Biography of Linda A. Eastman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

LINDA ANNE EASTMAN, librarian of the Cleveland Public Library, has with brief exception been identified with that public institution for thirty years.

She was born at Oberlin, Ohio, July 17, 1867, daughter of William Harvey and Sarah (Redrup) Eastman. Her father was a direct descendant of Myles Standish and also of Roger Eastman, the first of the family to come from England to America, in 1638. Her grandparents came to Northern Ohio from New York State in 1828.

Linda Anne Eastman was educated in the public schools of Cleveland, also by private study, and from 1885 to 1892 her work was that of a teacher in the public schools. She taught both in West Cleveland and Cleveland. In 1892 she was appointed assistant at the Cleveland Public Library, and during 1895 and 1896 acted as assistant librarian and cataloguer at the Dayton Public Library. Since 1896 her service has been continuous with the Cleveland Public Library, as vice librarian from 1896 to 1918 and since 1918 as librarian.

She was an instructor in the Library School of Western Reserve University from 1904 to 1918, and since the latter year has been assistant professor and library councillor of the same school. She is a member and for several terms was on the council and executive board of the American Library Association, she having served on its training board and is a member of its commission on the library and adult education. She is a member of the American Library Institute, and is a charter member and was president in 1903-1904 of the Ohio Library Association. She has been a contributor to library periodicals, and is one of the nationally known members of her profession. Oberlin College in 1924 conferred upon her an honorary degree of Master of Arts "for conspicuous service in library work."

Miss Eastman is a member of the executive board of the Welfare Federation of Cleveland, serving two years as second vice president of that organization, is a member of the boards of Cleveland Recreation Council, Cleveland Girl's Council, Howe Publishing Society for the Blind, and vice president of the Cleveland Cinema Club and a member of various other philanthropic boards. She belongs to the League of Woman Voters, is a charter member of the Woman's City Club of Cleveland, and served on its board of directors six years and for one term each was second and first vice president.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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