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Carlton Lamar Wallis, American librarian. Decorated Bronze Star.


Wallis, Carlton Lamar was born on October 15, 1915 in Blue Springs, Mississippi, United States. Son of William Ralph and Tellie (Jones) Wallis.


Bachelor of Arts with special distinction, Mississippi College, 1936; Master of Arts, Tulane University, 1946; Bachelor of Library Science, University of Chicago, 1947; Doctor of Humane Letters, Rhodes College, Memphis, 1980.


English teacher, coach, Mississippi Public Schools, 1936-1941; teaching fellow, Mississippi College and Tulane University, 1941-1942; chief librarian, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas, 1947-1955; city librarian, Richmond, Virginia, 1955-1958; director, Memphis Public Library, 1958-1980; retired, Memphis Public Library, 1980.


Trustee Belhaven College, 1978-1982, National Ornamental Metal Museum, since 1989. Served as chief warrant officer Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member American Library Association (chairman library management section 1969-1971), Public Library Association (director 1973-1977), Texas Library Association (president 1952-1953), Virginia Library Association, Southwestern Library Association (executive board 1950-1955), Southeastern Library Association (chairman public library section 1960-1962), Tennessee Library Association (president 1969-1970, Distinguished Service award 1979, Intellectual Freedom award 1998).

Club: Egyptian (president 1973-1974).


Married Mary Elizabeth Cooper, February 22, 1944. 1 child, Carlton Lamar.

William Ralph Wallis

Tellie (Jones) Wallis

Mary Elizabeth Cooper

Carlton Lamar Wallis