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Building a Great Library; The Coolidge Years at Harvard

Bentinck-Smith, William

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ISBN 10: 0674085787 / ISBN 13: 9780674085787
Published by Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA, 1976
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xiii, [1], 218 pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Index. William Bentinck-Smith was appointed Editor of the "Harvard Alumni Bulletin" in 1946 and completed a three-year term as Director for Magazines of the American Alumni Council. William Bentinck-Smith (1914-1993) was a Harvard University administrator known for his "encyclopedic" knowledge of Harvard's history. Mr. Bentinck-Smith served Harvard in various administrative posts under three presidents, James Bryant Conant, Nathan Pusey and Derek Bok, for more than 40 years. He was the author or editor of numerous books on Harvard's history. These included The Harvard Book, an anthology about Harvard College and its history, first published in the early 1950's and periodically revised, and books on Harvard's faculty and library system. At his death Mr. Bentinck-Smith had completed two volumes of a three-volume history of Harvard's nearly 300 endowed professorships. He was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1937. He received a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1938 and was a reporter for The Boston Globe for two years before being named managing editor of the Harvard alumni magazine. He served in the Navy in World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. The Harvard Library system comprises about 73 libraries, with more than 18 million volumes. It is the oldest library system in the United States and the largest university library and largest private library system in the world. Based on number of items held (including musical scores, maps, prints, recordings, etc.), it is the fifth largest library in the United States; based only on volumes (generally books), it is the third largest, after the Library of Congress and Boston Public Library. Harvard's library system grew from a bequest in 1638 by John Harvard of 400 books. The location of the library changed over time. Originally it was in the Old College building. In 1676, the library was moved to Harvard Hall, which was where it remained until the building burnt down during the fire in 1764. A new Harvard Hall was built. As time went on space became limited in Harvard Hall, and the library was moved to Gore Hall in 1841. Eventually, Gore Hall was no longer suitable and the books were moved elsewhere in 1912. Around this time, the library spread into more than one building. Some of the libraries were devoted to specialized topics. Over the next century the library grew to become the largest in America, but on January 24, 1764 a major fire destroyed almost all of Harvard's books and scientific instruments. All of the books in the library at the time of the fire were completely burned. The books that had been loaned out when the fire occurred were the only portion of the collection that remained. Books and donations were offered by friends of the college to replace its collections. An eccentric Englishman, Thomas Hollis V of Lincoln's Inn, London, (great-nephew of one of the University's early benefactors), began shipping thousands of specially chosen volumes to the University Library. Hollis continued to send books regularly until his death in 1774 and he also bequeathed 500 for a fund to continue buying books. This became Harvard's first endowed book fund, and is still actively increasing the collections every year. Harvard Library's online catalog, HOLLIS (an acronym for "Harvard On-Line Library Information System"), is named after him.Archibald Cary Coolidge (March 6, 1866 - January 14, 1928) was an American educator. He was a Professor of History at Harvard College from 1908 and the first Director of the Harvard University Library from 1910 until his death. Coolidge was also a scholar in international affairs, a planner of the Widener Library, a member of the United States Foreign Service, and editor-in-chief of the policy journal, Foreign Affairs. Coolidge attended seven different elementary and preparatory schools, the Adams Academy in Quincy, and Harvard College, from whi. Bookseller Inventory # 72464

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Title: Building a Great Library; The Coolidge Years...

Publisher: Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

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