Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Evelyn R. Andrews was born in New York City.  Her educational background is unknown but the 1940 census indicates that she had two years of college.

Andrews was working in the New York Free Circulating Library in 1895.  Two years later she became the First Assistant at the Muhlenberg Branch of the NYFCL and was promoted to head that branch in 1899. 

After consolidation in 1901, Andrews continued to head NYPL’s Muhlenberg Branch until 1927 when she was forced to take a leave of absence due to a cataract operation.  When she returned to work in 1928 she was apparently used to fill short term vacancies--she headed six different branches over the next three years.  In 1931 she became Branch Librarian at the 125th Street Branch and served there until her retirement in 1938 when she finally was able to collect a pension.

Evelyn Andrews was one of the many NYPL Branch Librarians who travelled to Europe during their summer vacations.  She obtained her passport in 1923 and visited Spain, Italy and Greece that summer.  After she recovered from her eye operation, she traveled to Europe in 1932, 1934, 1936, and 1938.

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