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
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
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.