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Mary Whitfield Canada, American librarian. Duke University grantee Canada, 1979, 81.


Canada, Mary Whitfield was born on June 13, 1919 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Waverly Thomas and Ruth Bradshaw (Smith) Canada.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Emory and Henry College, 1940. Master of Arts in English, Duke University, 1942. Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, University North Carolina, 1956.


Assistant circulation department, Duke U. Library, 1942-1945; undergraduate librarian, Duke U. Library, 1945-1955; reference librarian, Duke U. Library, 1956-1985; assistant head reference department, Duke U. Library, 1967-1979; head department, Duke U. Library, 1979-1985.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


The commitment of individual Christians to work for social and political change should be recognized as a fully legitimate form of Christian discipleship.


God should be loved with hearts as well as with minds. To the best of their ability everyone needs to think things through in the light of reason. This means becoming aware of different points of view, and using his or her critical thinking to make sense of God's world.


Member of Executive Committee Friends of Duke U. Library. Member American Library Association (life. Initiated performance evaluation discussion group), Southeastern library association (secretary college and university section, chairman nominating committee reference services division, also chairman division), North Carolina library association(chairman nominating committee, chairman newspaper committee, chairman college and university section), Alumni Association School Library Science U. North Carolina (president), Virginia History Society (life), Virginia Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (chapter regent), Friends of Virginia State Archives, Campus club (Duke U.), Planning Advisory Committee N. Center Durham, Virginia Museum Beta Phi Museum.


Waverly Thomas Canada

Ruth Bradshaw (Smith) Canada