Verner Clapp

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Verner Clapp
Verner W. Clapp.jpg
Born3 June 1901 Edit this on Wikidata
Johannesburg Edit this on Wikidata
Died15 June 1972 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 71)
Alma mater
OccupationLibrarian Edit this on Wikidata

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).

Awards and honors[edit]


  • The story of permanent/durable book-paper, 1115-1970. (Restaurator Press, 1972) ISBN 8787220016
  • The Future of the Research Library (University of Illinois Press, 1964)
  • Copyright: A Librarian's View Washington, Copyright Committee, Association of Research Libraries, 1968.
  • The University library and the wise man: addresses by Theodore R. McKeldin and Verner W. Clapp. 1958
  • Current trends in libraries of the United States government Editors: Verner W. Clapp and Scott Adams. 1953.
  • The Constitution of the United States; an account of its travels since September 17, 1787, with David Chambers Mearns. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1937.


  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. ^ Joseph W. Lippincott Award. American Library Association. 1960.
  4. ^ American Library Association, Honorary Membership.
  5. ^ accessed February 19, 2009

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