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date: 22 October 2020

Evans, Luther Harrislocked

(13 October 1902–23 December 1981)
  • John Y. Cole

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Evans, Luther Harris (13 October 1902–23 December 1981), librarian of Congress and third director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), librarian of Congress and third director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was born on his grandmother’s farm in Bastrop County, Texas, the son of George Washington Evans, a railroad foreman, and Lillie Johnson. Evans worked on his family’s farm until he graduated from high school, when as valedictorian he spoke on the League of Nations. Through teaching and work in cotton fields, Evans financed his education at the University of Texas, receiving his A.B. degree in 1923 and M.A. in political science in 1924. Following a summer in Europe, where he studied the League of Nations firsthand, Evans began teaching and graduate work at Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D. in political science in 1927. In 1925 he married Helen Murphy, a University of Texas classmate. They had one child....

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