Clyde N. Bowden

August 2, 1930July 16, 2020

Clyde N. Bowden, died in Cincinnati on July 16, 2020. A resident of Twin Towers Senior Community, he was born August 2, 1930 in Hamilton, OH, the son of H. Clyde and Virginia (Buettner) Bowden. A graduate of Miami University (1952) and Case Western Reserve University (1953), he spent his entire career at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County where he served as Rare Book & Special Collections librarian, being responsible for cataloging the Inland Rivers Collection. He also worked for many years in the Government and Business Department. As a local historian, he collected postcards, and amassed a renowned collection, subsequently given to the Cincinnati Public Library in 1991 and the King Library at Miami University in 2009. His long-time friend and partner, James Fethe, passed in 2017. His survivors include a cousin, Gary (Mary) Buettner of Pecatonica, IL. Private Graveside Services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton. Webb Noonan Kidd Funeral Home in Hamilton is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at


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Donna Hirnberger

September 7, 2020

I worked with Clyde in the old Government & Business Department and remember his calm professionalism and wry humor. A very hectic department and he made my first year working there so much better than it could have been. My deepest sympathy.

Mary Beth Brestel

July 19, 2020

Although I didn't know Clyde well, I want to express my sympathy to his family and friends. I too worked for The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County my whole career. As a fan of local history, I especially admired Clyde's dedication to his postcard collection and appreciate his giving it to the library where it can be shared with thousands of us.

Rick Ryan

July 18, 2020

Rest in peace Clyde. I appreciated your vast knowledge and your willingness to share it with your coworkers at the public library. Your assistance to many people over the years helped them greatly in their research. Always enjoyed running into you in Hyde Park, at the symphony, and even when you had moved into Twin Towers. Also your postcard collections are amazing! Thank you.