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Frederick Beecher Perkins

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: January 27, 1899 (70)
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Clapp Perkins and Mary Foote Perkins
Husband of Mary Anne Fitch Perkins (Westcott)
Father of Thomas Henry Aide Perkins; Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Clarissa Perkins
Brother of Emily Baldwin Perkins; Charles E. Perkins and Catherine B Gilman

Occupation: Library Director in Boston, MA & San Francisco, CA, Author
Managed by: Susan
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About Frederick Beecher Perkins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Beecher_Perkins

Frederic Beecher Perkins (27 September 1828, Hartford, Connecticut - 3 February 1899, Brooklyn, New York) was a United States editor, librarian and writer.

Biography

He was a grandson of Lyman Beecher. He attended Yale as a member of the class of 1850, but left college in 1848 and began the study of law. Yale awarded him a master of arts degree in 1860. In 1851 he was admitted to the bar at Hartford, and a year later he entered the Connecticut normal school, now Central Connecticut State University where he graduated the same year.

He held various posts in Hartford until 1854, in which year he went to New York City, remaining until 1857. Then, returning to Hartford, he became assistant editor of Henry Barnard's American Journal of Education for three years, and was also appointed librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society. Two editing positions brought him into cooperation with his uncle Henry Ward Beecher and his brother-in-law Edward Everett Hale on Christian Union and Old and New respectively. Later he worked at the Boston Public Library from 1874 to 1879. From 1880 to 1887, he was librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he published his Rational Classification of Literature for Shelving and Cataloguing Books in a Library (San Francisco, 1881; revised ed., 1882).

He was married to Mary Fitch Wescott, and together they had two children, Thomas Adie in 1859 and Charlotte in 1860. They had only two children because after Charlotte's birth, a physician advised Perkins that his wife's life would be in danger if she were to bear any more children. While Charlotte was still in infancy, Perkins moved out and abandoned his wife and children, leaving them in an impoverished state. Charlotte would grow up to be a notable author and feminist. Her father's love for literature influenced her, and years later he contacted her with a list of books he felt would be worthwhile for her to read.

Writings

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Beecher_Perkins#Writings


Frederic Beecher Perkins was an American editor, writer, and librarian. He was a member of the Beecher family, a prominent 19th American religious family.

Frederick Beecher Perkins was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Mary (Beecher) Perkins and Thomas Clap Perkins. He was the grandson of Lyman Beecher, a Presbyterian minister best known as a revivalist and social reformer. He was also the father of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, and a lecturer for social reform. Perkins entered Yale University in 1846 and though he left two years later before he finished his degree, Yale awarded him a master of arts degree in 1860. In 1848, he worked in his father’s law office, and by 1851 Perkins was admitted to the Connecticut Bar. In 1852, Perkins graduated as a librarian from Connecticut Normal School, now Central Connecticut State University, and became a teacher for a short time in Greenwich, Connecticut. He held various posts in Hartford until 1854, in which year he went to New York City, remaining until 1857. Then, returning to Hartford, he became assistant editor of Henry Barnard's American Journal of Education for three years.

in 1857, Frederic was married to Mary Fitch Wescott, and together they had two children, Thomas Adie in 1859 and Charlotte in 1860. After Charlotte's birth, a physician advised Perkins that his wife's life would be in danger if she were to bear any more children. Soon, Perkins would leave his family, where they remained in an impoverished state. Charlotte would go on and described her father as a "stranger" and states that he was "distant and little known". Though Perkins had abandoned his family, Charlotte noted gratitude towards her father, recognizing that "...by heredity I owe him much; the Beecher urge to social service, the Beecher wit and gift of words and such small sense of art as I have." Charlotte also reflected that he "took to books as a duck to water. He read them, he wrote them, he edited them, he criticized them, he became a librarian and classified them. Before he married he knew nine languages and continued to learn more afterward…In those days, when scholarship could still cover a large portion of the world’s good books, he covered them well."

