Helen Stub Interview
Helen Stub was the secretary-treasurer of the Twin City Library Club (TCLC)
when the organization dissolved around 1959. Founded in 1906, the Twin City Library Club was an
organization intended to help librarians in St. Paul and Minneapolis become acquainted with each
other and the library collections of the Twin Cities. Helen reflects in the interview:
This group of people were active participants in the intellectual, aesthetic, educational, political
life of that period between 1906-1959. And, that period included two World Wars, a depression, the
recovery, the New Deal, droughts, and, of course, the invention of the automobile.
Helen Stub discusses the founding of the organization by Clara Baldwin (Director, Public Library
Commission, 1889-1936), John King (Director, Minnesota State Library),
Gratia Countryman (Director, Minneapolis
Public Library), W.W. Folwell (President, University of Minnesota) and relays tales from
the Secretary-Treasurer's books that chronicle the events of the library profession in the Twin Cities. These
include summaries of lectures, reports on library successes, and descriptions of a 1908 list of periodicals
of the libraries in Minneapolis and St. Paul, early interlibrary loan, site visits to libraries,
announcement of the first bookmobile, parties at the H.W. Wilson company, boat trips on the Mississippi,
road tours by car, and elegant dinners.
Helen began her library career in Fairfax, MN, in 1948, moving to St. Paul Park in 1952, and, then, as a librarian in
the Minneapolis School District from 1955-1980. She served as President of Minnesota Educational Media Organization from 1977-1978.
Interviewed by Sara Ring, Minitex, on July 28, 2011.
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