Yankee Librarian in the Diamond City: Hannah Packard James, the Osterhout Free Library of Wilkes-Barre, and the Public Library Movement in Pennsylvania

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Bernadette A Lear


Nearly twenty-five years ago, Laurel Grotzinger wrote about
the "paucity, perils, and pleasures" of researching women in
librarianship. Citing the lack of "herstory" in library history
scholarship, as well as the absence of librarianship in works on
women's history, Grotzinger found few studies that used primary
source material to interpret female librarians within the context
of their times. Since then, there have been numerous articles and
book chapters documenting female librarians.... Yet few if any have
studied women in Pennsylvania. In fact, there has been no article in either Pennsylvania History or the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and
Biography on women librarians in the past forty years.

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