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Treasure 1: Aberdeen Public Library staff photograph of 1892
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Treasure 1: Aberdeen Public Library staff photograph of 1892

Historic Photographs
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Treasure 1: Aberdeen Public Library staff photograph of 1892
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Treasure 1: Aberdeen Public Library staff photograph of 1892
What a fabulous photograph of the Central Library staff from when the building opened in 1892. We get a feel for the ladies dress at the time and during our 120 celebrations in 2012 mannequins wore paper costumes replicating the Victorian style.

There were 15 staff then - the Librarian, Sub-Librarian, 9 Assistants, a Reading Room Keeper, a Janitor and 2 staff in the Binding Department but not everyone is in the photograph. The Librarian is definitely missing but we will meet him later.

We have a list of staff names and one in particular was remembered for her helpfulness, courtesy and compilation of the Local Studies catalogue. Miss Emma Valentine joined the service in 1890 as an Assistant and progressed to Assistant in Charge of the Reference Department. Sadly she died young in 1915 and is believed to haunt the building today.

Who do you think Miss Valentine is in the photograph?
Aberdeen Public Library
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TR01_05
Aberdeen Local Studies
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