28th August, 2014

“So I say to Miss Ahern, as she lays down her editorial pen: Your periodical has been an inspiration to literally thousands of workers in the library field; some mere beginners but also to many others who have grown old in professional library service. You have always stood for the highest ideals; you have constantly championed what seemed the right course, even though it might not be the popular one toward which the crowd seemed to be hurrying. You have invariably stood for full and free discussion of every mooted question and have claimed the right to look at it from various angles. You have refused to accept obiter dicta without rigid scrutiny. You have been fearless in the championship of what you thought to be the right. You never courted favor at the expense of your convictions.”

Theodore W. Koch,  librarian, Northwestern University Library. Libraries, Vol. 36, No. 10, Dec. 1931. pp 436-7. From the University of Illinois Library.

Read more about Mary Eileen Ahern at the ALA Archives blog at the University of Illinois archives.

(I found this blog post after reading their post about the Knapp School Libraries Project. Longtime WoLH readers will remember that our very first post, written by Peggy Sullivan herself, was about the Knapp School Libraries Project.)

22nd August, 2014

1st August, 2014

18th July, 2014

Horn left Russia with her family when she was 8 — “maybe because I immigrated, I took very seriously what the Constitution said,” she muses — and started working at libraries in 1942. In January 1971, she was the chief reference librarian at Bucknell University in sleepy Lewisburg, Pa., when two FBI agents showed up unexpectedly at her home.

They asked her to answer some questions and look at photos. When she refused, she was handed a grand jury subpoena.

FBI snooping has librarians stamping mad / Local woman jailed in ’70s in informant flap,” a San Francisco Chronicle article about Zoia Horn.

Horn, who was 96, died on Saturday. (Hat tip to AL Direct, which linked to this obituary notice from OIF. Check it out for links to more information about Zoia Horn.)

6th May, 2014

rrlc1966:

"Card Filer’s Freakout"  - Martha Trezpacz seated at her desk in the act of throwing catalog cards at the offices of the Capital District Library Council at Union College,Schenectady, New York.
We all have those days. 
Capital District Library Council

Does anyone know more about Martha Trezpacz? I can only find a few more images of her from the New York Heritage Digital Library.

rrlc1966:

"Card Filer’s Freakout"  - Martha Trezpacz seated at her desk in the act of throwing catalog cards at the offices of the Capital District Library Council at Union College,SchenectadyNew York.

We all have those days. 

Capital District Library Council

Does anyone know more about Martha Trezpacz? I can only find a few more images of her from the New York Heritage Digital Library.

2nd May, 2014

iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad. iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 
— former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979
Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997
View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad.

iowawomensarchives:

Collect them all!!

In 1978, Lois Rich was asked by her 8-year-old daughter, a baseball card collector, why there weren’t any pictures of girls on the cards. By the following year, Rich had sought out and received grant funding from educational organizations to create the Supersisters trading card set, featuring 72 feminist heroines [source]. With subjects ranging from puppeteer Shari Lewis to politician and future IWA co-founder Mary Louise Smith, the cards have been dismissed by some modern-day pundits as a “noble but misguided” project (“It’s sort of hard to imagine kids getting excited about them — ‘Hey, I’ll trade you two Bella Abzugs for a mint Shirley Chisolm!’”). However, I find them a fascinating artifact documenting the areas in which women were — and weren’t — making progress during the second wave of feminism. 

 former IWA assistant and current archivist supersister Sarah Dorpinghaus

Iowa Digital Library: Supersisters trading cards, 1979

Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Mary Louise Smith papers, 1925-1997

View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

So this isn’t library history specifically, but I still think it’s rad.

1st April, 2014

Women’s History Month is over

It’s April! While I’m excited to see spring finally beginning to arrive, I’m sad to see the end of Women’s History Month.

Women of Library History won’t be totally disappearing, but we will be scaling back for the rest of the year. I’ve posted almost all the submissions we received for 2014, so I’m only planning to post once or twice a month for the rest of the year.

