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Guide to the Edwin Castagna Collection, 1909-1982
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edwin Castagna Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1982
    Box Number: 1884-1923
    Creator: Castagna, Edwin, 1901-
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edwin Castagna Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Castagna, Edwin, 1909-1983.
    Enoch Pratt Free Library.
    Librarians--United States.
    Library science--United States--Societies, etc.
    World War, 1939-1945--Tank warfare.


    Clippings, notes, articles, speeches, interviews, correspondence, drafts, manuscripts, periodicals, reprints, genealogy, personal journals, travel journals.


    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.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • 1976-1980 Master Plan for the Development of Library Services in the State of Maryland.
    • Castagna, Edwin. Long, Warm Friendship: H. L. Mencken and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
    • _____. Three Who Meet the Challenge: Joseph L. Wheeler, Lawrence Clark Powell, Frances Clarke Sayers.
    • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. The Role of Libraries in America.
    • DeProspo, Ernest R., et. al. Performance Measures for Public Libraries.
    • Government Studies and Systems, Inc. Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Federal Funding of Public Libraries.
    • _____. Improving State Aid to Public Libraries.
    • Information Services in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County, (Technical Reports on Library and Information Services v. VII).
    • Martin, Allie Beth (coord.). A Strategy for Public Library Change: Proposed Public Library Goals-Feasibility Study.
    • The Maryland State Library Network--A Study of the Inter-Library Loan Programs: Films, (Technical Reports on Library and Information Services v. III).
    • The Maryland State Library Network--A Study of the Inter-Library Loan Programs: Printed Materials, (Technical Reports on Library and Information Services v. II).
    • South, Jean-Anne Marie. Inventory of Public Library Facilities in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region, (Technical Reports on Library and Information Services v. I).


    • Two portraits--Castagna family