Librarians as Authors, Editors, and Self-Publishers: The Information Culture of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Scrapbooks (1936–1943)

  title={Librarians as Authors, Editors, and Self-Publishers: The Information Culture of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Scrapbooks (1936–1943)},
  author={Jason M Vance},
  journal={Library \& Information History},
  pages={289 - 308}
  • J. Vance
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • History
  • Library & Information History
Abstract The Kentucky Pack Horse Libraries project was a government-funded Works Progress Administration programme that paid librarians, mostly women, to deliver reading material on the backs of horses and mules to rural Appalachian mountaineers in eastern Kentucky from 1936 to 1943. As part of their work, the librarians would create original scrapbooks for their collections using fragments of discarded books, magazines, reader-contributed stories and drawings, and other printed ephemera. In… 
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