Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Anne Morris Boyd (1884-1969)
Today (January 13, 2009) is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Anne Morris Boyd. Boyd served on the faculty of the University of Illinois Library School from 1918 to 1949 and was an authority and an advocate for government publications. She was the author of the landmark publication United States Government Publications As Sources of Information for Libraries in 1931. She was also author of the one act play Exit Miss Lizzie Cox: A Bibliotherapeutic Tragedy published in 1926 which she wrote for the Library School faculty. She was President of the Association of American Library Schools in 1945. In 1949 she became the first full time faculty member of the University of Illinois Library School to achieve the rank of full professor. Prior to her tenure at the University of Illinois Library School she held a variety of library posts including that of Librarian of the State Normal School at Whitewater, Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater). She is listed in the Dictionary of American Library Biography. More on Boyd can be found here.