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AbstractMuch energy has been exerted on the ‘image problem’ in librarianship, and negative representations of library spinsters. This paper outlines a different formulation of these issues by focusing on identity and constructions of marital status. It is argued that marital status was critical...
AbstractWhen the National Trust acquired Townend in Troutbeck in the Lake District, they acquired not only a house but also the papers and, more significantly, the library of the Brownes, the family who had lived there for over four centuries. This family was not part of the aristocracy nor did...
AbstractThis article concludes the history of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, California, set up by Herbert Hoover after the First World War for the purpose of collecting the records of contemporary history as it was taking place. The story continues from 1960, when Dr W. Glenn...
AbstractDespite appearances, library history research in Germany is narrowly based, though extremely active. The major German bibliographical work in this field, known as BBB, is actually a one-man operation, while library schools which concern themselves with history have all but disappeared...
AbstractThe identity of library and information history (LIH) is a function of how historians working in the field see themselves and how they think they are perceived by others. The views of ‘others’ — as reflected in the incidence of LIH teaching and research in schools, or departments, of...
AbstractAlthough Panizzi had a reputation for courting controversy at the British Museum and a knack for making enemies, he did enjoy friendly relations with many people, even if relationships often became strained. This essay looks at three people who had some impact on differing aspects of...
AbstractThis annotated bibliography was created in an effort to collect and evaluate sources pertaining to library history in the Germanic language areas of continental Europe, aside from Germany itself. The impetus for this project arose from my observation that information on German library...
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