volume 40, issue 2, P166-226 2010
DOI: 10.1163/157006910x510681
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Hendrik Edelman

Abstract: American libraries began to be developed in the middle of the nineteenth century and were among the world's most prominent a century later. The remarkable history of the major libraries in North America, their European models and their strong and innovative leadership is reported here in more or less chronological sequence from the earliest efforts to about 1970, when the unprecedented growth came to an end. The building of the international library collections could not have been achieved without the enterpr…

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