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George Franklin Bowerman scrapbooks, 1894-1904

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 feet (1 document box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Description

Summary

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

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. 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.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/07/89.

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

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

Revision Description

2010-09-29 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Bowerman, George Franklin, 1868-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Delaware. State Library Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
District of Columbia. Public Library. Chief Librarian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Government libraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librarians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librarians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librarians -- United States -- Biography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Library education -- New York (State) -- Albany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Library finance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Library science Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Library trustees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York State Library. School -- Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public libraries -- New York (State) -- Rochester Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reynolds Library. Reference Librarian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilmington Institute Free Library (Wilmington, Del.). Librarian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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).