Miss Margaret Switzer
Margaret Switzer was appointed in 1904 to take the place of Mrs Bertha G Ridgeway when she left Iowa to take a position at Purdue University. Margaret was responsible for the motion in February 1906 to consider the creation of a separate children’s room and she was an active member of the library board until her death, having served for twenty-three years.
Margaret Eliza Switzer was born October 24, 1851 in Carroll County, Maryland to John & Elizabeth Wolfe Switzer. Her family came to Iowa in 1857, settling in Liberty Township, Johnson County where her father died in 1860. Margaret attended the University of Iowa from 1868-1871 and then taught school, before beginning a career as a bank bookkeeper. She worked first at Citizens Savings & Trust, and then at Johnson County Savings Bank. Margaret never married and left the banking career in 1917 to became the Matron of Currier Hall, a post she remained in for ten years. She died September 3, 1927, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City.
-Dr. Melissa Stewart
 Iowa City Daily Press, Iowa City, Iowa, 25 June 1904, p. 1.
 Eggers, Lolly Parker, A Century of Stories, The History of the Iowa City Public Library, p. 126.
 Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa, 16 February 1901, p. 4.
 Iowa City, Iowa City Directories, 1901-1926.
 Iowa Department of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate of Margaret Switzer, 1927, #052-1635.