Libraries and Culture

Libraries & Culture 37.3, Summer 2002

Contents

Articles

    Waite, Robert G.
  • Returning Jewish Cultural Property: The Handling of Books Looted by the Nazis in the American Zone of Occupation, 1945 to 1952
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    Subject Headings:
    • Restitution and indemnification claims (1933- ) -- Germany.
    • Cultural property -- Protection (International law)
    • Jewish property -- Germany.
    Abstract:
      At the end of World War II, American troops discovered depots filled with millions of books that had been seized by the Nazis throughout Europe. The confiscation was part of the systematic effort by the Nazis to eradicate the Jews from Europe. Beginning in 1945, American occupation forces consolidated the books at the Offenbach Archival Depot for processing and eventual restitution to the country of origin and the books' owners. Several individuals and organizations were instrumental in this process. The Offenbach Archival Depot, headed by Seymour Pomrenze, had the daunting task of sorting the books. Recommendations came from the Library of Congress, whose Mission, operating in Europe, was involved in purchasing and obtaining books for its collections, the occupation government, and the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Commission. By 1952 the looted books had largely been returned to their owners. About 150,000 heirless items (books whose owners could not be identified) were distributed by the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction to libraries in the United States and abroad.
    Pennavaria, Katherine.
  • Representation of Books and Libraries in Depictions of the Future
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    Subject Headings:
    • Libraries -- Forecasting.
    Abstract:
      The future has long been the subject of speculation and debate, especially in terms of how knowledge and information will someday be represented, stored, and accessed. In the approximately one hundred years before the full development of digital technology, numerous fiction writers, essayists, and library professionals presented their visions for the future of books and recorded knowledge. For most, the future would bring exciting technological improvements; for others, advanced technology would only make potential totalitarian states more capable of suppressing knowledge.

Notes & Essays

    Pavelka, Karen L.
  • Double Trouble or More: A Response to Double Fold
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baker, Nicholson. Double fold: libraries and the assault on paper.
    • Libraries -- United States -- Special collections -- Newspapers.
    Durlik, Andrzej.
  • The Bibliothèque nationale de France: My French Experience
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bibliothèque nationale (France)
    • Libraries -- France -- Paris.
    • Classification, Dewey decimal.
    Abstract:
      The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) has stirred controversies since its inception in 1989. The architectural design was criticized by many as unsuitable for a library. The author worked in the new French national library during the years 1991-93, specifically, being responsible for application of the Dewey decimal classification (DDC). Despite his strong opposition, the DDC was modified to such a degree that it became an inefficient, illogical, and incomprehensible scheme. Analyzed examples reflect the curious manner in which DDC numbers are being constructed at the BNF.

Book Reviews

    Oliver, Bette Wyn, 1933-
  • The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rose, Jonathan, ed. Holocaust and the book: destruction and preservation.
    • Book burning -- Germany.
    Williams, Prescott H., 1924-
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Dead Sea scrolls and Christian origins.
    • Dead Sea scrolls -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
    Ennis, Mary Louise.
  • The Mighty Engine: The Printing Press & Its Impact (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Isaac, Peter C. G., ed. Mighty engine: the printing press & its impact.
    • McKay, Barry, 1948-, ed.
    • Printing -- Great Britain -- History.
    Wojciehowski, Dolora A., 1957-
  • Print, Manuscript, Performance: The Changing Relations of the Media in Early Modern England (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Marotti, Arthur F., 1940-, ed. Print, manuscript, performance: the changing relations of the media in early modern England.
    • Bristol, Michael D., 1940-, ed.
    • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
    Curley, Augustine J. (Augustine James), 1956-
  • La bibliothèque de l'Abbaye de Saint-Hubert en Ardenne au dix-septième siècle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Knapen, Luc, ed. Bibliothèque de l'Abbaye de Saint-Hubert en Ardenne au dix-septième siècle.
    • Saint-Hubert en Ardenne (Monastery). Bibliothèque.
    Dawson, Robert L.
  • A History of Cambridge University Press, Vol. 2: Scholarship and Commerce, 1698-1872 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McKitterick, David. History of Cambridge University Press.
    • Cambridge University Press -- History.
    Dawson, Robert L.
  • Bookplates by Beilby & Bewick: A Biographical Dictionary of Bookplates from the Workshop of Ralph Beilby, Thomas Bewick & Robert Bewick, 1760-1849 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tattersfield, Nigel. Bookplates by Beilby & Bewick: a biographical dictionary of bookplates from the workshop of Ralph Beilby, Thomas Bewick & Robert Bewick, 1760-1849.
    • Bookplates, British -- Catalogs.
    Lagarde, François.
  • The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Joutel, Henri, 1640?-1735. La Salle expedition to Texas: the journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687.
    • Foster, William C., 1928-, ed.
    • La Salle, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de, 1643-1687.
    Lupfer, Eric.
  • George Palmer Putnam: Representative American Publisher (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Greenspan, Ezra. George Palmer Putnam: representative American publisher.
    • Putnam, George Palmer, 1814-1872.
    McReynolds, Louise, 1952-
  • The Russian Reading Revolution: Print Culture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lovell, Stephen, 1972- Russian reading revolution: print culture in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras.
    • Books and reading -- Russia (Federation)
    Peterson, William S.
  • Beauty and the Book: Fine Editions and Cultural Distinction in America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Benton, Megan. Beauty and the book: fine editions and cultural distinction in America.
    • Fine books -- Publishing -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Tucker, John Mark.
  • Just Lucky I Guess: My Adventurous Life as a Hoosier Librarian (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kaser, David, 1924- Just lucky I guess: my adventurous life as a Hoosier librarian.
    • Kaser, David, 1924-
    Dawson, Robert L.
  • The Culture of the Book: Essays from Two Hemispheres in Honour of Wallace Kirsop (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Garrioch, David, ed. Culture of the book: essays from two hemispheres in honour of Wallace Kirsop.
    • Books.
    Anghelescu, Hermina G. B.
  • Libraries: Global Reach--Local Touch (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McCook, Kathleen de la Peña, ed. Libraries: global reach--local touch.
    • Ford, Barbara J., ed.
    • Lippincott, Kate, ed.
    • Libraries.
    Anghelescu, Hermina G. B.
  • Library Automation in Transitional Societies: Lessons from Eastern Europe (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lass, Andrew, ed. Library automation in transitional societies: lessons from Eastern Europe.
    • Quandt, Richard E., ed.
    • Research libraries -- Europe, Eastern -- Data processing.
    Hildenbrand, Suzanne.
  • On Account of Sex: An Annotated Bibliography on the Status of Women in Librarianship, 1993-1997 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kruger, Betsy, 1954-, ed. On account of sex: an annotated bibliography on the status of women in librarianship, 1993-1997.
    • Larson, Catherine A., 1958-, ed.
    • Women in library science -- United States -- Bibliography.
    Yu, Priscilla C.
  • Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hu, Philip K., ed. Visible traces: rare books and special collections from the National Library of China.
    • Rare books -- China -- Bibliography -- Exhibitions.
    Wertheimer, Andrew B.
  • The Columbia Guide to Asian American History, and: A Resource Guide to Asian American literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945- Columbia guide to Asian American history.
    • Wong, Sau-ling Cynthia, ed. Resource guide to Asian American literature.
    • Sumida, Stephen H., ed.
    • Asian Americans -- History.
    • American literature -- Asian American authors -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.



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