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S! N i V-... .V ENTH ANNUAL 





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From a portrait in oils by Jacob Binder in the possession of the 
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ON JANUARY 1. 1929. 

LOUIS E. KIRSTEIN, President. 

Term expires April 30, 1929. 


I erm expires .'Xpril 30, 1930. Term expires April 30, 1932. 


Term expires April 30, 1931. Term expires Apuii 30, 1933. 



The Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, organized 
in 1852, are now incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 1 1 4 of the 
Acts of 1878, as amended. The Board for 1852 was a preliminary or- 
ganization; that for 1853 made the first annual report. At first the Board 
consisted of one alderman and one common-councilman and five citizens at 
large, until 1867, when a revised ordinance made it lo consist of one alder- 
man, two common-councilmen and six citizens at large, two of whom retired, 
unless re-elected, each year, while the members from the City Council were 
elected yearly. In I 878 the organization of the Board was changed to 
include one alderman, one councilman, and five citizens at large, as before 
1867; and in 1885, by the provisions of the amended city charter, the 
representation of the City Government upon the Board by an alderman and 
a councilman was abolished, leaving the Board as at present, consisting of 
five citizens at large, appointed by the Mayor, for five-year terms, the term 
of one member expiring each year. The following citizens at large have 
been members of the Board since its organization in 1852: 

Abbott, Gordon, a.b., 1926- 

Abbott, Samuel Appleton Browne, a.m.. 1879-95. 

Appleton, Thomas Gold, a.m., 1852-56. 

Benton, Josiah Henry, ll.d., 1894-1917. 

Bigelow, John Prescott, a.m., 1852-68. 

BowDiTCH, Henry Ingersoll, m.d., 1865-67. 

Bowditch, Henry Pickering, m.d., 1894-1902. 

Boyle. Thomas Francis, 1902-12. 

Braman. Jarvis Dwight, 1869-72. 

Brett. John Andrew, ll.b., 1912-16. 

Buxton, Francis William, a.b., 1928- 

Carr, Samuel, 1895-96, 1908-22. 

Chase, George Bigelow, a.m., 1876-85. 

Clarke, James Freeman, d.d., 1879-88. 

CoAKLEY, Daniel Henry, 1917-19. 

Connolly, Arthur Theodore, 1916- 

CuRRiER, Guy Wilbur, 1922- 

CuRTis, Daniel Sargent, A.M., 1873-75. 

De Normandie, James, d.d.. 1895-1908. 

Dwight. Thomas, m.d., 1899-1908. 

Dwinnell, Clifton Howard, b.s., 1927-28. 

F-VERETT, Edward, ll.d., 1852-64. 

Frothingham, Richard, ll.d., 1875-79. 

Gaston, William Alexander, ll.b., 1923-27. 

Green. Samuel Abbott, m.d.. 1868-78. 

Greenough, William Whitwell, 1856-88. 

Haynes, Henry Williamson, a.m., 1880-94. 

HiLLiARD, George Stillman. ll.d.. 1872-75; 76-77. 

Kenney, William Francis, a.m.. 1908-1921. 

KiRSTEiN. Louis Edward, 1919- 

Lewis. Weston. 1868-79. 

Lewis. Winslow. m.d., 1867. 

Lincoln, Solomon, A.M., 1897-1907, 

Mann. Alexander, d.d.. 1908-1923. 

Morton. Ellis Wesley. 1870-73. 

Murray. Michael Joseph, ll.r.. 1921-26. 

Pierce. 1888-94. 

F'rince. Frederick Octamus. a.m.. 1888-99. 

Putnam. George, d.d.. 1868-77. 

Richards. William Reuben, a.m.. 1889-95. 

SiiuRTLEFF. Nathaniel Bradstreet. ll.d.. 1852-68. 

Thomas. Benjamin Franklin, ll.d., 1877-78. 

TicKNOR. George, ll.d.. 1852-66. 

Walker. Francis Ama.'^a. ll.d.. 1896. 

Whipple. Edwin Percy, a.m.. 1868-70. 

Whitmore. William Henry, a.m.. 1885-88. 

WiNsoR, Justin, ll.d., 1867-68. 
The Hon. Edward EneretT was President of the Board from 1852 
to 1864: George Ticknor. in 1865; William W. Greenough. 
from 1866 to April, 1888; F'rof. Henry W. Haynes. from Mav 7. 
1888, to Mav 12. 1888: Samuel A. B. Abmott. Mav 12. 1888. to 
April 30. 1895; Hon. F. O. Prince. October 8. 1895. to Mav 8, 
1899: Solomon Lincoln. Mav 12. 18^)0. to October 15, 1907; 
Rev. James De Normandie. Jnnuarv 31, 1908, to Mav 8. 1908; 
JosiAH H. Benton, May 8. 1908. to Febmarv 6, 1917; William F. 
Kenney. February 13, 1917, to Mav 7. 1920: Rvx. ALEXANDER 
Mann, May 7. 1920. to January 22. 1923: Msgr. Arthur T. 
Connolly. April 13. 1923 to June 13. 1924; Louis E. Kirstein. 
June 13. 1924 to June 19. 1925; HoN. MiCHAEL J. MuRRAY. June 
19. 1925 to July 2. 1926; Guy W. Currier, July 2, 1926 to May 
2, 1927; Msgr. Arthur T. Connolly, May 2. 1927 to June 22. 
1928; Louis E. Kirstein since June 22. 1928. 


(From 1838 to 1877, the chief executive officer was called Superintendent: sinre 
1923, Director.) 

CaPEN. Edward. Librarian, May 1 3. 1852 - December 16. 1874. 

Jewett. Charles C. SupcrinlenJenL 1858- January 9. 1868. 

Winsor. Justin, ll.d.. Supcrinlcndenl, February 25. 1 868 - Septem- 
ber 30. 1877. 

Green. Samuel A.. M.D., 'Irustec, Acting Librarian, October 1 , 1 877 - 
September 30, 1878. 

Chamberlain, Mellen, ll.d.. Librarian, October 1, I 878 -Septem- 
ber 30. 1890. 

Dwight, Theodore F., Librmian, April 13, 1892 -April 30. 1894. 

Putnam, Herbert, ll.d.. Librarian, February 1 I. 1895 -April 30, 

Whitney. James L., a.m.. Acting Librarian. March 31. 1899 -De- 
cember 21, 1899; Librarian, December 22. 1899 -January 31. 

Wadlin. Horace G.. LITT.D.. Librarian, February 1, 1903 -March 
15, 1917; Acting Librarian, March 15. 191 7 -June 15, 1917. 

Belden, Charles F. D., a.m., ll.b., Director, since March 15, 1917. 


tCenlral Library, Copley Square . . 
tEast Boston Branch, 276-282 Meridian St. . 
§Soulh Boston Branch, 372 Broadway . 
||Fellowes Athenaeum Branch, 46 Millmont St, 
tCharlestown Branch, 43 Monument Square 
tBrighton Branch, Academy Hill Road 
JDorchester Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adams St. 
JLower Mills Branch, Washington, cor. Richmond St. 
JSoulh End Branch, 65 West Brookline St. . 
■fjamaica Plain Branch, Sedgwick, cor. South St 
fRoslindale Branch, 4210 Washington St. 
tWest Roxbury Branch, 1961 Centre St. . 
§Mattapan Branch, 7 Babson St. . 
tNorth End Branch, 3a North Bennet St. . 
§Neponsel Branch, 362 Neponset Ave. . 
§Mt. Bowdoin Branch, 202 Washington St. 
§AIlston Branch. 138 Brighton Ave. 
^Codman Square Branch, Washington, cor. Norfolk St. 
JMt. Pleasant Branch, Vine, cor. Dudley St. 
JTyler Street Branch, Tyler, cor. Oak St. . 
■fWesl End Branch, 131 Cambridge St. 
JUpham's Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Rd. 
:j:MemoriaI Branch, cor. Warren and Tovvnsend Sts 
§Roxbury Crossing Branch, 208 Ruggles St. . 
§BoyIston Starion Branch, The Lamartine, Depot Square 
§OrienI Heights Branch, 1030 Bennington St. 
JCity Point Branch, Municipal Bldg., Broadway 
§Parker Hill Branch, 1518 Tremonl St. . 
fHyde Park Branch, Harvard Ave., cor. Winthrop St 
fFaneuil Branch, 100 Brooks St. . 
§Andrew Square Branch, 396 Dorchester St. 
§Jeffries Point Branch, 195 Webster St. 
♦ Baker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administrat 


May 2, 1854 

Jan. 28, 1871 

May 1. 1872 

July 16, 1873 

Jan. 5, 1874 

Jan. 5, 1874 

Jan. 25, 1875 

*June 7, 1875 

Aug., 1877 



11 In the case of the Central Library and some of the branches the opening was in a 
different location from that now occupied. * As a delivery station. t I" building 
owned by City, and exclusively devoted to library uses. J In City building, in pari 
devoted to other municipal uses. § Occupies rented rooms. || The lessee of the Fel- 
lowes Athenaeum, a private library association. * Under agreement with Harvard. 


Report of the Trustees . 

Balance Sheet 

Report of the Examining Committee 
Report of i he Director 

Appendix to the Report of the Director 
Index to the Annual Report 1928 . 



Portrait of Josiah Henry Benton 
Map of the Library System . 

At the end 

To Mis Honor Malcolm E. Nichols, 
Mayor of the Citv of Boston. 

The Trustees of the PubHc Library of the City of Boston 
present the following report of its condition and affairs for the 
year ending December 31, 1928, being the seventy-seventh an- 
nual report. 


Mr. Clifton H. Dwinnell died on March 13 and on August 
18. Mr. Frank W. Buxton was appointed in his place for the 
term ending April 30, 1 930. At the annual meeting on June 22, 
Mr. Louis E. Kirstein was elected President, Mr. Gordon 
Abbott, Vice President, and Miss Delia Jean Deery, Clerk. 


It is a gratification to report the steady progress of the work 
undertaken in renewing and improving the equipment of the 
Central Library and of the important repairs to the buildmg, 
\vhich the passage of time has rendered necessary. The re-wiring 
of the building and the installation of a modern switchboard, with 
the improved lighting fixtures in many parts of the Library, have 
added much to the convenience of readers and the efficiency of 
the staff. The reconstruction of the old Manuscript Room, pro- 
viding a modern projection room for slides and moving pictures, 
and the re-arrangement of the Lecture Hall with new seats and 
greatly improved stage quipment, have contributed greatly to the 
comfort and pleasure of the large audiences who attend the lec- 
tures and concerts given in the Library. The important work 
on the roof of the building has gone steadily forward, and the 
arduous task of clearing the North Gallery in preparation for its 
reconstruction, has been successfully carried out with no inter- 


ruption to library service. Thanks to the generous special ap- 
propriation granted for the purpose, the work of making the 
Special Libraries a fit and secure home for the treasures of the 
institution will make great progress during the coming year. 

But much remains to be done before the condition of the Cen- 
tral Library will be such as to enable the Trustees to focus their 
attention upon other matters. The completion of work on the 
roof, the installation of additional precautions against fire, the 
further improvement of the illumination of the Library, all re- 
quire immediate attention. The granite platform in front of the 
building shows signs of weakness, and there should be no delay 
in providing for its thorough inspection with the possibility that 
this platform with the walls and vaults supporting it may require 
complete reconstruction. 

The year has seen an important extension of the facilities of 
two of the branch libraries, those at Boylston Station and City 
Point; in each case increased circulation and greatly improved 
service have been the result. A number of other branch libraries 
are now seriously cramped by the lack of space or of proper 
facilities for carrying on their work. The districts served by the 
Allston, Mt. Bowdoin, Orient Heights, and Parker Hill bran- 
ches are now suffering by reason of the total inadequacy of the 
branch quarters, and the Trustees regard the improvement of 
conditions at these branches as a primary need of the library 
system. Larger and better quarters are demanded at various 
other points where the public is ready to respond to the stimulus 
furnished by improved facilities; at these four branches,. however, 
the work of the Library is being definitely hampered and retarded 
by the character of the quarters in which it is at present carried 
on. It is the intention of the Trustees to present at an early date 
a statement of the more pressing physical needs of the branch 
libraries in the order of their relative importance. 

Various sections of the city which are now without convenient 
library facilities have a fair claim to the establishment of new 
branches for their use. On the basis of a survey of the city re- 
cently completed under the supervision of the Director, it will be 
possible to submit an extension program whenever the opportunity 
is presented. It is, however, the conviction of the Board of 


Trustees that the proper support of the work now estahhshed 
should take precedence of any further spread of tlie hbrary sys- 
tem into parts of the city which, while they have a proper claim 
to more convenient service, can still obtain books as at present by 
going a little out of the way. 

With the increasing recognition of the importance of the library 
profession and the rapidly growmg competition among libraries 
for properly trained and equipped workers, it becomes more and 
more difficult to fill vacancies in the library staff at the salaries 
now paid. If the Boston Public Library is to maintain its stand- 
ing and to carry on to higher levels the quality of its service, the 
salary scale must be advanced to keep pace with that current in 
other American libraries of the first rank. 


The receipts which may be expended by the Trustees for the 
maintenance of the Library consist of the annual appropriation 
by the Mayor and City Council, and the income from Trust 
Funds given to the institution and invested by the City Treasurer. 
During the past year these recipts were: 

Annual appropriation $1,138,004.00 

Special appropriation Library Bldg., Fireproofing, etc.) . . . 114,215.73 

Income from Trust Funds ....... 27,469.92 

L'r.expended balance of Trust Funds income of previous years . . 61,465.58 


Receipts which are accounted for and paid into the City 
Treasury for general municipal purposes during the past year 
have been as follows: . 

From fines $19,461.61 

Sales of waste paper ......... 681.40 

From sales of catalogues, etc. ........ I 12.99 

From commission on telephone stations ...... 618.76 

From payments for lost books ........ 1,348.35 

Interest on bank deposits ......... 60.14 

Refund 5.16 

Total $22,288.41 



The estimates for the maintenance of the Library for the year 
ending December 31, 1 929 in segregated budget form are as 

A — Personal service ........ $797,115.00 

B — Service other than persona] ...... 160,735.00 

C — Equipment 171,975.00 

D — Supplies 40,780.00 

E — Materials 35,500.00 

F — Special items 864.00 

G — Miscellaneous . . . 40,000.00 

Total $1,246,969.00 


During the year there were added to the Central Library and 
its branches 96, 1 63 volumes as against 98,487 in 1 927. Of these 
77,433 were acquired by purchase and 1 8,730 by gift, exchange, 
etc. The total expenditure for books, periodicals, newspapers 
and other library material from city appropriation and trust funds 
income, was $154,436.42. The total number of volumes in the 
Central Library and branches is 1 ,442,802. 


The total number of books issued for home use during the 
year was 3,899,286 as against 3,705,657 for 1927, a gain of 
193,629 volumes. 


The Trustees are glad to report the following gifts and be- 
quests other than books and related matehal, during 1928: 

A bequest of $5000 under the will of Alfred Hemenway, 
funded as the "Alfred Hemenway Fund"; a bequest of $2000 
under the will of Gardner O. North, funded as the "Gardner 
O. North Fund"; a gift of $1000 from Mr. Louis E. Kirstein, 
to be added to the "Louis E. Kirstein Fund" established in 1925, 
being the fourth contribution to the fund. 

Two portraits, in oil, of Martin Bates, a city councillor in 
1822 23, and his wife Sarah Sweetzer Bates, bequeathed to the 


City ot Boston by Miss Ellen S. Bates; a reproduction in bronze 
of the Declaration of Independence, given by Governor Fuller; 
and in December, the offer of Mr. Louis E. Kirstein to erect and 
furnish a library building in the business section of the city to be 
used as a business branch and known as the "Edward Kirstein 
Memorial Library" in memory of his father. In accepting Mr. 
Kirstein's offer, the Trustees at their meeting on December 21 
took the following action: 

"WHEREAS Louis E. Kirstein, a trustee of the Boston Public 
Library, has agreed in writing with the City of Boston to erect a 
three and one-half story building which shall be satisfactory to the 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library, fully equip|>ed for library 
[nni)oses except for books, on the site of the abandoned Police 
Station 2 on City Hall Avenue, and to make a gift of the said 
building free and clear of all incumbrances after its erection to the 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library, as a body corporate, as de- 
fined in chapter one hundred and fourteen of the acts of eighteen 
hundred and seventy-eight, for the purpose of maintaining therein 
a branch library; and 

"WHEREAS the said Louis E. Kirstein is desirous that such a 
building be maintained by the said Trustees as a branch library of the 
Boston Public Library as a memorial to his father, Edward Kirstein, 
who had a sincere affection for the City of Boston; 

"NOW, THEREEORE, BE IT VOTED that the Trustees 
of the Boston Public Library, as a body corporate, or in any other 
capacity, do hereby agree to accept such gift as described herein- 
before and do hereby agree that when and if such a building is 
d>"eded to the 7 rustees as aforesaid that they will accept and main- 
tain the same as a branch library of the Boston Public Library and 
will name said building, when completed and deeded, the 'Edward 
Kirstein Memorial Library' in memory of Edward Kirstein, father 
of Louis E. Kirstein, the donor." 

Many important gifts of books and other library material have 
been received during the year. A detailed statement of these 
may be found in the Director's report. 

In December, a satisfactory portrait of the late Josiah H. 
Benton, painted by Jacob Binder, was hung in the Trustees' 
room at the Central Library. 



The Trustees welcome bequests of money, and hope that 
generous testators may remember the Library. It is from such 
sources only that they can make purchases of rare works, which 
give value and rank to a great educational institution, but for 
which they hesitate to expend public funds appropriated for 
more popular and pressing use. 

As a matter of interest to the public, the Board has pleasure in 
listing herewith the present trust funds of the Library, with ex- 
planatory notes. 

Artz Fund — Donation from Miss ViCTORINE Thomas Artz, of Chi- 
cago; the income of this sum to be employed in the purchase of 
valuable, rare editions of the writings, either in verse or prose, of 
American and foreign authors. These books are to be known as the 
"Longfellow Memorial Collection." Received in 1 896. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $10,000.00 

Bates Fund — Donation made by JoSHUA BaTES, of London, in March, 

"The income only of this fund is to be each and every year expended 
in the purchase of such books of permanent value and authority as 
may be found most needful and most useful." Payable to the 
Mayor of the City for the time being. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $50,000.00 

Bigelow Fund — Donation made by JoHN P- BiGELOW in August, 
1 850, when Mayor of the city. 

The income from this fund is to be appropriated for the purchase of 
books for the increase of the library. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $1,000.00 

Robert Charles Billings Fund — Bequest of Robert Charles Bil- 

"The sum to constitute a permanent fund for said library, to be 
called the Robert Charles Billings Fund, the income only to be used 
for the purposes of the purchase of books for said library." Re- 
ceived in 1903. 
/nves/eJ in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $100,000.00 

Bowditch Fund — Bequest of J. Ingersoll Bowditch. Received in 

The whole income in each and every year to be expended in the 
purchase of books of permanent value and authority in mathematics 
and astronomy. 

Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter 
per cent Bond $10,000.00 


Bradlee Fund — Bequest of the Rfa'. Caleb Davis Bradlee to the 
Boston Public Library. Received in 1897, 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-half p)er 
cent Bond $1,000.00 

Joseph H. Center Fund — Bequest of JOSEPH H. CENTER, the income 
thereof to be at all times applied to the purchase of books and other 
additions to the library. Received in 1905. 

