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AbstractThe Hoover Institution (and its variant designations) at Stanford University, California, was set up by Herbert Hoover in the wake of the rebuilding of Europe after the First World War. His express purpose was to collect the records of contemporary history as it was happening. Frequently...
AbstractIn a recent article published in this journal, Alistair Black argued that library history should be seen as an element of ‘information history’ and should also move away from what he perceives as its institutional bias. In this response, the present authors identify nine ‘types’ of...
AbstractFor visitors to wind-swept St Andrews in the eighteenth century, one of the few attractions was the University Library. But the Library was much more than a library; it was a depository for all kinds of artefacts, including paintings and objects normally associated with museums. It was a...
AbstractEngland in the eighteenth century saw a remarkable increase in cultural provision throughout the provinces, including libraries. Although the history of private subscription libraries in large cities is well-known, those that existed in the smaller towns are not as well documented. The...
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