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"The Bookworm, 1850: A Glimpse into the World of Librarians" Step back in time to the year 1850 and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of librarians

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The Bookworm, 1850

The Bookworm, 1850. Found in the collection of Museum Georg Schafer, Schweinfurt

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Munrospun advertisement featuring librarians, 1964

Munrospun advertisement featuring librarians, 1964
An advertisement for Munrospun knitwear of Edinburgh featuring two glamorous librarians, wearing skirts and sweaters in softest Lambswool. Date: 1964

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Cambridge Uni Punting

Cambridge Uni Punting
Punting on the Cam, near Kings College : one student who had rooms on the top floor on the left was Hilary Evans, writer and picture librarian

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Empress Auguste Viktoria, Pearl Necklace, Book

Empress Auguste Viktoria, Pearl Necklace, Book
945565 Empress Auguste Viktoria, Pearl Necklace, Book by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; © Arkivi UG All Rights Reserved

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Robert Brown (1773-1858)

Robert Brown (1773-1858)
865200 Robert Brown (1773-1858); (add.info.: Robert Brown (1773-1858) Scottish botanist, born at Montrose, Scotland. Botanist on the Flinders expedition to Australia (1801-1805)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The Librarian, U.S. Naval Academy, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown

The Librarian, U.S. Naval Academy, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown
The Librarian, U.S. Naval Academy, between 1890 and 1901

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Johannes Bureus, 1568-1652, 1627. Creator: Unknown

Johannes Bureus, 1568-1652, 1627. Creator: Unknown
Johannes Bureus, 1568-1652, 1627

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Le Grand Triomfateure ou le Libraire Ambulan, 1703-1704

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Le Grand Triomfateure ou le Libraire Ambulan, 1703-1704. Creator: Henri Bonnart
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Le Grand Triomfateure ou le Libraire Ambulan, Bound 1703-1704

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Johan van der Does the Younger, Librarian in Leiden, 1700-1732

Portrait of Johan van der Does the Younger, Librarian in Leiden, 1700-1732. Creator: Arnoud van Halen
Portrait of Johan van der Does the Younger, Librarian in Leiden, 1700-1732

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Frederik Daniël Otto Obreen (1840-96). Hoofddirecteur van het Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1883-1896

Frederik Daniël Otto Obreen (1840-96). Hoofddirecteur van het Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1883-1896
Frederik Daniel Otto Obreen (1840-1896), Director General of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1883-1896

Background imageLibrarian Collection: M. Laurent (de l'ardèche) Passant... 19th century. Creators: Honore Daumier, Paul-Mathieu Laurent

M. Laurent (de l'ardèche) Passant... 19th century. Creators: Honore Daumier, Paul-Mathieu Laurent
M. Laurent (de l'ardeche) Passant... 19th century. Physiogomy of the Assembly - M. Laurent (of the Ardeche)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Georges Monoval (1845-1910), archivist-librarian of the Comedie-Francaise, c1883

Portrait of Georges Monoval (1845-1910), archivist-librarian of the Comedie-Francaise, c1883. Creator: Daniel Berard
Portrait of Georges Monoval (1845-1910), archivist-librarian of the Comedie-Francaise, c1883

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of a man, formerly identified as Charles Nodier (1780-1877), man of letters, c1830

Portrait of a man, formerly identified as Charles Nodier (1780-1877), man of letters, c1830. Creator: Unknown
Portrait of a man, formerly identified as Charles Nodier (1780-1877), man of letters, c1830

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Library interior at Tuskegee Institute, 1906. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Library interior at Tuskegee Institute, 1906. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Library interior at Tuskegee Institute, 1906. [Teacher training school for African Americans in Alabama]

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Students in the Reading Room of the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress...(1899?)

Students in the Reading Room of the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress...(1899?)
Students in the Reading Room of the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress, Herbert Putnam, watching, (1899?)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The late Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The late Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The late Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, 1862. Engraving from a photograph by Maull and Polyblank. The Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, B.D. Prebendary of St

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Medical Records Department at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Coventry, West Midlands

Medical Records Department at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Coventry, West Midlands, 8th May 1973. Transferring files into new medical records library are (left to right) Jean Bate

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Deputy business and technical librarian Noel Hanson demonstrates the on-line computer

Deputy business and technical librarian Noel Hanson demonstrates the on-line computer terminals, the only ones in libraries in Tyne and Wear, at Newcastle Central Library. 16th January 1984

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Paul Lacroix, known as Bibliophile Jacob, French scholar; carte de visite

