Mary K. Eakin. Papers, ca. 1959-1979

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Title: Mary K. Eakin. Papers, ca. 1959-1979

Record Series: 22/11/04

Creator: Mary K. Eakin

Date: ca. 1959-1979

Extent: 1.25 linear feet, 3 boxes.

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Mary K. Eakin Papers, ca. 1959-1979, Archives Record Series 22/11/04, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Mary Eakin was born August 20, 1917, in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Fort Smith Junior College (Arkansas) before earning her bachelor's degree from Drake University. She then received her Bachelor of Library Science degree and a master's degree from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago. She taught at Fort Smith Junior High School for a year and then directed the University of Chicago Children's Book Center for fourteen years. In addition, she served as editor of the Bulletin of the Children's Book Center.

Eakin then worked at the University of Northern Iowa for twenty one years, first as a Youth Collection Librarian and laster as an associate professor in the College of Education. She retired in 1979. She was also involved in community activities promoting civil liberties and was a longtime volunteer in the Waterloo Center for the Arts museum shop.

Eakin passed away in 2010.

More information can be found here.


Box 1

Folder 1: Correspondence and programs

Folder 2: Publications, review and articles

Folder 3: Bibliographies prepared by Ms. Eakin and others

Box 2

Books edited by Mary Eakin:

Good Books for Children,University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1962

Subject Index to Books for Intermediate Grades, American Library Association, Chicago, 1963

Subject Index to Books for Primary Grades, second edition (co-edited with Eleanor Merritt), American Library Association, Chicago, 1961 (2 copies)

Subject Index to Books for Primary Grades, third edition, American Library Association, Chicago, 1967

Box 3

Books edited by Mary Eakin:

Instructional Materials Bulletin

  • Library Materials for Holidays, May 1959
  • Library Materials for Remedial Reading, June 1959
  • Library Materials for Gifted Children, October 1959
  • Library Materials on Asia, no date, but ca. 1959

Library Materials for Beginning Independent Reading, 1966

Library Materials for Elementary Science (with Albert C. Haman), 1964 (2 copies)

Subject Index to Books for Primary Grades, third edition, American Library Association, Chicago, 1967 (2nd copy)

Frontiers of Library Service for Youth (Mary Eakin and several others), Columbia University, New York, 1979

Good Books for Children, third edition, Phoenix Books, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1967

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, September 2017. Updated January 2018 and April 2018 (dh). Linear feet updated on September 20, 2017.


Waterloo Courier, July 2, 2010.

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