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Apostles of Culture
The Public Librarian and American Society, 1876–1920
Dee Garrison

Print Culture History in Modern America

James P. Danky, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Christine Pawley, Series Editors

"This lucid social history of librarianship is a welcome addition to library history and the study of the role of women in librarianship."
Library Journal

"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."—Christine Pawley, from the foreword

"An impressive book that scholars of feminism, professionalization, Gilded Age culture, progressivism, public service and reform, and the American public library will read with interest and benefit. Dee Garrison has marched through the field of librarianship and over much of the surrounding countryside as well."—J. Stanley Lemons, Rhode Island College, Journal of American History

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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cover is photo of stone lion

March 2003

352 pp. 6 x 9    
14 b/w photos

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