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date: 01 March 2021

Fairchild, Mary Salome Cutlerlocked

(21 June 1855–20 December 1921)
  • Martin J. Manning

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Fairchild, Mary Salome Cutler (21 June 1855–20 December 1921), librarian, was born in Dalton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Artemas Hubbard Cutler, a papermaker, and Lydia Wakefield, his second wife. After high school, she was offered a position in a community library but turned it down to attend Mount Holyoke Seminary (now College). After graduation from Mount Holyoke in 1875, she was a member of its Latin faculty for three years until she resigned because of poor health. Ambitious to fulfill a childhood desire to do something worthwhile and attracted to library work partly from the activities of the newly formed American Library Association, Cutler cataloged a small country library, then wrote to ...

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