Clapp (1901-1972) worked at the Library of Congress for 33 years. He started the Cooperative Acquisitions program that enabled the Library of Congress to acquire 2 million European publications, and established the Ford Foundation’s Council on Library Resources. Clapp developed the concept of the machine-readable unit record, which grew into the MARC project. He was responsible for the Books-for-the-Blind program and Regional Lending Libraries. He also laid the groundwork and established the scope of service of the Congressional Research Service. His projects covered every aspect of librarianship as well as archives, copyright, documentation, and publishing. In 1956, Clapp served as president of the Council of Library Resources. He continued to participate in advances in library and science-technology centers. He argued for Library of Congress leadership in developing basic bibliography tools for scholars in all fields of learning to use. He participated in the first revision of the Copyright Act.
In addition to his work at the Library of Congress, Clapp was the Director of Forest Press (1954-1960) and later President (1960-1972).
American Library Association: Melvil Dewey Award, Lippincott Award, Honorary Life Membership
Association of Research Libraries: Librarian’s Librarian
Special Libraries Association: Special Citation
Japanese Government: Order of the Sacred Treasure, for his work in designing the National Diet Library (1986)
Lake Placid Club Education Foundation: Trustee (1955-1972)
Council on Library Resources: President (1956-?)
Trinity College: Trustee (1970-1972)
Verner Clapp Papers:
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, DC (c. 16,000 items, family and general correspondence, diaries, subject files, speeches and writing memoranda, notes, and printed matter (1945-1972), relating to Clapp’s service at the Library of Congress, duties as chief librarian to the United Nations Conference on International Organization (1945), work for UNESCO on various international library matters, role in the establishment of the National Diet Library in Japan, and work for the Council on Library Resources)