Special Collections and Archives

Margaret Dunbar papers (faculty-Libraries)

Special Collections and Archives

Margaret Dunbar papers (faculty-Libraries)

Margaret Dunbar papers

Finding Aid

Prepared by Barbara Bass, October, 1996
1 slim document case, .16 cubic foot, 11th floor


Miss Margaret Dunbar was born in Monmouth, Ill. in Sept. 30, 1872. She graduated from Monmouth College in 1896 and received her degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1902.

She worked at McComb University in Illinois where she helped to organize the library. On April 5, 1913, at President McGilvrey's request, she joined the Kent Normal School staff as the first librarian. She had worked as head librarian under President McGilvrey when he was at the University of Illinois. She was one of one of 11 staff members hired in 1913.

The first library was on the 3rd floor of Merrill Hall. In 1914 the library was moved to the "Atrium" in the Administration Building where Miss Dunbar and her sister, Isabelle, began setting up the new facility which still had a dirt floor and was heated by open-burner oil stoves. They were busy cataloging the 3,680 volumes that were purchased during the first year. She again supervised the moving of the library to Rockwell Hall in 1927.

Miss Dunbar taught classes in the use of library materials as well as managing the library. She retired in 1943 and received emeritus status in 1952. She died in her home on Dec. 24, 1957. In 1958 the first women's dormitory was named for her.

Folder -- Contents

  1. Speeches and class notes
  2. Article
  3. Correspondence (contains one letter from sister, Isabelle, May 5, 1955), 1908-1943
  4. Photograph of Miss Dunbar