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Scipio Ladies Library Book Purchases

An inventory of its records at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 11 Jun 2007

Biographical History

Ladies' libraries were primarily a phenomenon of the 18th and 19th centuries and came in two forms. "Ladies' social libraries," formed by women and intended for their use, were established by an association organized for that purpose, which would then continue to maintain the library. These libraries were general in content and existed mainly in New England and the state of Michigan. "Ladies' society libraries" were libraries belonging to a women's society -- for example, women's sewing clubs and literary societies. The Scipio Ladies Library was of the former sort.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Scipio Ladies Library Book Purchases consists of sales receipts from several book purchases made by the library from book dealers and individuals. Books listed appear to include novels as well as history, biography, and other genres.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Scipio Ladies Library


Ladies libraries
Libraries, New York (State), Scipio
Women, Books and reading
Women, Intellectual life


New York (State), Intellectual life
New York (State), Social life and customs
Scipio, N.Y., History

Genres and Forms

Receipts (financial records)


Library administration

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Scipio Ladies Library Book Purchases,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


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