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Addison Van Name

Addison Van Name
BornNovember 15, 1835 Edit this on Wikidata
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DiedSeptember 29, 1922 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 86)
OccupationLibrarian Edit this on Wikidata

Addison Van Name (November 15, 1835 – September 29, 1922) was an American philologist and librarian, serving as University Librarian of Yale University from 1865 to 1904, and was made librarian emeritus in 1905.[1] He himself attended Yale, graduating as valedictorian in 1858.[2] During his forty year tenure as University Librarian, the number of volumes in the Yale Library increased from 44,500 to 475,000.[1] His field of specialty was Orientalia.[1] He taught Hebrew at Yale for four years, and for many years was Librarian of the American Oriental Society.

He was a member of the Acorn Club, to which he was elected in 1901. He was also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He was married on August 19, 1867 in Berlin to Julia, daughter of Dr. Josiah Willard Gibbs, professor of sacred literature at Yale, and sister of Josiah Willard Gibbs, professor of mathematical physics at Yale. They had three children: Willard Gibbs Van Name, Theodora Van Name, and Ralph Gibbs Van Name.[1]

Van Name, the last of Yale's pre-Civil War scholars, died in New Haven[3] and was buried in Grove Street Cemetery.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Addison VanName". Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1922-1923. New Haven: Yale University. August 1, 1923. pp. 614-6.
  2. ^ "Prof. Addison Van Name, Veteran at Yale, is Dead". New York Tribune. September 30, 1922. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Prof. Addison Van Name, Librarian of Yale University for Forty Years Dies at 87". New York Times. September 30, 1922. p. 9.
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