She began her career at the Cherry Street Branch Library (1915-1921) of the Evansville Public Library (now Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library). Ms. Hall later became the first branch manager of the Indianapolis Public Library's Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch (1921-1927) and the first head librarian of its Crispus Attucks Branch (1927-1956).
Hall also served as president of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Indianapolis. During the Conference of Public Librarians held in 1947 at Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), Ms. Hall gave a lecture, “Administrative Methods Which Tend Towards Better Services in the Combination School and Public Library.” After 41 years of library service, Ms. Hall retired in 1956. She passed away in 1958 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her son, William H. Childress, Jr. (1911-1993), served one term as a representative in the Kentucky Commonwealth House of Representatives in the early 1960s.
See related posts: Article on Evansville, Indiana's Former African American Library Branch ; ALA History: 1928 Annual Conference of the American Library Association, West Baden, Indiana ; and The Flanner Guild Deposit Station, Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch, Crispus Attucks Branch, and the George Washington Carver Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library (Indianapolis, Indiana).
I wrote an article on Lillian Haydon Childress Hall that was featured in the latest issue of Indiana Libraries (v. 33, no. 1). The link is below:
Fenton, Michele T. "Stepping Out on Faith: Lillian Haydon Childress Hall, Pioneer Black Librarian." Indiana Libraries 33.1 (2014): 5-11. Print."
In an article that was recently featured in Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, there is a group picture of staff from the Indianapolis Public Library. According to the article, the picture was taken in April of 1948. Marian McFadden, director of the Indianapolis Public Library from 1945 until 1956, is standing in the center of the front row. Lillian Haydon Childress Hall is standing to the left of Marian McFadden (Hall is wearing a light-colored dress and a light-colored hat with lace on top). The citation for the article is below (the group picture is on page 16):
Peer, Jean. "Marian McFadden: Hoosier Librarian." Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History 26.4 (2014): 14-23. Print.
The University Press of Kentucky recently published "The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia". This reference and history resource contains a plethora of information on the history of African Americans in Kentucky. Several famous African American librarians who worked in and/or were from Kentucky are mentioned in this book: Thomas Fountain Blue, Rachel Davis Harris, and Lillian Haydon Childress Hall (I contributed the entry on Lillian Haydon Childress Hall).
Here is the citation for the encyclopedia:
The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Eds. Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015. Print.
You can learn more about the encyclopedia at the University Press of Kentucky website:
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