Cheryl Gunselman served as manuscripts librarian at Washington State University from 2003 until her retirement in 2019. She holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University and advanced degrees from Reed College and the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include social and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest during the Progressive Era, particularly the history of libraries.
Cornelia Marvin Pierce (1873-1957)
From her first arrival in Oregon in 1905 until her death in 1957, Cornelia Marvin Pierce helped shape the state's social, educational, and political conditions as state librarian, political activist, and reformer. Born in 1873 into a middle-class family in Iowa, Cornelia Marvin attended public schools in Minnesota and Washington, …
Library Association of Portland
The first public library in Oregon, supported by taxes and freely available to everyone, opened in Portland in 1902. While most American cities and towns started from nothing or built on small libraries operated by volunteers, the situation in Portland was very different. The city used public funds to open …