Free to All Carnegie Libraries and American Culture, 1890-1920

ISBN-10: 0226850323

ISBN-13: 9780226850320

Edition: 226th

Authors: Abigail A. Van Slyck

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Familiar landmarks in hundreds of American towns, Carnegie libraries today seem far from controversial. In Free to All, however, Abigail A. Van Slyck shows that the classical faccedil;ades and symmetrical plans of these buildings often mask a complex and contentious history. "The whole story is told here in this book. Carnegie's wishes, the conflicts among local groups, the architecture, development of female librarians. It's a rich and marvelous story, lovingly told."--Alicia Browne, Journal of American Culture "This well-written and extensively researched work is a welcome addition to the history of architecture, librarianship, and philanthropy."--Joanne Passet, Journal of American History "Van Slyck's book is a tremendous contribution for its keenness of scholarship and good writing and also for its perceptive look at a familiar but misunderstood icon of the American townscape."--Howard Wight Marshall, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians "[Van Slyck's] reading of the cultural coding implicit in the architectural design of the library makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the limitations of the doctrine 'free to all.'"--Virginia Quarterly Review
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Edition: 226th
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/20/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Figures Graphs Table
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
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
Taking: Libraries and Cultural Politics
Cultural Politics in Larger Cities
The Impact of the Carnegie Library Program
Building the Central Library
Building Branch Libraries Conclusion
Taking: Libraries and Cultural Politics
Cultural Politics in Smaller Towns
Carnegie's Reception in Small-Town America
Male and Female Visions of the Library
The Temple in the Park Conclusion
Working: The Feminization of Librarianship
Engendering American Librarianship
Engendering Library Design
Transcending the Limits of the Gendered Work Station Conclusion
Reading: The Experiences of Children as Library
Users Coming of Age in the Small-Town Library
Claiming New Space in Urban Branches Conclusion Postscript
Notes on the Erection of Library Buildings
Carnegie Libraries Sampled in Table 4.1 and Graphs 4.1-4.5
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
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