Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
Ferguson, Milton J.
Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)
Frasier, Sally Freeman
Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
Friends of Tulsa City-County Library
Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan
Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
A long-time successful
Tulsa businessman, Alfred Aaronson came to Tulsa in 1913 and was founder of Mid-Co Petroleum. Later
founded Tuloma Oil Co. and was its president from 1915 to 1926. He was president of the Leavell Coal
Co., Looboyle Inc., Consumers Oil Stations, Inc. and the Commonwealth Co. of Tulsa. He retired in
1965 and entered into what became nearly full-time civic leadership. Before retiring he was a tireless
worker for Tulsa libraries.
He spearheaded the election campaign which provided funding for operations and several new buildings
for the new multi-county library system which was being developed in 1961. He worked on selection
of the site for the new central library, and served as Chairman of the Tulsa City-County Library
Commission until 1967, and was active in the Friends of Libraries group. He also originated the
idea of a Tulsa Historical Society, and spearheaded a movement which resulted in the city voting
a bond issue to acquire the Gilcrease collection and thereby keep it in Tulsa.
Mr. Aaronson pointed out that in working on civic projects, he met people he had not known in
the business world. He said “When I started on Gilcrease, I had to get an appreciation of
art. In the library campaign, I began to learn the importance of books. While working with the historical
society, I came to realize how much turns on history.” He summed it all up by saying “I’ve
had a good life, but the satisfaction you receive from something you do without getting any monetary
return far exceeds anything else.” Every city needs an Alfred Aaronson.