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John Kirtland Wright, 1891-1969, was a former librarian, director, and chronicler of the American Geographical Society. He attended Harvard where his father was Dean of the Graduate School, and received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees there. After his return from World War I he became librarian of the American Geographical Society. Wright became the Society’s Director in 1938 where he remained until his retirement in 1956. He received an Honorary Degree from Clark University in 1967. Clark University Archives received these papers after his death from his family at the instigation of William A. Koelsch.

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