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Stevenson, Grace T. (1900-) | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Stevenson, Grace T. (1900-)
Fuller Form: Stevenson, Grace Thomas


Historical Note:

Grace T. Stevenson was born in Morganfield, Kentucky on January 27, 1900. She attended St. Joseph's College in Kentucky from 1917 to 1919 and Evansville College in 1920. Over the course of her career, she worked as an assistant in the executive department of the Evansville Public Library in Indiana (1920-21), a librarian at the Linden Public Library in Indiana (1921), an assistant at the Long Beach Public Library in California (1924-25; 1926-27), and an assistant at the Seattle Public Library (1927-45) before her promotion to head of the adult education and film department (1945-51). She worked as Director of the ALA American Heritage Project from 1951 to 1952 and then as Deputy Executive Director of ALA from 1952 until she retired in 1965.

In addition, Stevenson served on the Advancement Committee of the Fund for Adult Education Scholarship Program from 1953 to 1956, the President's Committee of the White House Conference on Aging from 1960 to 1961, and as a consultant to the University of California's Executive Department in 1966 designing projects in library education. She was a member of many professional associations, including the Arizona State Library Association, the Southwest Library Association (SWLA), the Washington Library Association, the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), the National Education Association (NEA), NEA's Division of Audio-Visual Instruction (DAVI), and the Adult Education Association, of which she was president from 1959 to 1961. Her professional interest was in adult education [1].

Sources: 1. Lee Ash, ed., Who's Who in Library Service: A Biographical Directory of Professional Librarians in the United States and Canada, Fourth Edition (United States of America: The Shoe String Press, Inc., 1966), 665.





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