"America's Library" by James Conaway

America's Library The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000 James Conaway

Publication date:
11 May 2000
Yale University Press
240 pages: 254 x 178mm
80 b/w + 72 color illus.

?America?s Library is organized around the careers of the thirteen librarians of Congress in the contexts of the administrations under which they served. It is a thoroughly satisfying account, both as to the continuity of the enterprise and the differences in the librarians that each period brought forth. The book is a handsome one, replete with illustrations, for which detailed and informative captions are provided. The layout is both visually attractive and expressive of important differentiations.??Robert W. Miles, Sewanee Review

?[M]agnificent. . . . An absolute must.??Lida Dicaire, Landscape Architecture

?Conaway 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. . . . 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.??Publishers Weekly

?Richly supplemented with photographs, this history reaches out to touch all who love libraries, not just professional scholars and librarians. Conaway?s prose flows smoothly, avoiding jargon and placing the library?s history in the context of the nation?s development.??Booklist

?Among the book?s many pleasure is a refreshing freedom from the contemporary vice of Thomas Jefferson-bashing. Conway makes clear how important Jefferson was in the early history of the Library of Congress.??Charles Monaghan, Washington Post Book World

?[A] handsomely designed and illustrated volume [that] recount[s] the institution?s two centuries. . . . From Conaway one picks up all kinds of information.??Charles Monaghan, Washington Post

?A ?must? for any who would understand American book history.??The Midwest Book Review

?America?s Library is the vivid story of the Library of Congress, one of the world?s great intellectual and cultural repositories. . . . This book is useful for reference; research, or browsing, and suitable for the coffee table.??Choice

?An extremely fascinating account. . . . Beautifully conceived and designed. . . . [It] will be a popular addition to other works on the Library of Congress?s history.??Plummer Alston Jones, College & Research Libraries

?This well written history follows our country?s history through the lives of the 13 Presidentially appointed Librarians of Congress. Good selection of photos and illustrations. A beautiful book.??Kay Ikuta, UniversityPress Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Selected as an outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries