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
Edith Gorman, a native of Missouri, followed a close friend, Frances DuVall, to the campus of Northwestern
State College. Gorman and DuVall became acquainted with one another while pursing their professional
library degrees at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. Gorman was first employed
in September of 1948 in the dual role of Reference and Documents Librarian. The library had been a
member of the Federal Depository Library System since statehood in 1907, but Gorman was instrumental
in the initial cataloging and organizing of the federal documents.
Gorman provided assistance to DuVall during the early years of the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award.
She was one of the co-founders as well as Associate Professor of the Library Science program at Northwestern.
Gorman was actively involved with the planning and design of the Alva campus library during the years
of 1962-1964. For this task, she was recognized by the institution again in 1983 when the Library was
officially named the J.W. Martin Library to honor a former president. On the day of the event, Martin
himself credited both Gorman and DuVall “with helping to make the new structure a reality.”
Even though Gorman was employed at the college library, she appreciated and valued the mission of
the Alva Public Library where she gave of her time as Chairman of the Alva Public Library Board
years. Gorman died in November of 1998.