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Name:  Robert Bingham Downs  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1903 in Lenoir, North Carolina


Illinois Connection

Downs was a professor of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Downs was a prolific author. He was a librarian and an advocate for intellectual freedom as well. Downs spent the majority of his career working against, and voicing opposition to, literary censorship. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a professor of library science and director of library and Library School, dean of library administration and director of Graduate School of Library Science.

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