America’s first circulating museum: The object collection of the library company of Philadelphia

@article{Zytaruk2017AmericasFC,
  title={America’s first circulating museum: The object collection of the library company of Philadelphia},
  author={Maria Zytaruk},
  journal={Museum History Journal},
  year={2017},
  volume={10},
  pages={68 - 82}
}
  • M. Zytaruk
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • History
  • Museum History Journal
ABSTRACT The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, is known to have held non-book objects. What has gone unnoticed is that the institution’s directors circulated those objects to Library Company members, thus extending the principles of the subscription library to non-book objects. By exploring the origins and early years of what was, in effect, America’s first circulating museum, this study argues that the Library Company’s non-book collection functioned as a… 
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