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Norman L. Kilpatrick Papers

Identifier: RG99.0298

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Scope and Contents

This collection houses the materials of Norman Kilpatrick an Assistant Professor in Bibliography and as head of the Cataloging Department at the university library. The collection contains correspondence, library news, and documents during World War II.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1916-1953


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit

Biographical / Historical

Norman LaVerne Kilpatrick was hired in early 1946 by Library Directory Ralph Ellsworth to serve as the Assistant Professor in Bibliography and as head of the Cataloging Department. Kilpatrick had come to Iowa from the Department of Agriculture Library in Washington, D. C., where he was head of Technical Processes. Before that he directed Technical Processes at Brown University Library in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned his BA and MA degrees in 1928 and 1932, respectively. From 1928 to 1930, he served as instructor in English and Latin at the American College in Sophia, Bulgaria. Kilpatrick took his BS degree at Columbia University in 1940. Kilpatrick co-authored with Ralph Ellsworth “Midwest Reaches for the Stars,” an article for College and Research Libraries, Vol. 9: No. 2 (1948). By this time, he was named Associate Director of the University of Iowa Libraries. In early 1954, Kilpatrick left Iowa to serve as Director of the Florida State University Library. Norman Kilpatrick was born November 1, 1905, in New London, Connecticut. He and his wife had two children. Kilpatrick died January 27, 1982.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242