Monday, June 13, 2011

ISABEL JACKSON (1902-1977)

Isabel Jackson was born on June 13, 1902 in New York City

At age 20 she became a General Assistant at the Brooklyn Public Library. 

She received her certificate from the Pratt Institute Library School in 1925.

After graduating from Pratt, Jackson entered NYPL as the Acting First Assistant at the Tompkins Square Branch, a position that was made permanent in 1926.  For two years, 1927-1929, she served as First Assistant at Seward Park.

Jackson then served as Branch Librarian at three busy branches:  Morrisania, 1929-1941; St. Agnes, 1941-1946; and Fordham, 1946-1953.  In 1954 she was named to be the first Borough Coordinator overseeing all the branches in the Bronx.  She held this position until 1961 when she retired from NYPL after 36 years.

At her retirement from NYPL she was hailed as “a remarkable and utterly devoted librarian, a book lady and a leader.”

Isabel Jackson retired to Vermont, where she had a farm, and died there in 1977.

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