Portrait of Paul Lacroix, known as Bibliophile Jacob, French scholar; carte de visite France. Date of Photograph:1850-1860

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of 'Podesta librarian at the National'

Portrait of "Podesta librarian at the National" Florence. Date of Photograph:1860-1900

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Advert for The Bladud Library, Bath

Advert for The Bladud Library, Bath
Advert for The Bladud Library and Henry Wood, Bookseller, Stationer, Librarian and Newsagent, Bath Date: 1902

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Leeds Library Ghost

Leeds Library Ghost
The ghost of a former librarian of Leeds Library, Vincent Sternberg, is seen by his successor, John MacAlister, at about the time of his death 1884

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Herbert Putnam in his office. Librarian of Congress, between 1890 and 1910. Creator: Unknown

Herbert Putnam in his office. Librarian of Congress, between 1890 and 1910. Creator: Unknown
Herbert Putnam in his office. Librarian of Congress, between 1890 and 1910

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Edmund Gosse, English author and critic and Librarian of the House of Lords (b / w photo)

Edmund Gosse, English author and critic and Librarian of the House of Lords (b / w photo)
6014952 Edmund Gosse, English author and critic and Librarian of the House of Lords (b/w photo) by Elliott & Fry Photography Studio (1863-early 20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The Lighter Side of English Life: The librarians wife (colour litho)

The Lighter Side of English Life: The librarians wife (colour litho)
6024055 The Lighter Side of English Life: The librarians wife (colour litho) by Belcher, George (1875-1947); Private Collection; (add.info.: The librarians wife)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Alexander Hastie Millar, 20th century (w / c)

Alexander Hastie Millar, 20th century (w / c)
6198646 Alexander Hastie Millar, 20th century (w/c) by Kerr, Henry Wright (1857-1936); 77.5x62.2 cm; The McManus, Dundee, UK; (add.info.: City Librarian of Dundee, Dr)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Officers of Parliament, 1894 (litho)

Officers of Parliament, 1894 (litho)
1604686 Officers of Parliament, 1894 (litho) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: Officers of Parliament, 1894)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: David Wilkins, c. 1735-45 (oil on canvas)

David Wilkins, c. 1735-45 (oil on canvas)
1765250 David Wilkins, c.1735-45 (oil on canvas) by Unknown artist, (18th century); 900x750 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Person Reading a Book

Person Reading a Book
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Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Philip Reese Uhler (1835-1913), Circa 1860s. Creator: Thomas P Varley

Portrait of Philip Reese Uhler (1835-1913), Circa 1860s. Creator: Thomas P Varley
Portrait of Philip Reese Uhler (1835-1913), Circa 1860s

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Daniel Coit Gilman (1831-1908), Circa 1875. Creator: George Daniels Morse

Portrait of Daniel Coit Gilman (1831-1908), Circa 1875. Creator: George Daniels Morse
Portrait of Daniel Coit Gilman (1831-1908), Circa 1875

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Willard Fiske (1831-1904), Circa 1870s. Creator: Purdy & Frear

Portrait of Willard Fiske (1831-1904), Circa 1870s. Creator: Purdy & Frear
Portrait of Willard Fiske (1831-1904), Circa 1870s

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait in Profile of Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), 1880s

Portrait in Profile of Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), 1880s. Zoologist, Smithsonian librarian, Library of Congress assistant librarian, and professor at George Washington University

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Portrait of Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), 1880s. Creator

Portrait of Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), 1880s. Creator
Portrait of Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), 1880s. Zoologist, Smithsonian librarian, Library of Congress assistant librarian, and professor at George Washington University

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Richard Garnett, English poet, scholar, librarian and Keeper of Printed Books at the British

Richard Garnett, English poet, scholar, librarian and Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum (b / w photo)
6014951 Richard Garnett, English poet, scholar, librarian and Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Dr Reinhold Rost (engraving)

Dr Reinhold Rost (engraving)
1063040 Dr Reinhold Rost (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dr Reinhold Rost, Retiring Librarian of the India Office)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Francis Hayman, English painter and illustrator (engraving)

Francis Hayman, English painter and illustrator (engraving)
812996 Francis Hayman, English painter and illustrator (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Francis Hayman, English painter and illustrator (1708-1776)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Vardon, Thomas, Librarian of House of Commons

Vardon, Thomas, Librarian of House of Commons
Vintage 19th century photograph: Vardon, Thomas (1799-1867), Librarian of House of Commons, British parliament

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The Famous Library of King Ashur-Bani-Pal, at Nineveh, illustration from

