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The Boston Athenaeum
Bicentennial Essays
Richard Wendorf

Boston Athenaeum
2010 • 406 pp. 7 x 10 1/4"
Art / History

$40.00 Hardcover, 978-0-934552-76-9

A rich collection of essays celebrates the bicentennial of the Boston Athenaeum

The twelve essays in this bicentennial publication address some of the most important episodes and issues during the Boston Athenæum’s two-hundred-year history. Two chapters focus on the Athenæum’s origins: what were its models, and how did it differ from contemporary institutions? Other chapters discuss the role of women, prints and photographs, the scruples collection, architectural holdings, and the book arts collection. Two essays are devoted to the Athenæum’s role in the creation of the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Three other chapters discuss nineteenth-century British responses to the cultural life of Boston, the role of the Athenæum’s conservation program, and the recently established Calderwood Writing Initiative. Each essay will remind both scholars and the general reader of the various roles the Athenæum has played in the cultural life of the nation. Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum, the largest membership library in North America, boasts an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts as well as one of the most significant art collections at any American library. It is home to more than 700,000 books, including approximately one-half of George Washington’s personal library from Mount Vernon.

RICHARD WENDORF is director and librarian of the Boston Athenaeum.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:56:51 -0500