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Research into the History of Libraries in the United States, especially those at Universities and the History of their Collections


Newly published (July 2007)

Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States
Edited by Thomas Augst and Kenneth Carpenter
University of Massachusetts Press
Published with the assistance of a grant from the Davies Project
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"This volume has its origin in a conference, "The History of Libraries in the United States," held April 11-13, 2002, in Philadelphia and hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia," with financial support from the Davies Project.


As of 8 September 2004, release of the database ALB1876: American Libraries before 1876.

Link to press release.

Comments about ALB1876 from ResourceShelf.

During first quarter 2007, Eric Johnson made over 5,000 corrections to the data in ALB1876. His corrected version of the database made public on 21 March 2007.

Harold T. Shapiro
Vivian B. Shapiro
Project Associate: Stephen Ferguson

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