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Gratia Alta Countryman: Outstanding Librarian & Community Servant: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Manuscripts

Gratia A. Countryman
Correspondence, speeches, diaries, newspaper clippings, diplomas and appointments, and other papers of Gratia Countryman, head librarian (1904-1936) of the Minneapolis Public Library. Includes some materials relating to her parents, Levi and Alta Countryman, her brother Theophilus, and other family members.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Levi N. Countryman
Diaries, correspondence, genealogical correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs, and miscellaneous materials of Levi N. Countryman, father of Gratia A. Countryman.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid 

Twin Cities Library Club 
The records document the club’s semiannual (after 1909) meetings, which incorporated dinners, tours, and other social events. There is also information on the club’s association with the American Library Association, as well as with its own members. Post-1958 materials consist entirely of bank account records. Countryman was a founding member of this club. 
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1681).

Books & Other Publications

Gratia Countryman's Letters to Her Family, by Gratia Countryman (compiled by Virginia Buffington and Robert MacGregor Shaw).
Edina, MN, July 5, 2005.
Twenty-three letters written by Gratia Alta Countryman describing a European bicycle trip in the summer of 1896.  The letters were compiled, typed, and edited by Robert MacGregor Shaw and Countryman's great niece Virginia Buffington.  Buffington added personal comments to the back of the collection.  
MNHS call number: Z720 .C78 A4 2005

Library Work as a Profession, by Gratia Countryman.
Minneapolis, Minn.: Woman’s Occupational Bureau, 1930.
This pamphlet, written by Countryman, is a summary of the profession as she saw it.  Countryman outlined the local field (major Twin Cities libraries, including the MHS Library), and the preparation, personal qualifications, variety of positions, and the salary a librarian or librarian in training can expect.  This was published before Countryman became president of the American Library Association.  
MNHS call number: Z682 .C85

Handbook of the Minneapolis Public Library.
Minneapolis : The Library, 1920.
MNHS call number: Z733 .M64h 1920

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