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March 9, 1995

History of Libraries and Culture in the United States is the Topic of Lecture and Center for the Book Conference

Library and Book Historians to Meet on Sept. 12-13, 1995

The need for a collaborative, multi-volume history of libraries in the United States--one that will place library history within the context of book history--will be addressed on Sept. 12, 1995, in a lecture by Kenneth E. Carpenter, Assistant Director for Research Resources, Harvard University Library. Mr. Carpenter's presentation, titled "Libraries and Readers: Towards a History of Libraries and Culture in America," is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It will take place at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Memorial Building, and is free and open to the public.

"Library history is cultural history," said John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in announcing the center's sponsorship of the lecture and a concurrent invitational conference of leading library and book historians. The goals, feasibility, and possible content of a new history of libraries and culture will be discussed at the meeting, Cole said, as well as such a work's potential relationships to other publishing projects in book and cultural history.

A widely published library historian, Kenneth E. Carpenter also has been editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin since 1980. In 1983, he edited Books and Society in History, a pioneering volume in the development of the field of the history of books in the United States. From 1989-1994 was the chair of the executive committee of American Antiquarian Society's Program in the History of the Book in American Culture.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries, and to encourage the study of the role of book culture in society. The projects and publications of the center and its 29 state affiliates are funded primarily by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For further information, write the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-8200.

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PR 95-035
ISSN 0731-3527

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