Fun History Friday

by Colette Hayes

Did you know that there were pack horse librarians in California?  I recently learned, for example, that Monterey Librarian Anne Hadden would ride by horse into the Big Sur region to deliver books to people there. I don’t know why, but reading about this history gave me the chills. Can you just imagine that ride? Fun!

This article provides some great information about Hadden, and quotes from her papers: Reconceptualizing Women’s History: Anne Hadden and the California County Library System by Denise Sallee Libraries & Culture , Vol. 27, No. 4 (Fall, 1992), pp. 351-377.

Here are some amazing pictures from Monterey County Free Libraries, via Calisphere: