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This influential and powerful librarian served the Chicago Public Library for 64 years, starting 1886 as a page boy and ending after 32 years as chief librarian in 1950. Great content TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Chicago, IL, 1932 March 4. Addressed "To the Members of the A.L.A. Committee on Chicago Centennial Exposition." Very good. On "Chicago Public Library" letterhead, Roden sends this meaty letter regarding the CPL getting a booth at the famous Century of Progress Exposition. In part: "Space for commercial exhibits at the Exposition is quoted at $10. per square foot. At this rate the 3000 feet we are asking for would cost $30,000. There seems, however, to be some chance that space for the Library Exhibit may be set aside without cost. Whether or not this proposition will be accepted remains to be seen. If not, then what is our next move? I estimate that a creditable exhibit would cost anywhere from $5000 to $15,000, depending on how much of the equipment, furniture, books, &c., might be arranged for as loans." He asks that a person be hired for this job, as "it is both too important and too large a task for a Committee." Boldly signed in blue ink. Accompanied by a fine, heavy stock 5½" X 8½" four-page program and menu "In Honor of / Carl B. Roden / Dinner / Tendered by the Citizens of Chicago" at Chicago's Palmer House. Inner pages show the menu on the left side and the program on the right, including a speech by University of Chicago president Robert M. Hutchins. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 40398

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