Centered around the 13 men who have been appointed by presidents to lead the Library of Congress, this book investigates how the Librarians' experiences and contributions, as well as the Library's collections, have reflected political and intellectual developments in the U.S. 112 plates, 100 in color.Centered around the 13 men who have been appointed by presidents to lead the Library of Congress, this book investigates how the Librarians' experiences and contributions, as well as the Library's collections, have reflected political and intellectual developments in the U.S. 112 plates, 100 in color.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-04-10 Founded in 1800 as a resource for lawmakers, the Library of Congress is one of the greatest libraries in existence, with more than 110 million items in holding, including books in 450 different languages, national documents and art works. Conaway (The Smithsonian) investigates the Library's history from the vantage point of the 13 Librarians of Congress, to illustrate how their experiences and contributions have reflected political and intellectual developments in the U.S. Several Librarians of Congress stayed on for decades, dedicating their lives to the institution. The first, John J. Beckley, appointed in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson, was confronted with an enormous challenge when the original collection was engulfed in flames during the British's burning of the Capitol by the British in 1812. Aimsworth Rand Spofford, appointed by Abraham Lincoln, succeeded in securing copyright deposit at the Library, thus ensuring its place as the national repository. Appointed by William McKinley, Herbert Putnam made the cataloging system available to U.S. libraries, while Archibald MacLeish, appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, established the Library as an important cultural center through his acquisitions and literature programs. The current Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, appointed by Ronald Reagan, has made a good portion of the collection available electronically. This is an engrossing and comprehensive read, as much a history of the people who made the Library of Congress what it is today--a library to the world--as it is a rich chronicle of the magnificent institution. 100 b&w and 12 color illus. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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