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Frances Alderson Swope

librarian

Frances Alderson Swope was American librarian. Named West Virginia History Hero, 1997. Member National Trust Historic Preservation, National Society Colonial Dames in American, West Virginia Library. Association Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.

Background

Swope, Frances Alderson was born on December 5, 1911 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Joseph Newman and Frances (Richardson) Alderson.

Education

Bachelor, University Kentucky, Lexington, 1933. Bachelor of Science in Library. Science, University Illinois, 1939.

Postgraduate, University Virginia. Postgraduate, University Michigan. Postgraduate, University London.

Career

Teacher Alderson (West Virginia) High School, 1933-1939. Extension library Circleville (Ohio) Public Library., 1939-1941, Kanawha County Public Library., Charleston, West Virginia, 1941-1943. Alternate custodian commandant's confidential and secret files 3rd Naval District Headquarters, New York City, 1943-1945.

Cataloguer Yale University Library., New Haven, 1946-1947. Chief extension library Kanawha County Public Library., 1947-1967. Archivist Greenbrier History Society, Lewisburg, West Virginia, 1969-1997.

Membership

Member National Trust Historic Preservation, National Society Colonial Dames in American, West Virginia Library. Association Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Walking.

Connections

Married Kenneth Dabney Swope, December 27, 1958. Stepchildren: Jeanne Weikel, Lee Smith.

father:
Joseph Newman Alderson

mother:
Frances (Richardson) Alderson

spouse:
Kenneth Dabney Swope

children:
Jeanne Weikel Swope

Lee Smith Swope