|Born||3 June 1901 |
|Died||15 June 1972 (aged 71)|
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.
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
- 1960- Lippincott Award by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.
- 1967-Honorary Membership. American Library Association. 
- The Clapp Collection at Japan's National Diet Library
- 1968 - Clapp was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star (Kun-Nito Zuihosho) by the government of Japan
- 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.
- 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
- http://libraryhistory.pbwiki.com/Verner%20Clapp accessed February 19, 2009
- Joseph W. Lippincott Award. American Library Association. 1960.
- American Library Association, Honorary Membership. http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/176/all_years
- http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/publication/ndl_newsletter/138/385.html accessed February 19, 2009