(b. 1905-1993)

Power founded University Microfilm Inc. in 1938. He wrote an autobiography,Edition of One. He was involved in the beginnings of American Documentation. He was asked by the Office of the US Coordinator of Information to help film enemy documents obtained by the British so that they could be shipped to the US during WWII.

By May 1942, Power brought all of the different Allied agencies interested in enemy publications import together and established the Executive Committee of the Aslib Microfilm Service. AMS was core of what Kilgour later developed as the OSS’s microfilm supply of strategic German scientific publications. Power had worked for Edwards Bros (?) on replication on paper from microfilm. Between 1939 and 1945, Power advised a Rockefeller funded project to microfilm important British manuscripts at Oxford and Cambridge.

Offices held:

National Microfilm Association: President

Eugene Power Papers:

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (145 linear feet and 1 volume outsize (1937-1993), correspondence, agendas of meetings, memoranda, reports, and printed material relating to his business and University activities; photographs (described in the Visual Materials File); oral history interview (1986) relating mostly to his work as a member of the board of regents. Search under Power, Eugene Barnum)

Bentley Historical Library (208 linear feet and 1 oversize volume (1837-ongoing), topical files, miscellaneous correspondence and reports, and business records books from 1886-1916.  Includes files of Librarians/Directors/Deans Koch, Bishop, Rice, Wagman, Dougherty, Warnerm and Riggs; also includes assorted papers of earlier librarians Brook and Davis. Search under University of Michigan)

Bentley Historical Library, Michigan Historical Collections (47 feet, 11 reels of microfilm (1937-1972), correspondence, agenda of meetings, memoranda, and reports, relating to Power’s business and university activities.  Access is restricted.)