Bibliography of Writings on the History of Libraries, Librarianship, and Book Culture

By Ed Goedeken

Fall 2009


Abel, Richard.  “Papa Abel Remembers--The Tale of a Band of Booksellers, Fascicle 8: The Birth of the Approval Plan,” Against the Grain 21 (February 2009): 82-84.

Brown, Dale Patrick.  Brilliance and Balderdash: Early Lectures at Cincinnati’s Mercantile Library (Cincinnati, OH: Mercantile Library, 2007) 163 pp. $30.00 ISBN 0-9788915-0-3.

Browne, Dorothy M.  “New York City Museums and Cultural Leadership, 1917-1940,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York), 2008, 233 pp.

Burt, Laura.  “Vivian Harsh, Adult Education, and the Library’s Role as Community Center,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 234-55.

Chancellor, Renate L.  “E. J. Josey: A Historical Look at a Civil Rights Activist and Transformative Leader in the Modern Library Profession,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008) 225 pp. [Advisor: Mary Niles Maack]

Coleman, Brenda Weeks.  “Keeping the Faith: The Public Library’s Commitment to Adult Education, 1950-2006,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Southern Mississippi), 2008, 661 pp.

Cummings, Jennifer.  “How Can We Fail?: The Texas State Library’s Traveling Libraries and Bookmobiles, 1916-1966,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, no. 3 (2009): 299-325.

Goldberg, Tyler and Angel Clemons.  “The Difficult We Do Right Away, the Impossible Takes a Little Longer: A History of the University of Louisville Libraries’ Cataloging Department,” Kentucky Libraries 73 (Winter 2009): 27-32.

Hahn, Trudi Bellardo and Diane L. Barlow, eds. “Women Pioneers in the Information Sciences, 1900-1950,”  Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): entire issue.

Jeffrey, Jonathan D.  “Looking Back: Making Free Libraries Legal in 1902,” Kentucky Libraries 73 (Winter 2009): 20-25.

Kappmeyer, Lori Osmus.  “It’s All About the Relationships—In Serials, in FRBR, in Life: An Interview with Olivia M.A. Madison,” Serials Librarian 57 (July-September 2009): 69-86.

Kniffel, Leonard.  “Judith Krug, 1940-2009: The Freedom to Read,” American Libraries 40 (May 2009): 40-43.

Kurutz, Gary E.  “It’s a Long Trip from Headquarters: An Exhibit Celebrating Early County Library Service in California,” California State Library Foundation Bulletin no. 92 (2009) p. 13-19.

Latham, Joyce M.  “Wheat and Chaff: Carl Roden , Abe Korman, and the Definitions of Intellectual Freedom in the Chicago Public Library,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, no. 3 (2009): 279-98.

Lawrimore, Erin.  “Margaret Cross Norton: Defining and Redefining Archives and the Archival Profession,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 183-200.

McDowell, Kate.  “Surveying the Field: The Research Model of Women in Librarianship, 1882-1898,” Library Quarterly 79 (July 2009): 279-300.

Ruffner, Malissa and Emily J. Glenn.  “Highly Subjective: The Librarianship of Winifred Sewell,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 256-275.

Ryckman, Brian, Valeria Long, and Emily Yedinak.  “Establishing a Baseline: Evolution and Evaluation of Grand Valley State University’s Off-Campus Library Services,” Journal of Library Administration 49 (January/March 2009): 75-88.

Turpening, Patricia K.  “From Sheepskin Binding to Born Digital: One Hundred Years of Preservation in "Law Library Journal,” Law Library Journal 101 (Winter 2009): 71-94.

Walker, Christopher H. and Ann Copeland.  “The Eye Prophetic: Julia Pettee,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 163-82.

Weihs, Jean.  “A Brief History of Shelving,” Technicalities 29 (March/April 2009): 11-14.

Welky, David.  Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008) 266 pp. $25.00 ISBN 978-0-252-07504-9.

