Librarian. Born– October 13, 1926, Tarrant City. Parents– Archer H. and Jessie Irene Adkins Bell. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1950; Harvard University, M.A. in English, 1951; Louisiana State University, M.S. in Librarianship, 1967; University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1974; also attended Columbia University and the University of Texas. Worked at the Birmingham Public Library, 1949-1950; Mobile Public Library, 1951-1955 and 1963-1965; Fort Worth Public Library, 1955-1960; New Orleans Public Library, 1962-1963 and 1965-1966. Executive director of the Book Club of California, 1960-1962; assistant professor of librarianship, University of South Carolina, 1971-1973; reference librarian at City College of San Francisco, 1974-1976; lecturer in the School of Library and Information Service at the University of California at Berkeley, 1974-1976; head of humanities and social science reference at the University of California at Davis after 1976. Died November 19, 1999.


Who’s Who in Library and Information Science, 1982.


A Bibliography of Mobile, Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1956.

The Butterfly Tree, a Novel. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1959.

A Dictionary of Classical Mythology; Symbols, Attributes and Association in Classical Myth. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-Clio, 1982.

Place Names in Classical Mythology:  Greece.  Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO,1989.

Women of Classical Mythology; a Biographical Guide. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-CLIO, 1991.

Joint Publications;

Meet me at the Butterfly Tree:    A Fairhope Memoir.  Fairhope: Over the Transom Press, 2001.