Catherine Bosley Allen

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Catherine Bosley Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee to H.W. and Minta Allen back in 1896.  Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was a child.  She graduated from Howard University and Columbia University.  She was fluent in French and could read German.  In 1921, she married Benton R. Latimer, he worked as an accountant for the United States Post Office.

In 1920, she was hired as a substitute librarian assistant, later she transitioned to being a full-time librarian by the end of 1920.  She worked there for 26 years, retiring in 1946 due to ill health and poor eyesight. 

What you may not know about Catherine is that she was the first New York Public Library’s African-American librarian.  She was instrumental in forming the library’s Division of Negro History, Literature and Prints.

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Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I always enjoy your posts about accomplished women who were first in doing something important. This one was no exception.

Apr 15, 2021 03:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James -  that is a very interesting bio.  I have a library system as one of my clients.

Apr 15, 2021 03:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. At a point in time when women were held back, Catherine maneuvered the detours and kept looking forward. Kudos! Enjoy your day!

Apr 15, 2021 04:48 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And she probably helped many get started with their reading and thus am education.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 15, 2021 04:58 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Being fluent in more then one language is a sure sign of intelligence to me James. Catherine was obviously a very smart person.

Apr 15, 2021 05:20 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that in my lifetime I will get to witness true equality in the world since everyone should be equal no matter the color of their skin.

Apr 15, 2021 05:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - those who enter the world of library science have a special place for those who enjoy learning.  

Apr 15, 2021 06:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 15, 2021 06:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James and thank you for another interesting biography

Apr 15, 2021 07:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James.

Another great post from you and bravo to Catherine for her accomplishments.  A

Apr 15, 2021 07:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James,

Catherine was an accomplished lady. 

Apr 15, 2021 08:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another interesting read about an accomplished woman - and someone I knew nothing about. I always enjoy these!

Apr 15, 2021 09:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- How accomplished!!!  We don't give librarians enough credit. 

Apr 15, 2021 10:35 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

That is a really good one James. The rich African American history in NYC must have been fun to start up back in the day.

Apr 15, 2021 01:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing another interesting piece of our history.  I always enjoy learning of those "firsts".

Apr 15, 2021 09:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James love all your posts, you should have been a World History Professor at some great University... just my two cents, Endre

Apr 15, 2021 11:06 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Catherine Bosley Allen  was fortunate to graduate from two universities and be hired as a substitute in the library system. Also admire how she was able to be fluent in French and read German.  Wonderful.  Beautiful story and sad to know of her ill health at such an early period in her life -- nice achievements.

Apr 16, 2021 08:38 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

A fellow polyglot. How nice. I am sure she was very interesting.

May 02, 2021 10:02 PM