Invesled in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds $1 .600.00 

City of Boston Three and one-half per cent Bonds 32,300.00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Three and one-half 

per cent Bond 6.000.00 

Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928. 8.89 

Children's Fund — Bequest of JosiAH H. BeNTON of $100,000. to be 
held as "The Children's Fund." and the income applied to the pur- 
chase of books for the use of the young, to be applied for those pur- 
poses only in years when the city appropriates for the maintenance 
of the Library at least three per cent of the amount available for 
department expenses from taxes and income in said city. In any year 
when the cit>' does not thus appropriate at least three per cent of the 
amount available for department expenses from taxes and income in 
said City, the income given in said will for the purchase of books 
shall be paid to the Rector of Trinity Church in the City of Boston 
to be by him dispensed in relieving the necessities of the poor. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter per 

cent Bond $15,000.00 

City of Boston Four per cent Bond . . . 42,000.00 
City of Boston Three and one-half per cent Bond . 20,000.00 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Three and one- 
half per cent Bond 20.000.00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Four per cent 

Bond 6.000.00 

Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928 . 1 1 7.74 


Clement Fund — Bequest of the late Frank Clement, of Newton, to 

be known as the "Frank Clement Fund," the income to be appHed 

to the purchase of books. Received in 1915. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $2,000.00 

Henry Sargent Codman Memorial Fund — This is a contribution from 
the friends of Henry Sargent Codman, to be used to perpetuate 
the memory of Mr. Codman by the purchase of books ujwn land- 
scap»e gardening. It is the desire of the subscribers that a sp>ecial 


book plate shall be inserted in each of the volumes purchased, identi- 
fying it as part of their memorial collection. Received in 1 898, 
Invested in City of Boston Three and one-half per 

cent Bond $2,800.00 

Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928. 54.41 

Cutter Fund — Bequest of Abram E, CutTER of four thousand dol- 
lars and his library of books, the income of the fund to be expended 
for the purchase of books, and for binding. Received in 1901. 
Invested in City of Boston Three per cent Bond . $4,000.00 

City of Boston Four and one-half per cent Bond 100.00 

Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928. 70.00 


Elizabeth Fund — Bequest of SaRAH A. MatcHETT, late of Brookline, 
who died October 6, 1910, the object of which is stated in the fol- 
lowing extract from her will: 

"I give and bequeath to the Trustees of the Public Library of the 
City of Boston, twenty-five thousand dollars, to be called the Eliza- 
beth fund, to be received, held and securely invested, and only the 
net income therefrom expended every year in the purchase of such 
books of permanent value and authority as may be most useful in 
said Library." 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $25,000.00 

Daniel Sharp Ford Fund — A bequest of Daniel Sharp FoRD to the 
Public Library of the City of Boston. Received in 1900. 
Invested in City of Boston Three per cent Bond . $6,000.00 

Franklin Club Fund — Donation made in June, 1 863, by a literary asso- 
ciation of young men in Boston, who, at the dissolution of the asso- 
ciation, authorized its trustees, Thomas Minns, John J. French and 
J. Franklin Reed, to dispose of the funds on hand in such manner 
as to them should seem judicious. They elected to bestow them on the 
Public Library, attaching thereto only the following conditions: 
"In trust, that the income, but the income only, shall, year by year, be 
expended in the purchase of books of permanent value, for the use of 
the free Public Library of the city, and as far as practicable of such 
a character as to be of special interest to young men." The trustees 
expressed a preference for books relative to government and political 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter 

percent Bond . . $1,000.00 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Fund — Bequest of ISABELLA SteWART 
"To the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, for the Brown 


Musical Library, for a menioiial fo B. J. Lang." Received in 


Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $5,000.00 

Morris Gest Fund — Donation made by Mr. Morris Gf.ST in December 
1925, the gross receipts from a benefit performance for the Library 
of "The Miracle". — $2,652.50, the income to be used in the in- 
terest of dramatic art. 
Deposited in Hibernia Savings Bank . . . $2,652.50 

Green Fund — Donations of Dr. SamUEL A. Green of $2,000. the 
income of which is to be expended for the purchase of books relating 
to American history. Received in 1878 and 1884. 
Invested in 

City of Boston Four per cent Bond . . . . 1.500.00 

City of Boston Three per cent Bond . . . 500.00 

Charlotte Harris Fund — Bequest of CuARLOTTF. HARRIS, late of Bos- 
ton, the object of which is stated in the following extract from her 
will: "I give to the Charlestown Public Library $10,000, to be 
invested of interest, which interest is to be applied to the purchase 
of books published before 1850. I also give to said Public Library 
my own private library and the portrait of my grandfather, Richard 
Devens." Bequests accepted by City Council, July 31, 1877. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter 

per cent Bond $10,000.00 

Thomas B. Harris Fund — Bequest of Thomas B. HaRRIS, late of 
Charlestown. for the benefit of the Charlestown Public Library. 
Received in 1 884. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $1,000,00 

Alfred Hemenway Fund. — Bequest of Alfred Hemenway. Received 
in 1928. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds. . $5,000.00 

Hyde Fund — Bequest of Franklin P. Hyde of Boston, to be known 
as the "Franklin P. Hyde Fund," the income to be applied to the 
purchase of books and other library material. Received in 1915. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $3,600,00 

Cash, December 31, 1928 . . . . 32.40 

David P. Kimball Fund — Bequest of David P. KiMBALL. 

"I give to the Public Library of the City of Boston, the income to 
be used for the purchase of books, $10,000." Received in 1924. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $9,000.00 

City of Boston Three and one-half per cent Bond 1 ,000 



Louis E. Kirslein Fund — Donation of $1,000 made by Mr. LouiS E. 
KiRSTEIN in October 1925, "to be used for any purpose of the Li- 
brary that the Trustees see fit to put it to." 

October, 1925 $1,000.00 

October, 1926 1,000.00 

November. 1927 1,000.00 

October, 1928. 1 ,000.00 

Deposited in Hibernia Savings Bank . . . $4,000.00 

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund — Extract from the will of KatherinE 
KnaPP: "To the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of 
Boston, the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), to be known 
as the Arthur Mason Knapp Fund, of which the income only shall 
be used for the purchase of books for said library. And I hereby 
request that such books be designated with an appropriate label or 
inscription, bearing the name of the Fund." Received in 1914. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $10,000.00 

Abbott Lawrence Fund — Bequest of AbBOTT LaWRENCE, of Boston. 
Received in 1 860. The interest on this fund is to be exclusively 
appropriated for the purchase of books for the said library having 
a permanent value. 
Invested in City of Boston Three and one-half per 

cent Bond $10,000.00 

Edward Lawrence Fund — Bequest of EdwARD LaWRENCE. of Charles- 
town. Received in 1 886. The following clause from his will 
explains its purpose: 

"To hold and apply the income and so much of the principal as they 
may choose, to the purchase of special books of reference to be kept 
and used only at the Charlestown branch of said Public Library." 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $500,00 

Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund — Bequest of Elizabeth Lewis, to be known 
as the Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund: "I give and bequeath to the Bos- 
ton Public Library the sum of $5,000 as a fund, the income of which 
is to be used for the purchase of such old and rare books as shall be 
fitly selected to augment the collection known as the John A. Lewis 
Library." Received in 1903. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $5,000.00 

Charles Greely Loring Memorial Fund — Donation from the family of 
Charles Greely Loring, the income of which is to be expended 
for the purchase of books for the West End Branch. Received in 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $500,00 


Charles Mead Fund — Bequest of CllARLES MkAD. to constitute the 
Charles Mead Public Library Trust Fund for the promotion of the 
objects of the Public l^ibrary in such manner as the government of 
said library shall deem best, and so far as the government shall deem 
consistent with the objects of the library to be used for the benefit 
of the South Boston Branch Library. Received in 1 896. 
Invested in Citv of Boston Four and one-half per 

cent Bond' $2,500.00 

Gardner O. North Fund — Bequest of Gardner O. North. Received 
in 1928. $2,000.00 

The Oakland Hall Trust Fund — By an interlocutory decree of the 
Probate Court for the County of Suffolk, the amount of $1 1 ,781 .44 
was received, the same being one-half of the net amount received from 
the disposition of certain property held by the Trustees, under an 
indenture between Amor Hollingsworth, Sumner A. Burt and Amor 
L. Hollingsworth, all of Milton, Mass., and John H. McKendry, 
of Boston, Mass., entered into the sixth day of August, 1870. The 
above amount was accepted by the City, January 2, 1924, and the 
Trustees of the Public Library voted to invest the same under the 
name of "The Oakland Hall Trust Fund," the income to be applied 
to the purchase of books and other library material for the Mattapan 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $1 1,780.00 
Cash. December 31. 1927 1.44 

John Boyle O'Reilly Fund — Donation received from the PaPYRUS 

Club to establish a fund in memory of John Boyle O'Reilly, late 

member of said club, the income of said fund to be devoted to the 

purchase of books for the Boston Public Library. Received in 1 897. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $1,000.00 

Phillips Fund — Donation made by JONATHAN PHILLIPS, of Boston, 

in April, 1853. 

The interest of this fund is to be used exclusively for the purchase 

of books for said library. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $10,000.00 

Also a bequest by the same gentleman in his will dated September 

20. 1849. 

The interest on which is to be annually devoted to the maintenance O'f 

a free Public Library. 

Invested in City of Boston Three and one-half per 

cent Bond $20,000.00 

Both of these items are payable to the Mayor of the City for the 

time being. 


Pierce Fund — Danation made by Henry L. PierCE, Mayor of the 
City, November 29, 1 873, and accepted by the City Council, De- 
cember 27, 1873. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $4,000.00 
City of Boston Three and one-half per cent Bond . 1,000.00 


Sarah E. Pratt Fund — Bequest from SaraH E. Pratt, late of Boston, 
under the 14th clause of her will, for the benefit of the Dorchester 
Branch, $500.00. Received in January, 1922. 
Distribution of residue of estate in May, 1924, $964.30. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . 1 ,400.00 
City of Boston Three and three-quarters per cent Bond 90.00 
Cash in City Treasury, December, 1 928. 4.1 8 


Guilford Reed Fund — Bequest of Helen Leah Reed, as a memorial to 

Guilford S. Reed ; the income to be applied to the purchase of books 

of non-fiction. 

Deposited in Dorchester Savings Bank . . . $1,000.00 

John Singer Sargent Fund — Balance remaining in hands of surviving 
trustees of fund originally raised to install in the Library decorations 
by John Singer Sargent; the income to be used for the care and 
preservation of the Sargent decorations, etc. 
Deposited in Dorchester Savings Bank . . . $3,858.24 

Scholfield Fund — Bequest of ARTHUR ScHOLFIELD, who died in New 
York, January 1 7, 1 883. The interest to be paid to certain heirs 
during their hves, and then to be used for the purchase of books of 
permanent value. The last heir, Joseph Scholfield, died November 
1 8, 1 889, and by his will bequeathed to the City of Boston the sum 
of $1 1,766.67, which represents the income of said fund received 
by him up to the time of his death, to which was added $33,33 
accrued interest on deposit up to the time of investment, to be added 
to the fund given by his brother. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $41,800.00 
City of Boston Four and one-quarter per cent Bond 1 2,000.00 

City of Boston Four and one-half per cent Bonds 6,000.00 

City of Boston Three and three-quarters per cent Bonds 2,000.00 


Sewall Fund — Extract from the will of RiCHARD Black SewalL: 
"Tenth. — I bequeath the following pecuniary legacies clear of lega- 
cy tax, namely. To the Trustees of the Public Library of the City 
of Boston $25,000 (twenty-five thousand dollars) to be added to 


their funds and the income to be used for the purchase of books." 

Received in 1918. 

Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter per 

cent Bond $23,000.00 

Skinner Fund — Extract from the will of Francis Skinner: 

"Eleventh. — All my books and library I give and bequeath to my 
son, to be enjoyed by him during his life and after his death to be 
distributed as he shall appoint among such public libraries, as he shall 
judge fit, and in case he makes no such appointment then to the 
Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston. 
"Sixteenth. — All the rest and residue of my said property of what- 
ever kind, I give and bequeath to Augustus P. Loring and J. Lewis 
Stackpole in trust to pay the net income to my son Francis Skinner, 
Jr., during his life, or to apply the same to his maintenance and sup- 
port, or the maintenance and support of any issue of his, as they shall 
think best during his life; and at his death to apply the income to the 
maintenance and support of his issue until his youngest child shall 
reach the age of 2 1 years and then to distribute said property among 
said issue, the issue of a deceased child to take the share a parent 
would have taken if living. 

"If there shall be no issue surviving at the time of my son's death, 
then to turn the said property into cash and to divide it equally 
among the following legatees: The Trustees of the Public Library 
of the City of Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, Massa- 
chusetts, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Medical School 
of Harvard University, and the Free Hospital for Women, Brook- 
line, Massachusetts." Received in 1914. 
Invested in City of Boston 1 hree and one-half per 

cent Bond $40,000.00 

City of Boston Four per cent Bonds ... I 0,250.00 

City of Boston Four and one-half per cent Bond 200.00 

I 6 shares Worcester Street Railway Company . 1 ,280.00 

Cash, December 31, 1928 2.14 


South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund — Donation of a citizen of 
South Boston, the income of which is to be expended for the benefit 
of the South Boston Branch Library. Received in 1 879. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter per 

cent Bond $100.00 

Mary Elizabeth Stewart Fund — Bequest of Mary ELIZABETH STEW- 
ART of $3,500 to the Trustees of the Boston Public Library. The 
Trustees voted under date of June 29, 1923, that the income be 


applied to the purchase of books and other library material. 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $3,500.00 

James Jackson Storrow (Harvard '57) Fund — Gift of Helen Storrow 

and Elizabeth Randolph Storrow as a memorial to James Jackson 

Storrow, Senior ; income to be used for the purchase of Italian books. 

Deposited in Boston Five Cent Savings Bank . $10,000.00 
" Dorchester Savings Bank . . 5.000.00 

" Suffolk Savings Bank . . . 10.000.00 

Patrick F. Sullivan Bequest — Extract from will: "I give and bequeath 
to the Trustees of the Boston Public Library the sum of five thous- 
and dollars, the principal or income of said sum to be expended by 
them for the purchase of Catholic standard books, said books to be 
approved by the Archbishop of the diocese of Boston. Mass.. or by 
the President of the Trustees of Boston College, in Boston, Mass." 
Received in 1908. 

This bequest, together with interest amounting to $339.61, has been 
expended for books. 

Ticknor Bequest — By the will of George Ticknor, of Boston, he 
gave to the City of Boston, on the death of his wife, all his books and 
manuscripts in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, about four 
thousand volumes, and also the sum of four thousand dollars. After 
the receipt of said sums the city is required to spend not less than 
one thousand dollars in every live years during the twenty-five years 
next succeeding (i.e., the income of four thousand dollars, at the 
rate of five per cent per annum) in the purchase of books in the 
Spanish and Portuguese languages and literature. At the end of 
twenty-five years the income of said sum to be expended annually in 
the purchase of books of permanent value, either in the Spanish or 
Portuguese languages, or in such other languages as may be deemed 
expedient by those having charge of the library. The books be- 
queathed or purchased are always to be freely accessible for reference 
or study, but are not to be loaned for use outside of the Hbrary build- 
ing. If these bequests are not accepted by the city, and the trusts 
and conditions faithfully executed, the books, manuscripts and money 
are to be given to the President and Fellows of Harvard College. 
In order that the city might receive the immediate benefit of this 
contribution, Anna Ticknor, widow of the donor, relinquished her 
right to retain during her life the books and manuscripts, and placed 
them under the control of the city, the City Council having previously 
accepted the bequests in accordance with the terms and conditions of 
said will, and the Trustees of the Public Library received said be- 
quests on behalf of the city, and made suitable arrangements for the 


care and custody of the books and manuscripts. Received \n 1871. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-half per 

cent Bond $4,000.00 

William C. Todd Newspaper Fund — Donation by WiLLIAM C. ToDD. 
accepted by order of the City Council, approved October 30, 1897, 
the income to be at least two thousand dollars a year, to be ex- 
pended by the Library Trustees for newspapers of this and other 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . $25,000.00 
City of Boston Three and three-quarters per 

cent Bond $25,000.00 

Townsend Fund — Donation from William Minot and William Minot, 
Jr., executors of the will of Mary P. TOWNSUND, of Boston, at 
whose disposal she left a certain portion of her estate in trust for such 
charitable and public institutions as they might think meritorious. 
Said executors accordingly selected the Public Library of the City 
of Boston as one of such institutions, and attached the following con- 
ditions to the legacy: "The income only shall, in each and every 
year, be expended in the purchase of books for the use of the library; 
each of which books shall have been published in some one edition 
at least five years at the time it may be so purchased." Received in 
Invested in City of Boston Three and one-half per ^ 

cent Bond . : $4,000.00 

Treadwell Fund — By the will of the late DanieL TreADWELL. of 
Cambridge, late Rumford Professor in Harvard College, who died 
February 27, 1872, he left the residue of his estate, after payment 
of debts, legacies, etc., in trust to his executors, to hold during the 
life of his wife for her benefit, and after her decease to divide the 
residue then remaining in the hands of the Trustees, as therein pro- 
vided, and convey one-fifth part thereof to the Trustees of the Public 
Library of the City of Boston. 

By order of the City Council, approved May 1 7, 1 872, said bequest 
was accepted and the Trustees of the Public Library authorized to 
receive the same and invest it in the City of Boston Bonds, income 
of which is to be expended by said Trustees in such manner as they 
may deem for the best interests of the Library. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-half per 

cent Bond $1,000.00 

City of Boston Four and one-quarter per cent Bonds 3. 1 00.00 

City of Boston Four per cent Bonds. . . . 9,850.00 

Cash in City Treasury. December 31, 1928. . . 37.69 



Tufts Fund — Bequest of NathAN A. TuFTS, of Charleslown, to be 
known as the "Nathan A. Tufts Fund," the income to be applied 
at all times to the purchase of books and other additions to the library 
to be placed in the Charlestown Branch. Received in 1906. 
Invesied in City of Boston Three and one-half 

per cent Bond $ 100.00 

Invested in City of Boston Four per 

cent Bonds 10.000.00 

Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928. . 31.77 


Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fund — Donation on account of the 
Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fund, the income to be used 
for the purchase of books of a military and patriotic character, to be 
placed in the alcove appropriated as a memorial to the Twentieth 
Regiment. Received in 1897. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter per 

cent Bond $5,000.00 

Wales Fund — Extract from the will of George C. Wales : 

"After the foregoing bequests I direct that the sum of five thousand 
dollars be paid to the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of 
Boston, the same to be held, managed and invested by them, so as 
to produce an income, and the said income to be applied to the pur- 
chase of such books for said Library as they may deem best." Re- 
ceived, in 1918. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-qnarter per 

cent Bond $5,000.00 

Mehitable C. C. Wilson Fund — Bequest of MehITABLE C. C. Wil- 
SON, the income to be expended for the purchase of books for the 
Boston Public Library. Received in 1913. 
Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds . $1 ,000.00 

Whitney Funds — Bequests of JamES LymAN WhitnEY, who died Sep- 
tember 25, 1910. 

Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund — The twelfth clause of his will di- 
rected that: One-tenth of said remaining income of the principal 
fund, I direct to be paid to the Trustees of the Public Library of the 
City of Boston, to be held and accumulated by said Trustees and 
permanently invested and re-invested. The first five thousand dollars 
of income so accumulated, including the income thereon arising during 
the period of accumulation, I request to be funded in the name of 
my sister, Alice Lincoln Whitney, and the income of said fund after 
its accumulation or so much of said income as may be required, to 
be paid to such employees of the said Library, who are sick and in 
need of help, as the Trustees may in their discretion deem most 


worthy (there are often such cases). Any amount of Income from 
said accumulated fund not needed for the purpose just mentioned 
shall be used for the purchase of books and manuscripts. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-quarter 

per cent Bond 1.000.00 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bonds. . 4.000.00 

James Lyman Whitney Fund — The Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund 
having been established, all amounts of income of the principal fund 
paid to said Trustees, after the accumulation of said fund of five 
thousand dollars shall be held as the James Lyman Whitney Fund, 
and invested and re-invested and the income used in equal shares, 
one share for the purchase of rare and expensive books, and one share 
for the purchase and care of manuscripts; one half at least of the 
share devoted to manuscripts to be expended for their cataloguing 
and proper care. 
Invested in City of Boston Four and one-half per 

cent Bonds' $1,200.00 

City of Boston Four and one-quarter per cent Bonds 2,000.00 

City of Boston Four per cent Bonds. . 11.300.00 

City of Boston Three and three-quarter per cent Bonds 800.00 
Cash in City Treasury, December 31, 1928. . 9.64 

In addition to the above Mr. Whitney created a trust, directing that 
of the net income seven hundred dollars a year be paid to the Trustees 
of the Public Library of the City of Boston, to be expended on 
bibliographic work for the benefit of the Library. 
Central Library Building Fund — Donations in response to an appeal by 
the Trustees in Apiil, 1925, setting forth the needs of the Library, 
Percy Lee Atherlon . ..:... $25.00 

William York Peters 25.00 

John T. Spaulding 100 .00 

Invested in City of Boston Four per cent Bond . . $1 50.00 

Donations — Besides the preceding, the following donations have been 
made to the Public Library, and the amounts have been appro- 
priated for the purchase of books, according to the intention of the 
donors, viz. : 

J. Ingersoll Bowditch $6,800.00 

Samuel Appleton, late of Boston. . . . 1.000.00 

Sally Inman Kast Shepard 1.000.00 

Carried forward $8,800.00 


Brought forward $8,800.00 

James Brown, late of Cambridge .... 500.00 

Andrew Carnegie 980.75 

Nathaniel I. Bowditch 200.00 

James Nightingale 100.00 

Dorchester and Milton Circulating Library, for the 

benefit of the Dorchester Branch Library . . 335,13 




Ariz Fund 

Bates Fund 

Bigelow Fund 

Robert Charles Billings Fund 

Bowditch Fund 

Bradlee Fund 

Joseph H. Center Fund 

Central Library Building Fund 

Children's Fund 

Clement Fund 

Henry Sargent Codman Memorial Fund 

Cutter Fund . 

Elizabeth Fund 

Daniel Sharp Ford Fund 

Franklin Club Fund 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Fund 

Morris Gest Fund 

Green Fund . 

Charlotte Harris Fund 

Thomas B. Harris Fund 

Alfred Hemenway Fund 

Hyde Fund . 

David P. Kimball Fund 

Louis E. Kirslein Fund . 

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund 

Abbott Lawrence Fund . 

Edward Lawrence Fund 

Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund 

Charles Greely Loring Memorial Fi 

Charles Mead Fund 

Gardner O. North Fund . 

The Oakland Hall Trust Fund 

John Boyle O'Reilly Fund . 

Phillips Fund 

Pierce Fund 

Sarah E. Pratt Fund 

Guilford Reed Fund 

John Singer Sargent Fund 

Scholfield Fund 

Sewall Fund 

Skinner Fund 

South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund 

Mary Elizabath Stewart Fund 

J2unes Jackson Storrow (Harvard '57) Fund 

Ticknor Fund 

Willieon C. Todd Newspaper Fun 

TowTisend Fund 

Treadwell Fund 

Nathan A. Tufts Fund 

Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fund 

Wales Fund 

Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund 

James Lyman Whitney Fund . 

Mehitable C. C Wilson Fund 

$ 10.000.00 


1. 000.00 




1 50.00 





1. 000.00 

1. 000.00 









1. 000.00 










1 5,309.64 
1 ,000.00 

$764.681 .04 



The Trustees gratefully acknowledge the assistance rendered 
by the Examining Committee of the year. Their recommenda- 
tions have received careful attention. The membership of the 
Committee consisted of the following persons: 

Miss Anna M. Bancroft. 
Mr. Sidney C. Conrad. 
Mr. Henry V. Cunningham. 
Hon. James M. Curley. 
Mr. Frederic H. Curtiss. 
Mr. William J. Davidson. 
Prof. Arthur S. Dewing. 
Mrs. David A. Ellis. 
Mr. Albert W. Finlay. 
Miss Susan J. Ginn. 
Mr. Francis E Higginson. 
Mr. David H. Howie. 

Mrs. Barrett Wendell. 

Mr. Henry Lewis Johnson. 
Mr. Melville D. Liming. 
Mr. Percival Merritt. 
Miss Jane L. Mesick. 
Mr. George R. Nutter. 
Mr. Winfield S. Quinby. 
Mr. Roger L. Scaife. 
Mr. Samuel Silverman. 
Mrs. Francis E. Slattery. 
Mr. William B. Snow. 
Rev. William M. Stinson, S.J. 
Prof. H. W. Tyler. 


The members of the Board wish to emphasize the recom- 
mendations contained in the appended report of the Examining 
Committee. The Committee has submitted a detailed statement 
of its findings, and with many of its recommendations the Board 
is heartily in accord. It has long been conscious of many of the 
needs mentioned and is ready to proceed at once along the lines 
suggested, as soon as the necessary appropriations are made 
available. The report of the Director, which follows, is an in- 
teresting and encouraging account of the progress of the work of 
the institution. We wish to stress the need of more money for 
the purchase of books; we hope both for larger City appropri- 
ations for this purpose and for gifts from individuals for the 
establishment of book funds. A public-spirited citizen can leave 
no better memorial than a fund which shall supply a steady 
stream of valuable new books for the use of the public ; such a 
fund is a spring of intellectual nourishment contributing richly to 
the life of the community. Provided with a proper book-plate, 
each book is a worthy reminder during untold years to come of 


the man or \\oman whose generosity has brought it into the hands 
of the reader who needs it. 

The reports which follow show how successfully the Central 
Library and its branches have been carried on during the year 
under the able guidance of the Director. We desire to com- 
mend not only his fidelity but that of all the members of the staff 
to the interests of the Library and the City. 

Louis E. 
Arthur T. Connolly 
Frank W. Buxton 
Gordon Abbott 
Guy W. Currier 




Central Library and Branches: 
To expenditures for 

Permanent employees (exclusive of Printing and 

Binding employees) $568,520.76 

Temporary employees ...... 106,161.11 

Service other than personal 

Contract work (outside) ...... 191.55 

Advertising 83.00 

Transportation of persons ..... 678.56 

Cartage and freight 12,339.13 

Light and power 16,071.62 

Rent, taxes and water 18,228.32 

Surety bond and insurance ..... 18.50 

Communication ....... 2,464.60 

Cleaning, towels, etc. ...... 1,236.86 

Removal of snow and ashes ..... 198.15 

Expert 8,814.39 

Fees 89.00 

Photographic and blueprinting 1,000.00 

General plant repairs ...... 81,679.51 



To expenditure for equipment 


. • . . 


Motorless vehicles 



Furniture and fittings 


Plus overcharge deducted 

from Printing 



Education and recreational 




. . . 



City appropriation 


Trust funds income 

(including transfer to 

(London account) 




City appropriation 


Trust funds income 



Periodicals (city) 

• • 



City appropriation 


Trust funds income 



Lantern slides (funds) 

• • • • 



City appropriation 


Trust funds income 



Tools and instruments 


General plant equipment 



170 COT /)o 

1 l7^jLL.*^L 

Carried forTi>ard 





By Qty Appropriation 1928 

Income from Trust funds . . . . . ■ . 

Income from James L. Whitney Bibliographic account 
Interest on deposit in London ..... 
Transfer from Domestic Funds to London account 
Library Building, Fireproof ing, Improvements, etc. 
Loan issued 1928 $100,000.00 

Transferred from 1927 

Library Building Addition, 

equipping and furnishing 11,799.39 

Library Building Addition 2,416.34 









Carried fonuard 





Brought for'WarJ 
To expenditures for supplies 

Food and ice 

Forage for animals 

L.aundry, cleaning, toilet 

Chemicals and disinfectants 
General plant supplies 

To expenditures for material 
General plant material 

To Special items 

Pension ..... 

A. L. Whitney Fund (Employees' sick benefit) 
To Binding Department: 







Outside Work 

To Printing Department: 



Equipment $4,216.06 \ 

Less credit 44.00 


Repairs ....... 

Supplies ....... 

Freight, travelling expenses, telegrams 

Insurance ...... 

Outside work ....... 

To Special Appropriation: ~ 

Central Library Building Fireproofing, improvements, etc. 
To Amount Paid into City Treasury: 

Fines ....... 

Sales of catalogues, bulletins and lists 

Commission on telephone stations .... 

Payments for lost books ...... 

Interest on bank deposit ...... 

Refund ....... 

Sales of waste paper ...... 

































1 5,553.97 

Carried forward 

22,288.4 1 



Brought forxvard 
By Balances Brought Forward from 1 
Trust funds income, City Treasury . 
Trust funds income on deposit in London 
City appropriation on deposit in London 
James L. Whitney Bibliographic account 





Carued formard 




Brought foriuard 


To Balance, December 31, 1928: 

Trust funds income on deposit in London . 

. $ 5,064.76 

City appropriation on deposit in London . 


Trust funds income. City Treasury . 


James L. Whitney Bibliographic account . 


Interest on deposit in London . . . . 



To Balance Unexpended: 

General appropriation . . . . . 


Central Library Building, Fireproofing, 

Improvements, etc. . . . . 

98.661 .76 





Drought forward 
By Receipts: 

From Fines ..... 

Sales of catalogues, bulletins and lists 

Commission on telephone stations . 

Payments for lost books . 

Interest on bank deposit . 

Refund .... 

Sales of waste paper 


$ 19.461.61 










To THE Trustees of the Public Library 
OF THE City of Boston. 

Gentlemen : 

The Examining Committee takes pleasure in submitting its 
report for the year 1928. 

The twenty-five members of the Committee appointed for the 
year 1928 were divided into six sub-committees, each charged 
with the duty of reporting upon a separate aspect of the Library 
and its work, while the branches were allotted to a committee of 
the whole, each branch being assigned for consideration to desig- 
nated members of the committee. The Examining Committee 
has accepted the reports of its sub-committees substantially as 
made and commends their recommendations to the Trustees. 

administration and finance 

The Committee is glad to report that the work recommended 
by last year's Committee has in the main been completed, and 
that for the most part the repairs and alterations needed for the 
coming year have been approved by the city authorities. 

The Committee is impressed by the low level of the salaries 
paid by the Library, as a result of which it is very difficult for the 
Director to get satisfactory individuals to fill important vacancies. 
Unless salaries are so increased as to make it possible to secure 
competent assistants, the service of the Library is bound to de- 

The sum available for the purchase of books is quite inade- 
quate to meet the steadily increasing demands made on the 
Library, both at the Central building and at the branches. The 
Committee is informed that on account of the insufficient supply 
of books in current demand, four out of five applications for these 
books have to be refused. 


It is gratifying to report tliat the Budget Commissioner of the 
City of Boston has approved an addition of $15,000 to the Li- 
brary appropriation for the purchase of books for the new busi- 
ness branch on City Hall Avenue. 


Central Lihnuv. Practically all the facilities of the Central 
Library building are now being taxed to their full capacity. 1 he 
appreciation and use of the Library by all the citizens of Boston 
lays upon the city a special responsibility for the proper main- 
tenance of this beautiful structure which is a source of such pride 
to Boston. 

During the year 1928, the following major works of renova- 
tion were completed. 

1 . A new electrical wiring system was installed, with a 
switchboard of modern type. 

2. The stacks were provided with greatly improved lighting 

3. Portions of the condensation roof were renewed. 

4. The ridge cresting of the roof was replaced. 

5. The old Manuscript Room adjacent to the Lecture Hall 
was remodeled, providing a modern projection room for slides 
and moving pictures and a new work room for the Children's 

Such fine progress has been made in the repair and renovation 
of the building that the Committee is encouraged to recommend 
the following improvements and replacements as a means of 
keeping the building in good condition and increasing the useful- 
ness of the institution. The Committee recommends that these 
be carried out as soon as possible. 

1 . New floors should be laid in the Newspaper Room, 
Periodical Room, elevator lobby, south corridor to Court, Blag- 
den Street lobby. Bates Hall and the Exhibition Room. In all 
these rooms the floors are quite badly out of repair. 

2. The service stairs on the Blagden Street side of the build- 
ing are in dangerous condition from excessive wear and should be 
replaced or repaired at once. 

3. The illumination of the mam stairway and the stairs to 
Sargent Hall is inadequate and we earnestly recommend the in- 


stallation of new lighting fixtures befitting the dignity of the 
staircase hall and in harmony with its decorations. The stair- 
case to Sargent Hall should be lighted both from the arch which 
spans the lower flight and from the doorway to the balcony over- 
looking Bates Hall. At present this stairway is both gloomy 
and unsafe. 

4. The Tube Room of the Issue Department should be 
renovated so as to bring it into harmony with the adjoining De- 
livery Room. In spite of the service equipment which it contains, 
it is, we believe, possible to make it much more attractive. 

5. The Court which adds so much to the beauty of the build- 
ing should receive greater care. The fountain basin should be 
kept in better repair, and trees or other decorations should be in- 
stalled in the arcade in order to make this Court more comparable 
to similar courts in European buildings. 

6. The wooden cabinets and lockers in the dressing rooms 
should be replaced with metal equipment as a precaution against 

7. The renovation of the roof begun in 1 928 should be con- 
tinued until the entire roof is in first-class condition. 

8. The granite platform in front of the building must be 
renovated, if not completely rebuilt, at once. We understand 
that this work cannot be done until the supporting walls and 
vaulting below have been thoroughly inspected. Attention 
should be given to this matter without further delay, as the con- 
dition of the platform may be dangerous. 

Branches. We are glad to note that the branch quarters 
throughout the city are in process of steady improvement. The 
plumbing of the Brighton Branch has been renovated and the 
roof has been repaired. At the North End Branch exterior 
stone work has been repointed and exterior wood work painted ; 
the roof has also been renovated. The roofs of the West End 
and Hyde Park branches have been repaired and the electric 
wiring system at the West End has been renovated. Illuminated 
signs have been installed at thirteen of the branch libraries and 
much work has been done on the grounds surrounding the library 


The protest of last year's Committee against the housing of 
branch Hbraries in stores and other business buildmgs is repealed. 
We feel that so far as possible branch libraries should have 
buildings devoted exclusively to library purposes. If this is not 
possible, they should at least have quarters with independent 
entrances in school houses or other public buildings. 

The Committee recommends an appropriation of $40,000 for 
repairs at branch libraries in the current year. Only $10,000, a 
very inadequate sum, has thus far been allowed. The matter 
should again be brought to the attention of the Budget Com- 
missioner and an effort made for an increased appropriation for 
this very necessary work. 


Excellent progress is being made in the work of the Division 
of Fine Arts in the classification and cataloguing of pictures ex- 
emplifying the various schools of painting. 

The Committee urges greater attention to the bindings of 
books in the Barton-Ticknor and Brown Music Libraries. In 
many instances valuable bindings are cracking and otherwise 
show the need of more care in handling and preservation. We 
recommend the appointment of a special committee to investigate 
methods of caring for fine bindings and the adoption of all pos- 
sible means for the effective preservation of the Library's rare 


The Bindery appears to be well equipped and efficient and to 
be turning out satisfactory work. We recommend the employ- 
ment of a capable proof reader as a necessary step toward the 
greater efficiency of the Printing Department. 


The Committee is heartily in sympathy with the suggestions 
contained in a letter from Mr. George R. Nutter to the effect 
that in conference with the cit}' authorities a comprehensive plan 
of branch library development, covering a number of years, 
should be worked up with a view to improved housing and a 
more adequate equipment of books for the branches. 


In visiting the branch libraries, the Committee has sought to 
observe both the physical condition of the branches and the ef- 
fectiveness of their v^ork. On the whole, the branch libraries 
appear to be kept as neatly and attractively as conditions allov/. 
The librarians are courteous and show a spirit of enthusiasm and 
interest in their work. The Committee is pleased to note that 
local conditions are being carefully studied to the end of a more 
intelligent service to the public. 

Several branches require more room, but the most urgent need 
is for more books. Some improvement can be made in the il- 
lumination and ventilation. It is quite clear that branch libraries 
are most effective when housed in buildings used exclusively for 
library purposes; a separate building for each branch library is 
an ideal to be earnestly sought. 

Comments on the needs of the separate branches, arranged in 
alphabetical order, are given below ; these are based on the obser- 
vations of visiting members of the Committee. We wish to em- 
phasize the special needs of the Allston, Mt. Bowdoin, Orient 
Heights, and Parker Hill branches, where the facilities are very 
inadequate and the work is being conducted under serious diffi- 

Boyhlon Station. A proper rest room for the staff is needed 
and the heating facilities should be improved. A better build- 
ing should be provided for this branch in the near future. 

Brighton. More room is needed for both children and adults. 
The interior should be repainted in lighter color and a new floor 
covering should be laid. Immediate attention should be given to 
this branch in order to keep up with the needs of the district. 

Codman Square. A separate children's room should be pro- 
vided here, as the crowding of the building with children is at 
present keeping adults away. The reading tables need repair. 

Faneuil. More room is needed here with larger accommoda- 
tions for adults. The interior is dark and somewhat gloomy. 

H^de Park, '^^is library appears to be well equipped, ex- 
cept for magazine racks and grills for the better protection of 
certain books. 

Lower Mills. More room could be used here. 


Maliapan. This branch is very crowded and needs both 
more room and better ventilation. 

Memorial. The approach to this hbrary up the long stone 
steps might be made easier and safer for elderly people if hand 
rails were provided. Fuller use might well be made of the 
ground floor for lectures or other library purposes. 

Mount Borvdoin. This branch is desperately in need of 
more space and should be among the first to receive attention. 
A proper rest room for the staff should be provided. 

Mount Pleasant. This branch needs more room with larger 
stack space for books. A suitable rest room should also be 
provided here. 

Orient Heights. 7 he location of this branch should be 
changed as soon as possible. At present it is in a rented building 
said to be infested with rats. Above the library is a hall used for 
entertainments which often disturb readers in the library. A new 
building should be erected in this section, which is growing 

Parser Hill. The use of this branch is growing rapidly and 
its facilities are madequate. It needs better ventilation and 
other repairs at once. 

Roslindale. This branch is located directly under a noisy 
gymnasium, the use of which seriously interferes with library 
work. More room is needed and might be found in the hall of 
the adjacent municipal building. The rest room should be im- 

Roxbur]; Crossing. More tables and chairs should be pro- 
vided for children at this branch. 

