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The people behind the philanthropy: an investigation into the lives and motivations of library philanthropists in Scotland between 1800 and 1914.

Sked, Katrina M.L.; Reid, Peter H.

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Katrina M.L. Sked



Abstract

Examines Scottish library philanthropists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a key period in the development of the public library service. Utilizing the technique of prosopography, which goes beyond recounting basic biographical details and considers individuals as part of an identifiable group, the article provides an insight into the lives of eleven people (nine men and two women) who were involved in gifting money, land or support towards the establishment and maintenance of public libraries in eight towns and hundreds of villages throughout Scotland.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Journal Library history
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 48-63
Institution Citation SKED, K.M.L. and REID, P.H. 2008. The people behind the philanthropy: an investigation into the lives and motivations of library philanthropists in Scotland between 1800 and 1914. Library history [online], 24(1), pages 48-63. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1179/174581608X295284
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/174581608X295284
Keywords Scotland; Public libraries; Philanthropy

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