Librarian; historian; writer; bookseller. Born May 29, 1916, Birmingham. Parents– John Lewis and Virginia Lawson Pounds.  Married– John Lassiter (died in 1943).  Married– William Bestor Brown, November 1, 1947.   Education– Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, A.B., 1937; Emory University, M.L.S., 1942.  Librarian, Birmingham Public Library, 1938-41; Birmingham-Southern College Library. librarian, 1941-44, director, 1944-48. With her husband,  operated bookstore, The Book-Keepers, in Mountain Brook, 1950-75. Honors; Alabama Library Association, Alabama Authors Award, 1976; Award of Merit, Alabama Historical Commission, 1976; Vita Abundautoir Award, Randolph-Macon Women’s College.  Died May 26. 2014.


Contemporary Authors online; Files at Alabama Public Library Service; obituary, Birmingham News, May 27, 2014..


Cochula’s Journey.  Montgomery:  Black Belt Press, 1996.

The Gold Disc of Coosa. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1978.

Grand Old Days of Birmingham Golf, 1898-1930.  Birmingham: Beechwood Books, 1984.

Mother and Me:  An Intimate Memoir of her Last Years.  Montgomery: New South Books, 2003.


Alabama Heritage. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1967.

Alabama, Mounds to Missiles. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1966.

Creek Indian History; a Historical Narrative of the Genealogy, Traditions, And Downfall of the Ispocoga or Creek Indian Tribe of Indians. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Public Library, 1989.

Toting the Lead Row: Ruby Pickens Tartt, Alabama Folklorist. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1981.

Winnataska Remembered.  Beechwood, 1992.

The World of Southern Indians. Birmingham, Ala.; Beechwood Books, 1983.


Around the Spiral Staircase; Recipes …. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1977.


Mary Gordon Duffee’s Sketches of Alabama.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1970.

Mr. Gillespy of Glen Iris Park: Journals of James McAdory Gillespy, 1890-1911.  Birmingham Public Library.

Southern Indian Myths and Legends. Birmingham, Ala.; Beechwood Books, 1985.