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Mary Askew Backer Smith

Mary Askew Backer Smith, American librarian, retired. President American Association of University Women Baltimore branch, 1964-1966, Legislation Clearing House of Maryland, Baltimore, 1981-1982. Member Maryland Library. Association.

Background

  • Smith, Mary Askew Backer was born on January 26, 1897 in Cincinnati. Daughter of Matthew Jackson and Martha Goldsborough (Henry) Askew.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Cincinnati, 1918. Library. certified, University Wisconsin, 1919. Master of Arts, John Hopkins University, 1953.

    Career

    • Professional assistant New York Public Library., New York City, 1919-1920. Branch library Enoch Pratt Free Library., Baltimore, 1943-1964. Instructor Catonsville (Maryland) Community College, 1967-1968.

    Works

    • Author: (booklet) The College Club-A History of the Baltimore Branch of the American Association of University Women, 1981. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    God gives us the Holy Spirit, and when we respond, there is no limit to what the grace of God is able to do in a human life.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    The supportive small group inside the Church is the most powerful tool for people to feel that they belong and also to learn and grow.

    Membership

    President American Association of University Women Baltimore branch, 1964-1966, Legislation Clearing House of Maryland, Baltimore, 1981-1982. Member Maryland Library. Association.

    Personality

    Interests

    Reading, music.

    Connections

    • Married John William Backer, September 11, 1920 (deceased February 1948). Children: Mary Elizabeth Backer Hubbard, John Matthew. Married Russell Evans Smith, August 9, 1969 (deceased).
    • father: Matthew Jackson Askew
    • mother: Martha Goldsborough (Henry) Askew
    • spouses: John William Backer
    • Russell Evans Smith
    • children: Mary Elizabeth Backer Hubbard Smith
    • John Matthew Smith
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    Born January 26, 1897
    Nationality
    • 1918
      University Cincinnati
    • 1919
      University Wisconsin
    • 1953
      John Hopkins University
    • 1919 - 1920
      Professional assistant, New York Public Library
    • 1943 - 1964
      branch library Enoch Pratt Free Library
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1967 - 1968
      instructor, Catonsville (Maryland) Community College