Free to All

Free to All

Carnegie Libraries & American Culture, 1890-1920

Book - 1995
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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 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
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1995.
ISBN: 9780226850313
0226850315
Branch Call Number: 727.80973 V279
Characteristics: xxvii, 276 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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