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
When Tulsa was first establishing a public library in 1912, they made a national search for just
the right librarian, qualified to serve the community for many years. Alma Reid McGlenn of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, was a graduate of the Carnegie Library School, and had worked four years in the South
Side Branch in Pittsburgh. She agreed to move to Tulsa and take the position for $75 per month. She
arrived January 18, 1913, and the sunshine made Tulsa “look like a paradise” to her.
Her first love was books, and she was particularly proud of her work with children. She organized
the first Story Hour the first Saturday of April that year, and carried on that tradition until she
left in 1939. She was a woman who would exert a tremendous influence on the cultural life of Tulsa
for those twenty-five years.
Alma served as President of the Oklahoma Library Association in 1919-20. By
1921, the Tulsa Public Library’s collection numbered 16,000 volumes and its staff had grown
to six. By 1925, the growing technical department took over the auditorium, because of Miss McGlenn’s
insistence upon having a first class collection in geology.
At that time, the collection was recognized as the only one of its kind between the Mississippi River
and the West Coast (except for Denver).
Since there was no degree-granting library school in the area, Alma trained her apprentices. In
1930, the first bookmobile in Oklahoma began operation in Tulsa,
followed shortly by four new branch libraries. She was a driving force in moving the Tulsa Library
forward until her health failed in May, 1939.