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Rossie Juanita Brower Caldwell

Rossie Juanita Brower Caldwell was American library service educator. Recipient Presidential citation Claflin College, 1989, Links award for community achievement, 1998, numerous annual volunteer work citations; Founders Day honoree, 1994, Heritage Club award Claflin University, 2000; named to Claflin College Hall of Fame, 1997; Woman of Year, United Methodist Women, 2003.


  • Caldwell, Rossie Juanita Brower was born on November 4, 1917 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of Rossie Lee and Henrietta Olivia (Irby) Brower.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude, Claflin University, 1937. Master of Science, South Carolina State College, 1952. Medical Science Liaison Society, University Illinois, 1959.


    • Teacher library Reed St. High School, Anderson, South Carolina, 1937-1939, Emmett Scott High School, Rock Hill, 1939-1942, Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, 1942-1943, library, 1945-1957. Civilian personnel War Department, Tuskegee Army Air Field, 1943-1945. Assistant professor, then associate professor library service department South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, 1957-1983.


    • Co-editor (magazine) Trinity United Methodist Women. Contributing author book in field
    • author articles.


    Associate member Orangeburg Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Member Historical Society South Carolina. Trustee, Christian advisory United Methodist Church in South Carolina, 1978—1986.

    Co-chair history and archives committee Trinity United Methodist Church. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life), American Library Association (continuing life member), American Library Association Black Caucus (emeritus), American Association of University Professors (emeritus), Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary (life), National Women's History Museum (charter, Washington), South Carolina Library. Association (honorary), American Association of University Women (editor Orangeburg branch bulletin), Friends of the Library.

    (Orangeburg County), Palmetto Medical Dental Pharmaceutical Association Auxiliary (historian, state president, Woman of Year 1972, Special Longevity award 2003), Links Club (archivist, historian), As You Like It Bridge Club, Daughters of Isis, Claflin University Forerunners Club (coordinator, founder 1987), Golden Scholarship Club (co-founder 1987), Sigma Pi Phi (archousa, Claflin queen 1935-1937, emeritus queen 1999), Phi Delta Kappa (emeritus member), Alpha Kappa Alpha (life member. Golden Soror 2001), Omega Psi Phi (Omega Lambda Sigma chapter Scroll of Honor 1988), Beta Phi Mu (member international Library. honorary society, member library science society).


    • Married Harlowe Evans Caldwell, August 6, 1943 (deceased 1983). 1 adopted daughter, Rossie Laverne Caldwell Jenkins.
    • father: Rossie Lee Brower
    • mother: Henrietta Olivia (Irby) Brower
    • spouse: Harlowe Evans Caldwell
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    • 1937
      Claflin University
    • 1952
      South Carolina State College
    • 1959
      University Illinois
    • 1937 - 1939
      Teacher, library Reed St. High School
      Anderson, California, United States
    • 1939 - 1942
      Teacher, library Reed St. High School
      Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
    • 1942 - 1943
      Teacher, library Reed St. High School
      Orangeburg, New York, United States
    • 1943 - 1945
      civilian personnel War Department
    • 1945 - 1957
      Teacher, library Reed St. High School
    • 1957 - 1983
      assistant, professor library service department South Carolina State University
      Orangeburg, New York, United States
    • 1957 - 1983
      then associate, professor library service department South Carolina State University
      Orangeburg, New York, United States
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