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STALLMANN, ESTHER LAVERNE

STALLMANN, ESTHER LAVERNE (1903–1969). Esther LaVerne Stallmann, library science professor, was born in Martinsville, Indiana, on September 29, 1903, the only child of John H. and Laura A. (Hubbard) Stallmann. She grew up in Martinsville and then enrolled in Indiana University, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in sociology and math in 1924; she earned a master's degree from that institution in 1926, a bachelor's degree in library science from the University of Illinois in 1927, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1942. She was one of a few women who held doctorates in library science at that time. Stallmann began her career as a high school teacher in her hometown. Her first library job was for the Flint, Michigan, public schools, where she worked for two years before becoming reference librarian at a small college in Bellingham, Washington. In 1932 she joined the library school faculty at George Peabody College for Teachers. She later held faculty positions at Syracuse University and the University of Tennessee before becoming head of the librarianship department at New York State College for Teachers in 1942. In 1949 she came to the University of Texas at Austin, where she was promoted to professor in 1954. Stallmann was an active member of numerous professional groups, including the American Library Association; the Association of American Library Schools, for which she served as president in 1958–59; the Southwestern Library Association; the Texas Library Association; and the Texas Council on Library Education. Her teaching specializations included library backgrounds, public libraries, and research methodology. She supervised the writing of more than 100 master's theses and reports at the University of Texas and was known as a fair but demanding teacher. Most of these works focused on libraries and librarianships in the state, and because of her exacting standards they provided a thorough and accurate documentation of library conditions in Texas. In addition to her university duties, Stallmann provided consultant work for numerous public libraries in Texas; she often involved her graduate students in this work. She was the author of numerous articles, book reviews, and scholarly reports. In January 1969 she received the national Good Teaching Award from Beta Phi Mu, the graduate library science honor society. After an extended illness, she died in Austin on March 19, 1969, and was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Indiana. An Esther L. Stallmann Lecture Fund was established in her honor in 1968 by the Graduate School of Library Science Alumni Association at the University of Texas at Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Austin American, January 28, March 19, 1969). Dictionary of American Library Biography (Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 1978). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Debbie Mauldin Cottrell

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Debbie Mauldin Cottrell, "STALLMANN, ESTHER LAVERNE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fst93), accessed July 31, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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