Free to All Carnegie Libraries American Culture 1890 1920

Free to All Carnegie Libraries American Culture 1890 1920 ❄ [EPUB] ✼ Free to All Carnegie Libraries American Culture 1890 1920 By Abigail A. Van Slyck ➝ – 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 façades and symmetrical plans Familiar landmarks in hundreds of American towns Carnegie All Carnegie Epub Û libraries today seem far from controversial In Free to All however Abigail A Van Slyck shows that the classical façades and symmetrical plans of these buildings often mask a complex and contentious historyThe 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 CultureThis well written and extensively researched work is a welcome addition to the history of architecture librarianship and philanthropy—Joanne Passet Journal of Free to PDF or American HistoryVan 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 HistoriansVan 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 uarterly Review.

8 thoughts on “Free to All Carnegie Libraries American Culture 1890 1920

  1. Catherine Catherine says:

    The basis of this book was the author's dissertation which explains both the very good research the incredibly dry tonestyle of writing What had made me pick up this book is the library I use is a Carnegie library so I was interested to learn about them this book was chock full of information about Carnegie libraries the development of his philosophy of philanthropy libraries in general architecture architects the development of the training profession of librarians the rise of branch libraries the change in attitude of what a library should be do within a community all sorts of other things I hadn't really associated with Carnegie libraries before So the reading was a bit of a slog because she wrote it in a boring way but what she had to say was interesting worth the effort

  2. Amber Amber says:

    I read uite a bit of “Free to All” for my Public Libraries class and greatly enjoyed pouring through all the photographs and floor plans of the old libraries the grand arched entries and classical colonnades that are easily recognizable as libraries even today I was surprised to see different subject areas housed in different rooms instead of all together fine arts social sciences music and stack rooms in the back housing what types of volumes exactly? that only library workers had access to But despite the housing differences I still saw many similarities to today's libraries meeting rooms and auditoriums in the large city libraries and lots of tables and chairs for reading and study They were public meeting places even if the libraries then had a much pensive atmosphere and daunting librarians watching over their tomes I was very pleased to read about Melvil Dewey’s positive stance on women working in the library even if it might sound a little sexist with today’s career freedoms He got women interested in working in the library and appealed to their sense of order and enticed them with the uiet atmosphere away from the hectic tiring job of a teacher He expressed to others concerned with their advancement in the profession by saying “The natural ualities most important in library work are accuracy order or what we call the housekeeping instinct executive ability and above all earnestness and enthusiasm” p 163 There were many men who felt the librarian profession was already shaky in its recognition of stature and credibility I knew there were few professions open to women during this time period mainly teachers and nurses but I didn’t know many specifics of how they came to the library profession or how they were discriminated against in pay receiving up to a full uarter less then the men in the same position and in position they were only allowed to hold lower assistant positions dealing mainly in clerical work cataloging index making book repair and working with children but need not be “bookish” or need that “intellectual spark” that was considered necessary for the highly sought reference positionsAndrew Carnegie received a lot of criticism for how he dispensed his funds through libraries I think because he had so much money to give and a vision of libraries across the nation he needed a plan A plan that would help him determine where to build and how to divide funds I think if he just gave the cities and towns a chunk of money there are so many different ways it would have been used and many of them probably would not have followed his vision So he was strict on whom he dealt with city officials only and the architecture and structure of the library itself I think that he was fair in giving money only for the building itself and letting the cities furnish and fill with books because nothing should be completely free and also in doing so the town could take ownership of its new library

  3. Devin Devin says:

    Well researched explication of the Carnegie library program in the US including copious illustrations and floor plans of libraries Appreciated the author's treatment of various library issues in urban and rural contexts Van Slyck proposes the interesting thesis that the classicism in library design during the early 20th century was generated in part by the need of the field of architecture to establish itself as a viable profession with designs that it was possible to measure the success of in concrete terms Classical architecture offered a range of measurable design elements which could be standardized and taught

  4. Bruce Bruce says:

    This work is a lot interesting than I thought Easily read with several illustrations of library layouts and pictures of libraries that were established as a result of Andrew Carnegie's donations it provides additional insight into woman's history It explains the regional differences in libraries and the ways in which architecture affected the public's use of and views of the library Those interested in American and Women's studies will find the book's discussion of the treatment of women and their reaction to the library design enlightening

  5. Morgan Morgan says:

    Overall I found the topic of this book to be interesting I didn't think I would ever read so much about library architecture but now I'm hereand I have read so much about library architecture I think the content of this book could have been condensed into 40 60 pages It was very repetitive

  6. Jenny Jenny says:

    I wish the architectboarddirectorbranch manager had read this before my local Carnegie library was remodeled in 2002 When it was remodeled they took out some of the signature Carnegie features

  7. John Bohnert John Bohnert says:

    Our small town pop 13000 has a Carnegie library downtownThis fact prompted me to slog through this book as I was determined to learn about Carnegie libraries The book is far too technical for the general reader and rates only 15 stars

  8. Jessie Jessie says:

    Actually uite an interesting book about the building of Carnegie libraries but the emphasis on architecture made a bit slow at times

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