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Harry M. Lydenberg and American Library Resources: A Study in Modern Library Leadership

Phyllis Dain
The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Oct., 1977), pp. 451-469
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4306860
Page Count: 19
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Harry M. Lydenberg and American Library Resources: A Study in Modern Library Leadership
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Abstract

Harry Miller Lydenberg (1874-1960) was in his time a great bookman and a "key person" in the bibliographical and bibliothecal world, one whose style was quiet but consistently effective. The most important of his many contributions were in collection building, preservation of materials, and promotion of major bibliographical enterprises. Most of his work was done at the New York Public Library, where he was the dominant figure in the development of its great research collections. He also was a leader in the American Library Association and various scholarly organizations; in his later years he contributed to the international flow of publications and to the growth of American library resources through his work in Washington and abroad during and after World War II. A scholarly librarian of humanistic persuasion, global vision, and executive talent, Lydenberg's greatness lay in the realms of values, services, practical accomplishment, and force of character and intellect.

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