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Name: Humnicky, Virginia A. Ulrey (1923-1985)
Fuller Form: Virginia Avis Ulrey Humnicky

Historical Note:

Virginia Avis Ulrey Humnicky was born in Pyrmont, Indiana in 1923. She graduated from Purdue University in Education in 1945 and received her HuA degree in 1966. While at Purdue during WWII, she was activein the PMO University Choir. She also worked as a student intern in the Purdue University Libraries HSSE Media Center in the mid-late 1960's. Humnicky was very proud of her association with Purdue University and its role in her career development. Her husband, two of her sons, two daughters-in-laws and a grandson are also Purdue graduates.

Humnicky received a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University in September 1969. In 1968, as a graduate student inter at Indiana University South Bend, she initiated the organization of the Indiana University South Bend archive collections. In 1974 she was appointed Assistant Librarian at Indiana University at Indianapolis. From 1973-1978 she served as the Indiana state coordinator for Health Services Libraries. This position was funded by federal grants from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) under the Medical Library Assistance Act. She served as head of the Extension Services Department for state distribution of medical literature for health services libraries in the Indiana Regional Medical Program. Humnicky was a founding member of the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association (IHSLA). From 1979 to 1984 she was a staff Librarian (Extension Librarian), Indiana University School of Medicine Library, School of Medicine and University Libraries in Indianapolis. She had to retire early due to medical reasons on January 18, 1984.

Sources: Letter from her son, among papers in her folder.

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