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Robert Bingham Downs

Born: 1903 in Lenoir, North Carolina
Died: 1991 in Urbana, Illinois

Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Robert Bingham Downs on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A dictionary of eminent librarians /
ISBN: 0962333352 OCLC: 22834891

High Plains Pub. Co., Worland, Wyo. : ©1990.

Books that changed the South
ISBN: 0972252312 OCLC: 53084178

Stillhouse Hollow Press, Chattanooga, Tenn. : [2003]

  Books that changed the south.
ISBN: 0807896535 OCLC: 941984269

The University Of North C, [Place of publication not identified] : 2011.

Books that changed the world /
ISBN: 0451529286 OCLC: 54510025

Examines the content and impact of works, including "Common Sense," "Das Kapital," and "Mein Kampf," that have influenced the course of history.

Famous books :
ISBN: 0822602970 OCLC: 1254976

Littlefield, Adams, Totowa, N.J. : 1975.

Henry Barnard /
ISBN: 0805777105 OCLC: 2798029

Twayne Publishers, Boston : ©1977.

Horace Mann: champion of public schools
ISBN: 0805735445 OCLC: 701626

Twayne Publishers New York, [1974]

Biography of one of America's great educators and an early and effective champion of public schools. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann served in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1827 to 1833) and the Massachusetts Senate (1834 to 1837). Acknowledged by educational historians as the Father of the Common School movement, Mann argued that universal public education was the most efficient way to create a productive, disciplined citizenry.

How to do library research
ISBN: 0252004493 OCLC: 1421885

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : [1975]

Memorable Americans, 1750-1950 /
ISBN: 0872873609 OCLC: 9044248

Libraries Unlimited, Littleton, Colo. : 1983.

Contains 150 concise biographies of men and women whose achievements made a permanent impression on the nation's history.

More memorable Americans, 1750-1950 /
ISBN: 0872874214 OCLC: 11495543

Libraries Unlimited, Littleton, Colo. : 1985.

Contains concise biographies on men and women who made memorable contributions to U.S. history between 1750 and 1950.