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Warren, Althea H. (1886-1958) | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Warren, Althea H. (1886-1958)
Fuller Form: Warren, Althea Hester


Historical Note: Althea Hester Warren was born on December 18, 1886. She earned a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1908 and a B.S.L.S from the University of Wisconsin in 1911. She began her library career in 1911 at a branch of the Chicago Public Library. In 1914 she moved to California, and in 1916 she became head librarian of the San Diego Public Library, a position she held until 1926 when she became the assistant city librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. In 1933, she was appointed as city librarian. Additionally, she was director of the Victory Book Campaign from 1941 to 1942. Over the course of her career, she was active in professional organizations, including serving as president of the California Library Association from 1921 to 1922 and president of the American Library Association from 1943 to 1944. After she retired from her job as city librarian in 1947, she taught at various library schools, including the Library School at the University of Southern California, the Library School at the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin. She died on December 19, 1958 [1].
Sources: 1. Martha Boaz, "Warren, Althea Hester (1886-1958)," in Dictionary of American Library Biography, ed. Bohdan S. Wynar. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1978), 542-543.





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