Pioneer Women of the Cleveland Public Library

While doing some research through the Cleveland Public Library on my great-aunt Minnie Monti and her involvement with the early history of the library, I stumbled across some very interesting information on her mother, May MacDaniel Sweet.

May Sweet was 37-years-old and living near Ashtabula in New Lyme Station, OH in July 1902. In a letter to a personnel officer at the Cleveland Public Library, she alluded that she was desperate for a job due to a dire situation. Reading between the lines we can imagine the desperation May felt having a son and daughter to support. However, as she was not a resident of Cleveland, procuring a library position created a


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