As a librarian, he worked at the Connecticut Historical Society from 1857 to 1861. In 1870, Perkins moved to Boston and began to work with his brother-in-law, Edward Everett Hale, as an editor for the magazine Old and New. In May of 1874 Perkins was hired as office secretary at the Boston Public Library (BPL). For a short time in 1879, Perkins became Assistant Librarian and Special Cataloger before resigning by December of 1879. While at the BPL, Perkins worked closely with Justin Winsor, contributing five articles to the 1876 report on public libraries. This would be a major influence in the field of library science and has been called the "magnum opus of library economy." Perkins served as an editor for the Library Journal and the American Library Association Catalog, and was a founding member of the ALA's Cooperation Committee. After leaving the BPL, Perkins worked with Melvil Dewey at the Reader's and Writer's Economy Company. In 1880, he was appointed as head librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he served till 1887.

He was editorially connected with various papers and magazines. Among his writings are: Scrope, or the Lost Library, a novel (Boston, 1874) My Three Conversations with Miss Chester (New York, 1877) Devil-Puzzlers, and other Studies (1877) Charles Dickens: his Life and Works (1877) He also edited or compiled bibliographical works, for example:

Check-List of American Local History (Boston, 1876) The Best Reading (1872; 4th ed., New York, 1877)


Frederic Beecher Perkins (27 September 1828, Hartford, Connecticut - 27 January 1899, Morristown, New Jersey) was an American editor, writer, and librarian. He was a member of the Beecher family, a prominent 19th American religious family.

Frederick Beecher Perkins was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Mary (Beecher) Perkins and Thomas Clap Perkins. He was the grandson of Lyman Beecher, a Presbyterian minister best known as a revivalist and social reformer. He was also the father of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, and a lecturer for social reform. Perkins entered Yale University in 1846 and though he left two years later before he finished his degree, Yale awarded him a master of arts degree in 1860. In 1848, he worked in his father’s law office, and by 1851 Perkins was admitted to the Connecticut Bar. In 1852, Perkins graduated as a librarian from Connecticut Normal School, now Central Connecticut State University, and became a teacher for a short time in Greenwich, Connecticut. He held various posts in Hartford until 1854, in which year he went to New York City, remaining until 1857. Then, returning to Hartford, he became assistant editor of Henry Barnard's American Journal of Education for three years.

in 1857, Frederic was married to Mary Fitch Wescott, and together they had two children, Thomas Adie in 1859 and Charlotte in 1860. After Charlotte's birth, a physician advised Perkins that his wife's life would be in danger if she were to bear any more children. Soon, Perkins would leave his family, where they remained in an impoverished state. Charlotte would go on and described her father as a "stranger" and states that he was "distant and little known". Though Perkins had abandoned his family, Charlotte noted gratitude towards her father, recognizing that "...by heredity I owe him much; the Beecher urge to social service, the Beecher wit and gift of words and such small sense of art as I have." Charlotte also reflected that he "took to books as a duck to water. He read them, he wrote them, he edited them, he criticized them, he became a librarian and classified them. Before he married he knew nine languages and continued to learn more afterward…In those days, when scholarship could still cover a large portion of the world’s good books, he covered them well."

As a librarian, he worked at the Connecticut Historical Society from 1857 to 1861. In 1870, Perkins moved to Boston and began to work with his brother-in-law, Edward Everett Hale, as an editor for the magazine Old and New. In May of 1874 Perkins was hired as office secretary at the Boston Public Library (BPL). For a short time in 1879, Perkins became Assistant Librarian and Special Cataloger before resigning by December of 1879. While at the BPL, Perkins worked closely with Justin Winsor, contributing five articles to the 1876 report on public libraries. This would be a major influence in the field of library science and has been called the "magnum opus of library economy." Perkins served as an editor for the Library Journal and the American Library Association Catalog, and was a founding member of the ALA's Cooperation Committee. After leaving the BPL, Perkins worked with Melvil Dewey at the Reader's and Writer's Economy Company. In 1880, he was appointed as head librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he served till 1887.

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Frederick Beecher Perkins's Timeline

1828
September 27, 1828
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
1859
May 9, 1859
Age 30
1860
July 3, 1860
Age 31
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1899
January 27, 1899
Age 70
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, United States
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