The New Woman as Librarian: The Career of Adelaide Hasse

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September 2006



At the time of her death, it seemed that Adelaide Hasse would simply pass from memory and be forgotten. However, by the turn of the century, American Libraries would sanctify her as one of its hundred library leaders of the twentieth century, one of only thirty women given this honor.


Part 1 Preface Part 2 Abbreviations Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Prologue: American Library Association, 1891 Part 5 Part I: Beginnings Chapter 6 1. Origins, 1868-1889 Chapter 7 2. Los Angeles Public Library, 1889-1895 Chapter 8 3. Government Printing Office, 1895-1897 Part 9 Part II: New York Chapter 10 4. Astor Library, 1897-1904 Chapter 11 5. Astor Library, 1905-1910 Chapter 12 6. Documents Division, 1911-1914 Chapter 13 7. Economics Division, 1915-1916 Chapter 14 8. Economics Division, 1917-1918 Chapter 15 9. Crisis, 1918-1919 Part 16 Part III: Washington Chapter 17 10. War Agencies, 1919-1923 Chapter 18 11. Brookings Institution, 1923-1932 Chapter 19 12. New Deal and After, 1933-1953 Part 20 Epilogue: History of a Reputation Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Author


Clare Beck is emeritus professor at Eastern Michigan University, where she served as government documents librarian.


...highly satisfying...thoughtful analysis of a spirited and talented woman. Definitely worth a read. Libraries and The Cultural Record, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2007 [Adelaide Hasse] is now vibrantly alive to me and anyone else who reads Clare Beck's outstanding biographical study...Beck artfully interweaves primary source material...with secondary interpretations...using her considerable talent for historical synthesis and good old-fashioned storytelling...I urge everyone to read this book. Documents To The People ...a comprehensive and gripping biography...Beck is to be praised for this impressive and long overdue biography of Adelaide Hasse. College & Research Libraries (C&RL), Vol. 68, No. 2 (March 2007) Hasse toiled rather quietly, given that she was fairly obvious in what had been a male enterprise, a collector, controller and disseminator of information. She spent 21 years at New York Public Library, until her conscience made her controversial, with significant sojourns before at the Los Angeles Public Library, the Government Printing Office, the Astor Library, and after at war agencies and the Brookings Institution. In those years she learned to speak her mind, and sometimes what she said was directed at professionals and library users as well: what shall we read? What shall we keep openly and what shall we hide away? What role does documentation play in a democracy? Beck (government documents library emerita, Eastern Michigan U.) frames her biography in the larger issues Hasse handled in her long and distinguished career and focuses on how her work affects librarianship and library policies now. Reference and Research Book News, November 2006
EAN: 9780810851061
ISBN: 0810851067
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 348 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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