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Western Michigan University

Social History

2002

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Ladies' Library Associations Of Michigan: Women, Reform, And Use Of Public Space, Sharon Carlson Apr 2002

Ladies' Library Associations Of Michigan: Women, Reform, And Use Of Public Space, Sharon Carlson

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This dissertation investigates the ladies' library associations in Southwestern Michigan from the middle nineteenth century through the early twentieth century to explore the impact of these organizations as agents of reform and in shaping public space. Ladies' library association records provide a major component of this study. Association records, consisting of constitutions, bylaws, minutes, treasurer records, book catalogs, yearbooks, and published reports yield valuable information to analyze and interpret the activities of ladies' library associations. Plat maps, panoramic maps, photographs, architectural drawings, and tax records offer evidence about the built environment and material culture of ladies' library associations. The actual ...