Friday, September 1, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: September 1, 1879 - Margaret I. King


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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Margaret Isadora King, after whom the University of Kentucky (UK) library is named, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on September 1, 1879, to Gilbert and Elizabeth K. King. She graduated from UK in 1898. From 1899 to 1905 King did clerical work in the Lexington law firm of Allen and Bronston. Between 1905 and 1912 she served as secretary to James K. Patterson, president of UK. In 1909 she took over management of the university's small book collection, housed in a new library built in 1908 with a gift from Andrew Carnegie. King was named UK librarian in 1912 and for the remainder of her career she oversaw the development of the modern university library.

King received a B.S. degree in librarianship from Columbia University in 1929. She was president of the Kentucky Library Association (1926-27) and served as a member of the board of trustees of the Lexington Public Library. King was a part-time instructor in both library science and English at UK.

In June 1948, the UK Library was named in her honor. She retired as librarian on September 1, 1949. King died on April 13, 1966, and was buried in the Lexington Cemetery.


Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

King, M. (1893). Margaret I. King Papers, 1879-1966.
Special Collections Archives (contact 1998ua003

Tuttle, M. (1908). Margaret Tuttle Papers and Photographs, 1908-1979.
Special Collections Archives (contact 1984ua024

Stout, F. (1878). Florence Offutt Stout Papers, 1878-1960.
Special Collections Archives (contact 1976ua005

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