Cambridge University Library : a history : the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries /

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Author / Creator:McKitterick, David
Imprint:Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Description:xvii, 812 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Cambridge University Library -- History.
Cambridge University Library.
Academic libraries -- England -- Cambridge -- History.
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Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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McKitterick (Cambridge University Library) has written the second volume of a history of the Library. He begins where J.C.T. Oates's Cambridge University Library (CH, Dec '86) left off, describing the developments between the passage of the Copyright Act of Queen Anne in 1710 and the death of the head librarian and antiquarian Henry Bradshaw in 1886. It is a story full of ups and downs for the Library. At the beginning of this period, the Library was made a beneficiary of the copyright deposit act, and George I gave the magnificent private library of Bishop John Moore of Ely in 1715, which tripled the size of the collection to more than 45,000 volumes. A lack of resources and energy prevented more than a partial utilization of those new assets. Only the beginnings of university reform during the 19th century, and the appointment of dedicated scholar/reformers as head librarians (John Lodge, 1827-45; J.E.B. Mayor, 1864-67; and Henry Bradshaw 1867-86), made possible a steady improvement of the Library's collections and facilities. At Bradshaw's death, the Library was finally assuming definite roles in the University's curriculum, as a national copyright depository, and as a nationally and internationally prominent research library. This volume synthesizes a vast amount of primary research and secondary scholarship and supersedes C.E. Sayle's Annals of the Cambridge University Library 1278-1900 (1916). Collections concerned with the history of libraries, books, and universities will want this attractively produced book.-R. Fritze, Lamar University

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