Tyler Street. The quarters of the library should be remodel- 
ed for more satisfactory service ; this could be done without great 

West Roxbury. This attractive branch needs more stack 
room and better arrangements for lighting. 

More room could also well be used at Andrew Square, 
Jamaica Plain, and South Boston. 

Adopted as the Report of the Examining Committee, March 
25. 1929. 


To THE Board of Trustees : 

I respectfully submit my annual report for the year ending 
December 31. 1928. 

In the pages which follow, as in every year, a detailed account 
is given of the activities of the various departments of the Library. 
Figures are quoted throughout and speak for themselves. Libra- 
rians are often thought to lay too great emphasis upon statistics. 
It is true that they, as well as the general public, are impressed by 
numbers; but however apt this criticism may be in other fields, 
in marking library progress, as in all matters of education, figures 
are of moment. The larger the number of persons benefitted by 
an institution like the Boston Public Library, the better both 
for the people and for the institution. Figures are certainly not 
everything. But when figures stand for human understanding, 
they are immensely important. The year 1928 was a year of 
healthy expansion. The number of books added to the Library, 
the number of books lent by the Library, the number of readers 
using the Library for borrowing and for reference all show a 
satisfying increase. 

On the last day of the year there were 1 48,67 1 card-holders, 
7,270 more than a year before; 96,1 63 volumes had been added 
to the collections, making now a total of 1 ,442,802 volumes in 
the library system. The number of books taken out for home 
use was 3,899,286, a gain of 193,629 over 1927. And there 
has been busy lile in all the reading and study rooms where un- 
counted people have consulted uncounted volumes taken from 
both closed bookstacks and from the open shelves. 

In spite of the somewhat slow growth of the city's population, 
the home circulation of books has nearly doubled in the past ten 
years. Particularly noticeable has been the gain in the last 
three years : an average of over 289,000 volumes each year. Un- 


questionably this gain has been due mainly to the increase of the 
annual city appropriation for the purchase of books, which, 
during these three years, amounted to $125,000 as against 
$100,000 in 1925 and $60,000 in 1920-21. This sum is still 
far from adequate to provide the required number of copies of 
good current books. Generally speaking, it is still true that three 
times out of four a borrower is unable to secure the desired 
volume at the Central Library or at any of its branches, not be- 
cause the Library does not possess the book but because its ap- 
propriation does not allow it to buy enough copies to meet the 
reasonable number of requests. In many cases the Library owns 
but a single copy of a worth-while book and consequently many 
people must often be disappointed. - With a few copies only of 
a best-seller the library cannot satisfy at one and the same time 
a score of requests. On the other hand it is obvious that the line 
must be drawn somewhere on books in passing popular demand. 
One may question, indeed, whether the public has any right to 
expect to find at its disposal every best-seller for which there 
happens to be a rush at the moment and which is quite forgotten 
six months or a year later. What is really regrettable is that the 
Library cannot meet the reasonable and legitimate demand for 
books of proven value. The cost of worth-while books is con- 
stantly increasing. It is of significance to note that Cleveland, 
a city whose population is comparable to that of Boston, has a 
book appropriation exactly twice that of the Boston institution. 
TTie increase in the book appropriation in the last three years, 
however, has made it possible to keep somewhat more nearly 
abreast of the demands of the public, especially in the branch 
libraries, which, in earlier years, were wholly unable to cope 
with the needs of the resident card-holders. 

With all recognition of the helpful service freely given to the 
countless everyday users of the Library, it must not be forgotten 
that this Boston institution holds a peculiar position among the 
public libraries of America. It should be the aim of the City and 
its citizens to maintain its standing as one of the three great, 
scholarly, free public libraries of the country. This cannot be 
done without an adequate income devoted to this purpose. The 
amount annuallv available from the present trust funds of the 


Library is still below $30,000, so that the problem of keeping 
our collections up to the old standard is becoming an increasingly 
serious one. On that meagre income, aided by occasional per- 
sonal donations of rare books, the Library depends almost wholly 
for the yearly additions to its notable scholarly collections. The 
city book appropriations must be expended for the more popular 
books and in the interest of the average reader, rather than for 
the scholar and research worker. 

The Library needs generous friends who are willing to con- 
tribute to the maintenance and development of its unique col- 
lections. At present the university libraries seem almost to 
monopolize the attention of such benefactors. Yet no assurance 
is needed here that the book treasures which could be bought 
from the income of larger benefactions would be entirely in their 
proper place in this Library. The Boston Public Library, should 
in ever increasing measure be able to fulfil, for persons other 
than students and professors, a public service not within the scope 
of private institutions of learning. 

The great need for the proper protection of the valuable pos- 
sessions of the Library is soon to be satisfied. Lender a special 
appropriation of $250,000, work is now in progress on the re- 
construction of the northern portion of the third floor, where 
these collections have been located. The Music Room is to be 
transformed into a Treasure Room where thousands of the Libra- 
ry's choicest treasures will be protected and where some of them 
may be constantly exhibited under ideal conditions. The present 
Barton-Ticknor Room is to become the Music Room, in which, 
for the first time, all the music material in the Library will be 
brought together and made easily accessible to both students and 
the general public. The Barton-Ticknor Division is to be moved 
into the North Gallery, so remodelled as to accomodate a 
larger number of books than in the past. In all of these rooms 
the shelving will be of steel construction. It is, perhaps, not too 
much to hope that this more adequate protection and enlarged 
possibility of usefulness will in itself attract the attention of pros- 
pective benefactors. 

Much has been accomplished during the year toward "putting 
our house in order." In the Central Library and at the branches 


various important repairs have been made, which are mentioned 
in detail in their proper connection in this report. The Central 
Library is now, on the whole, in a fairly satisfactory condition. 
Unfortunately, this cannot be said of at least ten of the branches. 
At Andrew Square, Codman Square, Jeffries Point, Mattapan, 
Mount Bowdoin, Neponset, Orient Heights, Parker Hill, Ros- 
lindale and South Boston the space available is far too small for 
the work which is being carried on. Important improvements 
have been made during the year at two branches. At Boylston 
Station a well-equipped Children's Room has been added, and 
at City Point a room has been equipped for the use of adults. 

The Library has been doing its modest share in the field of 
Adfilt Education. Special mention should be made of the ser- 
vice of the Readers' Adviser, which was started on February 20 
last. Judging from the large number of persons who have sought 
the help of this office and who have followed up the courses pre- 
scribed, a healthy growth of this service may be anticipated. The 
use of the Lecture Hall by the Library and outside organizations 
shows a steady increase. A notable feature of the season was 
the large number of concerts. For the first time it has been 
feasible to devote every Sunday evening to some sort of musical 
program, and only on exceptional occasions has it been possible 
to seat all those who have desired to attend the concerts. The 
free Chamber Music Concerts presented by the Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge Foundation, administered by the Library of 
Congress, have received a particularly hearty response. The 
Library Lecture Course has an honored place among the educa- 
tional opportunities of Boston, and it is gratifying to note the 
willingness of lecturers to contribute to the success of the course. 
The people of Boston owe a real debt to the long line of able 
and distinguished speakers and musicians who have given in- 
struction and delight to the Library audiences without any 
financial recompense, 

The total number of volumes added to the library collections 
in 1928 was 96,163, acquired as follows: 77,433 by purchase, 
14 43] by gift, 101 by exchange, 2,034 by binding of periodi- 


cals, 2,002 by binding of serials and 162 by binding of news- 
papers. Material other than books : lantern slides, photographs, 
prints, phonograph records, etc. amounted to 13,140 pieces, of 
which 5,033 were by purchase and 8,107 by gift. The total 
number of volumes and pieces accessioned thus amounted to 

Of the 77,433 purchased volumes 13,827 were placed in the 
Central Library and 63,606 in the branch libraries and in the 
Deposit Collection at the Central Library which serves as a 
reservoir for the branches. Of the 14,431 gift books 12,825 
were placed in the Central Library. Here were placed also all 
the bound volumes of the serials, newspapers and, with few ex- 
ceptions, of the periodicals. In all, of the 96,143 volumes* ac- 
quired during the year, 30,930 were placed in the Central Libra- 
ry and 65,233 in the branches. 

The total sum expended for purchase of books was 
$154,436.42, of which $126,303.03 was taken from city ap- 
propriations and $28, 1 33.39 from the income of trust funds. The 
corresponding amount for the preceding year was $1 54,841.06, 
including $27,413.40 paid from the trust funds income. 

The city appropriation for books was the same as in the last 
two years, namely, $125,000. All but two cents of this was 
spent. The fact that, as shown by the balance sheet, the ex- 
penditures from city funds exceeded the appropriation by 
$1,303.03 is accounted for by the expenditure in England of 
sums from previous appropriations that were on deposit there. 

Of the $126,303.03 spent from the city appropriations, 
$30,155.97 was for the Central Library and $96,147.06 for 
the branches. It may be of interest to note how these funds were 
used. In the Central Library: $22,51 7.01 was paid for 10,526 
volumes, $7,141.06 for 1,479 periodicals, $488.51 for 278 
newspapers, and the remaining $9.39 for photographs and mis- 
cellaneous articles. In the branch libraries: $91,572.50 was 
paid for 62,565 books, $3,821 .70 for 1 .738 periodicals, $748.61 
for newspapers, and the remaining $4.25 for photographs. 

Of the $28,133.39 spent from trust funds income, $27,213 
was for the Central Library and $920.39 for the branches. In 
the Central Library 3,301 books, 398 music scores, 4,403 Ian- 


tern slides, 277 photographs and other miscellaneous items were 

bought, and 248 newspapers were subscribed to from this sum. 

In the branches the whole amount was expended for the pur- 
chase of 1,041 volumes. 

These figures sho\v how much material was acquired, but do 

not show how much more that was legitimately requested could 

not be bought. The old complaint that the income of the trust 

funds is not sufficient to maintain the scholarly and reference 

collections of the Library is increasingly felt. 

The following titles represent a brief selection of the items 

bought mainly from the income of the trust funds: 

Bedford. England . . . The church book of Bunyan Meeting. 1 650-1 82 1 . 
Being a reproduction in facsimile of the original folio . . . with an 
introduction by G. B. Harrison, London. J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. 

Book, The, of popular science . . . edited by a group of distinguished 
scientists, N. Y. The Grolier Society. (1928.) 16 v. 

Browne. Sir Thomas . . . Religio medici. Engraved title-page by Wil- 
liam Marshall. [London.]. Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1642. 
First issue of the first unauthorized edition. In the same binding is 
Observations upon Religio medici, by Sir Kemel M. Digby, 1643. 

Childrey, Joshua . . . Syzygiasticon instauratum. Or, an ephemeris of the 
places and aspects of the planets, as they respect the as center of 
their orbes, calculated for the year of the Incarnation of God, I 653 
.... London. Printed by T. Mabb. 1653. 

Collection of 197 numbers or groups of 17th, 18th, and 19th century 
chap books. 

Conklin, Edwin P., and others . . . Middlesex County and its people: a 
history. N. Y. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc. 1927. 5 v. 

Dictionary of American Biography . . . Edited by Allen Johnson, N. Y. 
Scribners. 1928. To be in 20 vols. Vol. I. (Two sets: one for 
Central and one for Memorial Branch.) 

Jones, Herschel V. . . . Adventures in Americana, 1492—1897 . . . 
Being a selection of books from the library of Herschel V. Jones 
. . . with a preface by Wilberforce Eames. New York. Rudge. 
1928. 2 V. No. 52 of an edition of 200 copies. 

Orderly Book of Company No. 6, Second Regiment, Legionary Brigade, 
First Division, Massachusetts militia, commanded by Jonathan Whit- 
ney Capt. Manuscript orderly book with entries 1809—1816 in- 
cluding the entire period of the War of 1812. 

Schubert, Franz. . . . Der Geistertanz. Original manuscript (One leaf) 
of the first thirty measures of the song. Signed by the composer with 
the date October 14. 1814. 


Sylvester, Charles H., Editor . . . The writings of mankind. Selections 
from the writings of all ages, with extensive historical notes, com- 
ment and criticism. Chicago. Bellows-Reeve Co. [1924.]. 20 v. 
W., B. . . . The young secretary's guide: or, a speedy help to learning. 
Boston. Printed by B. Green for Nicholas Buttolph. 1 708. (The 
only known copy of this edition of an interesting early Boston im- 
print. The library has also the edition of 1707.) 
Many of tlie fine arts books, printed in large folio or quarto 
form and lavishly illustrated, are particularly expensive. As ex- 
amples, the following items may be quoted: 

La Faille, J. B. de L'oeuvre de Vincent van Gogh. Catalogue 

raisonne. Paris. Van Oest. 1928. 4 v. 
Nutting, Wallace. . . . Furniture treasury (mostly of American origin). 
All periods of American furniture with some foreign examples in 
America, also American hardware and household utensils. Fram- 
ingham, Mass. Old America Company. (1928.) 2 v. 
Ratta, Cesare. . . . L'arte del libro e della rivista jnei paesi d' Europa 

d* America. Bologna. Cesare Ratta. 1927.]. 2 v. 
Sonn, Albert H. . . . Early American wrought iron. N. Y. Scribners. 
1928. 3v. 
Three gifts of funds were received by the Library during the 
year. From the executors of the estate of Mr. Alfred Hemen- 
way, late of Boston, $5000, and from the executor of the estate 
of Mr. Gardener O. North, late of Boston, $2000 were received. 
Both these bequests were funded with the provision that the in- 
come be expended for the purchase of books and other library 
material until otherwise ordered by the Trustees. Mr. Louis E. 
Kirstein made his usual donation of $1000, to be added to the 
"Louis E. Kirstein Fund." 

Hon. Alvan T. Fuller presented a copy in bronze of the 
Declaration of Independence. The gift has been accepted by 
the Trustees and the tablet permanently located, with the ap- 
proval of the Art Commission, at the bottom of the stairway 
which leads to Sargent Gallery. 

The more important gifts have been listed monthly in the 
Library's bulletin "More Books". A selected list of these may 
be found on pp. 79-82 of the Appendix. 

The business of the Ordering Department requires much 
routine work. During the year 4,298 bills were entered, 31 ,598 
periodical numbers were recorded and 3,125 engraved gift ac- 


knowledgments were mailed. Further, 3,922 books were re- 
ceived on approval and 16,837 titles were examined. 

Miss Tlieodosia Endicott Macurdy, for over thirty years Chief 
of the Ordering Department, retired voluntarily, under the Bos- 
ton Retirement Act, on February 29, 1928. Mr. Louis Felix 
Ranlett, formerly librarian of the Millicent Library at Fair- 
haven. Mass., was appointed to take her place. 


During 1928 the number of volumes and parts of volumes 
catalogued was 108,472, covering 78,167 titles. Of these, 
49,754 volumes (25,721 titles) were taken care of in the Cata- 
logue Department, and 58,718 volumes (52,446 titles) were 
assigned to the branch libraries and catalogued in the Central 
Branch Department. 

Of the books catalogued in the Catalogue Department 27,544 
volumes and parts ( 1 7,552 titles) were new to the Central 
Library; the number of serials added was 6,827; and 15,383 
volumes and parts (8,169 titles) were recatalogued — thus 
making the total quoted above. 

The number of printed cards added to the catalogues of the 
Central Library alone was 92,200, distributed as follows: 36,380 
cards were filed in Bates Hall Catalogue, 38,237 in the Official 
Catalogue and 1 7,583 in the Special Libraries Department. In 
addition, 42,937 new printed cards were used for compiling 
bibliographies or, for the larger part, set aside for such use in the 
future; from this number, cards were also sent, as usual, to the 
Harvard College Library and the Library of Congress. The 
total of new printed cards, thus, was 135,137 — a gain of 
69, 720 over last year. 

In order to hasten the appearance of new books in the cata- 
logues, 1 7,049 temporary cards have been typed and filed by 
the Card Division to be replaced later by printed cards. As a 
result of this practice, titles of recent accessions have been in 
the catalogues as soon as the books have been placed on the 

For the use of the Editor in making up the List of New Books 
in "More Books" — 5,437 cards have been typed. To replace 


old cards the Division typed and filed, besides, 4,0] 3 other cards. 
Corrections were made and new editions were indicated on 
37,742 cards, a larger number than has ever been done before. 
In addition, thousands of cards have been stamped to indicate 
two or more copies, or removal to the Harvard Business Branch, 
while thousands of other cards have been removed for books that 
are lost, missing or condemned. 

The Shelf Division has done much moving and temporary 
adjusting of shelves during past year. The books and 
cabinets in the North and West Galleries have been moved 
and readjusted. The shelves of Stack 6 Annex have been closed 
to secure place for the collections of the North (Barton) Gal- 
lery. Part of Annex 4 has been rearranged. The Duplicate 
Room has been partly cleared, and the duplicate city documents 
and directories sorted and shelved. 

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of requests 
for photostats of books, plates, maps or manuscripts in the 
Library. Most of the work was done by the Boston Photocopy 
Print Company; occasionally also at Harvard, the Massachu- 
setts Department of Archives, or the Massachusetts Historical 
Society. The amount charged during the year was about 
$],200, for photostats of about 3,100 pages and 325 plates and 
maps. It would be a great saving of time — and it would be 
much safer for the books and manuscripts — if an outfit could be 
installed in the Library. A part-time operator could take care 
of all the requests. 


On January 1, 1928, there were 141,401 "live" cards in the 
hands of citizens of Boston, entitling them to borrow library 
books for home use. Through the Central Library and its 3 1 
branches, 31 ,047 new registrations have been added and 45,937 
renewals made, giving a total of 76,984 cards added during the 
year. On the other hand, 69,714 borrowers have allowed their 
home-use privilege to lapse. Thus, the total number of "live" 
cards on December 31, 1928, was 148,671 — a gain of 7,270 
over last year. The gain in the number of card-holders the year 
previous was 5,956. 


It is of interest to note that of 148,671 card-holders, 
44.939 registered through the Central Library, and 103,712 
through the branches. Other figures show the proportion of men 
and women. In 1928 there were 67,549 male card-holders (of 
these, 33,591 were under sixteen years of age) and 81,122 
female card-holders (36,924 under sixteen). The number of 
adult card-holders exceeds that of the juveniles, being 78,156 as 
against 70,515. 

Prior to January 1, 1928, 10,581 cards had been issued to 
teachers. Of this number, 1 ,642 have been renewed and 405 
others issued during the year, making a total of 2,047 teachers' 
cards in use. Of the 4,008 special privilege cards issued prior to 
January 1, 1928, there have been 394 renewals: in addition, 
333 new cards have been issued, which makes the number of 
special privilege cards in use 727. 


The number of books issued last year for home use from the 
Central Library direct to readers was 347,958. Through the 
branches 95,469 more books were issued to readers, and 235,407 
to schools and other institutions. With these the circulation of 
books from the Central Library would reach the figure of 
678,834. However, the books issued through the branches, with 
the exception of 17,1 49 volumes, were taken from the Deposit 
Collection; thus these items are accounted for in the report of 
the branches. 

The circulation has shown a slight increase; it exceeded by 
1 ,868 that of the preceding year. The average daily circulation 
— not including the books which went through the branches — 
was 983. The largest circulation on a single day, on February 
23, was 1,686. The number of works of fiction was 168,126; 
that of other books, 1 79,832. 

