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The Library of Frances Mary Richardson Currer

To understand the largely 19th and 20th century history of American women book collectors, it is helpful to know the standard by which they were judged. In 1906, the London Times declared Miss Richardson Currer to be “the greatest woman book collector.” The New … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of a Collector: Abby Ellen Pope, 1858-1894

Abby Ellen Pope was one of the earliest American women book collectors to achieve national fame for her collection, although much of her life remains mysterious. The descriptions of her magnificent library are tantalizing, but reveal little of the woman … Continue reading

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Are Women the Enemies of Books?

“There is a significant and instinctive enmity between women and books.” — Holbrook Jackson, The Fear of Books (1932).  In 1937, Anne Lyon Haight asked “Are Women the Natural Enemies of Books?” Haight went on to refute this idea with a history of … Continue reading

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