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HIST1992 Honors Workshop for Prospective Thesis Writers

Assistance in identifying materials for research on historical topics in the collections of the Brown University Library and elsewhere

SPECIALIZED RESEARCH LIBRARIES

PUBLIC LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

HISTORICAL MEMBERSHIP LIBRARIES

In the 18th century, lending libraries were largely small private organizations, organized by individuals and operating by subscription.  The Athenaeum movement brought together groups of committed individuals for the purpose of creating a permanent foundation for education and discovery through membership.  New England is still home to a number of membership libraries whose individual histories date back to the 18th century.