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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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Estelle Doheny, Collector and Philanthropist

Carrie Estelle Betzold Doheny was born in Philadelphia in 1875. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator at the Petroleum Exchange Center until her marriage to oil tycoon Edward Laurence Doheny in 1900. Although overshadowed by her husband’s … Continue reading

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Margaret Bingham Stillwell, Curator and Scholar

Margaret Bingham Stillwell, curator of the Annmary Brown Memorial Library, overcame personal tragedy and professional barriers to become the first woman professor at Brown University and a respected authority on early printed books. While Stillwell was still an undergraduate at Brown University, George … Continue reading

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