Apostles of Culture: The Public Librarian and American Society, 1876-1920 / Edition 1

Apostles of Culture: The Public Librarian and American Society, 1876-1920 / Edition 1

by Lora Dee Garrison, Christine Pawley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299181146

ISBN-13: 9780299181147

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

In her Foreword, Christine Pawley sums up the importance of Dee Garrison’s book as follows: “Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the first edition of Apostles of Culture appeared. Since no book-length study of the formation of the American public library has yet challenged Dee Garrison’s 1979 analysis, it remains the most

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In her Foreword, Christine Pawley sums up the importance of Dee Garrison’s book as follows: “Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the first edition of Apostles of Culture appeared. Since no book-length study of the formation of the American public library has yet challenged Dee Garrison’s 1979 analysis, it remains the most recent—-and most-cited—- interpretation of the public library’s past, a landmark in the history, and the historiography, of libraries and librarianship...For students and researchers who want to understand the development of a field that still suffers the status of the taken-for-granted, Apostles of Culture stands as a historical document. Its reissue allows its historiographical and political—-as well as its historical—-significance to be more fully appreciated.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299181147
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Print Culture History in Modern America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Foreword
Pt. 1The Missionary Phase
Ch. 1The Genteel Setting3
Ch. 2Profile of the Library Elite16
Ch. 3The Social Ideals of Early Library Leaders36
Pt. 2Moral Passage: The Fiction Problem
Ch. 4Immoral Fiction in the Late Victorian Library67
Ch. 5The Shift in Attitudes Toward Popular Fiction88
Pt. 3Melvil Dewey: Mission and Mechanics
Ch. 6Formation of a Savior105
Ch. 7Columbia College, 1883-1888126
Ch. 8Albany, 1888-1905136
Ch. 9Final Diversions, 1906-1931159
Ch. 10From Missionary to Professional166
Pt. 4The Tender Technicians
Ch. 11Feminization: Symbol and Reality173
Ch. 12The Effect on Professionalization186
Ch. 13Librarianship, Charity Work, and the Settlement Movement196
Ch. 14Maid Militant: The Progressive Years and World War I206
Ch. 15The Decline of the Genteel Library Hostess226
AppPublic Library Leadership242
Notes and Sources246
Selected Bibliography301
Index312

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