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

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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the development of a field that still suffers the status of the taken-for-granted, Apostles of Culture stands as a historical document.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.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299181147
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Print Culture History in Modern America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Lora Dee Garrison is professor of history at Rutgers University and a 1995 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant for Research and Writing in Peace, Security, and International Cooperation.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Missionary Phase
Ch. 1 The Genteel Setting 3
Ch. 2 Profile of the Library Elite 16
Ch. 3 The Social Ideals of Early Library Leaders 36
Pt. 2 Moral Passage: The Fiction Problem
Ch. 4 Immoral Fiction in the Late Victorian Library 67
Ch. 5 The Shift in Attitudes Toward Popular Fiction 88
Pt. 3 Melvil Dewey: Mission and Mechanics
Ch. 6 Formation of a Savior 105
Ch. 7 Columbia College, 1883-1888 126
Ch. 8 Albany, 1888-1905 136
Ch. 9 Final Diversions, 1906-1931 159
Ch. 10 From Missionary to Professional 166
Pt. 4 The Tender Technicians
Ch. 11 Feminization: Symbol and Reality 173
Ch. 12 The Effect on Professionalization 186
Ch. 13 Librarianship, Charity Work, and the Settlement Movement 196
Ch. 14 Maid Militant: The Progressive Years and World War I 206
Ch. 15 The Decline of the Genteel Library Hostess 226
App Public Library Leadership 242
Notes and Sources 246
Selected Bibliography 301
Index 312
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