I wanted to share a little history regrading African American librarianship in observance of Dr. King’s birthday. He believed that every man had the right to learn how to read, obtain an education, and possess civil liberties…
Meet: Effie Lee Morris, she was the first African American President of the Public Library Association and a leader in services for blind and minority children.
According to LittleKnownLibraryFacts.com, Ms. Morris was the chair of the Coretta Scott King Task Force and the Children’s Services Coordinator at the San Francisco Public Library where she worked from 1963 until 1977.
In addition, Ms. Morris was a librarian at the Cleveland Public Library (1946-1955) and the New York Public Library (1955-1963). She passed away at the age of 88 on November 10, 2009.
Learn more about the Effie Lee Morris Collection through the San Francisco Public Library–Online.
- About the Collection
- Alice in Wonderland Collection
- Beatrix Potter Collection
- Rare books and first editions including Arthur Rackham Early Editions
- Changing Portrayals Collection of Ethnic and Social Groups with an Emphasis on Pacific Rim Peoples
- Award wnning children’s books, including complete collections of Newbery and Caldecott award winners.
- San Francisco Interest – Books by San Francisco authors and books about San Francisco, including some original manuscripts
- Early Children’s Magazines – St. Nicholas (November, 1873 – January, 1940) and Youths Companion (January, 1895 – December, 1927)
- Historical Trends in Publishing for Children
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research provided by: Little Known Librarian Facts & The San Francisco Public Library