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Peggy Helmerich

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Aaronson, Alfred

Anthony, Nancy

Bierman, Ken

Boies, Kay

Brawner, Lee

Brown, Ruth

Butcher, N.E.

Carnegie, Andrew Foundation

Clark, Bob

Clarke, Polly

Corwin, Aarone

Dale, Dorothea

Delaney, Oliver

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Dessauer, Phil

Dieterlen, Beverly

Dover, Leta

DuVall, Frances

Ellison, Sandy

Estes-Rickner, Bettie

Ferguson, Milton J.

Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)

Frasier, Sally Freeman

Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma

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Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan

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Gorman, Edith

Hale, Kathy

Hand, Elsie

Hanway, Wayne

Hardesty, Roger & Donna

Helmerich, Peggy

Henke, Esther Mae

Hewey, Dell

Hinkle, John

Hinshaw, Marilyn

Johnson, Edward R.

Johnson, Jeanie

Keene, Jan

Kennedy, Frances

Lau, Ray

Laughlin, Mildred

Lester, June

Literary Clubs

Low, Edmon

Lowry, William (Bill)

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Marable, Mary Hays

Martin, Allie Beth

Masters, Anne Rounds

McAnally, Arthur

McGlenn, Alma Reid

McVey, Susan

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Miller, Gail

Miltimore, Cora

Morgan, Anne Hodges

Morris, Donna

Motter, Robert T., Jr.

Motter, Robert T., Sr.

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Norberg, Lillian Born

Norvell, Donna

Parker, Mrs. J.C.

Patterson, Lotsee

Phelps, Edith Allen

Phillips, John & Vicki

Porter, Cora Case

Rader, Jesse

Ramsay, R.W.

Ratliff, Julia Brady

Ray, Dee Ann

Robbins, Louise S.

Rock, Marian

Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou

Sanders, Jan

Saulmon, Sharon

Segal, Bob & Pat

Sherman, Mary

Skvarla, Donna

Spriestersbach, Barbara

Staggs, Barbara

Sturdivant, Nan

Swisher, Robert

Thomas, Della

Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)

Tomberlin, Irma

Townsend, Mrs. Hosea

Troy, Forrest (Frosty)

Vesely, Marilyn

Weaver-Meyers, Pat

Wentroth, Mary Ann

Willingham, Gerry

Women's Federated Clubs

Women's Clubs of Oklahoma

Woodrum, Pat

Young, Bill

Zarrow, Henry & Anne

Peggy Helmerich ImagePeggy Helmerich has been actively involved in nonprofit organizations throughout Oklahoma, but especially its libraries. She served the Tulsa City-County Library Commission for 25 years, including two as Chair. A recipient of the American Library Association’s Trustee Citation and the Oklahoma Library Association’s Citizen’s Recognition Award, she has made a significant impact on the Tulsa City-County Library system. The Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, which was established in 1984, annually recognizes nationally known authors and has brought many well-known speakers to the State.

Mrs. Helmerich joined the Friends of the Oklahoma State University Library in 1991, and currently serves on its Executive Committee. As a member of the Library’s fund-raising efforts in the University’s “Bringing Dreams to Life” campaign, Mrs. Helmerich helped raise funds for the Edmon Low Library. Due in part to her personal commitment to the campaign, a substantial endowment has been established for the purchase of current library materials. The Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room in the Edmon Low Library is named for her.

She is a founding member of the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Library Society. The Bizzell Memorial Library’s beautiful and historic Great Reading Room, as well as the formal garden between Bizzell and Adams Hall on the OU campus, have been named in her honor. The University of Oklahoma recently awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for her lifetime of work on behalf of libraries.

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