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
Over the past 20 years, Donna and Roger Hardesty have donated their time, money and land to the Tulsa
City-County Library, helping the system provide better library service for all customers. With their
generous gifts, the Hardestys have enabled the System to meet the community’s growing needs.
They began their support of the Tulsa Library System in the early 1980’s by making the first
major contribution to the Tulsa Library Trust. Their $600,000 donation was the catalyst for the development
of the endowment, which helps fund many of the library’s special programs and services. In
gratitude, the South Regional Library was renamed in honor of Roger and Donna. They made that first
contribution because they believed that the library is the people’s University, serving all
segments of the community and all age groups. Donna had always had a deep commitment to helping others
learn, and for many years gave her time as a tutor. She served on the Tulsa Library Trust board from
1986 to 1992.
When the Hardesty Library was bursting at the seams in the late 1990’s, plans to enlarge
the building were hampered severely by the size of the site. At that point, Roger stepped up to the
plate again, donating 8 acres of prime real estate, which permitted the construction of a brand new
48,669 sq. foot library, with room for expansion. The Hardestys have taken great pride in how the
usage has soared in the new building.
They were inducted into the Tulsa Library Hall of Fame in December, 2004, and continue to be supportive
of the System.