Guide to the Research Collections

- PREFACE

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For a full understanding of the library's functions and complex organizational history, see Harry Miller Lydenberg's History of The New York Public Library (The New York Public Library, 1923) and Phyllis Dain's The New York Public Library; A History of Its Founding and Early Years (The New York Public Library, 1972). The latter completes the story up to 1913, and will be followed by a second volume (now in preparation) covering subsequent decades.


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