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Anne Alberta Effie Letts

b. 22 Oct., 1914, Bridesville, BC; d. 3 Nov. 1973, Nova Scotia


BA 1937 University of Western Ontario
BLS 1939 University of Toronto


Children's Librarian, London Public Library, 1939–40
Librarian,Middlesex County Library Association, 1940–43
Librarian, Simcoe County Library Association, 1943–46
Bookmobile Librarian, Warder Public Library, Springfield, Ohio, 1946–47
Lecturer, University of Toronto Library School, 1947–48
Assistant Director, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 1949–54
Director, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 1954–73


Letts, Alberta, (1953). Manual for Assistants in Charge of Regional Branch Libraries. Halifax: Provincial Library.

Letts, Alberta (1955) “The Provincial Libraries in Nova Scotia.” Ontario Library Review 38, no. 3: 154–58.

Letts, Alberta (1955). “Nova Scotia [library development].” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 11, no. 6: 300–301.

Letts, Alberta (1956). “Public Library Service in Canada.” In Library Finance: Speeches, Proceedings and Recommendations of a Day of Special Study during the Eleventh Annual Conference [1956], 13–16. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association.

Letts, Alberta (1957). “Career Opportunities.” Canadian Library 13, no. 5: 204–205.

Letts, Alberta (1957). “Three Mountains of Endeavour.” Canadian Library 14, no. 2: 58–60 [CLA presidential address].

Letts, Alberta (1958). “The ALA Conference, 1957.” Canadian Library 14, no. 5: 201–202.

Letts, Alberta (1971). Provincial Library Service – Today and Tomorrow. Toronto: Copp Clark Publishing Company [Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture, 1970].


Canadian Library Association, President 1957–58
Atlantic Provinces Library Association, President 1967–68
American Library Association
International Federation of Library Associations
Canadian Federation of University Women


The Alberta Letts Memorial lecture established at Dalhousie University.School of Library Service
The Alberta Letts Travel Award established at the Dalhousie University School of Information Management


1958–59 President, Canadian Library Association
1967–1968 President, Atlantic Provinces Library Association
1958–1959 consultant on libraries to the Indian government; member of delegation of Canadian librarians visiting West Germany as guests of the German government.

Other areas of activity:

1949, taught librarians' course at Kitchener Public Library.
Lecturer, School of Library Science (Toronto) for two years.


“In tribute: Alberta Letts,” Atlantic Provines Library Association Bulletin 37 (Winter 1973), 104–105.
Obit. The Chronicle Herald, Nov. 4, 1973.

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