Abstract

"Bricks without straw" is an expression that means to make do with insufficient resources. It is also an apt description of the challenges facing the Chicago Public Library during the early years of the Depression. The library was forced to limp along with a fraction of its normal funding. This article explores how the library coped with such difficult financial circumstances and how, in some ways, it ultimately emerged as an innovative, community-oriented institution.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 258-275
Launched on MUSE
2011-08-20
Open Access
No
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