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Women and Libraries

Anne Firor Scott
The Journal of Library History (1974-1987)
Vol. 21, No. 2, Libraries, Books, & Culture II (Spring, 1986), pp. 400-405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25541703
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Women and Libraries
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Abstract

One great gap in library history is created by the failure of historians, so far, to make a systematic analysis of the part played by women's associations in creating public libraries. Perhaps 75 percent of such libraries were initiated by women's groups, often originally for their own use. Close study of this phenomenon would reveal a good deal about the growth of self-education and adult education as significant aspects of American culture.

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