Education: Columbia Encyclopedia

If Encyclopedia Britannica comes in 24 volumes and costs $126.50; if the smallest New International comes in 14 volumes and costs $95; if Everyman's comes in twelve volumes and costs $30, then how can a Michigan farmer afford a first-rate encyclopedia? The tall, taciturn proprietor of one Michigan farm looked over a fence rail at his neighbors and pondered that question. What the U. S. needed, Dr. Clarke Fisher Ansley decided, was a good one-volume encyclopedia.

Farmer Ansley, onetime professor of English and dean of the College of Fine Arts at Iowa's State...

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