American Libraries 1730-1950 by Kenneth BreischAmerican Libraries 1730-1950 by Kenneth Breisch

American Libraries 1730-1950

byKenneth Breisch

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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Although new technologies appear poised to alter it, the library remains a powerful site for discovery, and its form is still determined by the geometry of the book and the architectural spaces devised to store and display it. American Libraries provides a history and panorama of these much-loved structures, inside and out, encompassing the small personal collection, the vast university library, and everything in between. Through 500 photographs and plans selected from the encyclopedic collections of the Library of Congress, Kenneth Breisch traces the development of libraries in the United States, from roots in such iconic examples as the British Library and Paris’s Bibliothèque-Ste.-Geneviève to institutions imbued with their own, American mythology. Starting with the private collections of wealthy merchants and landowners during the eighteenth century, the book looks at the Library of Congress, large and small public libraries, and the Carnegie libraries, and it ends with a glimpse of modern masterworks.
Kenneth Breisch directs the historic preservation program at the University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous publications on American architectural history, especially in the areas of library design and vernacular building. He lives in Santa Monica.
Title:American Libraries 1730-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 11.3 × 8.3 × 0.9 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039373160X

ISBN - 13:9780393731606

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[A]n impressively informative history of the evolution of the library in America. . . . [S]imply stated, no community, college, or university library should be without a copy. — Midwest Book Review