Thursday, June 16, 2011
MARY COTTAM HATCH (1910-1970)
Mary C. Hatch was a children’s librarian and author who recalled that she got her start by telling stories to her five younger sisters. Hatch is also the only Mormon, as far as I can determine, among those who became Branch Librarians, 1901-1950.
Mary Hatch received her BA from the University of Utah in 1937. The following year she got her library degree from Columbia University, and in 1940 she earned an MA in English, also from Columbia.
Hatch entered NYPL in 1938 after getting her library degree. She was promoted to Branch Librarian in 1945 and headed the Epiphany Branch (1945-1947) and the 58th Street Branch (1947-1955). She subsequently headed the Readers’ Adviser’s Office (1956-1962) and then the Central Circulation Branch (1962-1967). Her final position was as Coordinator of the Mid-Manhattan Branch. Mid-Manhattan was a replacement for Central Circulation and was located in a former department store building, across Fifth Avenue from NYPL’s Central Building. Hatch held that position until her death in 1970.
Hatch was also an author and editor. She edited NYPL’s Branch Library Book News for five years and published several short plays, two books of Danish folk tales, and Rosamunda (Warne, 1946), a children’s picture book illustrated by her husband, Edgun Valdemar Wulff (1913-2000).
Today would have been Hatch’s 101st birthday.