Williams, Robert V.  “A Bibliographical Guide to a Chronological Record of Statistics of National Scope on Libraries in the United States.” Available online at:

Williams, Robert V.  “Enhancing the Cultural Record: Recent Trends and Issues in the History of Information Science and Technology,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, no. 3 (2009): 326-42.

Williams, Robert V. and Martha Jane K. Zachert.  “Centennial Reflections on a Name,” Information Outlook 13 (January 2009): 16-22.

Yee, Martha M.  “Wholly Visionary: The American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the Card Distribution Program,” Library Resources & Technical Services 53 (April 2009): 68-78.


Brydges, Barbara.  “A Century of Library Support for Teacher Education in Calgary,” Education Libraries 32 (Summer 2009): 4-11.

Distad, Merrill.  The University of Alberta Library: The First Hundred Years, 1908-2008 (Edmonston, Alberta: University of Alberta Libraries, 2009) 265 pp. $19.95 CAN, ISBN 978-1-55195-245-1.

Robitaille-Cartier, C.  “La Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec a 40 Ans! Genèse de la Gardienne du Patrimoine Documentaire Québécois,” Documentation & Bibliothèques 53 (April/June 2007): 71-83.


Alarcón, María R. Osuna.  “María Moliner and Her Contribution to the History of Spain’s Public Libraries,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 220-33.

Attar, K. E.  “Incunabula at Senate House Library: Growth of a Collection,” Library & Information History 25 (June 2009): 97-116.

Fayet-Scribe, Sylvia. “Women Professionals in Documentation in France during the 1930s,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, n o. 2 (2009): 201-19. [translated by Michael Buckland]

Gabel. G. U.  “La Bibliothèque d’État de Bavière à Munich Fëte ses 450 Ans,” Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France v. 53, no. 6 (2008): 66-69.

Krosta, Frank.  Die Universitätsbibliothek Bonn in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus: Personal, Erwerbung, Benutzung (Munich: Martin Meidenbauer, 2008) $40.00 ISBN 978-3-899756-88-3.

Minter, Catherine J.  “The Classification of Libraries and the Image of the Librarian in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Germany,” Library & Information History 25 (March 2009): 3-19.

Parr, Linda J.  “Sunday School Libraries in Halifax and Huddersfield before Public Libraries,” Library & Information History 25 (March 2009): 50-67.

Potten, Edward.  “A Great Number of Usefull Books: The Hidden Library of Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington (1652-1694)” Library & Information History 25 (March 2009): 33-49.

Summit, Jennifer.  Memory’s Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008) 343 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-226-78171-2.


Gaunt, Heather.  “Social Memory in the Public Historical Sphere: Henry Savery’s The Hermit in Van Diemen’s Land and the Tasmanian Public Library,” Library & Information History 25 (June 2009): 79-96.

Gunderson, Erik.  Nox Philologiae: Aulus Gellius and the Fantasy of the Roman Library (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) 313 pp. $55.00 ISBN 978-0-299-22970-2.

Lee, Hur-Li Lee and Wen-Chin Lan.  “Purposes and Bibliographic Objectives of a Pioneer Library Catalog in China,” Library Quarterly (April 2009): 205-31.

Liao, Jing.  “Chinese-American Alliances: American Professionalization and the Rise of the Modern Chinese Library System in the 1920s and 1930s,” Library & Information History 25 (March 2009): 20-32.

Luyt, Brendan.  “The Importance of Fiction to the Raffles Library, Singapore, during the Long Nineteenth-Century,” Library & Information History 25 (June 2009): 117-31.

Martin, J. E.  “The Parliamentary Library’s Contribution to the Development of Libraries in New Zealand,” New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal 51 (October 2008): 35-49.

Reynolds, Sue.  “Libraries, Librarians and Librarianship in the Colony of Victoria,” Australian Academic & Research Libraries 40 (March 2009): 50-64.

