Reference NumberP/THO
Creator_NameThorne, William Benson, 1878-1966, librarian
TitleDiaries and papers of William Benson Thorne (1878-1966), librarian
DescriptionScope and Content
The collection consists of diaries and miscellaneous personal papers.

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Extent94 items
AdminHistoryWilliam Benson (originally Benjamin), Thorne, born 3 January 1878 in Islington, began his library career at the St.Bride Institute in the City; on 1 December 1902 he took charge of the Bromley Library in Brunswick Road, Bromley, and spent over 40 years as a librarian in the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar, becoming Deputy Librarian of the Borough in 1928 and Borough Librarian in 1934, until his retirement in 1942. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association in 1938, having been a member of the Association since 1899; he was also the first President (in 1908) of the Library Assistants' Association, of which he also became an Honorary Fellow. He edited the Library Assistant for some years.
RelatedMaterialIn addition to the following documents, a large number of printed books, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, postcards and photographs were also donated by Miss Thorne to Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, and have been added to the appropriate sections in the Local History Library.

For records relating to management of the Bromley Library see Metropolitan Borough of Poplar (L/PMB).
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