Visiting professor, Columbia University, summer 1967. Member government advising committee on overseas book and library programs Department State, 1970-1975.



Board directors Council on Library Resources, 1968-1994. Member United States Committee to United Nations Educational, 1968-1973. Honorary fellow International Federation Library Associations (vice president 1971-1977, Robert Vosper fellows program estab. in honor 1989).

Member California Library Association (chairman college and university section 1946-1947), Mountain Plains Library Association (chairman college and university section 1953-1954), Kansas Library Association, American Library Association (president association college and reference libraries 1955-1956, chairman board acquisition library materials 1954-1955, member council 1960-1972, president 1965-1966, honorary member 1993, J.W. Lippincott award 1985), American Association of University Professors, Association Research Libraries (chairman 1963, director 1962-1964, 69-72), Library Association (Great British) (honorary vice president 1974-1994), Bibliographical Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Zamorano (Los Angeles), Rounce and Coffin (Los Angeles).


Married Loraine Gjording, August 20, 1940. Children: Ingrid, Kathryn, Elinor, Stephen.

Chester Vivian Vosper

Anna (Stipe) Vosper

Loraine Gjording

Ingrid Vosper

Kathryn Vosper

Elinor Vosper

Stephen Vosper