The Age of Jewett: Charles Coffin Jewett and American Librarianship, 1841-1868

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History of American librarianship as led by Charles Coffin Jewett (1816-1868), who served as the Smithsonian's Assistant Secretary in charge of the Smithsonian Library from 1847 to 1855. He was dismissed by Secretary Joseph Henry in a dispute over how much funding would be devoted to the library. Jewett wished to create a great national library,and Henry opposed spending the Smithson bequest on such a large collection.


  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Smithsonian Library
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the Library


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Heritage of Librarianship Series

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Library science
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  • Librarians



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Number of pages: 176; Page numbers : 1-166

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