HCPL had 10 different leaders over its first 100 years. The title has changed from County Librarian to Library Director, but the mission has always stayed the same: providing free access to books to all Harris County residents. Below is a list of the leaders that have shaped HCPL and the county.
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Lucy Fuller Gross
View photographs and newspaper articles featuring Lucy Fuller Gross.
Read annual reports and budgets prepared by Lucy Fuller Gross.
Ruth Underwood Pooley
View photographs and newspaper articles featuring Ruth Underwood Pooley.
Read annual reports prepared by Ruth Underwood Pooley.
Elnora Edgar Buchanan
View photographs and newspaper articles featuring Elnora Edgar Buchanan.
Read annual reports prepared by Elnora Edgar Buchanan.
View a photograph of Reba Anderson.
Read annual reports prepared by Reba Anderson.
View photographs and newspaper clippings featuring Bernice Snell.
Read annual reports prepared by Bernice Snell.
Mary Butler Owensby
View photographs and newspaper clippings featuring Mary Butler Owensby.
Read correspondence and annual reports by Mary Butler Owensby.
Katherine "Kathy" Skinner Brown
Read a profile of Kathy Skinner Brown written in May 1974.
View photographs featuring Kathy Skinner Brown.
Read annual reports prepared by Kathy Skinner Brown.
Catherine "Cathy" S. Park
View photographs and video featuring Cathy S. Park.
Read correspondence by Cathy S. Park.
View photographs featuring Rhoda Goldberg.
Read correspondence to and from Rhoda Goldberg.