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Mary Ann Olcott

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Description albumen print on petite card of Mary Ann Olcott.
Year Range from 1893
Year range to 1895
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 12396
Notes Bust view of Mary Ann Olcott, the 1st librarian in Oshkosh. She wears an out-of-date print dress with a miniature portrait at her collar. She wears her gray hair braided on top of her head. Mary Ann Olcott was born November 23, 1837 in Moriah, NY. Her father brought the family to Oshkosh in 1847 where he operaed a tavern and later farmed. Oshkosh first had a private library started in 1868 by subscription only. Olcott and her sister Adeline became associated with it in 1870 and was a strong advocate to open a public library. The city finally passed an ordinance for one in 1895 and Olcott became its first librarian when it located in City Hall. In 1899 they moved to the Barber House. When the new building opened in 1900, Olcott became the assistant librarian or reference librarian. She was one of the founders of the "Old School Girls Club" and served as its first president. She died December 12, 1924.
Object ID P2002.3.112
Object Name Petite Card
People Olcott, Mary Ann
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4 " x 2 1/2"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Female
Librarians
Oshkosh Public Library
Pioneers
Old School Girls Club
Title Mary Ann Olcott
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