John Cotton Dana

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Birthday
19, 1856
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
Jul 21, 1929 (72)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
19, 1856
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
Jul 21, 1929 (72)

About

He devoted his life to making public libraries more accessible and useful to users, as well as promoting reading.

Before Fame

After studying law he became the director of the Denver Public library, which he made among the first to allow visitors to browse without librarian oversight.

Trivia

At the Newark Public library in New Jersey he instituted one of the first foreign-language literature sections, and decorated it with paintings from American artists.

Family Life

He was born in Woodstock, Vermont.

Associated With

Like him the author Daniel Boorstin, as a Librarian of Congress, helped to promote reading.