Louise Seaman Bechtel

1894 - 1985

Publisher & Teacher


Louise Seaman 
Born in 1894, Louise Bechtel attended college at both Vassar and Yale. In 1919 she became the head of the newly formed children's department of Macmillan Company. This was the first separate department devoted exclusively to the publication of children's books, and it is largely because of her success that children's book publishing became a popular and profitable industry. She was a teacher, critic, author, radio personality, and editor of both children's books and of the Horn Book Magazine during the course of her life. Louise Bechtel died in 1985.

Photograph from Baldwin Library Archives and Manuscripts

  • Smith, Rita J. (1998). Just Who are These Women? Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth Marie Baldwin. Journal of Youth Service in Libraries. (Vol. 11, pp.161-170).
  • 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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