Henriette Derman, a Russian immigrant, completed her studies at the Simmons library school in 1917. Upon returning to Russia, Mrs. Derman helped modernize the Soviet library system, becoming one of the most important figures in the development of modern Russian librarianship.
In 1938 which was the end of Stalin's repression, she was arrested and sent to a prison camp where she died in 1954.
The purpose of this library guide is to provide information on Derman's career in the United States and in Russia, on life in Soviet Russia while Derman was imprisoned, and to give you a chance to meet and learn more about Henriette Derman.
Derman was born in Riga, Latvia.
The Henriette Derman International Project symbolizes the coming together of two nations in a shared celebration.