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Herman H. Fussler

Assistant Director of the Information Division and LibrarianChicago, IL

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Herman H. Fussler Speaking at the Joseph Regenstein Library Groundbreaking. Photo Courtesy of University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf2-06207], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Herman H. Fussler was the Assistant Director of the Information Division and Librarian of the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (“Met Lab”) during the Manhattan Project. 

From 1942 until 1945, Fussler work as the Assistant Director of the Information Division and Librarian of the Met Lab. During this period, he also became the Science Librarian. 

 

Early Years

Herman H. Fussler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1919. He received his B.A. in mathematics in 1935 and B.A. in library science in 1936 from the University of North Carolina.

In 1936, he moved to Chicago to establish and direct the University of Chicago’s Department of Photographic Reproduction. Within the department, he developed processes to integrate the use of microfilm in research libraries. 

In 1941, he earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago.

 

Later Years

Following World War II, Fussler remained at the University of Chicago to work in the library. In 1947, he became Assistant Director and then Associate Director of the University Library.

A year later, in 1948, he became the Director of the University Library. That same year, he earned his Ph.D. in library science from the University of Chicago.

Fussler received presidential appointments to both the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine in 1963 and the National Advisory Committee on Libraries in 1966. Fussler was also a member of the advisory committee to the Library of Congress (LOC), which studied the automation of the LOC.

In 1971, he joined the faculty of the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago. Fussler was appointed as the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in 1974.

At the age of eighty-two years old, Herman H. Fussler died on March 2, 1997 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

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Herman H. Fussler's Timeline
1919 Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1935 Received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina (UNC).
1936 Received his B.A. in library science from the UNC.
1936 Established and directed the University of Chicago's Department of Photographic Reproduction.
1941 Earned his M.A. degree in library science from the University of Chicago.
19421945 Served as the Assistant Director of the Information Division and Librarian of the Met Lab.
1943 Became the University of Chicago's Science Librarian.
1947 Became Assistant Director and then Associate Director of the University Library.
1948 Became Director of the University Library.
1948 Earned his Ph.D. in library science from the University of Chicago.
1963 Received presidential appointment to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.
1966 Received presidential appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Libraries.
1971 Joined the faculty of the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago.
1974 Became the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.
1997 Mar 2nd At the age of eighty-two years old, died in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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