Many people have the habit of retaining the books after they 
are due. To recover these books, 42,822 mail notices and 4,486 
messenger notices were sent out. The fines collected for these 
delays amounted to $4,664.3 1 , and 658 volumes remained un- 
recovered. For 140 lost and 35 damaged books $316.80 was 
paid to the Library. 


The number of missing books (from the general collection, 
Bates Hall, Special Libraries, Children's Room, Open Shelves, 
Fiction) was 6,066. During the year 1 ,651 volumes reported as 
missing w^ere found. 997 special requests were made to locate 
certain books for unsuccessful applicants. In 327 cases the books 
were delivered; in 259 they were reserved but not called for; 
in 96 the call numbers were wrong or the book was charged out, 
placed in other departments, etc. ; and finally in 3 1 5 cases there 
were no definite records. 

This department handles also the articles lost and found in the 
building. 1 ,295 articles were found, of which 526 were re- 
turned to the owners, 690 destroyed and the others carried over. 
The sum of $312.16 found in the Library was returned to the 
owners, and $10.51 to the finders. 

The open shelves for recent fiction in the north-east corner of 
the Delivery Room have been used by many people. Handi- 
capped as the Library is by the limitation of space, it would be 
• desirable to transfer these shelves to the Open Shelf Room where 
the new non-fiction books are located. 


The total circulation in the evening hours and Sundays at the 
Central Library amounted to 34,957, of which 9,549 were 
charged from the Children's Room. This figure was included 
in the general home circulation from the Central Library. 

The largest home-use circulation on Sunday occurred on 
December 2, when 1 ,066 books were taken out; and the largest 
Sunday attendance in Bates Hall was on February 26, when, 
at five o'clock in the afternoon, 293 persons were present. 


The attendance in Bates Hall has shown a steady mcrease. 
The number of books sent to Bates Hall from the stacks was 
266,968, a gain of 6,345 over the preceding year. During the 
academic season the hall is usually crowded. The maximum 
attendance was on January 7, at four o'clock in the afternoon, 
when 358 readers were recorded. (Many of those present must 


have been standing or consulting the catalogues, since the seating 
capacity of the Hall is only 310.) During the summer the 
situation is different : for August the maximum daily attendance 
was 81. It is interesting to note that in January, with the con- 
stantly large attendance, 26,962 books were sent to the hall from 
the stacks, while in August, with the constantly low attendance, 
15,329. In other words, in January about four times as many 
people used the Hall as in August, and yet the number of stack 
books sent to them was less than twice the number used in August. 
These figures seem to bear out the observation that many of the 
students from the neighbouring colleges and institutions are oc- 
cupying the hall as a study room without using library books. 
Furthermore, these students are often far from quiet so that it 
may be necessary in the future to consider steps for guarding the 
interests of the legitimate readers. 

The Reference Collection is under constant revision. During 
the year 365 volumes were added, 200 were returned to the 
stacks as out of date, 236 were transferred to new locations and 
40 were removed through condemnation or on account of the 
difficulty of replacement. 135 current annuals or "continu- 
ations" replaced earlier editions. Among the important new 
tools which became available during the year should be men- 
tioned the two publications of the H. W. Wilson Co, "The New 
United States Catalogue of Books in print January I, 1928," 
and the "Union List of Serials in the Libraries of the United 
States and Canada," both of them monumental examples of 
bibliographical labor, which add greatly to the efficiency of 
every library in which they are used. The appearance of the 
first volume of the "New Dictionary of American Biography" 
is also an event of importance to the reference work of American 

During the year 254 books disappeared from the shelves; 
this figure, which is one hundred larger than that of last year is 
accounted for by the fact that in 1 927 no inventory was made of 
a number of ranges on which rearrangement was in process. The 
average for the two years shows a loss distinctly belov/ the aver- 
age of the last ten years. As a partial offset to the losses, 35 
volumes missing in previous years reappeared during the year. 


In the Bates Hall Card Catalogue complete entries have been 
made for every book now on the shelves of the hall. 

TTie work of the Reference Department in general presents 
few novelties. The ebb and flow of readers is constant and the 
answering of questions goes on with little intermission. The use 
of the telephone is increasing and it is clear that a telephone booth 
must soon be installed at the Catalogue end of the hall to avoid 
annoyance to readers. The correspondence was maintained at 
about the same figures as last year. On genealogical subjects, 
235 and on general subjects, 572 inquiries were answered by mail. 
These inquiries were received from widely scattered sources with 
Massachusetts leading and New York second. It is noteworthy 
that in the field on genealogy 37 inquiries came from New York, 
almost twice as many as those from Massachusetts, a discrep- 
ancy undoubtedly due to the fact that most genealogical students 
from Massachusetts were able to visit the Library or made use of 
the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 
Requests for information were received from six foreign coun- 
tries and from a number of the provinces of Canada. It is in- 
teresting to note that many urgent calls for information are re- 
ceived at this Library from writers in cities well equipped with 
library facilities, a tribute to the wide prestige of the Boston 
Public Library. 

The demand for the various numbers of the "Reading with 
a Purpose" series still goes on. During the year 2,766 copies 
were sold, in addition to 1 4,049 copies sold since August 1 925 
when the series was started. The Library has also given assis- 
tance in the preparation of the 96-page list of "Better Books for 
Christmas" issued by the Board of Trade of Boston Book Mer- 
chants, and has distributed some 15,000 copies of this attractive 
pamphlet, which is proving to be a valuable means of raising the 
standard of the books purchased by the people of Boston. The 
list is to be continued as a quarterly publication, in which the 
Library will cooperate. 

The equipment of Bates Hall has been improved by the re- 
novation of the table lights and the installation of stronger lamps. 
An additional table has been placed in the enclosure at the north 


end of the Hall and the capacity ol the Card Catalogue has been 
increased by three large cases of drawers. 

The service of books to readers in the Hall will be far more 
satisfactory when — as we hope, next year — the present pneu- 
matic tubes will be replaced by new ones, less subject to accidents 
with the resulting delays. 


"More Books." the Bulletin of the Library, has completed its 
third year. The publication has been conducted along the same 
lines as before, and has now an established position with our 
public as well as in the library world of America. "More Books" 
IS neither a strictly bibliographical nor a deliberately popular 
journal; it attempts to combine both of these qualities, expressive 
of the distinctive character of the Boston Public Library itself. 

Nine issues of the Bulletin were published last year as against 
seven in 1927 and six in 1926. The purpose is to publish ten 
issues every year: nine monthly numbers during the season and 
one quarterly for the summer. It is hoped that next year this 
schedule may be kept without the necessity of issuing any double 
number. In all, the Bulletin comprised last year 420 pages, six- 
ty pages more than the previous year. Of each issue there are 
printed 4,500 copies, of which about 750 are sent by mail to 
other libraries, newspapers and subscribers, the rest being dis- 
tributed at the Central Library and at the branches. 

The leading article of "More Books" is usually an essay of 
six or seven thousand words, written on the book treasures of the 
Library or on some topic of library interest. Thus, the March 
issue contained an article on medieval manuscripts, together with 
a descriptive catalogue of such manuscripts in the Library. 
Through the permission of the Director, this article was reprinted 
in full in the July issue of "1 he Catholic Historical Review." 
In the April issue about a dozen English tracts of the Civil War 
and the Commonv/ealth, newly acquired by the Library, were 
described, in the October, a detailed historical and bibliogra- 
phical account was given of a number of rare astronomical works, 
recently bought for the Bowditch Collection. In November, in 
connection with an exhibit at the Library, an article was pub- 


lished about children's books, illustrative of their development 
from horn-book and battle-dore to the finely printed and deco- 
rated modern children's books. The controversy about the 
"finds" at Glozel was described and analysed in February, call- 
ing attention to the Library's unusually rich source materials on 
archaeological subjects. This article was commented upon at 
length in the issue for April 1 of the "Mercure de France," of 
Paris. The year 1 928 was a year of anniversaries ; commemo- 
rative articles were published on Albrecht Diirer, Oliver Gold- 
smith and John Bunyan, discussing also the books that appeared 
for the occasion of these anniversaries or describing the rare 
editions of the works of these men in the Library. In the May 
issue was printed the Director's address "Library Service in an 
Understanding World," delivered at the Annual Conference of 
the American Library Association at West Baden, Indiana, May 
30. Most of these articles were illustrated by facsimiles; in all 
thirteen reproductions appeared during the year. 

Each issue of the Bulletin carries a classified list of the books 
recently acquired by the Library, with descriptive notes added to 
a large number of the items. The rare books, fine editions and 
other important new acquisitions as well as books of local in- 
terest are discussed in special notes. A regular feature of the 
publication is "Ten Books," in which ten of the outstanding new 
books, ranging from art and literature to sociology and science 
are reviewed in an informative rather than critical manner. 
"Reading the Magazines," with short paragraphs about the cur- 
rent issues of the leading American and foreign periodicals, also 
gives a sense of timeliness to the Bulletin. The articles and notes, 
in all, occupied 191 printed pages out of the total of 420. 

Three numbers have been added during the year to the series 
"Brief Reading Lists." No. 30 was entitled "Costumes"; No. 
37 was a list on "Unemployment"; and No. 36 contained a list 
of books on "Redemption," Tolstoy's play performed in Decem- 
ber at the Boston Opera House. "Presidential Elections," No. 
I 7 of the series, was reissued with substantial revisions. 

Bibliographical lists have been printed, as in former years, for 
the lectures on the programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra 
as well as for the free concerts given in the Lecture Hall of the 


Library, prominent among which were the Chamber Music Con- 
certs presented under the auspices of the Library of Congress, 
Ehzabeth Sprague CooHdge Foundation. 

The Library pamphlet "Opportunities for Adult Education 
in Greater Boston," a list of free public lectures and public edu- 
cational courses, was again published for 1928—29. Brief ac- 
counts of forums and museums in and around Boston have been 
added to the pamphlet which comprised this year 1 1 8 pages. 


Three different branches of service are united here under one 
heading, the three being located in adjoining rooms. 

The Information Office continues its double function: To 
tourists, strangers and other vi.sitors it gives information about the 
Library's many departments and services; besides, by ready- 
reference files of Telephone and Business Directories, Chamber 
of Commerce Reports and other business and vocational publi- 
cations it satisfies the needs of regular patrons. The Information 
Booth that has been installed in the Entrance Hall, and to which 
the visitor naturally turns with his inquiries, relieves the Office 
from answering many of the simpler questions about the Library. 

As the charging desk has been put into the Open Shelf Room, 
the public has now better access to the Vocational Guidance and 
Business Files. Over 6,500 pieces of a vocational character 
have been added to the file during the year. The college cata- 
logues have been continuously consulted as well as the circulars 
of vacation courses in Germany, France, Italy and England. 
Thousands of University Extension bulletins have been dis- 
tributed, apart from opportunities for studies abroad, the Travel 
File offers admirable material for those interested in summer or 
winter trips and excursions. The Business File has been care- 
fully weeded out; if a bulletin was discontinued, another of the 
same type was procured. During the year over 3,050 copies of 
such publications were received and filed. 

The service of the Government Document Room is supple- 
mentary to that of the Information Office. Government publica- 
tions, in number 9,428 have been filed here during the year, and 


the number of persons who used them was 9,696. More and 
more people realize the value of these varied publications. The 
documents are invaluable for students writing theses or doing 
other research work ; but information has been regularly solicited 
also by business organizations, banks, statistical bureaus, the 
Chamber of Commerce, as well as other libraries. The catalogue 
of these "continuations" made in 1927, giving the Library call- 
number for each document series and thus saving the incon- 
venience of looking up the desired material in the Bates Hall 
Catalogue, proves its worth to the public. 

The clippings from the "United States Daily" posted on the 
bulletin board in the Entrance Hall of the Library, have in- 
creased in popularity. There have been 726 requests for such 
clippings as against 246 in 1927. Furthermore, these articles 
have attracted many additional inquirers to the Document Room. 

The Open Shelf Room has been even busier last year than the 
year before, the circulation rising to 47,574. During the sum- 
mer months 559 additional volumes were used in the courtyard; 
from these 87 volumes were charged for home use. 

The collection in the Room is constantly refreshed with new 
books. The place is so small that unless volumes are frequently 
changed, the collection becomes stale to constant visitors. But 
in spite of every effort, it is obvious that the Room cannot ade- 
quately serve the public. In the evening hours during the winter 
months it is often so crowded that one can hardly move. It is a 
well-known fact that nothing stimulates reading more than free 
access to the books — particularly to new books. There is no 
lack of interest on the part of the public ; the problem is how to 
meet that interest. It is much to be regretted that the Library is 
unable to provide at present more space for this open shelf service. 


The Newspaper Room is almost always filled. The maxi- 
mum attendance at one time was 115, on December 9 at four 
o'clock in the afternoon. A considerable improvement has been 
made in the lighting conditions of the room by the installation of 
ten large chandeliers and a number of wall brackets. 


The number of papers is the same as in the previous year: 
two papers were added and two dropped. In all, 268 papers are 
received, of which 189 are pubHshed in America and 79 abroad. 
Of the American papers, 1 55 are daihes and 34 are weekhes; of 
the foreign papers, 61 are dailies and 18 weeklies. Of the 
American papers 15 are in foreign languages. The 79 foreign 
papers are published in thirty-one different countries; among 
them, 12 in England, 10 in Canada, 9 in Germany, 6 in Ireland 
and 5 in France. The language of 44 of these papers is English, 
of I 1 is German, and of 9 is French. 

In all, 1 82 bound volumes of newspapers have been added to 
the files, which now contain 9,539 volumes. During the year 
19,349 readers consulted 34,603 volumes as against 19,264 
readers and 33,174 volumes in 1927. Most of these bound 
volumes are kept in the gallery of the Patent Room, where a 
completely new lighting system has been installed and also new 
shelving has been constructed. 

The Patent Collection consists of 10,613 volumes, including 
6S2 volumes added during the year. In the new additions the 
United States was represented by 281 volumes, Germany by 
228, Great Britain by 1 62 and five other countries by the re- 
maining 1 1 volumes. 

In the course of the year 20,708 persons used 111,183 
volumes. But as practically all the shelves are accessible to the 
public, it is impossible to give accurate figures of the use of the 
Patent Room. 


The work of the Periodical Department is also steadily in- 
creasing. The larger part of the readers consists of students, 
consulting the files of periodicals for supplementary reading in 
connection with their courses. From the colleges and high 
schools of Greater Boston, thousands of young men and women, 
boys and girls have used the room for this purpose. 

Apart from the student body, business houses, insurance com- 
panies and the large department stores frequently apply for 
material that may help them in their current problems. Thus, 
from the trade publications they derive information on com- 

















parative trade developments and the variation of prices. Many 
club women, in preparing a paper or following up a recent lec- 
ture, ask for material on a variety of subjects. In addition, a 
great deal of reference work is done with the "general public," 
with people wishing to read a certain book review, a certain short 
story, poem or article. 

As a result, the reference room has been crowded throughout 
the year: even the inner room, supposed to be reserved for the 
general reader was often used by reference students. 

The following figures give the gross number of visitors, show- 
ing also the increase during the year : 

At the hours: 10 12 

A.M. M. 

1927 . . . 19,374 22,197 

1928 . . . 20,867 23.214 
Sundays at 1 P.M. 

1927 9,173 

1928 10,547 

Correspondingly higher was the number of magazines asked 
for in 1928. In the day-time 68,449 and during evenings and 
Sundays 25,732 bound volumes of magazines were consulted as 
against 60,785 and 24,527 in the year before. There was a 
similar rise in the use of back numbers of magazines not yet 
bound. In the day-time 72,827 and during evenings and Sun- 
days 32,538 were called for as against 66,246 and 30,124 in 
the preceding year. 

The number of bound volumes on shelves in the department 
was, at the end of the year, 23,1 1 3. 

The department has received during the year 1 ,292 current 
periodicals, exclusive of those issued by state and federal govern- 
ments. All these are kept on file in the department. In addition, 
the Central Librar}^ receives 300 current periodicals filed in 
other departments: 155 in the Special Libraries (Fine Arts and 
Music Division), 21 in the Ordering Department, 55 in the 
Statistical Department and finally, 63 in the Teachers' Refer- 
ence and Children's Room. 


This brings up the totnl number of periodicals currently re- 
ceived in the Central Library to 1 ,592. 


The Special Libraries include all the collections housed on the 
third floor of the Central Building, and comprise four separate 
divisions: the Fine Arts, Technology, Music, and the Barton- 
Ticknor Divisions. 

Since the Fine Arts and Technology Divisions are located in 
the same rooms, the charging out of books for home use is done 
at the same desk. During the year 26,704 books have been 
issued from the two Divisions as against 25,195 in 1927. The 
hall-use of Fine Arts and Technical books has also increased, 
but, with open shelves, it is impossible to gather definite statistics. 

The lantern slide collection, augmented by recent purchases 
to some 1 7.000 pieces, has proved its value. During the year 
14,920 slides have been loaned as against 8,443 in 1927. The 
increase in the size and scope of the collection has made neces- 
sary a new arrangement of the slides which, now partly com- 
pleted, greatly simplifies their handling. 

Last year there was a further decrease in the circulation of 
pictures to schools: 23,203 pieces were loaned as against 27,039 
in 1927. This decrease is partly due to the re-organization of 
the Fine Arts collection, and partly to the increase in the re- 
sources of the branch libraries. Since most of the branches have 
been lending pictures to teachers from their own collection, it 
has been decided to put the whole circulation of pictures to 
schools in the hands of the branches and use the Fine Arts col- 
lection as a central deposit. It will remain important, however, 
to have a sufficient number of pictures on general subjects in this 
collection for use of designers, advertisers and the general public. 
Considerable study has been given to the reference collection of 
pictures, and, as a result, a start has been made on a compre- 
sive plan of filing and indexing. 

The reconstruction of the Barton-Ticknor Room has neces- 
sitated the removal of several collections to temporary locations, 
which makes it more difficult to give prompt service. But in 
spite of the distance of these collections from the room, there has 


been no unreasonable delay In the delivery of the desired 
volumes. Because of the great value of the books in the collec- 
tions of this division, it has been found necessary to discourage 
the use of these copies when other editions could be found in the 
main collection. Undergraduates who wished to use these early 
and rare editions as texts have been referred to Bates Hall. 
Incidentally, this has resulted in a great improvement of the con- 
ditions for study, by advanced students and scholars, without 
any appreciable decrease in the number of visitors. During the 
year 12,412 books of the division have been used. 

The projected removal of the Music Division to larger quar- 
ters — namely, to the present Barton Room — will bring to- 
gether its reference and circulating collections, and will afford an 
opportunity for shelving these collections on a more modern plan. 
Accordingly, a preliminary survey of the music classification of 
the Library of Congress is being made with a view to adopting 
it in a somewhat condensed form. 

As in former years, the Music Division in cooperation with 
the Extension Division of the Stale Board of Education, has or- 
ganized a series of interpretive lectures on the Symphony Con- 
certs and operas; and in connection with the lectures, book lists 
and programme notes have been regularly printed. The use of 
books and scores shows an increase over that of last year. Items 
to the number of 9,690 have been used in the Music Reading 
Room and 6,824 have been issued for home use. A year before 
the corresponding figures were 9,623 and 6,688. 


The resources of the Statistical Department are constantly 
sought for by business men and business women, and the students 
of the high schools, colleges and universities. The unusually 
active life of the stock market brought many inquiries from in- 
vestors of both sexes and all ages; and the news and figures of 
the financial magazines were eagerly followed by many visitors. 

