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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Bingham Downs  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1903 in Lenoir, North Carolina

Died: 1991 in Urbana, Illinois

-- Robert Bingham Downs on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Downs was a professor of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Downs was a prolific author. He was a librarian and an advocate for intellectual freedom as well. Downs spent the majority of his career working against, and voicing opposition to, literary censorship. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a professor of library science and director of library and Library School, dean of library administration and director of Graduate School of Library Science.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

How to Do Library Research
ISBN: 0252745124

University of Illinois Press. 1966

Horace Mann: champion of public schools (Twayne's great educators series, 1)
ISBN: 0805735445

Twayne Publishers. 1974

Book by Downs, Robert Bingham

Books That Changed America

Macmillan Publishing Co. Inc,. 1974

25 works that have influenced our nation's culture and civilization are discussed in depth--Thomas Paine, Rachel Carson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, De Tocqueville, William Beaumont, and many others.

Famous Books: Great Writings in the History of Civilization (A Littlefield, Adams quality paperback ; no. 297)
ISBN: 0822602970

Littlefield Adams,U.S.. 1981

Book by Downs, Robert Bingham

Henry Barnard (World Leaders)
ISBN: 0805777105

Twayne Publishers. 1977

Memorable Americans 1750-1950
ISBN: 0872873609

Libraries Unltd Inc. 1983

Offer profiles of American artists, business leaders, journalists, writers, social reformers, politicians, military leaders, musicians, historians, inventers, and explorers

More Memorable Americans, 1750-1950
ISBN: 0872874214

Libraries Unltd Inc. 1985

Depicts the lives of a variety of American politicians, artists, authors, business people, military leaders, scientists, explorers, educators, and folk heroes

A Dictionary of Eminent Librarians
ISBN: 0962333352

High Plains Pub Co. 1990

First edition. Includes 12 appendices giving additional information. "While the list in international, most of the names are of librarians from the United States, Britain, and Western Europe." xi, 220 pages. cloth.. 8vo..

Books that Changed the World
ISBN: 0451529286

Signet. 2004

From the Bible, the Iliad, and the Republic to Civil Disobedience, Das Kapital, and Silent Spring, this revised and greatly expanded edition is a monument to the power of the printed word-an informative discussion of many of the most important works ever created.

Books That Changed the South
ISBN: 0807896535

The University of North Carolina Press. 2011

Downs uses great books to write the cultural history of society. His thesis is that the economic, social, and political behavior of a region, a nation, or even the world is shaped largely by the printed word. Concentrating on twenty-five publications from John Smith's General History of Virginia (1624) to C, Vann Woodward's Origins of the New South (1951), he analyzes the impact of written history and sociology on the intellectual and social life of the South.

Originally published in 1977.

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