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Lillia M. D. Trask, Librarian,1922

Miss Lillia M.D. Trask was the first professionally trained Librarian of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. She started her library career, at the age of 33, in the Children’s Room at the Orange Free Library, Orange, New Jersey, but a word of the exceptional job that she was doing reached the head of the Children’s Department of the New York Public Library who invited Miss Trask to join the staff. In New York, her work was almost exclusively with children on the Lower East Side, at the Chatham Square and the Seward Park Branch Libraries.

In 1911, she was approached by Dr. Simon Flexner, the director of RIMR, to become its librarian and on August 28, 1911, she entered her second career as a medical librarian.

Courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center


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