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Lifetime: 1872 - 1962 Passed: ≈ 61 years ago


Writer Librarian


United States

Burton Egbert Stevenson

Burton Egbert Stevenson was an American author, anthologist, and librarian. He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on 9 November 1872, and attended Princeton University 1890–1893. He married Elizabeth Shepard Butler (1869–1960) in 1895. He died 13 May 1962 and was buried in Chillicothe, Ohio.

While at Princeton, Stevenson was a correspondent for United Press and for the New York Tribune. He was city editor for the Chillicothe Daily News (1894–1898), and worked for the Daily Advertiser (1898–1899).

Stevenson became director of the Chillicothe public library in 1899 and held that position for 58 years.

Stevenson was well known for his war efforts. At Camp Sherman, located in Chillicothe, Ohio, he established a library of 40,000 volumes and 22 branches. The Camp Sherman library was said to be a model for national efforts to establish such libraries In 1918, in his role as Director of French operations for the Library War Service, he helped establish what would grow to become the American Library in Paris. He was the director of this ALA outpost from 1918 until the library privatized in 1920, and returned from 1925–1930. He was then made European director of the American Library Association`s Library War Service, a position he held for seven years.

As well as being a librarian, Stevenson wrote numerous novels, including four young adult's novels, edited others' works, and created numerous anthologies of verse, familiar quotations, and the like. Many of his anthologies are still in print.

Marietta College awarded him the degree of Litt.D. in 1955. Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe is named after him.

Books by Burton Egbert Stevenson

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American Men of Mind

Non-Fiction Biography
Short Works Inventions

“American Men of Mind” is a collection of short biographies of men of note in various disciplines. It is an absorbing collection of short biographies of men who made a difference in American history; most beginning life in very humble circumstances,...

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American Men of Action

History Poverty Autobiography Success America Statesman United States

In this book, Burton Egbert Stevenson writes a brief biography of some of the most noteworthy men in American history. He begins at the very beginning of the history of America with Christopher Columbus and proceeds forward with the story of people w...

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A King in Babylon

Adventure Egypt Fun Supernatural Fiction

A film company shooting a movie in Egypt becomes embroiled in events that happened in ancient Egypt. A supernatural adventure story about a pharaoh's curse and reincarnation... but with film directors and movie stars as our protagonists.

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The Quest for the Rose of Sharon

Fiction Novel
Power Nature Action Adventure Courage Friendship Challenges Determination Wildlife

It is an exciting adventure novel for young readers. The book was first published in 1909 and has since become a classic in the genre of adventure fiction. The story follows two young boys, Jack and Steve, who embark on a perilous journey to find the...