SCHORSCH, Anita (?-2015)
A Library in America, 1758 to 1858: A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of Princeton University in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, recommended for acceptance by the Department of English
Princeton, NJ: June 1986. Quarto. (11 x 8 1/2 inches). pp ix, 280, xvi. 2 copies of the dissertation report signed by William L. Howarth, 1 greeting card signed by family and friends loosely inserted.
Black morocco binding with gilt lettering.
A doctoral dissertation on the religious influences of Quakers, Anglicans, and Presbyterians on a New Jersey private library over a century's time.
A comprehensive history of a Western New Jersey library from colonial days into the days of the Republic, including an analysis of the borrowers and their preferences. Schorsch explores "the relationship between a literary institution and the ideology of its directors and readers, between their religious attitudes and their taste" in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. She focused on a private library in Burlington, New Jersey, where Quakers, Anglicans, and Presbyterians from the area interacted with the library and influenced it in their own ways over time. For example, she points to how the books, cataloguing system, and genre titles change as each group is involved with the library. Her supervisor was American writer and professor at Princeton University, William Howarth. The dissertation contains an abstract, acknowledgements, foreword, and four chapters, 1) A History of the Province, the People, the Perspective, 2) Library Organization, 3) The Literature of Non-Fiction, 4) The Language of Imagination.