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Women’s clubs have played a prominent role in the development of Oklahoma’s libraries, and were especially important in the founding and operating of the earliest libraries in many cities and towns. These early efforts indicated the need that women saw for education, libraries, and cultural events.

According to the Oklahoma Library Commission in 1937, women’s groups other than Delphian Clubs which are mentioned separately, opened the first libraries in the following towns:

Altus Civic League (1910); Alva , Hugo, Lawton, Pauls Valley, Sallisaw and Stillwater all had Federation of Women’s Clubs; Anadarko’s Philomathic Club (1899), Bristow’s Culture Club (1909), Broken Arrow’s Self Culture Club (1905), Clinton’s Literary Club (1917), Collinsville’s Shakespeare Club (1904), the Geary Study Club (1931), Guthrie’s Acorn Club (1899), Heavener’s Women’s Club (1939), Henryetta’s Bide-a-Wee Club (1905), Holdenville’s Twentieth Century Club (1902), Idabel’s Pioneeer Reading Club (1916), Inola’s Extension Homemaker Club (1968), Mangum’s Women’s Auxiliary of the Chamber of Commerce (1920), McAlester’s Fortnightly Club (1904), Muskogee’s Women’s History Club and Young Ladies Reading Club (1908), Newkirk’s Study Club (1908) , Norman’s Coterie Club (1900), Perry’s WCTU (1902), Prior’s Busy Bee Demonstration Club (1935) , Purcell’s Social Study Club (1924), Tulsa’s Tulsa Library Assn. (1912), Waurika’s Sorosis Club (1911), Wilson’s Women’s Library Club (1917), Woodward’s Coterie Club (1899), Yale’s Civic League (1919) and Yukon’s Ladies Library Club (1905).

In many cases, these clubs ran the libraries on a volunteer basis for many years before city funding was available to hire a librarian. In other places, individual women undertook to obtain Carnegie grants to start or provide a first permanent home for libraries for their towns. Truly pioneers who took action on behalf of library development in Oklahoma.

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