I’ll keep an eye on the Tumblr tag women of library history; tag us if you’re posting something that fits with our mission! I’ll be keeping an eye out for things to reblog. You can also send messages through our Tumblr ask box or, as always, e-mail womenoflibraryhistory@gmail.com

(A belated welcome to everyone who found us through Tumblr Tuesdays or American Libraries! I hope you’ll take some time to look through our archives. Here’s the index of 2013’s posts; I’ll update it with 2014 posts soon.)

31st March, 2014

Lily Lawrence Bow

Katherine Fleming submitted today’s post.

Lily Lawrence Bow was the first librarian in Homestead.  Since the city had no position for a librarian, Bow was appointed as a policeman.

Bow was recognized by the Great Floridians 2000 program:

Lily Lawrence Bow was born in 1870, came to Florida with her husband Richard in 1900 and later to Homestead with her two children where she settled in a log cabin on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Avocado Drive. She sold citrus and raised chickens. In 1920 the Women’s Club of Homestead appointed her chair of their library committee, which soon became a public library. Book donations came from Dade County and Lily Bow gave books to local schools. The library outgrew its home in the Women’s Club and moved to a city-owned site. With the help of land donations and the W.P.A., a permanent library was built in 1939. It was named the Lily Lawrence Bow Library. Lily Lawrence Bow died in 1943.

Built of coral rock and hand-hewn Dade County pine, the library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1996.

30th March, 2014

Olivia Raney

Today’s post was submitted by Leigh Sanders, “a writer, teacher and social justice activist currently working on a novella about the Olivia Raney Library love story.”

The Olivia Raney Library opened to citywide fanfare in Raleigh, NC in 1901, but for the library’s benefactor, Richard Beverly Raney, it was a communal memorial to a beloved wife departed.

Olivia and Beverly were unconventional for the times: they married in their early thirties after spending years as friends and pen pals while he traveled the world. Olivia was an accomplished organist and choir singer at the Episcopal Christ Church with a stellar reputation, and Beverly was a self-made businessman and philanthropist. Their marital union only lasted for seventeen months, and it was reported that when Olivia became sick Beverly hired three doctors to save her precious life from a rapidly progressive illness.

The morning after she died the headline in the newspaper announced “One of Raleigh’s Most Cultured and Beloved Women Passes Away.” Soon after, Beverly donated a sizable amount of his fortune, $45,000 for the building of an Italian Renaissance palazzo that stunned the South with its beauty. In addition, he set up a 99 year endowment to support the library upon his death. Olivia’s personal life is largely absent from public domain but undoubtable her legacy helped our Carolina capital achieve the status of one of the best places to live in the Nation and it could reasonable be assumed, one of the best places to be loved as well.

Leigh’s not kidding about the lack of public information about Olivia’s personal life (at least on the Internet), but I did find a history of the library as part of a “Capital CIty Adventure” project from NC State:

The circulation regulations were fairly strict: no one under 12 could obtain a borrower’s card; those under 18 had to have the written permission of a parent, guardian, or responsible adult; and no one under 12 could use the reading room. Only citizens could borrow books, and temporary visitors and students at colleges and schools in Raleigh had to pay a temporary deposit of $2 in order to borrow a book. A person could only check out 1 or 2 books at a time.

29th March, 2014

Ismoon Hunter-Morton

Today’s post is from Lisa Petriello.

Ismoon Hunter-Morton works as a public librarian in Oregon, and was recently appointed to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees. Since 2008 she has been volunteering at the Q Center in Portland, which “builds public awareness and support, and celebrates LGBTQ diversity through art, culture, and collaborative community programming.” There she curates the Kendall Clawson Library of LBGTQ-relevant literature.

She has also worked on Cascade AIDS Project’s oral history project, known as CAP Archives. In 2012 she became the president of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN), where among other things she has helped produce the “Queer Heroes NW” multimedia project and helped arrange for Gay Walking Tours of the City led by GLAPN’s Dave Kohl. She is openly bisexual.

Sources:

1. http://www.pdxqcenter.org/about/staff-board/ (Q Center, Board and Staff, Lead Volunteers)

2. “Local Hero: Ismoon Hunter-Morton — Rebel librarian-at-large”, by Sunny Clark, PQ Monthly