Thursday, March 24, 2011


“Gee, you still here?”  That was the question that World War II veterans asked Marion P. Watson when they returned to their old neighborhood after the end of the war.  Watson had been head of the Tomkins Square Branch since 1927.  The veterans’ surprise, Watson told the New York Times, prompted her to think about retiring and “‘Make way for someone else.’”

Marion Watson joined NYPL immediately after receiving her BA from Wellesley College in 1911.  She entered the NYPL Library School a year later, took the 2-year course, and received her diploma in 1914. 

Watson was born on March 24th, 122 years ago today. 

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