The Famous Library of King Ashur-Bani-Pal, at Nineveh, illustration from
STC357955 The Famous Library of King Ashur-Bani-Pal, at Nineveh, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, c.1910 (colour litho) by Le Quesne

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Pope Sixtus IV (1414-84) and Platina (1421-81) (b / w photo)

Pope Sixtus IV (1414-84) and Platina (1421-81) (b / w photo)
ALI109456 Pope Sixtus IV (1414-84) and Platina (1421-81) (b/w photo) by Melozzo da Forli (1438-94) (school of); Santo Spirito, Florence

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Philadelphia Library, 1875 (oil on canvas)

Philadelphia Library, 1875 (oil on canvas)
AKM205194 Philadelphia Library, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Wood, George Bacon (1832-1910); 56x41 cm; Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent; ePhiladelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent;

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Jan Gruter, Flemish-born philologist, 1560-1627

Jan Gruter, Flemish-born philologist, 1560-1627
6039974 Jan Gruter, Flemish-born philologist, 1560-1627. by Bry, Theodor de (1528-98); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jan Gruter or Jan Gruytere, Flemish-born philologist, scholar, and librarian)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Siegfried Dehn, 1854 (oil on canvas)

Siegfried Dehn, 1854 (oil on canvas)
CH401910 Siegfried Dehn, 1854 (oil on canvas) by Menzel, Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von (1815-1905); 52.1x42.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Robert Glutz-Blotzheim, Swiss librarian and historian (engraving)

Robert Glutz-Blotzheim, Swiss librarian and historian (engraving)
6014554 Robert Glutz-Blotzheim, Swiss librarian and historian (engraving) by Swiss School, (19th Century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robert Glutz-Blotzheim (1786-1818)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Robert Thyer (engraving)

Robert Thyer (engraving)
816350 Robert Thyer (engraving) by Romney, George (1734-1802) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robert Thyer (1709-1781)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The interior of the Logan Library Philadelphia, with the librarian LLoyd Pearsall Smith

The interior of the Logan Library Philadelphia, with the librarian LLoyd Pearsall Smith
OJ451926 The interior of the Logan Library Philadelphia, with the librarian LLoyd Pearsall Smith at his desk, 1880 (oil on canvas) by Wood

Background imageLibrarian Collection: Jules Berger de Xivrey, 1865-66 (litho)

Jules Berger de Xivrey, 1865-66 (litho)
2641107 Jules Berger de Xivrey, 1865-66 (litho) by Lafosse, Jean Baptiste Adolphe (1810/14-79); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jules Berger de Xivrey: 16.06.1801 - 29.07.1863 French historian)

Background imageLibrarian Collection: The Vergennes library in chateau de Versailles (chromolitho)

The Vergennes library in chateau de Versailles (chromolitho)
CHT164499 The Vergennes library in chateau de Versailles (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris



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"The Bookworm, 1850: A Glimpse into the World of Librarians" Step back in time to the year 1850 and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of librarians. Known as "The Bookworm, " these guardians of knowledge dedicated their lives to preserving and sharing literary treasures. With meticulous care, they organized countless volumes within grand libraries, creating havens for avid readers and scholars alike. Fast forward to 1964, where a Munrospun advertisement featuring librarians captures their timeless elegance. Dressed in refined attire, these intellectual figures exude sophistication as they guide visitors through vast collections of books that hold secrets waiting to be discovered. Venture further into academia with a visit to Cambridge Uni Punting, where librarians take on a different role - guiding students along serene rivers while discussing literature's finest works. Their passion for learning extends beyond library walls, enriching minds amidst picturesque scenery. Travel even further back in history to encounter Guillaume Bude, an esteemed librarian who revolutionized scholarly pursuits during the Renaissance era. His tireless efforts paved the way for future generations by establishing comprehensive systems that ensured easy access to knowledge. Closer to home is The Bladud Library in Bath – an architectural marvel adorned with intricate details that beckon book lovers from far and wide. This advert showcases its splendor and invites all seekers of wisdom inside its hallowed halls. But not all tales from libraries are filled with tranquility; some carry whispers of mystery like the Leeds Library Ghost. Legend has it that this ethereal presence roams silently among shelves at nightfall – perhaps seeking solace or guarding ancient texts from unseen forces. Embrace modernity as Deputy business and technical librarian Noel Hanson demonstrates cutting-edge technology - online computers - which have transformed how information is accessed and shared within libraries worldwide. Innovation continues pushing boundaries even within age-old institutions.