Public Libraries Volume 10

Public Libraries Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the archaeology, topography, history, science, politics, art and social conditions of that locality. Second, such a collection might include all works by natives of the locality, as these will in time form an index of the mental status of the community. Third, works bearing the imprint of a local printer, thus showing that they have heen produced there. Usually this class of works are of the least importance, but in Chicago we pay exorbitant prices for publications of any nature whatsoever that bear pre-fire imprint, simply because they are rare.... The pleasure of the librarian is the smallest part of the benefit accruing from special local collections, for this pleasure is of the infectious kind and will rapidly spread to the directors and trustees of the institution. Frequently different members of these boards will manifest the disease in different forms. One who is of a military turn of mind will be found enthusiastically searching secondhand book-shops for regimental histories of local interest; a lawyer will be able to secure early legal documents, laws, etc., and another will collect early newspapers. Sooner or later a large part of the community is sure to be drawn into cooperation, for local pride will be stimulated. An important branch of local interest which has not received as much attention in this country as it has in England, is the preservation of pictorial representations of localities. Mr Buckworth, librarian of the Public library of Worcester, England, writes in a recent number of the Library association record: Much useful local work may be done by a photographic society. By securing accurate representations of old buildings we can furnish a record for posterity whose accuracy can not be disputed. But I would not...show more

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 626g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236976584
  • 9781236976581