Ida Faye Wright (1880-1974) moved to Evanston with her family in 1883. She attended Evanston High School and Northwestern University, and received her BA in Library Science from the University of Illinois. She worked for the Evanston Public Library (EPL) on and off for almost 40 years. While at EPL Wright started the “Book Auto Service” which provided west-side residents with library access. She also created a partnership with Evanston schools to create school-based community libraries. Wright was active in many organizations in Evanston including the Zonta Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also active in state and national library organizations, including serving as the President of the Illinois State Library Association. It should be noted that Wright was also a women’s historian. Her notes, left in the Evanston History Center files, provided important clues to Evanston women’s history for this project.
Name: Ida Faye Wright
Birth Date: 1880
Birth Place: Winnetka Illinois, USA
Death Date: December 17, 1974
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA
Father: Newton Daniel Wright
Mother: Huldah Mehitable Munsel
Education: Northwestern University: 2 years. The University of Illinois Library School: Honors BA Library Science: 2 years. Evanston Township High School
Years in Evanston: 1883-1945, 1952-1974
Sources: Archives and Collections: "Wright." Biographical Files. Evanston History Center.