In honor of Veterans Day, we will recognize Sadie Peterson Delaney - a pioneer in library services to military veterans:
Sadie Peterson Delaney (1889-1958), a native of Rochester, New York, was the head librarian at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama (1924-1958) and promoted the use of bibliotherapy in helping the hospital's patients.
Prior to her career at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Ms. Delaney was a librarian at the New York Public Library (she left in 1924). She received her library science education at the New York Public Library's Library School, completing her training in 1921. Ms. Delaney passed away in 1958.
See related posts: Mattie Herd Roland and the Booker T. Washington Branch Library (Birmingham, Alabama); and Dulcina DeBerry and the Huntsville Public Library (Huntsville, Alabama).
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