NAME: Eugene Barnum Power
DATES: 1905-?
ADDRESS:
E-MAIL:
WORKED AT: Edwards Brother (reprint publishers) before founding UMI (Richards).
OTHER INFORMATION: 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.

AWARDS:
OFFICES: NMA Pres. year?.

PAPERS AT:
LOCATION #1
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113; search under: Power, Eugene Barnum, 1905-1993. Eugene Power papers, 1937-1993.
PAPERS DATES: 1937-1993
SIZE: 145 linear feet and 1 volume [outsize]
INCLUDES: Correspondence, agendas of meetings, memoranda, reports and printed material relating to his business and University activities; Also photographs which are described in the Visual Materials File. Power was founder and director of University Microfilms and also a member of the board of regents of University Microfilm. An oral history interview was conducted with him in 1986 but appears to mostly relate to  his work as a member of the board of regents.
FINDING AID: Finding aid in the library.
SOURCE: RLIN

PAPERS AT:
LOCATION #2
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113; search under: University of Michigan. Library. Library (University of Michigan) records, 1837- [ongoing].
PAPERS DATES: 1837- [ongoing]
SIZE: 204 linear feet and 1 oversize volume
INCLUDES: Topical files, miscellaneous correspondence and reports, and business record books, 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. Photographs described in the Visual Materials File.
FINDING AID: Finding aid in the library.
SOURCE: RLIN

PAPERS AT:
LOCATION #3
University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Michigan Historical Collections, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113.
PAPERS DATES: 1937-1972
SIZE: 47 ft., 11 reels of microfilm (positive).
INCLUDES: Correspondence, agenda of meetings, memoranda, and reports, relating to Power's Business and university activities. (Access restricted.)
FINDING AID: Unpublished finding aid in the repository.
SOURCE: NUCMC, MS 80-1529, p. 176.

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