With 9 1 1 books added during the year, the Statistical Col- 
lection now numbers 25,523 volumes. The larger number are 
in the various fields of economy and sociology. Many volumes 
are kept on open shelves, therefore no report can be given of the 


numher of books consulted in the Department. The number of 
\olumes sent to Bates Hall for use was 2,1 71 , while 2,598 books 
were charged out for home use. 

The number of financial magazines regularly received by the 
Department is 97. Of these 61 are published in this country, 
?nd 36 abroad. Of the foreign magazines, 8 come from En- 
gland; 3 from Canada; 1 from Australia; 8 from France; 2 
from Germany and the rest from ten other countries. 

The Department has also very important source material in 
the government publications. In addition to an almost complete 
file of the state and federal documents, collections may also be 
found in this Department of the English Parliamentary Papers 
and the yearbooks and other publications of many European 

Mr. Horace L. Wheeler, who had been in charge of the De- 
partment since 191 1, retired under the Boston Retirement Act 
on October 31, 1928. Mrs. Mary Watkins Dietrichson, pre- 
viously connected with the Harvard School of Business Ad- 
ministration and the Minneapolis Public Library, has been ap- 
pointed his successor. 


The home use of children's books amounted to 1 ,764,374, an 
increase of 73,105 over the preceding year. Since the ap- 
portionment of the book budget allowed this year a smaller share 
to children's books than in 1927, the growth indicates a healthy 
expansion. But the actual use of the Library by readers con- 
sidered "juvenile" is even larger than would appear from the 
statistics, because the required school reading for those under 
sixteen no\v embraces a large number of titles which are 
ordinarily classified as adult. A shorter stay in the "easy book" 
stage is noticeable in different parts of the city, and the assistants 
who have watched the change in the choice of books on the part 
of children, have been prompt to suggest a more advanced type 
of reading. 

New rooms for the accommodation of children have been 
opened at the Boylston Station Branch and the City Point 


Branch. Additional comment may be found in this report under 
the heading "The Branch System." 

The reorganization of the branch hbrary staff has made it 
possible to appoint six new children's librarians to the depart- 
mental work. It is hoped that the number may be increased 
every j'^ear until the proper quota is reached, and also that fur- 
ther training may be given to assistants with the desired personal- 
ity and ability for work in this special field. For the first time, 
two members of the staff requested and were granted leave of 
absence to take a nine months' course in work with children at 
the Library School of Western Reserve University, Cleveland. 
From their practical experience in the libraries of another system, 
as well as from their formal academic study, these young women 
should derive a broadening influence that will enable them to 
contribute materially to the Library's service for children. 

As new tides of children reach the reading age, they enter the 
story-hour groups in the different branch libraries and thus be- 
come acquainted with many fine stories through hearing them 
told. It is significant that this old method has been extended in 
some libraries by the practice of reading aloud, also to adults. 
Among the assistants, a small group has shown sufficient apti- 
tude to story telling to make further training desirable. Mrs. 
John J. Cronan, the library story teller, has given to this group 
a short course of instruction with opportunities for practice under 
supervision, with the result that the department is now able to 
depend upon a larger number of assistants for this form of work. 

The public schools have called upon the Library more than 
ever before for visits from story tellers prepared to introduce 
good literature to large classes of children. For this kind of 
audience, expert story tellers are wanted, and the Library is 
fortunate in being able to respond to the requests. A constantly 
widening circle of teachers and headmasters, who would like to 
claim the story tellers for an indefinite period, express their ap- 
preciation of the type of literature which is included in the pro- 
grammes, and of the effect which it has upon the young hearers. 

The Library contact with the school is stronger than with any 
other institution. On account of the growing importance of the 
Junior High School there is an increasing demand for reference 


material suitable for its pupils. All over the city the chil- 
dren's rooms are establishing pamphlet files and special in- 
dexes to provide information or supply source material, on in- 
dustrial and commercial subjects. In some of the branches 
definite effort has been made to teach the use of the card catalogue 
rnd reference books. At Memorial Branch, for the girls of the 
Memorial High School, one hundred and twenty such lessons 
have been given. As usual, deposit sets for class room use were 
supplied to schools all over the city. The Library has also co- 
operated with the Woman's Municipal League by supplement- 
ing with books certain traveling collections lent to schools through 
this organization. 

For several years past, the circulation of books from the 
Children's Room of the Central Library has shown a decrease. 
This is amply explained by the changing character of that part 
of the city adjoining Copley Square. Business houses are taking 
the place of many residences. The traffic dangers have also 
greatly multiplied, so that parents are unwilling to allow their 
children to cross the Square alone. 

Two improvements have greatly benefitted the department: 
the new work-room adjoining the picture booth above the rear of 
the Lecture Hall and the new tiled covering of the floor of the 
Children's Room. In the work-room the mending and repairing 
of books, their preparation for the bindery, as also the typewriting 
incidental to departmental routine, can be carried on more ex- 
peditiously than has been hitherto possible. The warm-toned 
floor covering has dignified the room, and has made also the 
working conditions easier. 

As usual, a number of exhibitions have been held during the 
year. In connection with "Book Week" in November an ex- 
hibit ^vas arranged in the Venetian Lobby, attracting also the 
attention of many adults. Little, Brown and Company lent an 
unusual displays of photographs, letters and personal belongings 
connected with the Alcott family. The Children's Department 
was also instrumental in obtaining for exhibition the choice col- 
lection of old-fashioned children's books owned by Mr. Wilbur 
Macey Stone of New York, From young children to fastidious 
collectors, thousands of people viewed with the greatest interest 


this exhibit, shown during November and December in the Ex- 
hibition Room. 

The Supervisor of Work with Children filled as customary, 
a number of speaking engagements with schools and parents' 
associations. She gave also two lectures at the Library School 
in Cleveland and five at the New Hampshire Summer Institute 
for Librarians. All these addresses related to children's books 
or library work with children. 

Two lists were prepared in the department, on "Vacation 
Reading for Boys and Girls" and a second edition of "Inex- 
pensive Books." 


While the Teachers' Room is actually supplementing the work 
of the Reference Department and the Periodical Room, its loca- 
tion and the history of its growth have combined to make it a 
part of the Children's Department. Some of the persons who 
seek information from the books shelved in the Teachers' Room 
require also material belonging in the Children's Department, 
but the majority of patrons are students of education in the neigh- 
boring colleges and teachers who are pursuing advanced courses 
of study. The facilities of the Room are much appreciated; in- 
deed, at times not only every seat is taken, but the students over- 
flow into the Children's Room — a situation not to be encouraged. 

The Library subscribes to forty-one magazines on education, 
keeping the current numbers in the Teachers' Room and the 
bound volumes in the gallery of the Children's Room. At all 
seasons there is a steady call for this periodical literature. Many 
pamphlets covering courses of study in other cities, as well as 
surveys of educational systems and curriculum programmes are 
kept on file. The assistant-in-charge also makes note of bibliog- 
raphies in books and magazines and prepares lists of books and 
periodical articles on timely topics. In addition, the Teachers' 
Room is becoming better prepared to give service to parents, who 
wish to consult books on the psychology of childhood or on 
studies of exceptional children. 



The total circulation through the branch libraries and the Cen- 
tral Branch Department for the year was 3,331,328. This is a 
gain of 192,361 over last year. 

This total branch circulation was made up of the following 
items: 3.003.391 books were issued for home use direct from the 
branches; 432,468 books were issued to schools and various 
institutions partly from collections of the branches (217,061) 
and partly from the Branch Deposit Collection in the Central 
Library (233,407) ; and finally, in response to calls from the 
public at the various branches, 93,469 books were issued from 
the Central Library through the branches — 78,320 from the 
Deposit Collection and 17,149 from the stacks of the Central 

Of the 3,003,391 volumes drawn out for home-use direct from 
the branches, 1 ,303,408 were for adults and 1 ,699,983 for 
juveniles. Among the books for adults there were 1 ,000,443 
volumes of fiction and 302,963 of non-fiction; among the books 
for juveniles there were 1 , 1 38,932 volumes of fiction and 
341,031 of non-fiction. 

The number of volumes sent on deposit from the Central 
Branch collection to 364 agencies was 83,237. Among these 
agencies are 3 1 branches, 33 engine houses, 1 high schools, 2 1 2 
grammar schools, 1 7 parochial schools and 49 other institutions 
of various kinds. To the 239 schools 61 ,231 volumes were sent 
in all. Last year the number of agencies was 326 and the num- 
ber of volumes sent on deposit, 93,269; to 232 schools 66,037 
books were sent in 1927. 

Besides books, 40,733 pictures were sent to schools. The 
inter-library loans amounted to 2,213 volumes: 1,847 books to 
libraries in Massachusetts and 368 to libraries outside of the 
state. In all, 1 ,838 applications were received, of which 646 had 
to_be refused. 

Twenty-eight of the branches gained in circulation. The 
greatest gains were at Mattapan, Uphams Corner, Boylston 
Station, Andrew Square, East Boston, South Boston, Faneuil 
and Roslindale. The largest circulation reached at a Branch 
was 183,887 and the lowest, 38,428. 


Important improvements have been made during the year at 
the Boylston Station and City Point Branches. At the former 
a w^ell equipped and very pleasant children's room has been 
added which has greatly strengthened the work with children, 
and at the latter the adult readers, formerly crowded out by the 
children, have now a quiet and comfortable room. As a result 
the circulation of books to adults has increased at both places; at 
Boylston Station the increase amounted to 1,118. What is of 
greater importance, there has been an improvement both in the 
orderliness and in the quality of reference work in both of these 
libraries. There have been also a number of minor improve- 
ments in the other branches, by way of refinishing of shelving, 
tables and chairs and the replacing of worn floor covering. At 
the Brighton Branch new plumbing has been installed and at the 
East Boston Branch an attractive iron fence has been erected 
around the little front yard. 

Twenty-one of the thirty-one branch library buildings are now 
in satisfactory condition. At ten the conditions leave much to 
be desired. More space is needed at the branches at Andrew 
Square, Codman Square, Jeffries Point, Mattapan, Mt. Bow- 
doin, Neponset, Orient Heights, Parker Hill, Roslindale and 
South Boston. At several of these places the Library should 
have its own building. 


The first year of the Training Class, organized in October, 
1927, ended in the middle of June, 1928. 

Fourteen students were enrolled. They were divided into 
two groups: the first group, with four students, gave full time to 
the course and graduated in June, 1928; the second group, with 
ten students (two of whom were young men) devoted half-time 
to the course and will graduate in June, 1 929. The members of 
this second group are on the staff of the Library. Selected by 
the heads of their departments as capable of enlarged usefulness, 
they were allowed to devote to training ten hours of library time 
each week. 

The full-time students completed the following courses : refer- 
ence work, children's literature, library economy, book selection. 


classification, and cataloguing. I he part-time students com- 
pleted the first three courses, leaving the last three for the second 

The classes in reference work were held twice a week for 
the eight months. About 275 reference books were examined 
and discussed. The aim of the course in library economy, held 
once a week, was to acquaint the class with the resources of the 
Library, and v,'ith some of the problems of Library administra- 
tion. Tlie development of children's books from the earliest 
limes to the present day was studied. In the course of book 
selection talks were given on reviews and annotations, and on 
publishers and their special texts and editions: also visits were 
made to downtown book-stores. Classification was studied dur- 
ing the first half year. Classes were held twice a week, followed 
by an hour and a half of actual practice. As a working basis the 
Decimal Classification of Melvil Dewey was used. The origin 
of the system in use in this Library was explained in special talks. 
In the course of cataloguing the method used in the Library of 
Congress was taught, simplified in the matter of minor details. 

Another important feature of the training w^as the practical 
work. To this the full-lime students devoted five afternoons a 
week throughout the eight months, and the part-time students, 
already more experienced in library work, five hours a week. In 
the early fall each member of the class was assigned to one of 
the branches, where a better idea of library work as a whole can 
be obtained because of the smaller size of the place and the more 
general nature of the service. Afterwards there was a general 
shift every three weeks, and each student was sent to a different 
department in the Library. As a result, it is possible to deter- 
mine to which phase of library work the new assistants are best 
suited. Of the four full-time students who graduated from the 
course in June, 1928, one is now working in a branch and the 
other three in the Central Library. 

The course in children's literature was conducted by Miss 
Alice M. Jordan, who is also chairman of the Library Training 
Class Committee. The other courses were conducted by Mrs. 
Bertha V. Hartzell, the Supervisor, who ^vas assisted by ad- 
ditional talks on various subjects by members of the Library staff. 


Also persons not connected with the Library gave occasional 

lectures. j, , 


The Library's interest in adult education continues unabated 
and has led to the establishment of the service of a Readers' Ad- 
viser. Miss Laura R. Gibbs is in charge of this service, and has 
been on duty ten hours a week since February 20 in an office on 
the ground floor near the elevator. During this period, she has 
been sought by 4 1 7 persons, 8 1 of whom have started definite 
courses of reading under direction. Twenty-one of these courses 
have been completed, 1 are still in process, 1 3 are in abeyance 
for the time being, 3 were referred to another department, and 36 
were dropped unfinished; 5 of the readers who dropped out re- 
turned to school or college where their time was fully occupied. 
Numerous lists of books varying in length from ten to thirty titles 
have been made and sent from the office, and many visitors have 
received suggestions for reading, often amounting to a list of 
twenty or more titles. Some 50 applicants have been advised re- 
garding schools or courses where they might find the courses of 
which they were in search. Numerous inquiries about this work 
have been received and the Readers' Adviser has frequently been 
asked to give informal addresses on the subject before various 
interested groups. 

Of the Library's publication "Opportunities for Adult Edu- 
cation in Greater Boston" an account has been given in another 
section of this Report. 


The Lecture Course, now in its thirtieth season, is given on 
Thursday evenings, Sunday afternoons and Sunday evenings, 
from the beginning of October to the end of April, with numer- 
ous lectures or concerts on other days of the week. 

During the year there were given in the Lecture Hall 1 06 free 
lectures and entertainments under the auspices of the Library, 
the Drama League, the Field and Forest Club, the Ruskin Club, 
and other organizations. The subj.ects of the lectures, 71 in 
number, may be classified as follows: travel, 26; literature, I 1 ; 


drama, 9; music. 8; history, 6; art, 4; miscellaneous, 7. The 
greater number have been iHustrated with lantern slides or mov- 
ing pictures, which have recently been made available through 
the installation of an excellent projector in connection with the 
remodeling of the Lecture Hall. There have been 35 concerts 
and recitals, of which 6 were provided through the Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge Foundation. 

The Lecture Hall has continued to be used by the Division of 
University Extension of the State Department of Education. The 
noise and confusion incident to the reconstruction of the North 
Gallery, which is immediately over the Lecture Hall, will pre- 
vent the day-time use of the Hall during the coming season. 

The usual Lectures on the Concerts of the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra, and shorter courses in connectieon with the opera 
seasons of the year, were offered by the Massachusetts Division 
of University Extension in collaboration with the Library. They 
were under the supervision of Richard G. Appel of the Library 
staff, who has had the generous cooperation of other musicians. 

Twenty-seven exhibitions have been arranged during the year 
in the Exhibition Room. These included two on aviation, for 
which the material was lent in the first case by the Guggenheim 
Foundation and in the second by Miss H. M. Murdoch. De- 
signs for various competitions sponsored by the House Beautiful 
Publishing Company occupied the Room en three occasions. 
There was a similar exhibit for "Be Kind to Animals Week" ; at 
another time the original work done by pupils in the public schools 
of Boston was shown; the American Institute of Graphic Arts 
lent the "Fifty Books of the Year" and also material for an ex- 
hibit of "American Book Illustration." Mr. Henry T. Porter 
lent a collection of autographed portraits of musicians. Mr. 
Henry Lewis Johnson, examples of recent European and Ameri- 
can printing; and Mr. Wilbur Macey Stone of New York City, 
his unique collection of rare and old children's books. Many of 
these exhibitions were supplemented by material from the Divi- 
sion of Fine Arts. In April, the medieval manuscripts of the 
Library were placed on view, and on other occasions interesting 
editions of the Bible, works of the Merrymount Press, and fine 
bindings were shown. 


For a complete list of the lectures, concerts, and exhibitions 
see Appendix, pp. 13—19. 


The work done in the Bindery has been greater than in any 
previous year. The number of bound volumes was 7 1 ,963 
as against 68,313, and the total of miscellaneous work done 
amounted to 128,018 items as against 88,997 in 1927. 

With the growth of the Library's activities, the demands on 
the Bindery are naturally increasing. It is a source of satisfac- 
tion that the Bindery is able to keep abreast with the current work 
of the Library. With some new machinery and using the work- 
ing force to its best advantage, the Bindery is doing now more 
than double the work it did some years ago — when the person- 
nel was actually larger. More than that cannot be expected. 

As matters stand, however, much important work of the 
Special Libraries, particularly of the Barton-Ticknor Division, 
remains undone. There are hundreds of old books and as many 
old maps which should be rebound or reinforced — a slow and 
meticulous work which can be taken care of only through special 


Much has been accomplished, as I said earlier in the report, 
toward "putting our house in order." 

In the Central Library, particularly, the repairs were going 
on inside and outside of the building during the whole year. The 
repointing and replacing of the roof tiling was completed. About 
one-half of the condensation roof has been repaired or replaced 
and the remainder will be given attention next year. Two large 
sky-lights were replaced; the ridge cresting was furnished with 
new supports of brass. A sprinkler system was installed in prac- 
tically the entire basement, in all elevator and air shafts. The 
Printing and Bindery Departments were equipped with a thermo- 
stat system of fire protection. The necessary sections of wall of 
the building were provided with a "water curtain." The re- 
wiring of the building has been all but completed. New light- 
ing fixtures have been installed in the Division of Fine Arts and 


the West Gallery, in the Issue and Registration Departments, and 
in the Newspaper and Patent Rooms. The book-stacks and the 
entire basement have been similarly equipped with new light- 
ing fixtures. The general illumination and the stage lighting ef- 
fects in the Lecture Hall have been improved. 

During the year 465.000 kilowatts of electricity were gener- 
ated, an increase of 15,000 kilowatts over the previous year. 
The electrical output has now reached the point where it is neces- 
sary to run two engines to carry the normal load. The general 
overhauling of the heating system has resulted in a saving of fuel. 
Many of the supply and return pipes buried away in the masonry 
construction are constantly breaking and it requires much labor 
to replace them. The coal burned during the year was 1,732 
tons, a reduction of 1 67 tons from the quantity of coal used m 
1927. The increase in electrical consumption may be contrasted 
with satisfaction with the decrease in coal consumption. 

A few other improvements may be mentioned. The Lecture 
Hall has been furnished with new seats and provided with a 
moving picture booth and equipment; also a new screen and 
stage curtain have been added and the acoustical draperies have 
been changed. In sections of the Entrance Hall and in parts of 
the Delivery Room new marble blocks have been laid. The 
furnaces were rebuilt under the boilers and new arch protectors 
were installed; also a coal conveyor was added to the boiler-room 
equipment. All the book stacks in the Central Library have 
been repainted. In several of the branches — at Lower Mills, 
South Boston, Mt. Pleasant, Boylston, Charlestown and City 
Point — the furniture has been refinished. In other branches 
new shelving has been installed. 

The repairs of the condensation roof, marble floors, arch vault- 
ing in basement, etc. will be continued next year. 


