Castagna, Edwin, 1909-

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Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (1960-1974); d. 1983.

From the description of Oral history interview, 1973. (Maryland Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32819155

Born in Petaluma, California, in 1909, Edwin Castagna graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Library School and directed libraries in Reno, Nevada; and Ukiah, Glendale, and Long Beach in California. As director of the Enoch Pratt Library in 1960-1977, Castagna began a Baltimore inner-city outreach program, took over the Peabody Library, and made Pratt the state library resource center. He was known as a staunch defender of the right to read as fundamental to human liberty.

Castagna was president of the Nevada and California Library Associations. He served as president of ALA in 1964-1965 and chaired the Committee on Legislation in 1966-1968. He died November 26, 1983, in Baltimore.

From the description of Edwin Castagna Collection, 1909-1983. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 58745827

Biography

Born in Petaluma, California, in 1909, Edwin Castagna graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Library School and directed libraries in Reno, Nevada; and Ukiah, Glendale, and Long Beach in California. As director of the Enoch Pratt Library in 1960-1977, Castagna began a Baltimore inner-city outreach program, took over the Peabody Library, and made Pratt the state library resource center. He was known as a staunch defender of the right to read as fundamental to human liberty.

Castagna was president of the Nevada and California library associations. He served as president of the American Library Association in 1964-1965 and chaired its Committee on Legislation in 1966-1968.

He died November 26, 1983, in Baltimore.

From the guide to the Edwin Castagna Collection, 1909-1982, (California State Library)

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referencedIn Progressive Librarians Council. Correspondence, 1930-1944 (bulk 1939-1944). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Progressive Librarians Council Correspondence, Bulk, 1939-1944, 1930-1944, (Bulk 1939-1944) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Castagna, Edwin, 1909-. Oral history interview, 1973. Maryland Historical Society
creatorOf Castagna, Edwin, 1909-. Edwin Castagna Collection, 1909-1983. California State Library
creatorOf Edwin Castagna Collection, 1909-1982 California State Library
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associatedWith Bryan, James E. person
associatedWith Carner, Charles R. person
associatedWith Clift, David H. person
associatedWith Coplan, Kate. person
associatedWith Digges, Diana. person
associatedWith Enoch Pratt Free Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Eshelman, William R., 1921- person
associatedWith Foster, Emery M. person
associatedWith Gaver, Mary Virginia, 1906-1991. person
associatedWith Krug, Judith F., 1940-2009. person
associatedWith Maggeroli, Phyllis. person
associatedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 person
associatedWith Progressive Librarians Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Schick, Frank Leopold, 1918-1992. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Grace T. person
associatedWith Wolff, Stewart M. person
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Maryland--Baltimore
Maryland
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World War, 1939-1945--Tank warfare
Library cooperation
Librarians
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Library science--Societies, etc
Censorship
Public libraries
Libraries and society
Librarians--Interviews
Pornography
Librarians--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Libraries and state
Book industries and trade--Technological innovations
Books and reading
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Birth 1909

Death 1983

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