Tuesday, April 19

Seward Park 100 Years Ago: Esther Johnston's Lower East Side


"One hundred years ago this coming May Day, a woman from a small town in Indiana named Esther Johnston began her first day of work at the Seward Park Library on the Lower East Side—her term at Seward lasted from 1916-1921. She eventually became the head of The New York Public Library's Circulation Department until her retirement in 1951. Yet, despite her triumphs in the upper echelons of library administration, the Lower East Side must have taken a strong hold on her. In September of 1966 she wrote an article for the Bulletin of the New York Public Library entitled "A Square Mile of New York" which recounted her experiences as a librarian on the old East Side. In 1966 it had been a full fifty years since Ms. Johnston had begun work at the Seward Park Library. ..."
New York Public Library

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