My Daguerreotype Librarian was inspired by the classic and classy Tumblr My Daguerreotype Boyfriend, in particular a post of Melvil Dewey. A fascinating conversation about Dewey then sprung up in the library Tumblr community—Dewey, the founder of Library Journal, had some problems that made him less attractive than his photo might suggest.
Since its creation, My Daguerreotype Librarian has featured some rad historical librarians. Here are some of my favorites:
- Queer activist librarian Barbara Gittings
- Bay Area literati librarian Ina Coolbrith
- Harlem Renaissance librarian Regina M. Anderson
- Late-in-life librarian ZORA NEALE HURSTON
- Pioneering Chicago librarian Vivian Gordon Harsh
- Florida fashionista librarian Lucille Baldwin Brown
Read up on these badasses of library science history, and submit some suggestions of your own!
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