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Mrs. Rossie Caldwell

Rossie Caldwell was born in 1917 in Columbia, S.C. She grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina where she attended Claflin school from kindergarten through college. She received a B.S. in English in 1937 from Claflin College, and a Masters in Education from South Carolina State College in 1952, and a MSLS from the University of Illinois in 1959.. Throughout her professional career, Mrs. Caldwell was a teacher/librarian in three of South Carolina's high schools, Reed Street High School in Anderson (1937-39), Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill (1939-42) and Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg (1942-43, 1945-57). In 1957 she accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Library Services Department of South Carolina State College, where she remained until retiring in 1983. Two of Mrs. Caldwell's publications are "History of South Carolina Black Library Organization" in Handbook of Black Librarianship 1977 (reprinted om 2nd ed., 1999) and "The Media Concept" in Explorations 1973.

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