Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1939; Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, University of Illinois, 1940; Master of Sciences, University Illinois, 1942; Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1951.
Bibliographer, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1940-1942; professor, University of Illinois (Graduate School Library Science), 1963-1980; professor emeritus, University of Illinois (Graduate School Library Science), since 1980. Reference librarian, assistant to director libraries U. Rochester, 1946-1948. Acquisition librarian Ohio State University, 1950-1953, assistant director libraries, 1953-1960, associate director libraries, 1960-1963.
Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member American Library Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Phi Mu (Good Teaching award 1968).
Married Dorothy Zulauf, August 30, 1941. Children: Barbara K. (Mistress Frederick Osgood), Trudi K. (Mistress Austin Fontenot).