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BERKELEY R. YOUNG - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/09/1900 - HFSID 34898

BERKELEY R. YOUNG As a staffer at the Library of Congress, he signs an autograph letter (1900), responding to a research request. Autograph Letter signed: "Berkeley R. Young", 2 pages, 8x10. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1900 July 9. On letterhead of the Order Department to "Dear Mrs.

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BERKELEY R. YOUNG
As a staffer at the Library of Congress, he signs an autograph letter (1900), responding to a research request.
Autograph Letter signed: "Berkeley R. Young", 2 pages, 8x10. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1900 July 9. On letterhead of the Order Department to "Dear Mrs. West" , Asheville, North Carolina. Responding to a request for information on a Mr. Ewing, thought by the addressee to have been Minister to Mexico, Young responds that he found reference to no such person, but suggests the name of another diplomat named Ewing. The letter closes with Young's wish to be remembered to friends at home. Three filing notches at left edges. Normal mailing fold creases. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition. No information is available on Berkeley R. Young. In 1900, the Library of Congress staff was in transition from a system of patronage appointments to a merit system. The Library had been exempted from prior civil service legislation, but Herbert Putnam, appointed Librarian of Congress by President McKinley in 1899, was committed to hiring only professional librarians for the staff, as the American Library Association had been urging since 1882. It's unclear whether Berkeley Young was a carry-over "spoils system" appointee, or one of the new merit professionals. Two items.

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