Koopman, Harry (1860 - 1937)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Harry Lyman Koopman was born in Freeport, ME and graduated from Colby College. He taught for a while, then worked as a cataloger in several large, academic libraries. He received his M.A. in 1893 from Harvard and was appointed librarian at Brown University where he remained until his retirement. He was well-known in library circles, serving as president of the American Library Association in 1928 and being an outspoken opponent of censorship.

He worked as associate editor of one of Brown's alumni magazines and wrote a regular column for the Providence Journal.

Selected Bibliography

  • Orestes: A Dramatic Sketch and Other Poems (1888)
  • The Mastery of Books: Hints on Reading and the Use of Libraries (1896)
  • Morrow-Songs, 1880-1898: [Poems] (1898)
  • At the Gates of the Century: [Poems] (1905)
  • The Librarian of the Desert: And Other Poems (1908)
  • The Booklover and His Books (1917)
  • Hesperia: An American National Poem (1919)
  • The Narrangansett Country: Glimpses of the Past (1927)

Selected Resources