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Cornelia Marvin Pierce
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1873
Monticello
Jones County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 12, 1957
Marion County
Oregon, USA

Cornelia Marvin Pierce was the daughter of Charles Elwell and Cornelia (Moody) Marvin. She was the 3rd wife of Walter Marcus Pierce. He was the 17th Governor of Oregon - 1923-1927. They were married in 1928. She was Oregon's 1st state librarian - 1905-1929.

Brisley, Melissa Ann
Cornelia Marvin Pierce: pioneer in library extension
The Library Quarterly
April 1968, Pgs. 125-
"In her twenty-four years as head of the Oregon State Library, she built almost singlehandedly, one of the finest library systems in the nation. Her character is described as a human dynamo with a mind that works like harnessed lightning."

American Profile - Celebrating The American Spirit
March 15-19, 2011, Page 12, Column 3
"Moving from Wisconsin to Oregon, Cornelia Marvin Pierce helped establish and administer the Oregon State Library Commission in 1905. During her more than 20-year tenure, the number of public libraries in the state significantly increased and in 1909 she established the first mail order department in any American library."

Reed College Library
Special Collections & Archives Manuscripts
Cornelia Marvin Pierce Papers
Size: 4 manuscript boxes, 2 linear feet
Date: September 24, 2003


 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Elwell Marvin (1847 - 1912)
  Sarah Cornelia Moody Marvin (1849 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Walter Marcus Pierce (1861 - 1954)
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Mar 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67085921
 

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- Makalaka
 Added: Feb. 19, 2012
 
 
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