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Library administrator

Lelia Boothe Saunders, American library administrator.


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


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


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.


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).


John Ferguson Saunders

Mabel M. (Zimmerman) Saunders