Josephine Adams Rathbone

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Josephine Adams Rathbone
Josephine Adams Rathbone (left), 1931.jpg
Josephine Adams (right) pokes fun of the staid image of her respected instructor, Josephine Adams Rathbone (left). Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1931.
President of the American Library Association
In office
Preceded byAdam Strohm
Succeeded byHarry Miller Lydenberg
Personal details
Josephine Adams Rathbone

September 10, 1864 (1864-09-10)
New York, US
DiedMay 17, 1941(1941-05-17) (aged 76)
EducationUniversity of Michigan

Josephine Adams Rathbone (September 10, 1864 – May 17, 1941) was a librarian, library educator, author, and president of the American Library Association in 1931–32.[1] She was born in Jamestown, New York. She began her studies at the University of Michigan from 1887 to 1891, then moved to New York where she graduated from the New York State Library School in 1893 earning a B.L.S.[2] After working for two years as an assistant cataloger at the Pratt Institute Free Library[2] she was appointed "chief instructor" at the Pratt Institute Library School in 1895 under Mary Wright Plummer.[3] When Plummer went to the New York Public Library to establish its Training Class in 1911, Rathbone was appointed vice-director of the Pratt Institute school, a position she held until she retired in 1938.

Rathbone was active in state and local professional associations serving as secretary of the New York State Library Association and president of the New York Library Club.[4] In 1931-1932 she was president of the American Library Association (ALA).[2]



  1. ^ James, Edward T., Janet Wilson James, and Paul S. Boyer. Notable American Women, 1607–1950; A Biographical Dictionary, Vol. III, pp. 118–119. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
  2. ^ a b c Shirley, Wayne (November 1959). "Josephine Adams Rathbone". Wilson Library Bulletin. 34 (3): 199–204.
  3. ^ Brand, Barbara B. "Pratt Institute Library School: The Perils of Professionalization." In Suzanne Hildenbrand (Ed.), Reclaiming the American Library Past: Writing the Women In, pp. 251-278. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing, 1996.
  4. ^ New York Library Club.
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Adam Strohm
President of the American Library Association
Succeeded by
Harry Miller Lydenberg