On September 17, 2016, the Enid Public Library was designated a National Literary Landmark in honor of Marquis James (1891 – 1955).
Marquis James, an American journalist and author, won two Pulitzer Prizes for biography: in 1930 for "The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston," and in 1938 for "The Life of Andrew Jackson, 2 volumes.”
His formative years were in Enid. At the Enid Library, the Marquis James Room contains permanent displays, photographs, and archival items about James. His papers, manuscripts, and correspondence are in the Library of Congress.
The dedication was held during Enid's annual Cherokee Strip Days celebration. The year 2016 was the Centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes. The Friends of Enid Public Library hosted a reception following the dedication.
At the dedication, Michael Wallis, award-
An educational booklet about Marquis James was printed in conjunction with the dedication. Oklahoma State University Library Professor and FOLIO President Karen Neurohr coordinated and edited the booklet which was produced to commemorate the Literary Landmark dedication, celebrate Mr. James and his writing, and help inform Oklahoma high school students in Enid and the surrounding area about Oklahoma’s rich literary heritage.
Sponsors and Partners:
Enid Public Library
Friends of Enid Public Library
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
Oklahoma State University Library
Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book
Enid Chamber of Commerce
The Marquis James Grandchildren and Cousins
Family of Mr. & Mrs. J. Lee Cromwell and Miss Mary Cromwell
Gary and Sheila Brown
Enid High School
Oklahoma Historical Society
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Pulitzer Prize Centennial
Oklahoma Library Association
United for Libraries
Photo by Miss Mary Cromwell
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