Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1940 Steele Memorial Carnegie Library, Elmira, New York

[LIB6652] - Esther Steele wasn't content just to build a building. Records indicate that a majority of the 6,779 volumes came from the Steele's personal library on W. Clinton St. Further, she recognized the need for a professionally trained librarian to maintain it and recruited her niece, Kate Deane Andrew to be it - but not before asking the Chancellor of Syracuse University to design a training program for Kate and having her spend two years in it. Kate began work in the Steele library in 1900 and retired in 1940! [Read more of the history of this library]

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