Towner, Lawrence W. (Lawrence William), 1921-1992

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Sixth Librarian of the Newberry Library, 1962-1986, and historian.

Born Sept. 10, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn., educated at Cornell College (B.A.) and Northwestern (M.A., Ph. D.), Towner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (WWII), taught at the Latin School of Chicago, Northwestern and MIT and edited the William and Mary Quarterly (1956-1962), before coming to the Newberry in 1962. The Newberry expanded significantly under Towner. He acquired important collections (Silver, Sack, Ruggles); expanded the Library's fellowship, publications and research programs, creating the Research and Education Division and four research centers; enlarged the Library's physical space, adding a ten story bookstack building and renovating existing space; and began development activities, starting the Newberry Library Associates and other fund raising programs. Also active in the AHA, OAH, IRLA and Caxton Club, Towner retired in 1986 and died in 1992.

From the description of Papers, 1948-1989 (bulk 1962-1986). (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 26442877

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associatedWith American Historical Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Barbour, Philip L. person
associatedWith Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981. person
associatedWith Cappon, Lester Jesse, 1900-1981. person
associatedWith Caxton Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Center for Renaissance Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989. person
associatedWith D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian. corporateBody
associatedWith Donnelley, Gaylord. person
associatedWith Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History. corporateBody
associatedWith Graff, Everett D. (Everett Dwight), 1885-1964. person
associatedWith Haffner, Charles. person
associatedWith Hambleton, Chalkley Jay, 1912-1997. person
associatedWith Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Research Libraries Association (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
correspondedWith Mowrer, Edgar Ansel, 1892-1977. person
correspondedWith Mowrer, Lilian T. (Lilian Thomson). Edgar Ansel Mowrer and Lilian T. Mowrer papers. 1910-1970 person
associatedWith Nebenzahl, Kenneth, 1927- person
associatedWith Newberry Library corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Office of the President and Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Office of the President and Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Organization of American Historians. corporateBody
associatedWith Pargellis, Stanley McCrory, 1898-1968. person
associatedWith Ruggles, Rudy Lamont. person
associatedWith Silver, Louis H. person
associatedWith Smith, Hermon Dunlap, 1900- person
associatedWith Strauss, Herbert R. person
associatedWith Wells, James M. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago (Ill.)
Research libraries
Collection development (Libraries)


Birth 1921

Death 1992





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