Louisiana native, archivist, and historian Florence M. Jumonville is singularly qualified to write this work. Her understanding of the culture and politics of Louisiana gives her a particular insight into the complexities of the story she tells and allows her to provide a local flavor to the story.

The book's title is somewhat misleading, as the actual content of the book ranges far beyond Miss Culver and the beginnings of Parish Libraries in Louisiana. A prologue provides a concise summary of Louisiana library history from 1805 to 1925, focusing in particular on the role of women's clubs and the Louisiana traveling library. It contextualizes this history within the larger American public library history, as well as Louisiana history, a practice that will be continued throughout the work.

The first chapter includes a biographical sketch of Culver's early life as well as a brief overview of her work first as a...

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