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In Newark, New Jersey, during the early decades of the 20th century, BEATRICE WINSER (1869-1947)  was the assistant director to celebrated John Cotton Dana, a visionary known for making libraries more relevant, accessible, and engaging to the public.


Following Dana's passing in 1929, Miss Winser succeeded him as director of both the Newark Public Library and the Newark Museum, keeping alive his institutional vision and legacies throughout  the Great Depression and World War II. 

Further, Miss Winser was a key figure in bringing to life Dana's inspiration for education: The University of Newark, which became Rutgers-Newark in 1946. In addition to being one of its trustees, she was an uncredited organizer of the university and one of its predecessor institutions, Dana College.