Ernestine Grafton was born in Hubbard City, Texas on Jan. 17, 1913, the daughter of Louis D. Grafton and Connie Newton. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University, Waxahachie, Texas in 1933, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1934, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1940. Ernestine was School Librarian in Port Arthur, Texas from 1934-35, Reference Assistant in the Cincinnati Public Library, Ohio from 1936-1941, Tri-County Librarian in North Carolina from 1941-1944, and State Extension Librarian at the Virginia State Library from 1945-1957.
Miss Grafton became the first director appointed by the new State Traveling Library Board in July 1957. And she continued her work at the State Traveling Library of Iowa until 1970. Ernestine died on August 2, 2000 in New York City.
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