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Watson Library

Library in College Hall

College Hall Library and Museum: Pre-1941

The College Hall Library was located on the second floor of college until the opening of the Wilmington College Library in 1941. 

College Hall Library

College Hall Library with Ohio Mound Builders Settee

The College Hall Library was located on the second floor of college until the opening of the Wilmington College Library in 1941. 

Please note the interesting "Ohio Mound Builders" settee on the left side of the picture. This settee bench was featured in the 1933-34 World's Fair in Chicago, and was donated to the college by a former college president.

Ohio Mound Builders Bench in College Hall Library

Ohio Mound Builders Settee in College Hall Library

This "Ohio Mound Builders" commemorative settee was located in the College Hall Library before 1941. This settee bench was featured in the 1933-34 World's Fair in Chicago, and was donated to the college by a former college president.  The settee was donated to the Clinton County History Center just prior to the Wilmington College Library renovation in 1964.  This fine piece of Wilmington College and World's Fair History is currently on display at the Clinton County History Center. Go here to learn more about the Ohio Exhibit at the 1933-34 World's Fair.

Ohio Moundbuilders Settee at the Clinton County History Center

Ohio Moundbuilders Settee - 2023

This "Ohio Mound Builders" commemorative settee is currently located at the Clinton County History Center This bench was donated by the college to the Center just prior to the Wilmington College Library renovation in 1964.  The settee was created for the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. You can go here to learn more about the Ohio Exhibit at the 1933-34 World's Fair.

College Hall Library: Pre-1941

College Hall Library: Pre-1941

The College Hall Library was located on the second floor of College Hall until the completion of the Wilmington College Library in 1941.

Wilmington College Library Upstairs: Pre-1965

Wilmington College Library 2nd Floor: Pre-1965

Opening in 1941, the Wilmington College Library originally held two large reading rooms on the second floor of the library.  This picture appears to have been taken from the original mezzanine level of the library.

Wilmington College Library Reading Room

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room, now the area where the P through Z books are held on the second floor of the library.

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room: Pre-1965

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room: Pre-1965

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room before the 1965 library expansion and renovation.

Wilmington College Library Pre-1965: Student Registration

Wilmington College Library Pre-1965: Student Registration

It is believed that this picture depicts students and faculty working on registration in the Wilmington College Library North Reading Room.  This picture partially shows the main entry of the library before 1965.

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room - Second Floor

Wilmington College Library South Reading Room - Second Floor

Students studying in the Wilmington College Library South Reading room, now the location of the Quaker Rare Collection.

Wilmington College Library North Reading Room - Second Floor

Wilmington College North Reading Room - Second Floor

This is a picture of the Wilmington College Library North Reading Room taken from the mezzanine prior to the 1965 renovation and library expansion.

A New Era: S.A. Watson Library Opens in 1965

A New Era: S.A. Watson Library Opens in 1965

In 1965, the Wilmington College Library received an addition of approximately 10,000 square feet and a complete reconfiguration of its former layout.  Additional to this expansion, the library was also renamed in honor of Shepard Arthur Watson the 11th President of the College.

S.A. Watson Library 1965

S.A. Watson Library 1965

A view of the Main Level of the Watson Library in 1965.  Note, the library card catalog on the right side of the floor.

Watson Library 1965 Addition

Watson Library 1965 Addition

A view of the 1965 addition and stairway leading to the second floor.

Library Directors of Wilmington College:
When the college first started, faculty members took turns acting as Librarian. Ellen Wright was the first permanent librarian at Wilmington College from 1914-1920. Marguerite Mitchell followed her in 1921 and occupied the position until 1954. During her term of service, Library Science courses were taught in “Wilmington: 101 How to Use a Library” and in “301 Methods for Organizing and Carrying on the School Library Effectively”. 
Hans Fabian took over as Librarian in 1955 and was first referred to as Director of Libraries in 1960. 


Library Directors Since 1960:

Hans Fabian:

1960 - 1962 James Nichols: 1985 - 1991 Lee Bowman & Patti Kinsinger
(Co-Interim Directors) 

2015 - 2016

Deckard Rittor:   1962 - 1963 Jennilou Grotevant: 1991 - 2001 Brian Hickam:

2016 - 2017

Willis Hall: 1963 - 1966 Patti Kinsinger &
Ina Kelley:

(Co-Interim Directors) 

2001

Lucinda Chandler:

2017 - 2022

Robert Yockey:

1966 - 1977

David Gansz:

2001 - 2005

Michael Wells:

2022 - Present

Larry Kroah: 1977 - 1983

Patti Kinsinger &
Matilda Davis:

(Co-Interim Directors)

2005

   
Linda Barr
(Acting Library Director)
1984 - 1985 Jean Mulhern:

2005-2015

   

Noted and Appreciated Employees:

Lee Bowman:           2006 - Present

Kathern Hatfield:     1992 - Present

Patti Kinsinger:        1990 - 2019 (Present Library Volunteer)


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