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WARDEN, SIBYL DUNN (ca. 1870-1924)

Author, editor, and educator Sibyl Dunn Warden, born around 1870 in Kansas, was the daughter of Thomas A. and Mary Dunn. Before her marriage, Sibyl Dunn was a teacher at Oklahoma City High School and an instructor at Epworth University (now Oklahoma City University). Like her Oklahoma contemporaries Elva Shartel Ferguson and Ora Eddleman Reed, she worked in Oklahoma's pioneer publishing industry. After marrying Sidney Ray Warden in 1906, Sibyl and her husband worked together at the Warden Printing Company, a publishing and bookbinding business in Oklahoma City. Sidney and Sibyl Warden served as president and secretary-treasurer, respectively. The firm printed city directories, school text books, the monthly magazine The Oklahoma Teacher, The Warden Atlas of Kay County, Oklahoma (1921), and Emmett Starr's History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore (1921). She edited the Oklahoma School Herald and authored two books: An Elementary History of the United States (1914), which was adopted for use in Oklahoma public schools, and Celebration Days: A Collection of Exercises Suited to the Celebration of Our National Holidays (1915). Sibyl Warden died from the effects of influenza at her Oklahoma City home on October 31, 1924, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.

SEE ALSO: PRINTING AND PUBLISHING INDUSTRY, WOMEN.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 1 and 3 November 1924. Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907: A History of Printing in Oklahoma Before Statehood (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936). Mary Hays Marable and Elaine Boylan, A Handbook of Oklahoma Writers (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1939). The Oklahoma Teacher 6 (December 1924).

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