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Doane, Gilbert Harry  

Major, U.S. Army, Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA)

A librarian and professor, Gilbert H. Doane was born in Fairfield, Vermont, January 28, 1897. He graduated from Colgate University (1918) and received graduate degrees from the University of Arizona (1922) and the University of Michigan (1924). From 1918 until 1920, Doane worked at the U.S. Naval Training Station with the Genealogy Society. After completing his graduate studies, he worked at the University of Nebraska as a librarian and professor from 1925 until 1937 when he began his long career as director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin. In conjunction with that position, Doane also served as Director of the University of Wisconsin’s Library School from 1938 to 1941.

In 1943 Doane was granted leave from the University of Wisconsin when he was recruited for MFAA service during World War II. Capt. Doane was sent “overseas with the adjutant general’s staff”[1] to aid in the restoration and conservation of Nazi looted objects. After two years of recovery and restitution work, he retired a major in 1945.

Following the war, Doane returned to the University of Wisconsin where he continued his position as director of libraries until 1956 when he became Archivist. Doane remained in that position until 1962 when he retired as Professor Emeritus.

Doane is the author of numerous books and articles focusing on book collecting and genealogy, among which is Searching for Your Ancestors, a classic work on genealogy first published in 1937. He was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and served as historiographer of the Diocese of Milwaukee between 1937 and 1967. Doane passed away on March 7, 1980 in Newton, Massachusetts after a long illness.

[1] “Doane, Gilbert,” Nebraska State Journal, December 17, 1943: 4.


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