ATG Quirkies: When being a librarian was dangerous

by | Aug 20, 2018 | 0 comments

According to this post in JSTOR Daily, Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous

In 1886 Melvil Dewey predicted that as more women became librarians, “many would suffer ill health, strain, and breakdowns.” And, in fact, according to Rosalee McReynolds* “a number of female librarians did experience breakdowns, requesting long leaves of absence to recover. In 1900, the Brooklyn Public Library Association proposed “to build a seaside rest home for those who had broken down in library service,… ”

*“The Sexual Politics of Illness in Turn of the Century Libraries”Libraries & Culture, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Spring, 1990), pp. 194-217
(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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