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Women's Clubs of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Library Legends

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

Delphian Clubs and Societies

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

Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)

Friends of Tulsa City-County Library

Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan

Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation

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)

Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)

Marable, Mary Hays

Martin, Allie Beth

Masters, Anne Rounds

McAnally, Arthur

McGlenn, Alma Reid

McVey, Susan

Miles, Ava

Miller, Gail

Miltimore, Cora

Morgan, Anne Hodges

Morris, Donna

Motter, Robert T., Jr.

Motter, Robert T., Sr.

Noble Foundation

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

Women’s Clubs of Oklahoma

Women’s clubs have played a prominent role in the development of Oklahoma’s libraries, and were especially important in the founding and operating of the earliest libraries in many cities and towns. These early efforts indicated the need that women saw for education, libraries, and cultural events.

According to the Oklahoma Library Commission in 1937, women’s groups other than Delphian Clubs which are mentioned separately, opened the first libraries in the following towns:

Altus Civic League (1910); Alva , Hugo, Lawton, Pauls Valley, Sallisaw and Stillwater all had Federation of Women’s Clubs; Anadarko’s Philomathic Club (1899), Bristow’s Culture Club (1909), Broken Arrow’s Self Culture Club (1905), Clinton’s Literary Club (1917), Collinsville’s Shakespeare Club (1904), the Geary Study Club (1931), Guthrie’s Acorn Club (1899), Heavener’s Women’s Club (1939), Henryetta’s Bide-a-Wee Club (1905), Holdenville’s Twentieth Century Club (1902), Idabel’s Pioneeer Reading Club (1916), Inola’s Extension Homemaker Club (1968), Mangum’s Women’s Auxiliary of the Chamber of Commerce (1920), McAlester’s Fortnightly Club (1904), Muskogee’s Women’s History Club and Young Ladies Reading Club (1908), Newkirk’s Study Club (1908) , Norman’s Coterie Club (1900), Perry’s WCTU (1902), Prior’s Busy Bee Demonstration Club (1935) , Purcell’s Social Study Club (1924), Tulsa’s Tulsa Library Assn. (1912), Waurika’s Sorosis Club (1911), Wilson’s Women’s Library Club (1917), Woodward’s Coterie Club (1899), Yale’s Civic League (1919) and Yukon’s Ladies Library Club (1905).

In many cases, these clubs ran the libraries on a volunteer basis for many years before city funding was available to hire a librarian. In other places, individual women undertook to obtain Carnegie grants to start or provide a first permanent home for libraries for their towns. Truly pioneers who took action on behalf of library development in Oklahoma.

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