While perusing an unprocessed collection last week, I came upon a fascinating pamphlet published by the War Finance Committee. Its title is “A New Way for Librarians and War Bond Workers to help their communities help their country win the War.” Connecticut is used as one of the examples of how the program works.
“Public libraries in Connecticut, working with the State War Finance Committee, demonstrated that libraries could play an important part in the War Finance Program. New professional and educational groups were reached through the libraries; and librarians, because of their special place and prestige in a community, made the best possible type of War Bond appeal to such groups. Friends of the libraries and library trustees helped libraries win important literary awards for their communities.”
What struck me most was the statement the librarians hold a special place and prestige in the community. Sometimes I am not sure we are held in the same esteem today. I also found it a bit amusing that librarians were equated with war bond workers!
This publication and other documents related to suffrage and women’s role in World War II are part of a collection about Ruth Dadourian, a remarkable woman for her time. A catalog record will be on the OPAC shortly.