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Rutherford David Rogers, American librarian. Decorated officier de L'Ordre de la Couronne Belge; recipient University Northern Iowa Alumni Achievement award, 1958, Distinguished Alumni award Columbia University School Library. Service, 1992, medal International Federation of Library. Associations, 1977.


Rogers, Rutherford David was born on June 22, 1915 in Jesup, Iowa, United States. Son of David Earl and Carrie Zoe (Beckel) Rogers.


Bachelor of Arts, University Northern Iowa, 1936;the Doctor of Letters, University Northern Iowa, 1977;Master of Arts, Columbia, 1937;Bachelor of Science (Lydia Roberts fellow), Columbia, 1938;D.Library Administration (honorary), University Dayton, 1971.


Assistant, New York Public Library, 1937-1938;reference librarian, Columbia College Library, Columbia University, 1938-1941;acting librarian, Columbia College Library, Columbia University, 1941-1942;librarian, Columbia College Library, Columbia University, 1942-1945;research analyst, Smith, Barney & Company. New York City, 1946-1948;director, Grosvenor Library, Buffalo, 1948-1952;director, Rochester Public Library, 1952-1954;chief personnel office, New York Library, 1954-1955;chief reference department, 1955-1957;chief assistant librarian of, Congress, Washington, 1957-1962;deputy librarian of, Congress, 1962-1964;director university libraries, Stanford University, 1964-1969;university librarian, Yale University, 1969-1985;university librarian emeritus, Yale University, since 1985. Founder, Chairman, Board Of Directors Research Libraries Group, Inc.

Member Examination Committee for Public Librarians' Certs., New York State, 1951-1954. Member United States Advisory Council College Library. Resources; Board of Governors Yale University Press.

Board directors, vice president Heriot-Watt University Wilson Foundation, 1969-1998. Chairman program management committee International Federation Library.


Served from private to 1st sergeant Air Transportation Command United States Army Air Force, 1942-1943. From Second lieutenant to captain, planning officer, chief, special Planning Division, Office Assistant Chief Staff, Plans, Air Transport Command 1943-1946. Fellow National Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member American Library Association (chairman committee Intellectual Freedom 1950-1951), (1950-1960), (Second vice president 1965-1966), (member executive board 1961-1966), (trustee endowment fund), Association Research Libraries (director, president 1967-1968), New York Library Association, American Association of University Professors, Bibliographical Society of America, Association College and Reference Libraries, Blue Key, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Tau Delta, Theta Alpha Phi. Clubs: Grolier; New York Library (New York City), Columbia University (New York City), Yale (New York City). Cosmos (Washington), Kenwood Country (Washington).

Roxburghe (San Francisco). Book of California.


Married E. Margaret Stoddard, June 4, 1937. 1 child, Jane Shelley. Married Bernette W. Barton, February 28, 2002.

David Earl Rogers

Carrie Zoe (Beckel) Rogers

E. Margaret Stoddard

Bernette W. Barton

Jane Shelley Rogers