- Existence: 1919-
Edith Keys was born July 17, 1919 and raised in Limestone, Tennessee. She attended East Tennessee State College and in 1940 earned a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on home economics and English. Keys' career as a librarian began at Lamar School in Washington County, Tennnessee where she taught home economics, English, history, and during the early 1940s served as the school's librarian.
In 1945, Keys began teaching at Southside Elementary School and the following year transferred to Keystone Elementary School, where she remained until 1955. During this time, she periodically returned to East Tennessee State College to work in the library and to take graduate courses. In 1955, Keys began attending summer sessions at George Peabody College receiving a master's degree in library service in August 1957.
Keys joined ETSC's library staff in 1958. As a reference librarian, she was responsible for the library education program and the training of the library's student workers and staff employees. Ms. Keys was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and after nearly two more decades of continuous service she retired in March 1984.