Apostles of Culture: The Public Librarian and American Society, 1876-1920

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In her Foreword, Christine Pawley sums up the importance of Dee Garrison’s book as follows: “Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the first edition of Apostles of Culture appeared. Since no book-length study of the formation of the American public library has yet challenged Dee Garrison’s 1979 analysis, it remains the most recent---and most-cited--- interpretation of the public library’s past, a landmark in the history, and the historiography, of libraries and librarianship...For students and researchers who want to understand the development of a field that still suffers the status of the taken-for-granted, Apostles of Culture stands as a historical document. Its reissue allows its historiographical and political---as well as its historical---significance to be more fully appreciated.”

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Lora Dee Garrison is professor of history at Rutgers University and a 1995 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant for Research and Writing in Peace, Security, and International Cooperation.

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"Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the first edition of Apostles of Culture appeared. Since no book-length study of the formation of the American public library has yet challenged Dee Garrison’s 1979 analysis, it remains the most recent—and most cited—interpretation of the public library’s past, a landmark in the history, and the historiography, of libraries and librarianship."—Christine Pawley, from the foreword


"An impressive book that scholars of feminism, professionalization, Gilded Age culture, progressivism, public service and reform, and the American public library will read with interest and benefit. Dee Garrison has marched through the field of librarianship and over much of the surrounding countryside as well."—J. Stanley Lemons, Rhode Island College, Journal of American History

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