The Harris legacy: Philanthropy and the Preston Public Library in the late nineteenth century

Snape, Robert ORCID: 0000-0003-4229-0926 (2004) The Harris legacy: Philanthropy and the Preston Public Library in the late nineteenth century. Philanthropy for libraries. Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, pp. 111-124. ISBN 3447051590

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Abstract

Philanthropy was a pervasive cultural phenomenon throughout the nineteenth century.While the Victorian and Edwardian public library system evolved through funding raised from the rates, its overall rate of development would have been slower without philanthropic intervention. The case study of the Harris Library in Preston offers a good example of how in a town which lagged behind similar towns in the development of its public library, philanthropy enabled significant progress. However, the philanthropic nature of the funding and its special status made it possible for those who secured political control of the funding to construct a building and design a library service closely fashioned on a narrow cultural view of liberal knowledge and fine art.

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Additional Information: Full-text of this book chapter is not available in this repository. This book chapter was originally presented at Herzog August Bibliothek, 15-17 October, 2001. The book is available to purchase via the publisher's site at http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 10:44
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/392

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