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The Role of the State in the Organization of Statewide Library Service: Essae M. Culver, Louisiana's First State Librarian

@article{Jumonville2004TheRO,
  title={The Role of the State in the Organization of Statewide Library Service: Essae M. Culver, Louisiana's First State Librarian},
  author={Florence M. Jumonville},
  journal={Libr. Trends},
  year={2004},
  volume={52},
  pages={853-876}
}
In 1925 the Carnegie Corporation granted $50,000 to Louisiana, a state then “backward in library development,” to fund a demonstration of rural public library development. Essae M. Culver, a California librarian, was chosen to direct the project. Culver arrived in Louisiana to fi nd that the entire state needed organizing. She concluded that the parish (county) was the appropriate unit upon which to base a system of libraries and adapted California’s demonstration system to the southern state’s… 
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