During the year the following persons retired under the Bos- 
ton Retirement Act: Ordering Department: Theodosia E. Ma- 
curdy, Chief, (retired February 29, voluntary), entered service 
June 24, 1889; Engineer and Janitor Department: Julia Connor, 
cleaner, (retired February 29, voluntary), entered service Janu- 


ary 9, 1909; Branch Department: Ida G. Denney, assistant, 
(retired July 31, voluntary), entered service July 21, 1902; 
Engineer and Janitor Department: Minnie Otto, cleaner, (re- 
tired September 30, disability), entered service in September 
1897; Statistical Department: Horace L. Wheeler, Chief, (re- 
tired October 31), entered service July 23, 1900. 


A library is not merely a collection of books. It is an organi- 
zation in which it is the duty of specially appointed persons to 
help the public to get the desired books or information. This 
human element is a most important factor in all library adminis- 
tration. A library may be the richest in its resources and still 
fail because of the inadequacy of its service. 

The Director earnestly solicits reports of dissatisfaction v/ith 
the service of the Library or of failure to obtain the desired in- 
formation. It should be remembered, how^ever, that inquiries 
requiring special knowledge should be made to chiefs of depart- 
ments, branch librarians or major assistants, many of whom 
have been long in the service and know the resources of the 
system, rather than to minor assistants. Inquiries by telephone 
at the Central Library or at the branches are also welcome. If 
questions are asked which do not fall within the province of the 
service of the Library, the inquirer will be directed, when possible, 
to the proper source of information. 

It is my privilege to record my continued appreciation of the 
loyal cooperation of the Library Staff — in minor as well as 
major positions. To Frank H. Chase, Reference Librarian, I 
wish to extend my particular acknowledgment. To the faithful 
and efficient service of the members of the Staff in all departments 
is due the credit for the successful operation of the Library. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Charles F. D. Belden, 









Central Library 















Andrew Square 







Boylston Station 





















City Point 







Codman Square 





1 56,559 

1 57,498 








Ea«l Boston 














Feilowes Athen. 







Hyde Park 







Jamaica Plain . 







Jeffries Point 







Lower Mills 





















Mount Bowdoin 







Mount Pleasant 














North End 







Orient Heights . 







Parker Hill . 














Roxbury Crossing 







South Boston 







South End 

1 1 1 ,682 






Tyler Street 







Uphanis Corner 







\^;est End . . 

1 54.267 


1 52.043 




\\ est Roxbury . 







Total . 




*A periodjof eleven months. 


The net gains and losses in circulation are presented, apart 
from the totals, in the following form : 

1923-24 gain over preceding year 
1924-25 gain over preceding year 
1925* loss from preceding year 
1926t gain over preceding year 

1927 gain over preceding year 

1928 gain over preceding year 

(of 1 1 mont 

1 53,877 


Circulation from Central by Months. 

January. 1928 










































































Distribution of Total Circulation. 

Central Library: 

a. Direct ..... 

b. Through Branches 

1 . Deposit Collection 
2 General Collections 

c. Schools and Institutions through 

Branch Department 


. 347.958 

. 78,320 

schools and 





Allston .... 
Andrew Square .... 
Boylston Station .... 
Brighton .... 
Charlestown . . , . 






81 .405 



Carried forward 



* Eleven month period. 

tGain over an approximation of preceding twelve months 233,279. 


City Point 
Codman Square 
East Boston 
Fellowes Athena>um 
Hyde Park 
Jamaica Plain 
Jeffries Point 
Lower Mills 
Mount BoNvdoin 
Mount Pleasant 
North End 
Orient Heights 
Parker Hill 
Roxbury Crossing 
South Boston 
South End 
Tyler Street 
Upham's Corner 
West End 
West Roxbury 







i 6.281 

1 57,498 

























" 2.766 










' 1.706 



49.01 5 



1 1 1 ,827 













1 70,870 

' ' 390 


1 55.902 








These figures are condensed into the following 


Books Lent for Home Use, including Circulation through 
Schools and Institutions. 

From Central Library (including Central Library books issued through 
the branches) .......... 

From branches (excluding books received from Central Library) 




Central Library circulation (excluding 
schools and institutions). 
Direct home use .... 
Through branches .... 

Branch Libraries circulation (ex- 
cluding schools and institutions). 
Schools and institutions circulation (in- 
cluding books from Central throujh 
the Branch system) 










Under the inter-library loan system with other libraries the 
following use of books for the purpose of serious research is 
shown for two successive years: 

Volumes lent from this Library to other libraries in Massachusetts 
Lent to hbraries outside of Massachusetts 


Applications refused: 

From libraries in Massachusetts . 
From libraries outside of Massachusetts 


Borrowed from other libraries for use here 















The classified direct circulation of the branches was as 
follows, for two successive years : 

1927 1928 


Fiction for adults . 



1 ,000,443 


Non- fiction for adults 





Juvenile fiction 





Juvenile non-fiction 





At the Central Library the classified direct circulation shows 
the following percentages : 








For the Central Library: 
From City appropriation 
From trust funds income 

For branches : 

From City appropriation 
From trust funds income 






— 13.827 







The following statement includes the accessions by purchase 
combined with books received by gift or otherwise: 


^^'^^'"''- VOLUMES. 

Accessions by purchase 13.827 


77.43 J 

Accessions bv gift 12,825 



Accessions by exchange 101 


Accessions by periodicals bound 2,013 



Accessions by newspapers bound ... 162 


Accessions by serials bound . 2,002 


Totals 30.930 







PARTS. ^'^'-'^^ 



Catalogued (new) : 

General collection, new books, (including continuations) . 


Central Library Catalogue . . . 25,811 15,932 



Serials 6,697 .... 


Branches 67.602 57.543 



Recatalogued 15,337 8.261 

1 5.383 



115.447 81.736 108.472 78.167 


The number of volumes shelved and thus made available for 
public use, taken from the report of the Shelf Department, is: 

Placed on the Central Library shelves during the year: 

Special collections, new books and transfers ...... 2,791 

Books reported lost or missing in previous years, but now found, transfers 

from branches, etc. ......... 1,651 


Removed from Central Library shelves during the year: 

Books reported lost or missing, condemned copies not yet replaced, trans- 
fers, etc. 14,273 

Net gain at Central Library 17,302 

Net gain at Branches ......... 7,01 1 

Net gain entire library system ......... 24,313 

The total number of volumes available for public use at the 
end of each year since the formation of the Library is shown m 
the following statement : 

1852-53 .... 9.688 1856-57 .... 34.896 

1853-54 .... 16.221 1857-58 .... 70.851 

1854-55 .... 22.617 1858-59 .... 78.043 

1855-56 .... 28,080 1859-60 .... 85.031 


1860-61 . 


1895 . . 


1861-62 . 


1896-97 . 


1862-63 . 


1897-98 . 


1863-64 . 


1898-99 . 


1864-65 . 




1865-66 . 


1900-01 . 


1866-67 . 


1901-02 . 


1867-68 . 


1902-03 . 


1868-69 . 

1 52.796 

1903-04 . 


1869-70 . 


1904-05 . 


1870-71 . 


1905-06 . 


1871-72 . 


1906-07 . 


1872-73 . 


1907-08 . 


1873-74 . 


1908-09 . 


1874-75 . 


1909-10 . 


1875-76 . 


1910-11 . 


1876-77 . 


1911-12 . 


1877-78 . 


1912-13 . 


1878-79 . 


1913-14 . 


1879-80 . 


1914-15 . 


1880-81 . 


1915-16 . 


1881-82 . 


1916-17 . 


1882-83 . 


1917-18 . 


1883-84 . 


1918-19 . 


1884-85 . 


1919-20 . 


1885 . . 


1920-21 . 


1886 . . 


1921-22 . 


1887 . . 


1922-23 . 


1888 . . 


1923-24 . 


1889 . . 


1924-25 . 


1890 . . 




1891 . . 




1892 . . 




1893 . . 



1 ,442,802 

1894 . . 


Volumes in entire library system . 

, , 


Volumes in the branches 



These volumes are located as 

follows : 

Central Library . . . 1,044,666 

Matfapan . . . 8,376 





Andrew Square . 


Mt. Bowdoin 


Boylston Station 


Mt. Pleasant 







1 5.503 

North End 

1 1 ,999 

City Point 


Orient Heights . 


Codman Square 


Parker Hill 






East Boston 


Roxbury Crossing 




South Boston 


Fellowes Athenaeum 


South End 


Hyde Park 


Tyler Street 


Jamaica Plain 

1 7.648 

Upham's Comer 


Jeffries Point 


West End . 


Lower Mills 




West Roxbury 















1927. 1928. 

Number of volumes bound in various style* .... 68,313 7 1. 96-) 

Magazines stitched 201 223 

X'olumes repaired ......... 2.036 1,810 

N'olumes guarded 1.684 1.895 

Maps mounted ......... 41 287 

[ 'holographs and engravings, etc. mounted .... 3,044 7,087 

I ibrary publications folded, stitched and trimmed . 88,997 106.993 


Requisil:ons received and filled ...... 

Card Catalogue (Central Library) : 

Titles (Printing Department count) .... 

Cards finished (exclusive of extras) .... 
Card CatalocTje (Branches) : 

Titles (Printing Department) ...... 

Cards finished (exclusive of extras) .... 
Signs ........... 

Blank forms (numbered series) 3,127,019 3,478,578 

Forms, circulars, and sundries (outside numbered series) . 46,317 53,960 

Catalogues, pamphlets, and bibliographical programmes . 43,695 54,568 


All lectures, except those marked with an asterisk (*) were 
illustrated with lantern slides. 

Jan. 5. Long Wharf and the Old Boston Waterfront; History 

and Reminiscences. Gilbert R. Payson. 

Jan. 8. ^Symbolism in Modern Drama. Robert E. Rogers, A. M. 

(Drama League Course.) 

Jan. 8. *Intersettlement Concert by pupils from the Music School 


Jan. 9. *The Making of a Ruskin Collection. Charles E. Good- 

speed. (Ruskin Club.) 

Jan. 12. The Lure of New England. Percy A. Brigham. (Field 
and Forest Club Course.) 

Jan. I 4. Northern Italy and the Dolomites. Rev. A. E. Worman. 

Jan. 15. ^Legends and Folk Songs of Finland. Aino Saari. Musi- 
cal illustrations. 

Jan. 15. '^Song Recital. Elsie Winsor Bird. Soprano. 

Jan. 19. The Life and Art of Edgar Allan Poe. Joseph Lorraine. 

Jan. 19. Flemish and Dutch Art: a comparison and valuation. 
Adriaan M. DeGroot. 


*Concert. Choral Society of the Massachusetts State 

Federation of Women's Clubs. 
^Modern Piano Music of the French, Russian and Enorlish 

Schools. Elizabeth Siedoff. Lecture-piano recital. 
*The Witch of Salem: Cadman's New American Opera. 

Grace May Statsman. Musical illustrations. (Ruskin 

Evangeline Country at Apple-blossom Time. Edwin .A. 

*The Educational Value of Play Producing in Schools. 

Marie Ware Laughton, Director, The Out-Door 

'^Concert. Hart House String Quartet of Toronto. (Eliza- 
beth Sprague Coolidge series.) 
Nature's Mysteries. Dan McCowan. (Contributed by 

by the Bureau of Commercial Economics, Washington, 

D. C.) 

^Russian Music. Dr. John P. Marshall. 
^Concert. The Players of Concerted Music. 
The English Lake Country and its Poets. Olive C. Grigor. 

(Field and Forest Club Course.) 
*Our Social Comedies. Mrs. Carl L. Schrader, President, 

Drama League of Boston. (Drama League Course.) 
^Concert. Burgin and Durrell String Quartets of Boston. 

(Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge series.) 
*The Observance of John Ruskin's Birthday, February 8, 

1818. (Ruskin Club.) 
Unknown Newfoundland. Robert H. Tait. (Contributed 

by the Bureau of Commercial Economics, Washington, 

D. C.) 

*The Odes of the Roman Poet Horace, in musical settings, 
ancient and modern. W. B. McDaniel, II, A. M. 
1 9. *Intersettlement Concert by Pupils from the Music School 
Gainsborough, Painter of Beautiful Women, 1727—1927. 
Martha A. S. Shannon.- 
^Authors and Wives, Face to Face. John E. Pember. 
^Concert. Gertrude Ehrhart, soprano, Carmela Ippolito, 
violin, and Nicolas Slonimsky, piano. 
Feb. 27. *The Purpose of Literature. Prof. Earl. Augustus Aldrich. 

(Ruskin Club.) 
Mar. 1 . Picturesque Germany. John G. Bucher. (Contributed 

Mar. 4. ^Negro Writers and Composers. Recital. Dorothy 

Richardson, contralto, Eleanor Trent Wallace, reader, 
and Dorothy Wood, accompanist, 







































I 1 






































^Concert. Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. Joseph F. 
Wagner. Conductor. 
Mountain and Woodland Trails. Frank H. Sprague. 

(Field and Forest Club Course.) 
Folk Plays: the Foundation of Modern American Drama. 
Albert Hatton Gilmer, A. M. (Drama League Course.) 
^Concert. New ^ ork String Quartet. (Llizabeth Si)raguc 

Coolidge series.) 
^Ruskin's Country. Mrs. Herbert J. Gurney. (Ruskin 

*Varied Program. I he Strolling Players. Flelene Martha 

Boll. Director. 
^Concert. Orchestra of the Lincoln House Association. 

Jacques Hoffman, Conductor. 
*Intersettlement Concert by Pupils from the Music School 
Pilgrim Land and Old New England Whaling. Rev. 
George T. Plummcr. 
^Music of the Church, the Home, and the Nation. Mme 
Bcale Morey. Vocal and Instrumental illustrations. 
The Beauties of Switzerland. Mrs. Arthur Dudley Ropes. 

(Ruskin Club.) 
General Allenby's Palestine Campaign. Lieut. Col. Girard 
L. McEntee. 
*The Shortest Trail to Bird Acquaintance, by Way of Song 

and Call. Lester W. Smith. 
^Concert. 1 he Pierian Sodality Orchestra of Harvard 
University. Nicolas Slonimsky, Conductor. 
Spain, the Land of History and Romance. Ellen E. Page. 
^Reminiscences of Famous Shakesperian Actors. Helen 

Adelaide Shaw. 
^Concert. Lenox String Quartet of New York. (Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge series.) 
A New Experiment in Balancing Education. .Arthur W. 
Gilbert, Ph.D. Mile Berthe Hebert, soloist. (Ruskin 
Robert Burns. Charles S. Olcott. 
^' Piano Recital for ^'oung People. Persis Cox. 
^Platform arrangement of Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond 

Rostand. Edward Abner Thompson, A. M. 
*Intersettlement Concert by Pupils from the Music School 

*The Modern Church Music Renaissance. Carl F. Pfat- 

teicher, Th. D. Musical illustrations. 
*Goya. Ellen E. Page. (Ruskin Club.) 
From London to Land's End. Mrs. Arthur Dudley Ropes. 


Apr. 29. ^Concert. Leonora Choral Society of Bradford Academy. 

Frederick Johnson, Conductor, 
May 3. Home Life in Japan. Marguerite Rand. 
May 6. The New Art of Mobile Color. G. A. Shook. Color 

Organ and Musical illustrations. 
May 6. ^Concert. Rose String Quartet of Vienna. (Lender the 

auspices of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 

Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation.) 
Oct. 4. Bermuda, the Ocean Playground. Marguerite Rand. 

Oct. 7. ^Educational Opportunities for Adults in Greater Boston. 

Harry E. Gardner, Department of Education. 
Oct. 7. ^Concert. Choral Art Society. Gertrude Walker -Crowley, 

Oct. 8. ^Reminiscences of Great Actors. Helen Adelaide Shaw. 

Music by Alice Wentworth MacGreaor. (Ruskin 

Oct. I I . The National Parks of the United States and Canada. 

Arthur H. Merritt. 
Oct. 14. *The Playgoer Abroad. Maude W. Schrader, President 

of the Drama League of Boston. (Drama League 

of Boston. (Drama League Course.) 
Oct. 1 4. *The Polish Chorus "Lira" of Boston. Anthony Nurczyn- 

ski. Conductor. 
Oct. 1 8. A Tale of the Ancient Whalemen. Chester S. Howland. 
Oct. 21. The Evolution of the U. S. Flag. Illustrated with flags 

famous in American History. Col. Harrison S. Ker- 

rick. Coast Artillery Corps, U. S. A. 
Oct. 2 1 . *Operatic and Ballad Recital. Mme Alice Baschi and 

assisting artists. 
Oct. 22. *Ruskin as a Social Reformer. Rev. Joseph P. Mac- 

Carthy, Ph.D. (Ruskin Club.) 
Northern Spain. Rev. Alwin E. Worman. 
*The Folk Lore of Hallowe'en. Christine von K. Wade. 
*The Music of the West Indies. Byron W. Reed. 
Whales, Totem Poles and Indians. L. O. Armstrong. 
(Field and Forest Club Course. Contributed by the 

Bureau of Commercial Economics, Washington, D.C.) 
Nov. 4. *The Pilgrim's Progress: A Study in Literary Immortality. 

John Livingston Lowes. 
Nov. 8. The Glory of the Italian Cities, Henry J. Kilbourn, D.D. 
Nov. 1 1 . *A Schubert Program ; for Young People of All Ages. 

Persis Cox. 
Nov. 1 1 . ^Concert. Letz String Quartet. (Under the auspices of 

the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, Elizabeth 

Sprague Coolidge Foundation.) 










Nov. 15. Another U. S. A.: The Union of South Africa. John C. 

Bowker. M. D. 
Nov. 1 8. *DolIy Madison. Dramatic reading. In costume of the 

period. Isabella Taylor. 
Nov. I 8. *A Schubert Centenary Program. Catherine Smith Bailey. 
Nov. 19. Japan. Andrew Oliver, Ph.D. (Ruskin Club.) 
Nov. 22. Red Letter Days in Spanish Cities. Mrs. James Frederick 

Nov. 24. '^The Aims, Icieals, and Future of American Opera. 
Vladimir Rosing and assisting artists. (American Opera 
Nov. 25. *Ye Old Tvme Thanksgiving Dayes and Wayes. Francis 

Henry Wade, M.D.. Ph.D. 
Nov. 25. *Folk Songs. (In costume.) Berthe Hebert, Contralto. 
Nov. 26. *Home and School Responsibilities in the Time of John 
Ruskin and the Present. Arthur B. Lord, .A.B. 
Supervisor of Special Schools and Classes, Mas'-.a- 
chusetts Department of Education. (Ruskin Club.) 
The Visual Art of the Theatre. Walter Prichard Eaton. 
^Literature at Woodchuck Lodge. Dallas Lore Sharp. 
^Concert. Burgin String Quartet. (Under the auspices of 
the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge Foundation.) 
The Experiences of a Press Photographer. Alton Hall 
Blackinton of the Boston Herald. 
*Marie Ware Laughton, Director of The Out-Door Players, 
presenting a group of players in scenes from plays, and a 
*The Play, from Author to Production. E. E. Clive, Direc- 
tor of The Copley Theatre Players. 
0. *John Ruskin Still Speaking. Jessie D. Hodder, Superin- 
tendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women. 
(Ruskin Club.) 
Dec. 1 3. Casual Pages from a Travel Diary: Tlie Rhine, Chamonix, 
The French Pyrenees. Olive C. Grigor. (Field and 
Forest Club Course.) 
*Our Philippine Neighbors. Crayon Lecture. Jose M. 

