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B. Mabel Dunham, 1881-1957

Kitchener librarian, 1908-1944

Bertha Mabel Dunham was born near Harriston, Ontario, on 29 May 1881. After graduating from Victoria College, Toronto, she attended the summer library school at McGill University and was appointed librarian at Kitchener (then Berlin) in 1908. She continued as chief librarian there until her retirement in 1944. Under Dunham's leadership, Kitchener emerged as an exemplar for small city libraries and received deserved praise from Survey of Libraries in Canada published in 1933.

Dunham was active in professional and local organizations, serving as president of the Ontario Library Association in 1920/21 and authoring the history,Trail of the Conestoga, in 1926. She died at Kitchener on 21 June 1957.

Photo caption: B. Mabel Dunham, no date (before 1926)
Photo source: Ontario Library Association; an historical sketch 1900-1926
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