Tuesday, July 26, 2011

AMY VALENTINE (1873-1963)

The 1900 US Census lists Amy Valentine’s mother and father as farmers in Dutchess County, NY.  It did not list any employment for Amy, who at the time was 27 years old.

In 1902 Valentine’s father died and four months afterward she entered the NYPL Training Class and began working at NYPL.   Although she passed the exam to become a Branch Librarian in 1905, there was a long delay before she achieved that rank.  Valentine spent 25 years as a First Assistant at the Harlem and George Bruce Branches.  She was finally appointed to Branch Librarian at the Jackson Square Branch in 1930 and served there until she retired in 1941.

Today would be Amy Valentine’s 138th birthday.

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