^Chamber Concert. Jane Leland Clark and assisting 

Judea and Jerusalem. Harriet-Everard Johnson, A.B.. 
S.T.B., Dean, Tuckerman School of Religious Edu- 
cation. (Ruskin Club.) 
Dec. 20. Holland Humoresques: a personal Holland illustrated and 
costumed. Alice Howland Macomber. 



















Dec. 23. Dickens' "Christmas Carol." Edward F. Payne, Presi- 
dent, Boston Branch of the Dickens Fellowship. 

Dec. 23. ^Famous Hymns and How to Sing Them. Rosabelle 

Dec. 27. Travel Talk on Peru. Arthur L. Sweetser. 

Dec. 30. *Folk Song Recital, in costume: a comparative study of 
folk songs from the British Isles, Russia, France and 
America. Claramond Thompson, Contralto. 

Dec. 30. *Gay Head Indian legends and traditions. With Indian 
Songs. Nannetta Vanderhoop Madison, assisted by 
other Indians. 


In Exhibition Room. 


Jan. 9. Aviation: Material lent by the Guggenheim F'oundation; 

Model of the East Boston Airport. 

Jan. 23. Designs submitted in the Small House Competition, spon- 
sored by the House Beautiful Publishing Company, 
recent acquisition to the Fine Arts collection; Material 
showing the history of book illustration. 

Feb. 6. Plates from "Pieler Brueghel the Elder", by Dvorak, a 

recent acquisition to the Fine Arts collection; Material 
showing the history of book illustration. 

Feb. 13. "Creative Design": original work by pupils of the public 
schools of Boston, shown in connection with the meeting 
of the National Education Association. 

Mar. 6. "Research for Ornamentation in the Boston Public Libra- 
ry": original designs and batik work by William Wal- 
lace Garland { Selected design material from , the 
Division of Fine Arts. 

Mar. 26. Posters submitted by school children in Massachusetts in 
a "Thrift Poster" competition sponsored by the Savings 
Bank Association of Massachusetts. 

Apr. 8. Mediaeval manuscripts from the Library collection; Alcott 
photographs of the Burns country; Framed sketches of 
the Zion Library, Brookline. 

Apr. 1 6. "Be Kind to Animals Week": Posters submitted by school 
children in contest sponsored by the Massachusetts 
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Apr. 23. Posters submitted in Cover Design Competition of the 
House Beautiful Publishing Company. 

May 7. Selected examples of the work of Mr. Thomas M. Cleland, 
illustrator, sponsored by the Society of Printers; Se- 














lected books printed by the Menyinounl Press, from 

the Library collection. 
May 21. Autographed portraits of musicians, from the collection ol 

Mr. Henry ^. Porter; Plates from L. O. Burnacim's 

collection of designs for theatrical costume • — from 

the Division of Fine Arts. 
June 4. Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum: Views of jiarks in 

and around Boston, from the collection in the Division 

of Fine Arts. 
F^hotographs from "Ramona", from the photoplay nov.' 

showing in Boston. 
Plates from "American Yachts", by Frederick Cozzens, 

recently acquired by the Library. 
"Advancing Aviation": Photographs taken by Miss H. M. 

Murdoch, F.R.P.S. ; Airplane models lent by boys of 

Greater Boston. 
Illuminated manuscripts: Medici Prints: Mountain views: 

Interesting editions of the Bible: Fine bindings. 
"Fifty Books of the Year ', lent by the American Institute 

of Graphic Arts. 
"American Book Illustration", lent by the American Insti- 
tute of Graphic Arts; Prints from the collection of the 

Division of Fine Arts. 
Oct. 2\ . "Color and Modernism in Printing" — examples of re- 
cent European and American work, lent by Mr. Henry 

Lewis Johnson. 
Nov. 10. John Bunyan Tercentenary Exhibition; "Four Hundred 

\ears of Children's Books. 
Dec. 29. "Small Houses": Material from competition of the House 

Beautiful Publishing Company, supplemented by books 

from the Division of Fine Arts. 


Adams, Edward Dear, New York City. Henry Admas of Somerset- 
shire, England and Braintree, Massachusetts. His English ancestry 
and some of his descendants. Compiled by J. Gardner Bartlett for 
Edward Dean Adams. Privately printed. New York, 1927. 

Adams. Randolph G., Librarian, William L. Clements Library. .Ann 
Arbor, Michigan. The papers of Lord George Germain. A brief 
description of the Stopford-Sackville papers now in the William L. 
Clements Library. By Randolph G. Adams. Ann Arbor, I 928. 
Benjamin Franklin's Proposals for the education of youth in Penn- 
sylvania, 1749. By Randolph G. Adams. Ann Arbor, 1927. 

Beggs, Mrs. Robert H., Denver, Colorado. The Book o* Beggs. A 
genealogical study of the Beggs family in America, also gleanings 


concerning this ancient Gaelic family of Beg-Begg-Beig-Begge- 
Beggs. By Robert Henry Beggs and Clara Beardsley Beg^s. 
(Denver, 1928.) 

The Boston Browning Society. The ring and the book, by Robert Brown- 
ing. Walter Hampden Edition. New York, 1927. 
Scrittori Italiani e stranieri', poesia: Dramatis personae e altri poemi, 

Uomini e donne e poemi varii, 1922. 

Paracelso, 1916, di Roberto Browning. Traduzione di L. Pelle- 
grini. Lanciono. (For the Browning GjUection. ) ^ 

Bradford, Gamaliel, Wellesley Hills. Life and I. An autobiography of 
humanity, by Gamaliel Bradford, Boston, 1928. 

Carbonell y Rivero, Jose Manuel, President, Academia Nacional de 
Artes y Letras, Habana, Cuba. Twenty-eight volumes of Cuban 
works, including Evolucion de la cultura Cubana, 1608-1927. 
Recopilacion dirigida por Jose Manuel Carbonell y Rivero. 1 8 
volumes. Habana. 1928. (Edicion oBcial.) (To commemorate 
the celebration of the Sixth International American Conference in 
the Capital of Cuba.) 

Childs, Mrs. Arthur E. A group of 1 08 books including The American 
cyclopaedia. New York, 1881, 1 7v., Chamber's encyclopaedia, 
Philadelphia, 1863—1867, 10 v.. The Century dictionary. New 
York, 1902, 8 v.. Life of St. Paul, by F. W. Farrar, New York. 
1879, 2 v. Also works of history, biography, and 68 numbers of 
the National Geographic Magazine and L' Illustration. 

Clark, William Andrews, Jr. The Library of William Andrews Clark, 
Jr., Los Angeles. Sonnets, by E. B. B. Reading, 1847. Printed 
in facsimile for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash 
of San Francisco, 1927. 12°. 

Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with 
some observations and a bibliographical note, by William Andrews 
Clark, Jr. The frontispiece by William Wilke done in dry point 
after a bas-relief by Helen Hall Culver. San Francisco. 1927. 
Small folio. (No. 55 of 250 copies printed for private distribution.) 

Columbia Phonograph Company, New York. Fifteen portfolios of its 
"Masterworks" Series of recorded music. For the Allen A. Brown 

Fry, John Hemming, New York City. Greek myths and other symbols. 
From a group of paintings by John Hemming Fry. With interpre- 
tations by Lilian Whiting. Folio, on hand-made wove paper. 
Tooled pigskin. (Philadelphia, 1927.) (An interpretation of 
old legends in color half-tones, retouched by the artist.) 

Great Britain. Commissioner of Patents. Specifications of inventions. 
95 volumes. 

Hall, T. Walter. Sheffield, England. Sheffield, Hallamshire. A de- 
scriptive catalogue of Sheffield manorial records, from the eighth 


vear of Richard II. to the Restoration. 2 v. Compiled and an- 
notated by T. Waher Hall. 1926. 1928. 

Yorkshire charters irom the Lindsay collection. 1 ranslations and 
notes bv I . Walter Hall. Printed lor private circulation. Shef- 
field. (928. 

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California. 
The Huntington Papers. The archives of the noble family of 
Hastings. Parts 1—6. London, 1926. Colored coat-of-arms. 
Facsimiles of charters. 

1-roin Panama to Peru. The Conquest of Peru by the Pizarros, 
the Rebellion of Gonzalo Pizarro and the Pacification of La Gasca. 
An epitome of the original signed documents to and from the con- 
quistadors, Francisco, Gonzalo, Pedro, and Hernando Pizarro. 
Diego de Almagro and Pacificator La Gasca, together with the 
original signed MS. royal decrees. London, 1925. 
Four catalogues of maps of America from the sixteenth to the nine- 
teenth centuries. Americana mainly dealing with the Revolution 
and John W. Waler Catalogue of English Literature. All items 
in these catalogues form a part of the collection of the Henry E. 
Huntington Library. 

Hispanic Society of America, The President and Trustees of. New York 
City. Eighteen recent publications of the Society, for addition to 
the set in the Ticknor collection of Spanish and Portuguese books. 

Mather. William G., Cleveland, Ohio. The Mather literature, by 
Thomas J. Holmes, Librarian of the William Gwinn Mather Libra- 
ry. Privately printed for W''illiam Gwinn Mather. Cleveland, 1927. 

Pershing, Edgar J., Philadelphia. The Pershing family in America. 
A collection of historical and genealogical data, family portraits, 
traditions, legends and military records. Philadelphia, 1924. 

Prendergast, Julia C. Fifty-nine volumes of miscellaneous works, chiefly 

University of Michigan, General Library, Ann Arbor. Facsimile of the 
Washington Manuscript of the Minor Prophets, in the Freer Col- 
lection, and the Berlin fragment of Genesis. With an introduction 
by Henry A. Sanders. (Copy No. I 3 of an edition of 400 copies.) 
In morocco binding. Large folio. Ann Arbor, 1927. 

Victor Talking Machine Company, Camden, N. J. Twenty-five port- 
folios of its "Musical Masterpiece Series of Victor Records". For 
the Allen A. Brown Collection. 

Welles, Misses Frances and Catherine, Minneapolis. Welles and allied 
families. Genealogical and biographical. Prepared and privately 
printed for Catherine J. W'^elles and Frances S. Welles, by the 
American Historical Society, Inc., New York, 1927. Bound 
by Stikeman, in full morocco, tooled, with Coats of Arms in color. 


Whitney, Mrs. Mary C, Cleveland, Ohio. Whitney, Wyne and allied 
families. Genealogical and biographical. Prepared for Mrs. 
Mary C. Whitney by the American Historical Society. New York. 
1 928. Portraits, autograph facsimiles. In full rnorocco. 

Director, Charles F. D. Belden. 

Reference Librarian, Frank H. Chase. 

Executive Secretary, Delia Jean Deery. 

Auditor, Helen Schubarth. 

Bates Hall Centre Desk, Newspaper and Patent Department: Pierce E. 
Buckley, Chief. 

Newspaper Division, Frederic Serex, Assistant in Charge. 

Patent Division, William J. Ennis, Assistant in Charge. 
Bindery Department: James W. Kenney, Chief. 
Branch Department: Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branches.* 

Central Branch Issue Division, Alice V. Stevens, Assistant in Charge. 

Branch Binding Division, Marian A. McCarthy, Assistant in Charge. 

Shipping Division, Robert F. Dixon, Assistant in Charge. 
Catalogue Department: Samuel A. Chevalier, Chief. 

Card Division, T. Francis Brennan, Assistant in Charge. 

Shelf Division, Michael McCarthy, Chief Classifier, in Charge. 
Children's Department: Alice M. Jordan, Supervisor of Work with 

Children's Librarian, Central Library, Mary C. Toy. 
Editor: Zoltan Haraszti. 

Engineer and Janitor Department: William F. Quinn, Supt. of Buildings. 
Genealogy Division : Agnes C. Doyle, Assistant in Charge. 
Information Office: John H. Reardon, Assistant in Charge. 
Issue Department: Frank C. Blaisdell, Chief. 
Library Training Class: Bertha V. Hartzell, Supervisor. 
Ordering Department: Louis F. Ranlett, Chief. 
Periodical Room: Francis J. Hannigan, Assistant in Charge. 
Printing Department. Francis Watts Lee, Chief. 
Registration Department: A. Frances Rogers, Chief. 
Special Libraries Department: George S. Maynard, Chief. 

Barton-Ticknor Division, Harriet Swift, Assistant in Charge. 

Music Division, Richard G. Appel, Assistant in Charge, 
Statistical Department: Mary W. Dietrichson, Chief. 
Stock Room: Timothy J. Mackin, Custodian. 

•For Branch Librarians, see below. 


Branch Librarians: 

Allston, Catherine 1". Muldoon. 
Andrew Square. Elizabeth H. McShane. 
Boylston Station. Pearl B. Smart. 
Brighton. Katrina M. Sather. 
C harlestown. Kalherine S. Rogan. 
City Point, Ahce L. Murphy. 
Codman Square, Elizabeth P. Ross. 
Dorchester, Marion C. Kingman. 
East Boston. Laura M. Cross. 
Faneuil. Gertrude L. Connell. 
Fellowes Athenaeum. Mary E. Ames. 
Hyde Park, Grace L. Murray. 
Jamaica Plain. Katie F. Albert. 
Jeffries Point. Margaret A. Calnan. 
Lower Mills, Isabel E. Wethcrald. 
Mattapan, Ada Aserkoff. 
Memorial. Beatrice M. Flanagan. 
Mount Bowdoin, Theodora B. Scoff. 
Mount Pleasant, Margaret H. Reid. 
Neponset. Margaret I. McGovern. 
North End. Mary F. Curley. 
Orient Heights, Catherine F. Flannery. 
Parker Hill, Mary M. Sullivan. 
Roslindale, Annie M. Donovan. 
Roxbury Crossing, Edith R. Nickerson. 
South Boston. M. Florence Cufflin. 
South End. Margaret A. Sheridan. 
Tyler Street, Lois Clark. 
Upham's Corner, Beatrice C. Maguire. 
West End. Fanny Goldstein. 
West Roxbury. Carrie L. Morse. 


Abbott, Gordon, elected Vice-Presi- 
dent, 1. 

Accessions, (See Books). 

Bates, Ellen S., gift of portraits, 4. 

Bates, Martin, and Sarah S., portraits 
of, 4. 

Balance Sheet, 22-27. 

Bates Hall, 44-47. 

Benton, J. H., portrait, 5. 

Binder, Jacob, portrait of J. H. Benton, 

Bindery, 31, 64. 73. 

Books, accessions, 4, 34, 37, 38, 71 ; 
branches, 59, 70; catalogued, 41, 71 ; 
. circulation, 4, 34, 67—71 ; expenditure, 
4, 38; inter-library loans, 70; lost 
and missing, 43-44; purchases, 35, 
70; special items bought, 39-40; 
total and location, 71-72. 

Borrowers, (See Registration). 

Branches, extension of facilities, 2; im- 
provements needed, 37; books, 59, 
70; circulation, 59, 67-70 Examining 
Committee on, 30-33 ; repairs and 
improvements, 60; v^^ork with children, 

Business Branch, offer of L. E. Kir- 
stein, 5. 

Buxton, Frank W., appointed Trustee, 

Catalogue Department, 41. 71. 

Children, work with, 55-58. 

Circulation, 4, 34, 43, 59, 67-68. 

Declaration Of Independence, bronze 
reproduction given by Governor 
Fuller, 5. 

Director's report, 34. 

Deposits, 59. 

Dwinnell, Clifton H., death, 1. 

Employees. (See Staff). 

Estimates, 4. 

Examining' Committee, members of, 20; 
report, 28-33. 

Exhibitions, 57, 63, 78. 

Finance, Balance Sheet, 22—27; books, 
4, 35, 38; estimates, 4; Examining 
Committee, 28; receipts, 3; special 
appropriation for improvements, 36; 
trust funds, 4, 6-19. 

Fuller, Alvan T.. gift, 5. 

Gifts and bequests, 4-5, 37, 40. 79-82. 

Government Document Room, 49. 

Hemenway, Alfred, bequest, 4, 40. 

Information Office, 49. 

Inter-library loans, 70. 

Issue Department, 43. 

Kirstein, Louis E., elected President, 
I ; addition to fund, 4, 40; offers to 
erect and furnish a business branch, 

Lecture Hall, improvements, 1, 29; use, 

37, 63. 73-78. 

Lectures and concerts, 37, 62, 73—78. 

Needs of the Library, 1 , 36. 

Newspaper Room. 50. 

North, Gardner O., bequest, 4, 40. 

Open Shelf Room, 49. 

Ordering Department, 40. 

Patent Room, 50. 

Periodical Room. 51. 

Printing Department, 31, 73. 

Publications, 47-49. 

Readers' Adviser, 37, 62. 

Registration, 34, 42. 

Retirements, 65. 

Repairs and improvements, 1-2; Ex- 
amining Committee, 29-30; branches, 
60; mechanical, 64—65. 

Shelf Department, 41, 71. 

Special Libraries, 31, 36, 53. 

Staff, needs trained workers, 3. officers, 
82, retirements, 65. 

Statistical Department, 54. 

Sunday and Evening service, 44. 

Teachers' Room, 58. 

Training Class, 60. 

Trust funds, 4, 6-19. 

Trustees, organization, I, report, 1-21. 

Central Library, Copley Square. 1 

Branch Libraries, January 1, 1929. 

City Proper. 

North End Branch. 3» North Bennel Si. . 

Soulh End Branch. Shawmul Ave. and WmI Brooklme Si, 

WesI End Branch. Cambridj^e, co^. Lynde St, 

Tyler Street Branch. Tyler, cor. Oak St. . 

Brighton Branch. Academy Hill Road 

Allston Branch. 138 Brighton Ave. . 

Faneuil Branch. 100 Broolcj St. . 

Charlestown Branch, Monument Square, cor. Monument Ave 

Dorchester Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adams St. . 

Codman Square Branch. Washinqlon, cor. Norfolk St, 

Upham's Corner Branch, Columbia Road, cor. Bird St. 

I ower Mills Branch. Washinslon. cor. Richmond St. 

Maltapan Branch. 7 Babson St 

Mount Bowdoin Branch. Washington, cor. Eldon St. 

Neponsel Branch, 362 Neponset Ave. . 
East Roston. 

East Boston Branch, 276-282 Meridian St. . 

Jeffries Point Branch. 195 Webster St. 

Orient Heights Branch, 1030 Bennington St. 
Hyde Park. 

Hyde Park Branch. Harvard Ave., cor. Winthrop St 
Jamaica Plain. 

Jamaica Plain Branch, Sedgwick, cor. Soulh St. 

Boylslon Station Branch, Depot Square 

Fellowes Atheneeum Branch, 46 Milmont St. 

Memorial Branch. Townsend. cor. Warren St. 

Mount Pleasant Branch. Dudley, cor. Vine St. 

Parker Hill Branch, 1518 TremonI St. 

Roxbury Crossing Branch, 208 Ruggles St. . 
South Boston. 

South Boston Branch. 372 Broadway . 

Andrew Square Branch, 396 Dorchester St. . 

City Point Bran<h, Broadway, near H Si. 
West Roxbury. 

West Roxbury Branch, Centre, near Ml. Vernon Si. 

Roslindale Branch, Washington, cor. Ashland St. . 

Area of City (Land only) 45.60 Square mile 

Population (Census of 1925), 779,620. 

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