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Free to all : Carnegie libraries & American culture, 1890-1920

Author: Abigail Ayres Van Slyck
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
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Familiar landmarks in hundreds of American towns, Carnegie libraries today seem far from controversial. In this book, however, the author shows that the classical facades and symmetrical plans of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abigail Ayres Van Slyck
ISBN: 0226850323 9780226850320
OCLC Number: 40196123
Description: xxvii, 276 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
One: Giving: the reform of American library philanthropy --
Librarians vs. architects --
Andrew Carnegie enters the philanthropic game --
Carnegie's reform of American philanthropy --
Defining "the modern library idea" --
Designing the modern library --
Carnegie's reform of American library architecture --
Redefining the nature of library use --
Conclusion --
Two: Making: the marketing of library design --
The culture of professionalism --
The library bureau and the modern library --
The impact of the Carnegie Library Program --
Conclusion --
Three: Taking: libraries and cultural politics, part I --
Cultural politics in larger cities --
The impact of the Carnegie Library Program --
Building the central library --
Building branch libraries --
Conclusion --
Four: Taking: libraries and cultural politics, part II --
Cultural politics in the smaller town --
Carnegie's reception in small-town America --
Male and female visions of the library --
The temple in the park --
Conclusion --
Five: Working: the feminization of librarianship --
Engendering American librarianship --
Engendering library design --
Transcending the limits of the gendered work station --
Conclusion --
Six: Reading: the experiences of children as library users --
Coming of age in the small-town library --
Claiming new space in urban branches --
Conclusion --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Abigail A. Van Slyck.

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