Mary Louise Marshall
Library Director, 1929 - 1959
Ms. Rogers was succeeded by Mary Louise
Marshall (Mrs. John Hutton) whose term of office lasted until 1959. Ms. Marshall
had been the librarian of the Orleans Parish Medical Society Library for almost
ten years before she was appointed Director of the Tulane Medical Library.
She was in charge of both libraries for the next twenty years.
time she was extremely active in national and international medical librarianship.
She was the second woman elected president of the Medical Library Association
during World War II. She remained in office for six years because the association
was not able to hold annual meetings during the war. She stressed the importance
of education and continuing education for medical librarians and appointed
the first continuing education committee in MLA.
She worked with the Army Medical Library (now the National Library of
Medicine) as chairman of a committee that produced the first Army Medical
Library classification scheme, the precursor of the current NLM classification
scheme used by medical libraries everywhere. She was the only woman and
the only medical librarian to serve on the first Board of Regents of
She wrote several books on Southern medical history and was also extremely
active in the Colonial Dames until her death in 1986.
History of the Medical Library