Verner Clapp

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Verner Warren Clapp
Born (1901-06-03)June 3, 1901
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died June 15, 1972(1972-06-15) (aged 71)
Occupation librarian, author
Nationality American

Verner Warren Clapp (June 3, 1901 – June 15, 1972[1]) was a librarian and writer.

Clapp was the son of American parents, who returned to the US after his birth in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating at Trinity College, Connecticut, he studied philosophy at Harvard University. From 1922 to 1956, Clapp worked for the Library of Congress, where he was promoted to chief assistant librarian in 1947. Clapp played a significant role in both issues of loyalty oaths and microfilming of materials at the Library of Congress.[2]

From 1947 to 1948, he was chairman of the U.S. Library Mission to Japan. He also was president of the Council on Library Resources from 1956 to 1967.

Clapp was married to Dorothy Devereaux Ladd Clapp (September 8, 1901–April 10, 1983).

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  1. ^ Dictionary of American Library Biography. (1978). Bohdan Wynar, ed. "Clapp, Verner Warren (1901-1972)." Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited. p. 77-81. ISBN 0-87287-180-0
  2. ^ accessed February 19, 2009
  3. ^ accessed February 19, 2009

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