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Lester J. Cappon and the Idea of the Public Scholar

Cox, Richard James (2017) Lester J. Cappon and the Idea of the Public Scholar. Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 1 (1). 126 - 151. ISSN 2473-0343

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<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title> <jats:p>Lester J. Cappon (1900–1981) deserves a place as a pioneer public scholar. Over six decades, he worked as an historian, archivist, documentary editor, historical administrator, and president of archival and historical associations. Drawing on Cappon's rich personal papers, especially his diary kept from 1954 to 1981, this essay explores Cappon's legitimate claim to be a public historian and, in today's parlance, his modeling of the public scholar. Cappon's interest in reaching the public about the importance of historical understanding without compromising historical scholarship permeated every aspect of his career. His career serves as a model for librarians, archivists, and others in the information professions seeking to engage with a broader public audience about their professional mission.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard Jamesrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 1 March 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Libraries: Culture, History, and Society
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University Press
Page Range: 126 - 151
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5325/libraries.1.1.0126
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2473-0343
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 17:40
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 20:24


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