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
DuVall, a native of Arkansas, was first employed by Northwestern State College as Reference Librarian
in 1947; later her title was changed to Library Director and Associate Professor of Library Science.
During the decade of the 1950’s, DuVall, with the assistance of fellow librarian, Edith Gorman,
created and developed a statewide program centering on DuVall’s love of children’s literature.
This program, which is recognized as the third oldest children’s choice award in the nation,
is the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award. The Oklahoma Library Association later assumed sponsorship
and the program continues today. Based upon DuVall’s original concept, the award is presented
annually to the author of the book chosen as the favorite in voting by children in grades three to
six throughout the state. The first winner of the award in 1959 was Fred Gibson, author of “Old
Yeller.” DuVall served as the first Chair of the Sequoyah Committee as well as Executive Secretary
of the committee. In 1966, OLA honored DuVall for her leadership in this awards program.
DuVall was one of the co-founders of the Library Science program at Northwestern. Throughout the
years, the program expanded to include both a Bachelors degree program and certification programs
public librarians and school media specialists. DuVall and fellow librarian, Edith Gorman, were instrumental
in the planning and design of the J.W. Martin Library at Northwestern, the first separate library
structure for the institution. DuVall died in March of 1977.