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Mary Kinley Ingraham

mkiThis collection of records concerning Mary Kinley Ingraham consists of material located primarily in the Kirkconnell Reading Room and the Esther Clark Wright Archives at Acadia University. The content of the collection relates to Ingraham's education, family, work and professional life as a student, librarian, and author. Material includes images, letters, poems, plays, and periodicals.

Ingraham was a graduate of the Acadia Ladies Seminary and received her BA and MA from Acadia University. She held the position of Chief Librarian and instructor of library science from 1917-1944 at Acadia's Emmerson Memorial Library. Ingraham was a pioneer in the development of libraries in the Maritime provinces and she led many important movements including the development of the first library science program east of Montreal and the launch of the first bookmobiles in Canada. She was instrumental in the founding of the Maritime Library Association (MLA) which continues to exist today as the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA). For many years, Ingraham edited and wrote for the official publication of the Association, The Bulletin. See the APLA Archives digital collection for access to early issues of this periodical under the Maritime Library Association Bulletin and the Maritime Library Institute Bulletin, which contain editorial notes, poems, and essays written by Ingraham.

In addition to this digital collection, the Archives holds 6 boxes of material donated by Mary Kinley Ingraham when she retired from her position as Acadia's Chief Librarian. The boxes contain original letters of correspondence during her time at Acadia. Click on the Inventory tab to see a list of what each box contains. Please quote Accession No. 1944.001 if planning to visit the Archives. For access to original images digitized in this collection, please note the Accession Number field in the record before contacting the Archives.



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