American Libraries Before 1876

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

byHaynes Mcmullen

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Gives an account of the birth, life, and occasional death of 10,000 early American library collections and traces relationships between the presence of libraries and other aspects of American life. 1876 is considered to mark the beginning of the modern library movement in the United States, but Americans created and used thousands of libraries before that date. While the history of American libraries has not been neglected by scholars, none has examined in detail where in the different parts of the country various libraries came into existence over any extended period of time. The present work does that, detailing the kinds of libraries that existed before 1876 and including 80 to 85 kinds, depending on the way the collections are classified.

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Gives an account of the birth, life, and occasional death of 10,000 early American library collections and traces relationships between the presence of libraries and other aspects of American life. 1876 is considered to mark the beginning of the modern library movement in the United States, but Americans created and used thousands of l...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.54 × 6.36 × 0.78 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031331277X

ISBN - 13:9780313312779

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?By reading American Libraries before 1876, one learns about asylum libraries, bray libraries, proprietary libraries, society libraries and tavern reading rooms. The differences in a "ladies' social library" and a "ladies' society library" are also examined. These are just a few of the types of libraries that are covered in this important volume. A must read for anyone interested in the history of libraries!??Public Library Quarterly