Librarians, Part 1

Melvil Dewey, the oh so creepy Father of Librarianship.

Being a librarian was originally a man's job. Then Melvil Dewey and his book-loving bros came along and changed all that. But while the feminization of librarianship offered new a new occupation for women, it was built on old ideas about female nature and its proper place.

Episode sources:

"Harsh, Vivian Gordon." Black Past.

"Library Workers: Facts & Figures." The Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees." 2011.

"Mary Salome Cutler Fairchild." Encyclopaedia Britannica.

"Mary Wright Plummer." American Library Association Archives.

"Melvin Dewey, Compulsive Innovator." American Libraries. 2014.

"Peterborough Town Library." Atlas Obscura.

"'The Best Man in America Is a Woman': Katharine L. Sharp and the First Lady Librarians." American Library Association Archives.

"The Stereotype Stereotype: Our obsession with librarian representation." American Libraries. 2015.

"Timeline in Library Development for African Americans." American Libraries.

"Women in American Librarianship and Valuing Women's Work." Librarified.

Academic insights:

"Celebrating African-American Librarians and Librarianship." Alma Dawson. Library Trends. Summer 2000.

"The Tender Technicians: The Feminization of Public Librarianship, 1876 - 1905." Journal of Social History. 1973.