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Gertrude Bell and the evolution of the library tradition in Iraq.

Johnson, Ian M.

Authors

Ian M. Johnson



Contributors

Paul Collins
Editor

Charles Tripp
Editor

Abstract

This paper discusses Gertrude Bell's involvement in the foundation of the Baghdad Public Library and the Iraq Museum Library, shedding light on issues that have surrounded their creation and development. It identifies Muriel Jesse Forbes as the person who actually initiated the concept for the library that, as a result of Bell's energetic support, became the Baghdad Public Library and ultimately the National Library of Iraq. It also reviews Bell's commitment to the development of a library as part of the Iraq Museum, and outlines its growth into a major information resource on the history and archaeology of Iraq. Finally it considers the motives underlying the efforts of Bell and her contemporaries, and their impact on the subsequent development of library and archives services in Iraq.

Citation

JOHNSON, I.M. 2017. Gertrude Bell and the evolution of the library tradition in Iraq. In Collins, P. and Tripp, C. (eds.) Gertrude Bell and Iraq: a life and legacy. Proceedings of the British Academy, 205: proceedings of Gertrude Bell: a life and legacy, 11-13 September 2013, London, UK. Oxford: Oxford University Press [online], pages 257-271. Available from: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/gertrude-bell-and-iraq-9780197266076

Conference Name Gertrude Bell: a life and legacy
Conference Location London, UK
Start Date Sep 11, 2013
End Date Sep 13, 2013
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2013
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2017
Publication Date Apr 13, 2017
Deposit Date May 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 14, 2019
Electronic ISSN 0068-1202
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 257-271
Series Title Proceedings of the British Academy
Series Number 205
Series ISSN 0068-1202
ISBN 9780197266076
Keywords Libraries; Museums; Iraq; Library and archives services
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2333
Publisher URL https://global.oup.com/academic/product/gertrude-bell-and-iraq-9780197266076

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