Mobile Public Library Digital Collections

Mobile Public Library Local History & Genealogy Library

The Local History and Genealogy Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the history of Mobile, and the greater Gulf Coast region.

Emma Cortez Harris Collection


Emma Cortez Harris Collection


Selection of photographs, certificates, and newspaper articles detailing the life and career of Emma Cortez Harris, Mobile Public Library's first librarian, director emeritus. Full collection is available for viewing in the Local History & Genealogy division.


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These items may be freely used for educational and research purposes; some may be protected under U.S. Copyright Law. While MPL may own the physical objects, it is up to the patron to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when using this material.





Collection Items

Emma Harris
Photo of Mrs. Emma Harris

Miss Emma Day Proclamation
Proclamation by the City of Mobile designating October 23, 1968, Miss Emma Day

Miss Emma - Alabama Hall of Fame
Presentation to have Emma Cortez Harris admitted to the Alabama Hall of Fame

Virginia Historical Society Membership
Emma Harris's certificate of annual membership for the Virginia Historical Society

Monte L. Moorer Library Groundbreaking
Mobile Register clipping dated October 16, 1968, showing Emma Harris, Nicholas S. McGowin, and Hank Blasick at the ceremonial groundbreaking for construction of the Dr. Monte L. Moorer Library

Miss Emma is 96
Mobile Register clipping showing Emma Harris and Hank Blasick cutting her cake at her 96th birthday celebration

Emma Harris, M.O. Beale 1961
Mobile Press clipping of Emma Harris being featured in the February 3, 1961, M.O. Beale column

She Didn't Just Live 100 Years - She Served
Mobile Press article about "Miss Emma", now 101 years old

Mobile Public Library's 37th Anniversary
Mobile Register clipping showing Hank Blasick and Emma Harris cutting a cake to celebrate Mobile Public Library's 37th anniversary

Life Membership Presented
Mobile Register photo of Emma Harris being presented with the first honorary lifetime membership for Friends of the Library, by FOL president Mrs. Harold S. Cohen and FOL secretary Bill Roberson
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