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

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Main Author: Van Slyck, Abigail Ayres.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
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Main Author:Van Slyck, Abigail Ayres.
Summary:

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 fa#65533;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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Physical Description:xxvii, 276 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-270) and index.
ISBN:0226850323 (paperback)