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

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1979 - History - 319 pages
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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the development of a field that still suffers the status of the taken-for-granted, Apostles of Culture stands as a historical document.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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Garrison has done a remarkable job of culling primary sources to expound on the history of the profession of librarianship. Although a discerning topic for any interested reader, it was particularly ... Read full review

Contents

The Missionary Phase
1
Profile of the Library Elite
16
The Social Ideals of Early Library Leaders
36
The Fiction Problem
65
The Shift in Attitudes Toward Popular Fiction
88
Mission and Mechanics
103
Columbia College 18831888
126
Albany 18881905
136
From Missionary to Professional
166
The Tender Technicians
171
The Effect on Professionalization
186
The Progressive Years
206
The Decline of the Genteel Library Hostess
226
Public Library Leadership
242
Selected Bibliography
301
Copyright

Final Diversions 19061931
159

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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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