Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Dorothy L. Hull is another Branch Librarian whose career combined both teaching and librarianship.

In 1914 she received an AB in English and Music from Mount Holyoke College, following in the footsteps of her mother who had graduated from there in 1880.

After graduation, Hull moved to Baltimore to take special classes at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while also teaching piano at the Hannah More Academy in Reistertown MD.  Afterwards, she did a short teaching stint in Cuba and then became a piano teacher at the Lakewood School for Girls. 

Dorothy Hull entered NYPL in 1922 and earned her certificate in librarianship from Pratt Institute in 1925.  In 1927 Hull left NYPL to become the librarian at the Horace Mann School for Girls (a private school in the Bronx).  She returned to NYPL in 1929 and was promoted to Branch Librarian in 1932.  She was the head of four branches prior to her retirement in 1954.

In her early years at NYPL Hull was twice able to incorporate her teaching experience directly into her NYPL work.  First, her specialty before becoming a Branch Librarian was in Reference and School Work.  Second, in 1930-1932 she was detached from the Stapleton Branch to serve as the head of NYPL’s Training Class. 

Today would be Dorothy Hull’s 122nd birthday.

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