The Resource Reading publics : New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911, Tom Glynn

Reading publics : New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911, Tom Glynn

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Reading publics : New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911
Title
Reading publics
Title remainder
New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911
Statement of responsibility
Tom Glynn
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A history of public libraries in New York City before the founding of the New York Public Library. Most of these libraries were accessible through a membership or an annual subscription. Explores the private and public purposes of public libraries before the advent of tax-supported public libraries"--
  • "This lively, nuanced history of New York City's early public libraries traces their evolution within the political, social, and cultural worlds that supported them. On May 11, 1911, the New York Public Library opened its "marble palace for book lovers" on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. This was the city's first public library in the modern sense, a tax-supported, circulating collection free to every citizen. Since before the Revolution, however, New York's reading publics had access to a range of "public libraries" as the term was understood by contemporaries. In its most basic sense a public library in the eighteenth and most of the nineteenth centuries simply meant a shared collection of books that was available to the general public and promoted the public good. From the founding in 1754 of the New York Society Library up to 1911, public libraries took a variety of forms. Some of them were free, charitable institutions, while others required a membership or an annual subscription. Some, such as the Biblical Library of the American Bible Society, were highly specialized; others, like the Astor Library, developed extensive, inclusive collections. What all the public libraries of this period had in common, at least ostensibly, was the conviction that good books helped ensure a productive, virtuous, orderly republic-that good reading promoted the public good. Tom Glynn's vivid, deeply researched history of New York City's public libraries over the course of more than a century and a half illuminates how the public and private functions of reading changed over time and how shared collections of books could serve both public and private ends. Reading Publics examines how books and reading helped construct social identities and how print functioned within and across groups, including but not limited to socioeconomic classes. The author offers an accessible while scholarly exploration of how republican and liberal values, shifting understandings of "public" and "private," and the debate over fiction influenced the development and character of New York City's public libraries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Reading Publics is an important contribution to the social and cultural history of New York City that firmly places the city's early public libraries within the history of reading and print culture in the United States"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Glynn, Tom
Dewey number
027.4747
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
Z732.N7
LC item number
G58 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Subscription libraries
  • Subscription libraries
  • Libraries and society
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Intellectual life
  • Libraries and society
  • Public libraries
  • Subscription libraries
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
Label
Reading publics : New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911, Tom Glynn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: readers, libraries, and New York City before 1911 -- 1. The New York Society Library: books, authority, and publics in colonial and early republican New York -- 2. Books for a reformed republic: The Apprentices' Library in antebellum New York -- 3. The past in print: history and the market at the New-York Historical Society Library -- 4. The Biblical Library of the American Bible Society: evangelicalism and the evangelical corporation -- 5. Commerce and culture: recreation and self-improvement in New York's subscription libraries -- 6. "Men of leisure and men of letters": New York's public research libraries -- 7. Scholars and mechanics: libraries and higher learning in nineteenth-century New York -- 8. New York's free circulating libraries: The mission of the public library in the Gilded Age -- 9. The founding of the New York Public Library: public and private in the Progressive Era -- Afterword: public libraries and New York's elusive reading publics
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 447 pages
Isbn
9780823262649
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014028080
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)896806656
  • 965839
  • (OCoLC)ocn896806656
  • 965839
Label
Reading publics : New York City's public libraries, 1754-1911, Tom Glynn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: readers, libraries, and New York City before 1911 -- 1. The New York Society Library: books, authority, and publics in colonial and early republican New York -- 2. Books for a reformed republic: The Apprentices' Library in antebellum New York -- 3. The past in print: history and the market at the New-York Historical Society Library -- 4. The Biblical Library of the American Bible Society: evangelicalism and the evangelical corporation -- 5. Commerce and culture: recreation and self-improvement in New York's subscription libraries -- 6. "Men of leisure and men of letters": New York's public research libraries -- 7. Scholars and mechanics: libraries and higher learning in nineteenth-century New York -- 8. New York's free circulating libraries: The mission of the public library in the Gilded Age -- 9. The founding of the New York Public Library: public and private in the Progressive Era -- Afterword: public libraries and New York's elusive reading publics
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 447 pages
Isbn
9780823262649
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014028080
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)896806656
  • 965839
  • (OCoLC)ocn896806656
  • 965839

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