EventsSkip to the content

Albertson Library Staff Party – December 1963

Former staff at the Albertson Public Library were invited to a staff Christmas party on December 14, 1963. The date is significant because in September 1964, the Albertson library was demolished to make way for the new Orlando Public Library. Staff created a scrapbook with a collection of responses, cards and photos.

The beautiful invitation was designed by staff member Hilda Keseler, mimeographed by Doris Beach and Dorothy Hale and the address of former staff members were compiled by Eileen Willis.

The Invitation


View Invitation

Souvenir Booklet

Staff member Hilda Keseler designed the cover and Rosemary McClanahan penned a souvenir booklet for guests at the event entitled: “A Guided Tour of the Albertson Public Library” with this introduction:

This building that has stood here forty years will soon be torn down to make room for our new building. Not long ago, a librarian who had worked here many years came back for one last visit, and Miss Wendel showed her around. The following is a transcript of that visit.

The imagined former librarian’s first comment: “I just wanted to have a look around the building one more time before they tear it down,” makes one think the guided tour will be a nostalgic look at the good old days, but the “tour” humorously exposes the issues and flaws necessitating that the library be replaced, ending with the fictional former librarian running from the building to make her  escape.

The epilogue completes the story: “We haven’t seen the lady since. If you know where she is, please assure her that things will be different someday soon – when we have the big beautiful, new building we so richly deserve.”


View APL 1963 – A Guided Tour of the Albertson Public Library

The Christmas Party Committee

Gifts from and for Staff

The photographs below are scattered throughout the scrapbook staff created to document the event. They are interspersed with letters from former staff sending regrets, along with Christmas cards and family photos. Our hope is that others might identify the people in the photos, so we may add their names.

Staff opening the gift from Clara Wendel.

Clara Wendel (left)


In the lobby in front of the entrance to the stack room with the famous glass floor. A portrait of the library’s namesake, Charles Albertson used to be situated above the stack room entrance. A letter from former staff member Red Henderson explains how it was damaged.

Clara Wendel (left)

Clara Wendel holding gift or paper.

The photographers for the event were Ward Hammond and Richard Willis.

Former Albertson Library Staff invited to the 1963 Christmas Party

The bolded names below sent a letter or card expressing their regrets. Refer to the scrapbook index to find page number for Christmas cards, letters, and photos, and then peruse the scrapbook.

A – Jane Ann Jones Adams (Mrs. Thomas E Adams), Robert Akery (p. 12), Karol Anderson, Joy Andrews (Mrs. Ralph Andrews), Fred Atherton and Patty Wetmore Atherton (Ara Atherton)
B – Mike Baker, Ellen Barnett (p. 7), Doris Beach (p. 11), Sheila Bellisle (Mrs. William A. Bellisle), Henry J. “Hank” Blasick (p. 17), Joan Barnes Bouterse (Mrs. Robert J. Bouterse), Charles F. Brown, Ruth Bruton (Mrs. Floyd Bruton)
CCarol Candido (p. 26), Sue Chennell (p. 16), Juanda Smith Carter (Mrs. James Carter), Edwina Cooper (Mrs. Clifford H. Cooper), Allen Currie (p. 14)
D
Carolyn Debavadi (Mrs. Ted Debavadi) (p. 20), Dorothy Dechert (Mrs. H. Vergil Dechert) (p. 3), Mildred Delaney, Gerry DeLoe (Mrs. John P. Deloe), Mary Ann Dolak (p. 2, 28)
E
– Ruth Dale Ellis (Mrs. James A. Ellis), Peggy Wooddell Emmons (Mrs. David L. Emmons), Claudia Carlson Evans (Mrs. Earl Evans) (p. 3)
F
– Ruby Fatula (Mrs. M. G. Fatula), Shirley Stamper Fletter (Mrs. Franz B. Fletter), David Flick, Trudy Fradd
G – Robert Gilpin, Jr., Caroliegh Gioia (p.23), Julian Granberry (p. 6)
H
Gary Hagan (p. 22), Maureen Harris (Mrs. R. A. Harris), Carmen Head (p. 5), Winston R. Henderson (p. 9, 15), Helen Henry (Mrs. Maurice Henry), Gale and Caroleah Hergenroether, Penny Jo Scholtter Holman (Mrs. George Holman), Kendra Horney, Gerry Hubert (p. 12), Nancy Hudson (Mrs. Charles Hudson) (p. 2), Richard S. Huntt
I – Mary Ingersoll (Mrs. John R. Ingersoll)
J – Geraldine Jenkins (Mrs. Oscar Jenkins), Margaret Johnson (Mrs. George Johnson), Windom Jones, Del Jupiter (Mrs. Ernest Jupiter) (p. 30)
K
Jack Kline (p. 4), Margie Klink, Cliff Knappenberger
L – Thomas Langford, Lois Ledford (Mrs. H. A. Ledford), Sue Daniel Loftis (Mrs. Donald C. Loftis)
McMarian Futch McClure (Mrs. James H. McClure (p. 11), Mary Drew Kline McGraw (Mrs. Leo A. McGraw)
M – Floy Sadler Maier (Mrs. Eugene Maier), Madeline Marlowe (Mrs. Richard Marlowe), William Martinson, Dorothy Lane Miller (Mrs. Norman M. Miller), Jo Ann Chamerlain Miller (Mrs. Martin A. Miller) (p. 8), Judy Minick (p. 5), Bonnie Lewis Motes (Mrs. Dean E. Motes)
NBetty Jean Prescott Naffziger (Mrs. Darwin Naffziger) (p. 4), Jerry Naylor, Mary Robin NeSmith (Mrs. C. L. NeSmith)
O – Connie Osmun (Mrs. Frank W. Osmun, Jr.)
PMary Kay Carpenter Pacetti (Mrs. Robert Pacetti) (p. 24, 25), Mrs. Alice Parry, Jackie Pendergraft
RVincent Rapetti (p. 16), Mary Ann Szymanski Reese (Mrs. Joseph Reese) (p. 7), David L. Reich (p. 27), Ann Robertson (p. 5), Diane Robinson (Mrs. William Robinson), Stephen Robinson (p. 21), Jon and Tom Runge
SEleanor Bell Sanderlin (Mrs. John Sanderlin) (pp. 5, 10), Laura James Bettis Schomberg (Mrs. William M. Schomberg, Jr.) (p. 27), Evaline and Russell Schunk (p. 18, 19), Hal Scott (p. 13),Mary Jefferis Smith (Mrs. Curtis Smith) (p. 21), Joyce Sorn (Mrs. George Sorn), Mary Lil Steppens (p. 9), Sandra Adams Storey (Mrs. Wiley Storey, Jr.) (p. 25), Margaret Strohbehn (Mrs. Edward L. Strohbehn) (p. 24)
T – Mary Helen Clapp Temple (Mrs. Charles Temple), Vivian Twitchell (Mrs. D. A. Twitchell) (p. 29)
W – Mrs. Claudine Wallace, China Williams (Mrs. Clyde Williams) (p. 29)

