: This photograph shows Burton Stevenson (1872-1962), an author from Chillicothe, Ohio, sitting at a desk. The work area, including a pigeonhole cabinet, is piled with papers, books, and other materials. Pen or pencil in hand, Stevenson appears to be correcting page proofs.
Born in Chillicothe, Burton Stevenson devoted his life to the written word. He was a prolific author (he wrote more than 50 books), an anthologist, and a librarian. Following stints as a journalist while a student at Princeton University and then at newspapers in Chillicothe, Stevenson became the librarian of that city's public library in 1899. He held the post for 58 years. Stevenson helped secure a Carnegie Library for Chillicothe, completed in 1906, and became prominent for his service during World War I. He founded a library at Camp Sherman (an army training camp north of the city), which became a model for others nationally.
Stevenson then went to Paris as the European director of the Library War Service.
After the Armistice in 1918, he established the American Library in Paris and directed it until 1920 and again from 1925 - 1930. In addition to accomplishments as a librarian, he wrote or compiled more than 50 books, including "The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet" (1912), the "Home Book of Quotations" (1934), and many works for young people. Stevenson died in 1962. Stevenson Center, at Ohio University-Chillicothe, is named for him.
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: AL06666 Subjects
: Stevenson, Burton Egbert, 1872-1962; Authors, American--Ohio; Libraries--Ohio--History; Ohio authors Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)