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Lelia Boothe Saunders

Lelia Boothe Saunders, American library administrator.

Background

  • Saunders, Lelia Boothe was born on October 16, 1917 in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. Daughter of John Ferguson and Mabel M. (Zimmerman) Saunders.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Roanoke College, 1939. Bachelor of Library Science, Columbia University, 1940.

    Career

    • Country librarian Dickinson County Library, Virginia, 1941-1942. Circulation librarian Roanoke City Public Library, 1942-1946. Bookmobile librarian Library of Hawaii, 1946-1948.

      Army librarian United States Armed Services, Germany, 1949-1952. Branch librarian Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania, 1952-1958. Assistant library director Arlington County Public Library, Virginia, 1958-1979, director, 1979-1986.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Chairman, Alexandria Commission on Status of Women, Virginia. Secretary Friends of Women Prisoners, Inc., 1984, president, since 1985. Member American Library Association (council member), Virginia Library Association (president), Council of Governments Library Council (chairman), Southeastern Library Association, Northern Virginia Networking Commission, District of Columbia Library Association (president since 1985).

    Connections

    • father: John Ferguson Saunders
    • mother: Mabel M. (Zimmerman) Saunders
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    Born October 16, 1917
    Nationality
    • 1939
      Roanoke College
    • 1940
      Columbia University
    • 1941 - 1942
      Country librarian Dickinson County Library
      Virginia, United States
    • 1942 - 1946
      circulation librarian Roanoke City Public Library
    • 1946 - 1948
      bookmobile librarian Library of Hawaii
    • 1949 - 1952
      army librarian United States Armed Services
      Germany
    • 1952 - 1958
      branch librarian Enoch Pratt Free Library
      Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1958 - 1979
      assistant, library director Arlington County Public Library
      Virginia, United States
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