Mary Frances Isom

As head librarian of the Library Association of Portland from 1902–1920, Mary Frances Isom (1865–1920) transformed what is now the Multnomah County Library system into a major community asset with an enviable national reputation. 

 "'Making the library be alive'; Portland's librarian, Mary Frances Isom" (PDF, 5.4MB) provides an overview of the life and work of this extraordinary woman.