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Robert S. Freeman


Associate Professor of Library Science
Reference & Foreign Languages and Literatures Bibliographer
Contact Information:
Purdue University Libraries HSSE
504 West State Street,
West Lafayette IN 47907-2058

STEW Room 156
Phone: (765) 494-7664
FAX: (765) 494-9007

Serving the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Programs in Comparative Literatures, Classical Studies, and Linguistics.
Faculty Liaison. Instruction in library research for classes in the above subject areas, featuring electronic and paper resources. Specialized reference service to students, faculty, and others
Collection development

M.S.  Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.
M.A. Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983.
B.A.  Oriental Studies/History, University of Arizona, 1980.

Other Academic Experience
Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Hamburg, 1985-1987
Germanic Languages and Literatures Washington University, 1987-1992

Research Interests
History of  libraries and library classification systems
History of  publishing English translations of German literature
German literatures of the 16th & 17th centuries.
Encyclopedias and cosmographies of the 16th & 17th centuries

Other Interests
Languages: German (nearly fluent).  Reading knowledge of French and Spanish.  Some Latin.

American Association of Teachers of German
American Library Association
Association of College & Research Libraries
Western European Specialists Section Reference and User Services Collection Development and Evaluation Section
Library History Round Table
Beta Phi Mu: International Library Science Honor Society
Popular Culture Association
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing



Freeman, Robert S. “Harper & Brothers’ Family and School District Libraries, 1830-1846.” In Libraries to the People: Histories of Outreach, ed. by Robert S. Freeman and David M. Hovde, 26-49.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2003.

Freeman, Robert S. and *David M. Hovde, “The Indiana Township Library Program, 1852-1872: ‘A Well Selected, Circulating Library as an Educational Instrumentality’.” In Libraries to the People, 128-147.

Freeman, Robert S. and David M. Hovde. Introduction to Libraries to the People, 1-7. 

Anderson, K.J., R.S. Freeman, J.-P.V.M.H. Hérubel, L.J. Mykytiuk, J.M. Nixon, S.M. Ward. “Buy, don’t borrow: bibliographers’ analysis of academic library collection development through interlibrary loan requests.” Collection Management 27, ¾ (2002), 1-10.

Freeman, Robert S.  “Carossa, Hans.” In Encyclopedia of Life Writing, ed. by Maragaretta Jolly, 182-83.  London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.

Freeman, Robert S.  “University of Tübingen Library.” In International Dictionary of Library Histories, ed. by David H. Stam, 783-86.  Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.

Freeman, Robert S., Scott B. Mandernack, and John Mark Tucker.  "An Issue in Search of a Metaphor: Readings on the Marriageability of Libraries and Computing Centers." In Books, Bytes, and Bridges: Libraries and Computer Centers in Academic Institutions, ed. by Larry Hardesty, 13-25. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2000.

Freeman, Robert S.  "Brown, John Carter."  In American National Biography," edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, vol. 3, 695-697.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

White, Erdmute W., John T. Kirby, and Robert S. Freeman.  "French Literature (Continental)." In The Comparative Reader: A Handlist of Basic Reading in Comparative Literature, edited by John T. Kirby,  75-78.  New Haven, CT: Chancery Press, 1998.

Stephenson, Marcia, Patricia Hart, and Robert S. Freeman.  "Spanish-American Literature." In The Comparative Reader: A Handlist of Basic Reading in Comparative Literature, edited by John T. Kirby, 180-182.  New Haven, CT: Chancery Press, 1998.


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