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   George Franklin Bowerman Scrapbooks, 1894-1904.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Franklin Bowerman scrapbooks; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Handmade scrapbooks of George F. Bowerman covering the periods from when he was in Library School at the NY State Library School (1894-1895)in Albany, his career as Reference Librarian at the Reynolds Library in Rochester (1895-1896) and Librarian to the Wilmington Institute Free Library (1901-1904). Also includes materials from his time as member of the Delaware State Library Commission (1901-1904).

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0139
Bib ID:4079407 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Bowerman, George Franklin, 1868-1960.
Title:George Franklin Bowerman Scrapbooks, 1894-1904.
Physical description:0.5 linear ft. (1 document box)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions, but the third scrapbook of the Wilmington Institute Free Library and the Delaware State Library Commission is in extremely fragile condition and should be handled carefully in the presence of a Columbia University RBML staff member.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Description

Scope and Content

The Bowerman Collection includes three scrapbooks that narrate the early portion of Bowerman's professional career in librarianship.

The first scrapbook chronicles the period when Bowerman went to library school at the NY State Library School in Albany, NY (1894-1895). Of interest in the first volume is that it contains a handwritten account of Bowerman's trip to the Boston area with classmates as well as an invitation to dine at Melvil Dewey's home (with Dewey's signature attached). There is also a photograph on the final page of undisclosed individuals. This is the only original photo included in all three scrapbooks.

The second scrapbook is a collection of newspaper clippings of articles written by Bowerman when he was a reference librarian at the Reynolds Library in Rochester (1895-1896).

The third scrapbook contains magazine and newspaper clippings written by Bowerman during the period when he was the librarian at the Wilmington Institute Free Library in Delaware as well as member of the Delaware State Library Commission (1901-1904). Of interest in this volume is a copy of the address Bowerman made to the Delaware State Federation of Women's Clubs (May 1901) and the First Biennial Report of the State Library Commission of Delaware (1901-1902).

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions, but the third scrapbook of the Wilmington Institute Free Library and the Delaware State Library Commission is in extremely fragile condition and should be handled carefully in the presence of a Columbia University RBML staff member.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Franklin Bowerman scrapbooks; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 04/07/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Papers Processed 05/--/2010 Vanessa Cano, (Pratt Institute, Class of 2011)

Finding aid written 05/--/2010 Vanessa Cano, (Pratt Institute, Class of 2011)

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 29, 2010 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-09-29 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

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Boston (Mass.)--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bowerman, George Franklin, 1868-1960.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Delaware.--State Library Commission.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
District of Columbia.--Public Library.--Chief Librarian.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Government libraries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Librarians--United States--Biography.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Librarians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Librarians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library education--New York (State)--Albany.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library finance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library sciencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library trustees.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York State Library.--School--Students.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Public libraries--New York (State)--Rochester.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reynolds Library.--Reference Librarian.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilmington Institute Free Library.--Librarian.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

George Franklin Bowerman (1868-1960) is best known for his career as Chief Librarian of the District of Columbia Public Library, 1904-1940.

He was born in Ontario County, NY, on Sept. 8, 1868, to Jarvis and Anna M. Bowerman. His family was Quaker on both sides. This would become the back bone of his advocacy for peace later on in his career.

Bowerman attended university at the New York State Library School in Albany, NY from 1894-1895. Upon graduation he worked as a reference librarian and journalist in Rochester, NY at the Reynolds Library from 1895-1896.

He married in Albany on June 1, 1901 to Sarah N., the daughter of Reverend Henry Graham. Later that same year, he and Sarah moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he worked at the Wilmington Institute Free Library and as a member of the Delaware State Library Commission from 1901-1904.

In 1904 Bowerman became the Chief Librarian of the District of Columbia, which he would serve for most of his career, until1940. During this time Bowerman established The District of Columbia Special Collections, known as Washingtonia (1905).

In the latter half of his career Bowerman was the ALA Treasurer and the President of the District of Columbia Library Association (1906-1907). He also championed such issues as libraries against censorship, the war, advocated the libraries important role in education and for improved salaries for librarians.

Bowerman's most popular written work is Censorship and the Public Library with Other Papers (1931).

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