Q. What librarian was born in the McDowell Columns Building?
Above is Dr. Eunice McDowell's portrait that is found in the library's special collections.
Dr. Eunice McDowell (1859 - 1946) was the daughter of Dr. Archibald McDowell, the first President of the Chowan Female Baptist Institute (now Chowan University). She graduated from Chowan University in 1876, after which she started a long teaching career that returned her to Chowan University in 1921 and worked here holding various jobs until her retirement in 1933. Chowan University awarded her an honorary doctorate degree in 1926. The historic McDowell Columns building on Chowan's campus was named after both Dr. Archibald McDowell, and his daughter Dr. Eunice McDowell.
Dr. Eunice McDowell became the librarian at Chowan in 1923 with the task of increasing the number of books in the library. Under Dr. Eunice McDowell's leadership the alumni association raised money to renovate the library and the library collection more than doubled. A majority of the books were donated from her personal library. She is credited for being the person to introduce the Dewey Decimal System to Chowan University and being the first librarian from Chowan to attend the North Carolina Library Association's biennial meeting.
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