Author Archives: Angela Jordan

A Testimony of Friendship

On April 13, 1942, General Manuel Ávila Comacho, President of the Republic of Mexico, spoke at the formal dedication of the Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin in Mexico City.  The dedication of the library, made possible by a grant from the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs to the American Library Association, was attended by Mexican officials, American embassy […]

Posted in ALA History | Tagged , , , | Read and Comment

The ALA and World War II

With the help of the American Red Cross and the United Service organizations, the ALA collected 17 million volumes during its 1942-43 Victory Book Campaign.

Posted in ALA History | Tagged , , , | Read and Comment

Libraries During the Great Depression

The Works Progress Administration (later called the Works Projects Administration, or WPA) was created in May 1935 as part of the new Deal to provide jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression. In addition to building public roads and supporting community arts projects, the WPA, with help from the ALA Library Extension Board, supported […]

Posted in ALA History | Tagged , , , | Read and Comment

A Book for Every Man

Within a few weeks of America’s entrance into World War I, the American Library Association undertook an enormous campaign to send books and other reading materials to American forces at home and abroad.

Posted in ALA History | Tagged , , , , | Read and Comment

Have Books, Will Travel

The beginning of the Twentieth century marked the start of expansion for American libraries. A nationwide movement to establish county library systems began in 1898.  This coincided with the spread of branch libraries, which began to appear in large cities in the early 1890s. The growing number of library buildings was due in large part […]

Posted in Library History | Tagged , , , | Read and Comment
Staff Resources | Log in