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Graham, Clarence R. (1907-1989) | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Graham, Clarence R. (1907-1989)


Historical Note: Charles R. Graham studied English at the University of North Carolina from 1924 to 1927 and at the University of Louisville in 1934, then earned a B.S. in Library Science from Western Reserve University in 1935, and finally went on to study education at Northwestern University from 1937 to 1938 [1]. Most notably in his career, Graham was a long-time director of the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky [2]. He served as president of ALA from 1950 to 1951, having been nominated over his opposing candidate, Carl Milam, in a controversial election in 1949 [3]. He was also president of the Southeastern Library Association from 1948 to 1950 and president of the Kentucky Library Association from 1946 to 1947. Graham was a library consultant for various projects, including the Milwaukee Public Library renovation in 1952, the Macon (Georgia) Public Library in 1956, the Madison (Indiana) Public Library in 1964, and the Bartholomew County (Indiana) Public Library in 1965. He was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Library Science at the University of Kentucky in 1963 [1]. He died on January 28, 1989 [4].
Sources:

1. Lee Ash and B. A. Uhlendorf, ed., A Biographical Directory of Librarians in the United States and Canada, Fifth edition (Chicago: American Library Association, 1970), 407-408.

2. Lucile Deaderick, "Rothrock, Mary Utopia (1890-1976)," in Dictionary of American Library Biography, ed. Bohdan S. Wynar. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1978), 448-449.

3. Gerald R. Shields, "Clift, David Horace (1907-1973)," in Dictionary of American Library Biography, ed. Bohdan S. Wynar. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1978), 83-87.

4. "ALA's Past Presidents," American Library Association, http://www.ala.org/aboutala/history/past.






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