TITLE

LOOKING BACK: PUBLIC LIBRARY HISTORY OUTLINED IN ARTICLE

AUTHOR(S)
Jeffrey, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
Kentucky Libraries;Fall2005, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reprints the paper "History of the Public Library Movement in Kentucky," published in Kentucky Library Commission's Biennial Report for 1933-1935. In it the writer Lena B. Nofcier discusses the history of public libraries. In 1796, 4 years after Kentucky became a state, some citizens of Lexington proposed the formation of a library for the benefit of the students of Transylvania University. Thus the first public library west of the Allegheny Mountains came into being. With the spreading of the news of the establishment of the library, library companies were formed at Georgetown, Washington, D.C. An act was passed by the General Assembly in 1800 incorporating the three library companies on November 29, 1800. In 1820, the Acts of the 29th General Assembly records the first act, "To establish a public library at the seat of the government." During the first decade of the 20th century, the library laws governing libraries in cities of the 1st and 2nd class were revised. At the end of the second decade of the 20th century, there were 58 public libraries, 21 of which were wholly or partially supported by public funds; 1 was maintained by an endowment; 20 supported by women's clubs; 16 were subscription libraries, 2 of which received some public funds and one an endowment.
ACCESSION #
19074976

 

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