Celebrating 200 years serving the people of North Carolina
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State Librarians of North Carolina

  1. James Fauntleroy Taylor, Jr.
    February 1843 – February 1854 (First person to manage the library on a full-time basis)
  2. Oliver H. Perry
    March 1854 – 1868
  3. Henry D. Coley
    1868 – February 1871
  4. Theophilus Hunter Hill
    February 1871 – March 1873
  5. Thomas Richard Purnell
    March 1873 – November 1876
  6. Sherwood L. Haywood
    January 1877 – May 1885
  7. Randolph Abbott Shotwell
    May 1885 – July 1885
  8. James Cook Birdsong
    October 1885 – April 1892
  9. J. C. Ellington
    1892-1896
  10. R. A. Cobb
    1896-1898
  11. Miles O. Sherrill
    1899-1916 (series of men named acting state librarian before Broughton)
  12. Carrie L. Broughton
    May 1918 -1956 (appointed 5/31/1918 but not officially approved by legislature until 3/13/1919)
  13. Elizabeth H. Hughey
    1956-1965
  14. Elaine von Oesen
    March-November 1965 (Acting State Librarian)
  15. Philip S. Ogilvie
    1965-1976
  16. Marian Leith
    January 24-August 31, 1976 (Acting State Librarian)
  17. David N. McKay
    September 1, 1976-November 1985
  18. Jane Williams
    December 1985-October 8, 1986 (Acting State Librarian)
    October 9, 1986-March 31, 1989
  19. Howard F. McGinn
    April 1, 1989-October 31, 1992
  20. John T. Welch
    November 1992-November 1993 (Acting State Librarian)
  21. Sandra M. Cooper
    December 1, 1993-March 7, 2005
  22. Mary L. Boone
    November 15, 2005-December 2011
  23. Cal Shepard
    February 2012-