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We update our gallery periodically with images from our contributors, conference events, as well as historic library photos. Special thanks to the
, who have allowed us to feature images from their rich digital collections in the gallery and throughout our blog. Do you have historical images of your library? We’d love to share them! Please consider submitting them to American Library Association Archives firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to join our conversations about the history of libraries! LHRT Dinner Photo (American Library Association 2019). Eliza Atkins Gleason. (Credit: University
of Louisville Photo Archives) Read the story of this courageous library pioneer in our “Biographies” column…
Card from the first American Library Association conference in 1876, depicting the interior of a library. Image and caption from the American Library Association Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=640 Teen winner of the Mount Prospect Public Library’s card design contest, as part of the library’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. Shows the library in 1943 and 2018. American Library Association’s resolution, presented on the Council floor in 2018, apologizing for segregated libraries. Thanks to Andrew B. Wertheimer for the photos of this historic event! Participate in our conference events! Stephen Knowlton and Margaret Bausman at the LHRT Research Forum (2018 American Library Association Conference). Constructed in 1967 and designed by Architect Charles Luckman with artwork done by Tom Van Sant, Inglewood Public Library was the largest intaglio sculpture on earth at its creation…enjoy Tommy Vinh Bui’s article in our Library Chronicles column. “Allison School Library, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Indianapolis, Indiana. A Knapp School Libraries Project Demonstration School. Children learning to use the catalog as a means of finding books on their own.” Image and caption from ALA Archives. https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=708 Cass County Library Square Dance Class. An example of how local libraries have served as centers for many community events throughout history! Image from ALA Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=200 Actor “Mr. T.” tells library inmates how reading can influence their lives (1983). Courtesy of American Library Association Archives. https://archon.library.illinois.edu/ala/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=2243 Librarians resting in the exhibit area at the 100th ALA Annual Conference in 1981 at San Francisco. Courtesy of American Library Association Archives Getting Acquainted with the Catalog, Cleveland Public Library, 1939.
Courtesy of American Library Association Archives http://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=209 Caption reads “Jan 9, 1854. Astor Library Opened” (From Life, January 7, 1892). Explore the history of New York Public Library in Sarah Edwards Obenauf’s post “A Study in Patience and Fortitude” in our Library Chronicles section. E. J. Josey speaking into a microphone at a conference (c. 1970). Check out the book chapter “Library History as Community History: Florence and Graham” by Jonathan Pacheco Bell in “Library Chronicles.” Artists from CalArts lead youth in a dance party at the book launch!-Image Courtesy of Katie O’Kelly
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