GOREE, EDWIN SUE
GOREE, EDWIN SUE (1884–1961). Edwin Sue Goree, library organizer, daughter of Robert Daniel and Frances Rebecca (Campbell) Goree, was born on May 14, 1884, in Thorp Springs, Texas. She attended the University of Texas from 1901 to 1903 and began her career as a librarian there in 1908. From 1915 to 1917 she was librarian of the university's Department of Extension Loan Library. During World War I she joined the American Library Association War Service as a hospital librarian at Camp Bowie (Tarrant County) and Fort Bliss. From 1923 to 1930 she was librarian of the Woman's Board of Trade Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Goree returned to Texas as library organizer for the Texas State Library in 1931 and devoted the next nine years to promoting the establishment of county libraries and the improvement of local library service. She traveled around the state speaking to groups, visiting libraries and clubs, and organizing exhibits. She wrote articles and led institutes to educate citizens about obtaining library service. She established demonstration library collections which the State Library lent to small towns without libraries. In 1937 she resigned to become the executive secretary of the Texas Library Association in order to lead campaigns for stronger library legislation. She held this post again in 1938–39. She assisted in the organization of the People's Library Movement, a predecessor of Friends of Texas Libraries. In 1941 she became the founding librarian of the United States Naval Air Station Library in Corpus Christi, where she remained until 1946. She ended her career in the Burnet County Free Library, where she worked from 1949 to 1957.
Edwin Sue Goree was an Episcopalian and a Democrat. In 1960 she received the first Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award. She died in Fort Worth on June 11, 1961.
Margaret Louise Porter, Edwin Sue Goree, A Biography (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1965).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Margaret Louise Porter, "GOREE, EDWIN SUE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgo31), accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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