Elitea Bulkley Allison

c. 1913 -2007

Received her graduate degree of Library Science in 1936, starting in Orangeburg South Carolina. Bachlor’s from Claflin College. Library Science Degree from Hampton Institute.

One of the early African Americans to work professionally at the Newark Public library after Theresa Moore. Hired by Newark in 1938, according to Who’s Who. By 1945, a Senior Children’s and Education Librarian, likely the first African American in this position at Newark Public.

By 1953, she was Children’s Librarian at the Rosevile Branch. She retired from Newark Library in 1983 after 45 years of service.

Born in South Carolina, lived in Bayonne by 1928, where she was part of the Girl Scouts, and Newark by 1940. Graduated Bayonne High School in 1930.

Wife of Hughes Allison, playwright.


Obituary, 2007

Hughes Allison Papers (many not digitized)

Who’s Who in Library Service

Census records

“Girl Scout Troop Doings in Bayonne” Jersey Jorunal Nov 5, 1928

“High School to Graduate 287 Tonight” Jersey Journal June 25, 1930

Library Journal, 1936

“Institute Board Lists Seniors For Honor Rank” Daily Press Feb 28, 1936

Library Journal, Jan 1, 2008

NPL News, 1945