Fyan, Loleta D. (Loleta Dawson), 1894-1990

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Loleta Irene Dawson Fyan was born on May 14, 1894, in Clinton, Iowa, to Albert Foster Dawson and Phoebe R. (DeGroat) Dawson. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College majoring in botany and minoring in music. She graduated top of her class from Western Reserve University's Library School in 1920 and was hired by the Detroit Public Library. In 1921, she became the first county librarian for Wayne County Library System. She married Clarence Edward (Ted) Fyan (1888-1954) in 1926. She served as president of the Michigan Library Association from 1934-35 and was appointed the first professionally certified state librarian of Michigan in 1941, a post which she held until her retirement in 1961. She held many posts during her career including president of the American Library Association (1951-52). She lived out the remaining years of her life in East Lansing, dying on March 15, 1990.

From the description of Loleta Dawson Fyan papers, 1871-1990, bulk 1911-1961. (State Archive of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 50327538

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associatedWith Dawson, Albert Foster. person
associatedWith Dawson family. family
associatedWith DeGroat family. family
associatedWith Detroit Public Library corporateBody
associatedWith Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006 person
associatedWith Fyan, Clarence Edward, 1888-1954. person
associatedWith Fyan family. family
associatedWith Fyan, Lila Elizabeth Ellen. person
associatedWith Library of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Wayne County Library System (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wellesley College corporateBody
associatedWith Western Reserve University. School of Library Science. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan--Wayne County
Government libraries
Women school principals--Biography
Women teachers--Biography
Government librarians
Women in library science
Libraries--History--20th century
World War, 1914-1918
Women librarians--Biography


Birth 1894-05-14

Death 1990-03-15


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