APL staff members in December 1963*

Clara Wendell, Director, John H. Lewis, Assistant Director, Mrs. Aleena Dawson, Hilda Keseler, Doris Beach, Dorothy Hale, Eileen Willis, Mary Love Hammond, Rosemary McClanahan, Barbara McIlvaine, Ann Conard, Levinia Kuyper.

The following persons may have been at the party: Mr. William J. Capehart, Miss Mabelle O’Neal, Mr. Charles Brumback, Ward Hammond, Richard Willis.

*Additional names will be added as identified.

The scrapbook is stored with the Marketing and Public Relations on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library.

Back to top
TAGS: , , , ,
ATTACHMENTS

Invitation to staff reunion Christmas 1963

No description has been added yet

Guided tour created for staff reunion Christmas 1963

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Former staff members and family at the December 1963 staff reunion.

No description has been added yet

Page 5 - Ann Robertson, Judy Minick, Carmen Head

Not sure of the correct order. They were away at school and could not make it to the party.

Page 8 - Jo Ann Chamerlain and Martin Miller

With a letter on page 8 in the pdf of the scrapbook.

Page 10 - Eleanor and John Sanderlin

With two letters and card on page 10 in the scrapbook.

Page 14 - Allen Currie and family

Photo sent with letter from John Currie.

Letter from former staff member Winston R. Henderson

This letter explains how the Albertson portrait was damaged.

Gifts given

Gifts given

Christmas Party Committee

Christmas Party Committee

There are currently no video related to this memory.
There are currently no audio related to this memory.
There are currently no links related to this memory.
Invitation to Albertson library staff reunion December 1963.

Invitation to Albertson library staff reunion December 1963.


Index to cards and notes in the scrapbook

Index by page number, listing the items on each page and names of the people who sent them. If you are a family member and would like a copy of the letter or notes on a card, please contact Marketing Department at the library.


Guided tour created for the Albertson library staff reunion December 1963.

Guided tour created for the Albertson library staff reunion December 1963. What seems to be as a nostalgic look at the old library, turns quickly into an exposition of all the reasons the building must be replaced.


Scrapbook from the December 1963 Albertson staff reunion.

Scrapbook from the December 1963 Albertson staff reunion. Contains responses to invitations.


Page 30 - Letter from Del Jupiter

Del Jupiter was a former librarian at the Booker T. Washington Branch library. Her letter speaks about the Kennedy Assassination and how she discussed it in the library with the children at her school in Houston, Texas.


Leave a Comment