Willie Nelms, M.A., M.S.L.S.

Willie Nelms, M.A., M.S.L.S.

Director Emeritus of Sheppard Memorial Library, author, archivist

Willie Nelms is the Director Emeritus of Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville, N.C. His degrees include masters degrees in history and library science from the University of Kentucky. He has been a professional librarian since 1974. He is also an avid musician, and plays upright bass with several bands. He has been a musician for over forty years. Nelms is the author of the book Cora Wilson Stewart: Crusader Against Illiteracy, published in 1997, which is based on more than twenty years of research. This book draws on Nelms’ own experiences as a public librarian and archivist to present the first full-length biography of one of the most famous crusaders against illiteracy during the first third of the twentieth century. He has also written dozens of articles on history and librarianship, as well as being a songwriter.

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