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Elizabeth Homer Morton

Elizabeth Homer Morton, c.1968. Credit The Morton Years.

b. Feb. 13, 1903, Tunapuna, Trinidad; d. July 6, 1977, Ottawa, ON


BA, 1926 (Dalhousie)
1926 Nova Scotia Normal School; Ontario Library School;
MA 1969 (Chicago)


1927-1929 Cataloguer, Toronto Public Library
1928-1931 Organized library for Saint John New Brunswick Vocational School
1931-1944 Reference Librarian, Toronto Public Library
1944-1946 Executive Secretary, Canadian Library Council
1946-1968 Executive Director, Canadian Library Association

Selected Publications:

(A more complete list can be found in The Morton Years, p 129-130)

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1931). “Report on Legislative Library.” In Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of New Brunswick from the 12th February to the 26th March, 1931. p. 7-15.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1946). “National libraries: their organization and functions.” Term paper, University of Chicago 15 Aug. 1946. (Last known location E.H. Morton file, in the Library Development Office. Libraries and Archives Canada)

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1947a). “The Canadian library position.” Library Review (84, winter): 318-320.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1947b). “ A century of periodical indexing.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin (4, Dec.): 78-81.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1950). “The pleasant books of childhood.” Quill and Quire (16, August): 14-16, +39. [on Young Canada Book Week].

Morton, Elizabeth Homer, et al. (1952). “Ontario Library Association: the second quarter century 1926-1951.” Issued as Ontario Library Review (36, May): part II.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1956). “Promoting library service, 1955.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin (12, June): 221-224.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1957a). “CLA – ABC and recruitment materials.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin (13, April): 225-230.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1957b). “Library years 1947 and 1957.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin (13, no. 6 June): 281-285.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer (1959). “ALA-CLA liaison.” Stechert-Hafner Book News (14, Nov.): 29-31.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. 1960). “The Canadian and the American Library Associations.” American Library Association Bulletin (54, April): 282-285.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1961). “These years of CLA-ACB, 1955/1960.” Canadian Libraries (17, May): 294-395.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1964). “20 years a-growing, 1944-1964: CLC Bulletin, CLA Bulletin, Canadian Library.” Canadian Libraries (20, May): 291-293.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1965). “The Canadian Library Association – Association canadienne des bibliothèques.” In Encyclopedia Americana (5): 478

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1967). “Books to delight.” Canadian Libraries (24 Sept.): 145-148.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1969). “Libraries in the life of the Canadian nation 1931-1967.” (MA dissertation, University of Chicago).

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1970). “Canadian Library Association.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, ed. by Allen Kent and Harold Lancour. New York: Marcel Dekker (4): 170-192.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1971). “Raising the status of Canadian women.” Queen’s Quarterly (78): 304-308.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1974). Trinidad and Tobago: Development of library services. Serial No. 3044/RMO.RD/DBA. Paris: Unesco.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1974-75). “Library history of Canada: a panoramic survey.” Library History Review (1, Dec.): 65-98; (2, March): 82-106.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1975a). “Cooperation in Canada.”Library Trends (24, Oct.): 399-415.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1975b). Developing public libraries in Canada, 1535-1983: the Alberta Letts memorial lecture. Dalhousie University Libraries and Dalhousie University School of Library Service, Occasional Papers Series, No. 9. Halifax, N.S.

Morton, Elizabeth Homer. (1977). “The Canadian Library Association, 1900-1975.” In Livre bibliothèque et culture québécoise: Mélanges offerts à Edmond Desrochers, s.j. ed. Georges-A. Chartrand, (2): 761-799. Montréal: ASTED


1968 Order of Canada
1969 LLD, University of Alberta
1970 D.Litt, Sir George Williams University (later Concordia)
In recognition of her professional achievements, CLA published Librarianship in Canada, 1946 to 1967 following her retirement as Executive Director in 1968.
1988 Elizabeth Homer Morton fund established


Elizabeth was instrumental in the establishment of the Canadian Library Association.
Former National Librarian, W.K. Lamb said that Morton promoted CLA’s interests with imagination, wisdom and boundless patience. Under her stewardship, CLA lobbied for the establishment of Libraries and Archives Canada and the Canadian Periodical Index. The Canadian Library Journal and Feliciter also began publication with Morton as editor.


Hulse, Elizabeth. The Morton Years: the Canadian Library Association 1946 – 1971. With a foreword by W.Kaye Lamb. Toronto: Ex Libris Association, 2005. Full text is available on the Internet Archive with registered, free account.
The Canadian Who’s Who 1973-1975.
Current Biography Yearbook, 1961, ed. Charles Moritz. New York: Wilson,1961: 324-325.
Feliciter, November 1988.
Who’s who in library science, 1966.
Elizabeth Homer Morton biography at HLWIKI Canada. Accessed June 25, 2014.

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