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Barbara Jane Land

Died: 08 SEP 2013


Barbara Jane Land (70) left this life on September 8TH after a long struggle against illness


Born in San Francisco on 25 August 1943 to Lewis Kurt and Elizabeth Land. Barbara graduated from Mission High School, earned a B.A. From Oregon State University and a Masters of Library Science from Texas Women's University. She began her career as a librarian at the famed 52nd Street branch of New York Public Library. When she returned to San Francisco she launched her next career as a Rare Book Librarian and Special Collections Cataloguing Consultant. She single-handedly catalogued the huge Sutro collection of rare documents. She donated her talents unstintingly to the many organizations she belonged to: the California Book Club, the Roxburghe Club, the Colophon Club, the Hand Bookbinders of California, the Strybing Arboretum Society and temple Emanu-El.


Barbara was an active and beloved member of Temple Emanu-El where she served as Temple and Childrens Librarian, Sunday school teacher and Torah study group leader.


Barbara was loved, admired and respected by those who knew and worked with her and were in awe at the amazing breadth and depth of her knowledge. She was the Librarian and "living memory" of the Book Club of California and edited two of their annual publications. She served on the board of the Ascla and was honored by the State of California for her work on the Sutro collection.


Barbara is survived by her loving sisters, Helen E. Land and Frances Land Moore (Charles Moore), by her nieces and nephews, Deborah Moore, Sarah Moore (David Feinberg), Hugh Moore (Sandra Jurado), Guy Moore (Bettina Heck) and Roger Moore as well as by three grand nieces and nephews.


A service will be held in the Milton Meyer Sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El at 1:00pm on Thursday, 12 September 2013.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013
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