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
1913 Dorothea Dale was appointed librarian at the Hobart Carnegie Library. Dale made the library board
a startling proposition. She volunteered her services free, with the proviso that she be allowed to
use the sum appropriated for the librarian’s salary to carry out her plans for the library’s
expansion. The board accepted her proposition and gave her a free hand. As a result the library in
that small community came to be looked upon as one of the most enterprising in the state.
In 1919, five years after her reorganization of the Hobart Library, Dale resigned to become the first,
and only, Secretary of the newly created Oklahoma Library Commission. Desks for the Secretary and
a stenographer, installed in a room on the third floor of the library wing of the State Capitol, and
some empty stacks for books, were the sole equipment of a library which immediately set forth to bravely
advertise that it had “Books for Everybody in Oklahoma.” It represented an example of
her extreme faith in the belief that if demand is created the supply will somehow rise to meet it.
Almost at once, 8,000 volumes arrived, Oklahoma’s share of the World War camp libraries, which
were being distributed by the American Library Association. These books formed the basis of a reference
collection for the Commission. With a book fund of $5,000, Dale set about ordering books for the Commission’s
traveling libraries while the Library Commission’s empty shelves gradually filled themselves
through gifts of money and books. Dorothea Dale’s hard work and faith had been rewarded.