Library moving day, Farmington, 1956

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By the 1940s, Farmington State Teacher College had outgrown its small library in the main administration building, and needed more space to better serve the students. A new building, which included a library, was constructed and opened in spring 1956.

On the afternoon of May 17, 1956, classes were cancelled so students and faculty could help move the books from Merrill Hall to the new Library-Classroom building. Under the guidance of Agnes Mantor and assistant librarian Amelia Phetzing, the books were moved brigade-style into the new Edith Clifford Memorial Reading Room, named after the 1890 alumnae and library benefactress whose gift of $50,000 upon her death created an endowment to help support and sustain a library at the college.

These student volunteers, gathered outside the main entrance on South Street, are happily waiting their turn to shelve books in the new stacks.

The first six people in the front row, from left, are members of the class of 1956: Geraldine Mishou, Rita Foley, June Douglas, Shirley Martin, Maralie O’Brien and John Hosie.

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  • Title: Library moving day, Farmington, 1956
  • Creation Date: 1956-05-17
  • Subject Date: 1956-05-17
  • Town: Farmington
  • County: Franklin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 12.5 cm x 18 cm
  • Local Code: Mantor Library V.F.
  • Object Type: Image

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