Augusta Braxton Baker

1911 - 1998

Storyteller & Librarian


Augusta Braxton 
Born on April 1, 1911, in Baltimore, Maryland, Augusta Baker was introduced to storytelling when she was young. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education and another in Library Science from New York State College in Albany. She devoted some 37 years to the New York Public Library System, as a children's librarian, storyteller, and coordinator of children's services. Upon retiring from the NYPL in 1974, she became active in the American Library Association, serving on the Executive board and in other organizations including the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. Upon moving to Columbia, South Carolina in 1980, she became the University of South Carolina's storyteller in residence, and spent 14 years in the position. Augusta Baker died on February 23, 1998.

Photograph from Richland County Public Library

Selected Works
  • Baker, Augusta. (1970). My Years as a Children's Librarian. In E. J. Josey, ed. The Black Librarian in America (pp. 117-123). Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press.
  • Greene, E. (1996). Storytelling: Art and Technique (3rd ed.) New Providence, New Jersey: R.R. Bowker.
  • Smith, Henrietta M. (March/April 1995). Augusta Baker. Horn Book. 70, 292-296.
  • Vandergrift, Kay. (1996). Female Advocacy and Harmonius Voices: A History of Public Library Services and Publishing for Children in the United States. Library Trends, 44 (4), 683-718.

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