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Sarah Byrd Askew
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1877
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1942
New Jersey, USA

Sarah was the daughter of Samuel Horton Askew and Thyrza Pickering.

Sarah's list of accomplishments is long. She was two-time president of the New Jersey Library Association in 1913 and again in 1939, vice-president of the American Library Association in 1938, chair of the children's reading section of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1924 to 1929, and served on the Trenton Board of Education for ten years starting in 1923. In recognition of her contributions to the state, the New Jersey College for Women conferred its first honorary degree on the one name unanimously put forth, Sarah Byrd Askew.

Sarah Byrd Askew passed away in Trenton NJ from pneumonia and was buried in her family's plot in Atlanta.(James, 1971) In 1956, Paterson State College named their new library building afterher, providing information about her at their reference desk. (University, 2006) Her legacy of advocacy, attention to the reader, and dedication to providing library service to every reader in every town is a model for modern librarians. Her establishment of services we use daily; interlibrary
loan, bookmobile service, county-wide districts, and readers' advisory, is a daunting measure of superb librarianship. 
 
Burial:
Westview Cemetery
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section 9
 
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Record added: Nov 26, 2012
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Sarah <i>Byrd</i> Askew
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