Isabel Ely Lord (1871 – 1959) was an American librarian, author and researcher. She graduated from the New York State Library School with a bachelor's degree in library science in 1897.[1][2] From 1897 to 1903 she worked at Bryn Mawr College.[1] Lord was active in the New York State Library Association, serving as Secretary/Treasurer in 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, and 1902.[2] She served as the librarian for Pratt Institute from 1904 until 1910, and was the director of the School of Household Sciences and Arts at Pratt from 1910 to 1920.[3] She wrote and edited several books on home economics, including Everybody's Cook Book and Getting Your Money's Worth. She also notably conducted research for Carl Sandburg's biography of Abraham Lincoln.[4]

Isabel Ely Lord
Died1959, Age 88
Brooklyn, NY
OccupationLibrarian, Home Economist, Author


Lord gave lectures and wrote about the role of libraries in public life and their impact on education. In 1900 she spoke about the influence of open library stacks on public morals.[1] She also wrote a chapter for the American Library Association's Manual of Library Economy (1914) on the topic of the Free Public Library at Pratt.

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  1. ^ a b c Schlup, Leonard C.; Paschen, Stephen H. (2009). Librarianship in Gilded Age America : an anthology of writings, 1868-1901. Jefferson: McFarland & Co. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Handbook of the New York State Library School. Bryn Mawr: New York State Library School Association. 1902. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Isabel Ely Lord, Cooking Expert" (PDF). New York Herald Tribune. February 10, 1959. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Necrology" (PDF). College and Research Libraries: 233. May 1959.

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