Mildred Lockett Lipscombe


Another of the library’s first Black librarians, hired 8 years after Theresa Moore. After graduating Virginia Union University, and then the University of Illinois (MLIS) in 1946, she became a junior librarian. In 1950, still listed as a junior librarian, the Trenton TImes reported she served on an NJLA Panel on stereotypes in children’s literature explaining “the significance of stereotype and the whole problem of human relations to the children’s librarian”.

By 1953, she is listed as a Senior Librarian in the Education Division.

Personnel Reporter, Aug 1946

In 1956 (?), Library Journal wrote she was serving as an Army Special Services Librarian, GS-7 Germany/France command. By 1958, she was back in Newark.

In 1968, still at the Newark Library Education Division, she wrote “The Education of the Afro American: A Bibliography”. In 1986, still working at NPL, she hosted a panel presentation on the Deltas.

She was married to Christopher Lipscombe in 1961 who died in 1994.

In 2000, she wrote an entry on Grace Baxter Fenderson for Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. At this time she was retired from NPL and was a board member for the Women’s Project as well as a volunteer for the Heard AME Church, NJPAC and the Newark Museum.

In 2012, she received the Emma Fantone Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Newark Museum.


NPL News & Personnel Reporter, Newark Public Library

NJ Libraries

Daniel Sutherland Anthony Papers

Women’s Project of NJ Past and Promise Lives of NJ Women.

University of Illinois Alumni Newsletter

“Lipscombe, Christopher”, March 8, 1994

“Deltas To Host Panel Presentation at the Library” Montclair Times May 15, 1986

NJ Marriage Index

Lurie, Maxine. Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

Jackson, Clara O. A bibliography of Afro-American and other American minorities represented in library and library-related listings

Library Journal, July 1956

“Miss Hazel Lockett” Morning News Jul 30, 1958

“Special Panel for Librarian Session Here” Trenton Times Oct 2, 1950

Newark Museum Website