Yang, Jyh-Ming.  “Lost in Transliteration: The Tolerance of Unintelligibility in Chinese Bibliographic Records in Western Libraries,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation), 2008, 335 pp.  [historical treatment of how Chinese names are handled in library catalogs]


Beha, Christopher R.  The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me about Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else (New York: Grove Press, 2009) 258 pp. $24.00 ISBN 978-0-8021-1884-4.

Beland, Matthew R.  “Anatomy of a Classic: Crane Brinton’s The Anatomy of Revolution,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Drew University), 2008, 223 pp. [uses book history methodologies to analyze Brinton’s work]
Bell, Hazel K.  From Flock Beds to Professionalism: A History of Index-Makers (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2009) 348 pp. $95.00 ISBN 978-09-55250-34-7.

Collins, Paul.  The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World (New York: Bloomsbury, 2009) 256 pp. $25.00 ISBN 978-1-5969-119-56.

DeSpain, Jessica Rae.  “Steaming Across the Pond: Travel, Literary Culture, and the Nineteenth Century Book,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Iowa), 2008, 294 pp.

Hruschka, John.  “Ordering Books: The Development of a Modern American Book Trade,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University), 2008, 348 pp.

Kusukawa, Sachiko and Ian Maclean, eds.  Transmitting Knowledge: Words, Images, and Instruments in Early Modern Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) 274 pp. $210.00 ISBN 978-0-19-928878-6.

Lidman, Tomas.  Scientific Libraries: Past Development and Future Changes (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2008) 123 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-184334-268-5.

Liechti, Stacy.  “Books, Book Endowments, and Communities of Knowledge in the Bukharan Khanate,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, New York University), 2008, 441 pp.

Melançon, François.  “Le Livre à Québec dan la Premier XVIIIe Siècle: La Migration d’un Object Culturel,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Université de Sherbooke, Canada), 2007, 620 pp. [In French]

Pankow, David.  “Facing the Unfolded and Visible Book of the Future,” Printing History v. 25, no. 2 (2009): 50-63.

Pawley, Christine.  “Beyond Market Models and Resistance: Organizations as a Middle Layer in the History of Reading,” The Library Quarterly 79 (January 2009): 73-93.

Striphas, Ted.  The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) 242 pp. $27.50 ISBN 978-0-231-14814-6.

Welky, David.  Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression (Champaign-Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008) 266 pp. $65.00 ISBN 978-0-252-03299-8.

Wu Xian and Zheng Liren.  “Robert Morrison and the First Chinese-English Dictionary,” Journal of East Asian Libraries no. 147 (February 2009): 1-12.


Burguière, André.  The Annales School: An Intellectual History (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009) 309 pp.  $45.00 ISBN 978-0-8014-4665-8.

Calvert, Scout Amanda Rainbow.  “Technobibliocapital: Knowledge, Practice, and Play in Library Worlds,” (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz), 2008, 217 pp.

Fuller, Steve.  “A Tale of Two Narratives: Prolegomena to an Alternative History of Library and Information Science,” in Rayward, W. Boyd, ed.  European Modernism and the Information Society (London: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 59-73.

Miksa, Francis.  “Information Organization and the Mysterious Information User,” Libraries & the Cultural Record v. 44, no. 3 (2009): 343-70.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007) 885 pp. $50.00 ISBN 978-0-80631-781-6.

Powell, Barry B.  Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) 276 pp. $100.00 ISBN 978-1-4051-6256-2.

Rayward, W. Boyd, ed.  European Modernism and the Information Society (London: Ashgate, 2008) 358 pp. $115.00 ISBN 978-07546-492-81.

Sugimoto, Cassidy R., Terrell G. Russell, and Sheryl Grant.  “Library and Information Science Doctoral Education: The Landscape from 1930-2007,” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 50 (Summer 2009): 190-202.

Williams, William Proctor and Craig S. Abbott.  An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009) 188 pp. $37.50 ISBN 978-1-60329-039-5.