An American Librarian in Paris

If you are visiting Paris this Fall (Paris France not Paris Idaho) be sure to stop into the American Library in Paris, a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower, to see an exhibit of letters, photos, and memorabilia from Idaho librarian Ruth McBirney, who worked in the American Library for 6 years (1947-1953), before returning to her hometown of Boise to become head librarian of Boise Junior College.

When the Boise State University Library dedicated its McBirney Room in 2005, Special Collections created an exhibit in our display windows (and a website), about Miss McBirney's work and life in Paris. This summer the American Library in Paris asked if they could borrow the exhibit and we gladly complied.

Here is the notice from the American Library's e-newsletter announcing the McBirney exhibit in Paris:
Chère Mac: An American Librarian in Paris Now through 3 January 2009

"On February 5, 1947, twenty-nine-year-old Ruth McBirney set sail for Europe. Ahead of her was a great adventure: six years in Paris, the opportunity to witness the "City of Light" come back to life after the grim experience of German occupation during World War II and a new position at The American Library in Paris.

"With special thanks to the Boise State University Library's Special Collections Department, experience part of the Library's history through Ruth's photographs, words and memorabilia, on display through January 3rd. "
Alan Virta,
Head of Special Collections

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