Louise Latimer

1878 - 1962

Author & Librarian


Louise Payson Latimer
Louise Payson Latimer was born in 1878 in West Virginia.  She was a children's librarian at the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) for most of her career.  She began working at the DCPL in 1909 while concurrently attending their librarian training sessions. In 1911 she took a sabbatical from her work and attended the Carnegie Library School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  During her career she held a number of different position at DCPL: Children's Librarian, Children's Library Supervisor for Work with Schools, and Director of Work with Children.  She was the Director for almost thirty years.  During that time, she also served as chairman of the Children's Librarian Section of the American Library Association (1926-1927).  She helped the staff of the Horn Book Magazine publish its book monumental work, Illustrators of Children's Books, 1744-1945.  In addition, she wrote a number of other articles and books.  In her practice, she stressed the importance of cooperation with the schools.  She was also one of the pioneers of library service to people with disabilities.  She died on October 7, 1962 at her home in Washington, D.C.

Photograph from The Library Journal (Librarian Authors: Louise P. Latimer section, 1930, p. 217).

Selected Works
  • Your Washington and Mine, Scribner, 1924
  • Compiler of Illustrators, A Finding List, Faxon, 1925
  • One Public Library Children's Department, Faxon, 1935
  • Librarian Authors: Louise P. Latimer. (1930, March). The Library Journal, 55 (5), 217. (Photo)
  • Miller, B. H. (1962, December). Louise Payson Latimer. The Horn Book Magazine, 38 (6), 651.
  • Peterson, N. (1948, May). Miss Latimer Retires. Top of the News, 73, 729.

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