Libraries and Culture

Libraries & Culture
Volume 40, Number 1, Winter 2005

CONTENTS

Articles

    Dick, Archie L.
  • "To make the people of South Africa proud of their membership of the great British Empire": Home Reading Unions in South Africa, 1900-1914
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    Subject Headings:
    • National Home Reading Union (Great Britain)
    • South African Home Reading Union.
    • Group reading -- South Africa -- History -- 20th century.
    • History -- Study and teaching -- South Africa.
    • Nationalism -- South Africa -- History -- 20th century.
    • Imperialism -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the regulation of reading by two home reading unions operating in South Africa from 1900 to 1914. It challenges the view that reading is primarily regulated to sustain and support a particular economic order. The emphasis falls on cultural, gender, and political factors that mediated imperial and colonial views of guided reading during a fluid period in South African history.
    Walker, Billie E.
  • Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925), Forgotten Librarian, Bibliographer, and Historian
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    Subject Headings:
    • Murray, Daniel Alexander Payne, 1852-1925.
    • African American librarians -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      Daniel Murray, well-known librarian, bibliographer, and historian, was one of the first Afro-Americans to work as a librarian at the Library of Congress in 1871. Although not formally educated in the profession, he rose to the position of assistant librarian before he retired in 1923. In 1899 Murray organized an exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition on Negro authors. Under his direction his award-winning exhibit became the core of the Library of Congress's Colored Author Collection. Although Murray's attempt to publish an encyclopedia of Afro-Americans' achievements was not successful, it laid the groundwork for others to eventually publish multivolume encyclopedias about the Negro race. Murray was also a prolific author and a frequent contributor to Afro-American journals. This essay seeks to illustrate the historical and sociopolitical contributions of Daniel Murray as they reflect the path toward an Afrocentric consciousness.
    Stauffer, Suzanne M.
  • "She speaks as one having authority": Mary E. Downey's Use of Libraries as a Means to Public Power
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    Subject Headings:
    • Downey, Mary E.
    • Women librarians -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      The history of women in the West includes little about women as librarians. Librarians who came West were looking for professional and administrative opportunities away from the established centers of library authority in the East. Western states hired state library organizers to oversee library development. The women who accepted these positions enjoyed professional autonomy, responsibility, and power unavailable to other professional women. Mary Elizabeth Downey was one such librarian. This study gives a voice to these women and provides insight into the western American social and cultural environment that permitted them to attain this level of public power.

Notes & Essays

    Hérubel, Jean-Pierre V. M.
  • Contextual Culture of the Master's Degree and the Decline of the M.L.S. Thesis: An Exploratory Review Essay
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bonner, Thomas Neville. Iconoclast: Abraham Flexner and a life in learning.
    • Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959.
    • Library education -- United States.

Book Reviews

    Dearman, John Andrew.
  • The Bible as Book: The Hebrew Bible and the Judaean Desert Discoveries (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Herbert, Edward D., ed. Bible as book: the Hebrew Bible and the Judaean desert discoveries.
    • Tov, Emanuel, ed.
    • Dead Sea scrolls -- Congresses.
    Jesson, James.
  • Death and Drama in Renaissance England: Shades of Memory (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Engel, William E., 1957- Death and drama in Renaissance England: shades of memory.
    • English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
    Graf, Amara.
  • Gender, Society, and Print Culture in Late-Stuart England: The Cultural World of the Athenian Mercury (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Berry, Helen, 1969- Gender, society, and print culture in late-Stuart England: the cultural world of the Athenian mercury.
    • London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
    Benlloch, Inés.
  • English Travel Narratives in the Eighteenth Century: Exploring Genres (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Viviès, Jean. English travel narratives in the eighteenth century: exploring genres.
    • Davison, Claire, tr.
    • Travelers' writings, English -- History and criticism.
    Chevallier, Jim.
  • Dictionnaire des femmes libraires en France (1470-1870) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Arbour, Roméo. Dictionnaire des femmes libraires en France (1470-1870)
    • Women in the book industries and trade -- France -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
    Chevallier, Jim.
  • The Spoken Word: Writers. Historic Recordings of Writers Born in the 19th Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cleary, Steve, ed. Spoken word: writers. historic recordings of writers born in the 19th century [CD-ROM]
    • Fairman, Richard, ed.
    • Oakes, Toby, ed.
    • Authors, British -- 19th century.
    Eberhard, Monika.
  • An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Henning, William E., 1911- Elegant hand: the golden age of American penmanship and calligraphy.
    • Melzer, Paul, ed.
    • Penmanship, American -- History -- 19th century.
    Hovde, David M.
  • Oasis of Culture: A History of Public and Academic Libraries in Nevada (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hulse, James W. Oasis of culture: a history of public and academic libraries in Nevada.
    • Libraries -- Nevada -- History.
    Potter, Jonathan.
  • Joseph Heller: A Descriptive Bibliography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph, 1931- Joseph Heller: a descriptive bibliography.
    • Bucker, Park.
    • Heller, Joseph -- Bibliography.
    Zacks, Aaron.
  • Marketing Modernism Between the Two World Wars (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Turner, Catherine, 1968- Marketing modernism between the two world wars.
    • Literature publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Wolfe, Ivan.
  • The World History Highway: A Guide to Internet Resources (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Trinkle, Dennis A., 1968-, ed. World history highway: a guide to Internet resources.
    • Merriman, Scott A., 1968-, ed.
    • World history -- Computer network resources.



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