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1957-1970, Ernestine Grafton


1957-1970, Ernestine Grafton



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. Ernestine died on August 2, 2000 in New York City. Needham, Sherman W. ed. “Iowa State Traveling Library.” Iowa Official Register 1957-58, Des Moines: State of Iowa, 1958.173. “Grafton, C(onnie) Ernestine.” Who’s Who in the Midwest 1963-1964, 8th ed. Chicago: Marquis Publications Co., 1964: 341. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” (Online:, 2008) <> for reference to Ernestine Grafton.


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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