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
Mr. Motter was born in Koelliken, Switzerland in 1887. He moved to the United States when he was
five years old.
Robert learned the bookbinding trade from his father, but the lure of gold sent him to
Alaska in 1907. He spent ten years there panning for gold in the Yukon Territory and working on a
wharf in Skagway.
In 1911, he joined his father and brother in a trade bindery. He soon saw the need for a library
bindery in the southwest, and bought the company in 1925, as his father was retiring. He opened his
new business in Muskogee, OK, and served libraries in the southwest for many years. Along with friends
who were owners of large binderies on the coasts of America, he was instrumental in founding the
Library Binding Institute in 1935.
Mr. Motter was active in the Oklahoma and Southwest Library Associations, where he exhibited his
product in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. He spent many years helping the host librarians in setting
up exhibits at their annual library conferences. He was awarded the seventh Distinguished Service
Award at the 1953 Oklahoma Library Association conference, the first awarded to a non-librarian.