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Freda Farrell Waldon

b. Aug. 29, 1898, Winnipeg, MB; d. 1973, Hamilton, ON


Central Public School, Hamilton and Hamilton Collegiate Institute
BA. 1919 (Toronto)
MA in English, 1931(Columbia)
1932 Diploma in Librarianship, University of London


1926-1927 Librarian, Circulation Department, Hamilton Public Library
1927-1940 Head, Cataloguing Department, Hamilton Public Library
1940-1963 Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

Publications and other writings:

Waldon, Freda Farrell (1990). Bibliography of Canadiana published in Great Britain, 1519-1973. Revised and Edited by William F. E.. Morley. Ottawa: National Library of Canada. (Published posthumously)

Walden, Freda Farrell (1935). “Queen Anne and the Four Kings of Canada: a bibliography of contemporary sources.” In: Canadian historical review, v. 15, issue 1, p. 266.

Waldon, Freda Farrell (1947). “National library service: the report of the President, Freda F Waldon, to the Second Conference of the Association, June, 14-16,1947, Vancouver, B.C.

Waldon, Freda Farrell (1951). “The Massey report.” [a speech given before the] Hamilton Association, Nov. 10, 1951.

Waldon, Fred Farrell (1953). “The Massey Report – three years after.”


1946 Elected first President of the Canadian of the Canadian Library Association
1954 Honorary Doctor of Laws, McMaster University, for her contribution to Canadian librarianship.
United Nations Award for Meritorous Service in recognition of 35 years of active membership


Described as a “renaissance Woman” Freda Waldon’s accomplishments were many spreading over three areas – Scholarship, contributions to the improvement of libraries and library services and for dedicated community service. As a professional and chief librarian she transformed the cataloguing system of the Hamilton Public Library and “she will be remembered for the expansion of branch libraries, for increased children’s services, and the enhancing human resources for library staff.” As a library administrator she transformed the Hamilton Public Library into a first rate resource in the areas of catalogue and its book collection.“ Before her retirement the collection was the fourth largest in a public library in Canada; circulation had grown to the third largest and a nation-wide reputation had been gained for the quality of the reference service offered.” Her contributions to library service reached far beyond her own library in her services on the executive of the Ontario Library Association, her leadership as the first president of the Canadian Library Association and her contributions that lead to the development of the National Library of Canada. Her scholarship can be seen in the development of the monumental Bibiography of Canadiana, Published in Great Britain 1519-1763 which was prepared under a Carnegie Fellowship. A dedicated commuity worker, she took a leading role in adult education helping to found the Hamilton Recreation Council and the Hamilton branch of the Nation Film Forum She was also a founding member of the Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society,


Freda Farrell Waldon. Hamilton Public Library. Accessed Feb. 15, 2016.
Freda Farrell Waldon,1992 Gallery of Distinction Inductee. Accessed Feb. 15, 2016.
Canadian Who’s Who 1973-75. Toronto: Who’s Who Canadian Publications, 1975. p. 1020

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