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Julia Harden

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University Librarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chicken Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1909
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University Librarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chicken Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1909
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Julia Woodhouse Harden was born on July 6, 1909 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the only child of Mary Locks Woodhouse and John Wesley Woodhouse. She was raised on Pressman Street in Baltimore and attended elementary school at the Division Street School. Some of her classmates included former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, entertainer Cab Calloway and Ann Brown. She graduated from Douglas High School in Baltimore in 1925. After graduation, she attended The Ethical Cultural School, a private school in New York for one year. She was one of two African Americans at the school.

From 1926 to 1930, she attended New York University where she earned a B.A. degree. In 1931, Harden received her M.S. degree in library sciences from Columbia University in New York. Upon graduation from Columbia, she accepted a position as a librarian at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she met her husband Dr. K. Albert Hardin. The couple was married in 1933, and had one child, a daughter, Katherine, five years later.

After her marriage, Harden resigned from her job at Howard University, but later returned to a similar position in 1940. While at Howard University, she worked under the leaderships of presidents Mordicai Johnson and James Nabrit. Her husband later went on to become the dean of Howard’s Medical School.

Harden was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. She resided in Washington, D.C. and was active in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta and several other civic associations.

Harden passed away on February 11, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julia Harden lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julia Harden describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julia Harden describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julia Harden talks about her grandparents and older ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julia Harden describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julia Harden narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julia Harden narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julia Harden shares memories of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Julia Harden describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julia Harden describes her experience at Division Street School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julia Harden describes her personality during her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julia Harden talks about her religious upbringing in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julia Harden talks about her favorite teachers and career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julia Harden describes her experience at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julia Harden describes her closest childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julia Harden describes her experience at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julia Harden describes her experience at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julia Harden describes positive aspects of her experience at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julia Harden describes her experiences at New York University and Columbia University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julia Harden talks about going to work as a librarian at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julia Harden talks about her early relationship with her husband, K. Albert Harden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julia Harden talks about raising her daughter, Katharine Harden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julia Harden describes the Carnegie Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the 1930s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julia Harden describes the Carnegie Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the 1930s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julia Harden recalls the librarians she worked with at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Julia Harden talks about returning to work at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julia Harden describes her daughter's experiences in high school and college during the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julia Harden talks about her memories of the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julia Harden describes student protests at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julia Harden describes the college presidents she worked for at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julia Harden talks about her favorite experiences traveling internationally
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julia Harden describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julia Harden describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Julia Harden explains why she believes history is important
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Julia Harden narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julia Harden narrates her photographs, pt. 4