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Constitution Day

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Oklahoma Ovation

Library-Botany Lecture

Edna Mae Phelps, 1920-2001

Edna Mae Phelps with Ed Cobb. The Phelps Award is presented annually at the dinner named for Mr. Cobb and his wife

Mrs. Edna Mae Phelps was the OSU Leadership Legacy recipient for the week of October 8, 1999.

It's said that politics is the art of the possible. Civic and education leader Edna Mae Phelps is politics and makes the unattainable possible.

Phelps, an OSU graduate from Seminole, made her touch felt within the state and nationally. From serving as Democratic National Committeewoman to being the first woman ever named to the Oklahoma State Election Board, Edna Mae has attained a respect few have enjoyed.

On a lighter note she was certified as a "Yellow Rose of Texas" and an "Honorary Kentucky Colonel" by the governors of those states.

Named as one of the prominent national women of the 80s, Phelps focused on Oklahoma's educational needs in 1983 as an OSU Regent. She quickly captured the fact that the OSU Library was under-funded in comparison to other comprehensive universities. Moving into action, she founded the Friends of the OSU Library. 1999 marked the celebration of the two-millionth volume for the library.

"I can safely say that my association with OSU, as a regent and as an advocate of the library, makes me the most proud of anything I have done."

An award is given in Phelps honor each year at the H. Louise and H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series event. The Edna Mae Phelps award recognizes individuals who have substantially and unselfishly gone above and beyond to increase the effectiveness of the OSU Library. For more information on the award and past recipients, visit


For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at or 405-385-5664.