EIGHTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT
CITY OF BOSTON
PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES
EIGHTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT
CITY OF BOSTON
PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES
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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON: PRINTING DEPARTMENT.
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TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
ELLERY SEDGWICK, President
Term expires April 30, 1933
LOUIS E. KIRSTEIN JOHN L. HALL
Term expires April 30, 1934 " Term expires April 30, 1936
FRANK W. BUXTON
Term expires April 30, 1935
WILLIAM CARDINAL O'CONNELL
Term expires April 30, 1937
MILTON E. LORD
(Beginning February 1, 1932)
ORGANIZATION OF THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT.
The Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, organized
in 1852, are now incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 1 14 of the
Acts of 1878, as amended. The Board for 1852 was a preliminary or-
ganization; that for 1853 made the first annual report. The Board at
present consists of five citizens at large, appointed by the Mayor for
five-year terms, the term of one member expiring each year. The follow-
ing citizens at large have been members of the Board since its organization
Abbott, Gordon, a.b., 1926-1931.
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, Frank W., a.b., 1928-
Carr, Samuel, 1895-96. 1908-22.
Chase, George Bigelow, a.m., 1876-85.
Clarke, James Freeman, d.d.. 1 879-88.
CoAKLEY, Daniel Henry. 1917-19.
Connolly, Arthur Theodore, 1916-1932.
Currier, Guy Wilbur, 1922-1930.
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.
Everett, 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.
Hall, John Loomer, a.b., ll.b., 1931-
Haynes, Henry Williamson, a.m., 1880-94.
HiLLiARD, George Stillman, ll.d., 1872-75; 1876-77.
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, 1 870-73.
Murray, Michael Joseph, ll.b., 1921-26.
O'CoNNELL, William Cardinal, 1932-
Pierce, Phineas. 1888-94.
Prince. Frederick Octavius. a.m., 1888-99.
Putnam, George, d.d., 1868-77.
Richards, William Reuben, a.m., 1889-95.
Sedgwick, Ellery, a.b., litt.d., 1930-
Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, ll.d., 1852-68.
Thomas, Benjamin Franklin, ll.d., 1877-78.
Ticknor, George, ll.d., 1852-66.
Walker, Francis Amasa, ll.d., 1896.
Whipple, Edwin Percy, a.m., 1868-70.
Whitmore, William Henry, a.m., 1885-88.
WiNsoR, Justin, ll.d., 1867-68,
TTie Hon. Edward Everett was President of the Board from 1 852
to 1864; George Ticknor, in 1865; William W. Greenough,
from 1866 to April, 1888; Prof. Henry W. Haynes, from May 7,
1888, to May 12. 1888; Samuel A. B. Abbott, May 12. 1888, to
April 30, 1895; Hon. F. O. Prince, October 8, 1895, to May 8,
1899; Solomon Lincoln, May 12, 1899, to October 15, 1907;
Rev. James De Normandie, January 31, 1908, to May 8, 1908;
Josiah H. Benton, May 8, 1908, to February 6, 1917; William F.
Kenney, February 13, 1917, to May 7, 1920; Rev. 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, June 22, 1928 to June 21, 1929; Gordon
Abbott, June 21. 1929 to June 20. 1930; Frank W. Buxton,
June 20, 1930 to May 15. 1931 ; Louis E. Kirstein. May 15, 1931
to May 20, 1932; Ellery Sedgwick since May 20, 1932.
(From 1858 to 1877, the chief executive officer was called Superintendent; since
CapEN, Edward, Librarian, May 13, 1852 - December 16. 1874.
Jewett, Charles C, Superintendent, 1858 - January 9. 1868.
Winsor, Justin, ll.d., Superintendent, February 25, 1868 - Septem-
ber 30, 1877.
Green, Samuel A., M.D., Trustee, Acting Librarian, October 1, 1877 -
September 30, 1878.
Chamberlain, Mellen, ll.d. Librarian, October 1. 1878 -Septem-
ber 30. 1890.
Dwight, Theodore F., Librarian, April 1 3, 1892 - April 30. 1894.
Putnam, Herbert, ll.d., Librarian, February 11, 1895 -April 3,
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., litt.d.. Director, March
15, 1917 -October 24, 1931.
Lord, Milton E., a.b.. Director, since February 1, 1932.
LIBRARY SYSTEM, JANUARY 1, 1932.
*Cenlral Library. Copley Square .
♦East Boston Branch, 276-282 Meridian St.
§South Boston Branch, 372 West Broadway .
llFellowes Athenaeum Branch, 46 Millmont St.
*CharIestown Branch, 43 Monument Square
*Brighton Branch, 40 Academy Hill Road .
JDorchester Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adams St
■fLower Mills Branch, 1110 Washington, cor. Richmond St.
JSouth End Branch. 65 West Brookline St.
tjamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick, cor. South St
JRoslindale Branch, 4210 Washington St.
*West Roxbury Branch, 1961 Centre St.
*Mattapan Branch, 8-10 Hazleton St. .
*North End Branch, 3a North Bennet St.
§Neponset Branch, 362 Neponset Ave.
§Mt. Bowdoin Branch. 275 Washington St
§Allston Branch, 161 Harvard Ave. .
$Codman Square Branch, Washington, cor. Norfolk St.
$Mt. Pleasant Branch, 335 Dudley, cor Vine St.
$Tyler Street Branch, 130 Tyler, cor. Oak St.
*West End Branch, 131 Cambridge St.
JUpham's Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Rd.
^Memorial Branch, cor. Warren and Townsend Sts.
§Roxbury Crossing Branch, 208 Ruggles, cor Tremont St.
*Boylston Branch, 433 Centre St. ...
§Orient Heights Branch, 5 Butler Ave.
JCity Point Branch, Municipal Bldg., Broadway .
*Parker Hill Branch, 1497 Tremont St. .
*Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Ave., cor. Winthrop St.
*Faneuil Branch, 419 Faneuil St. .
§Andrew Square Branch, 394 Dorchester St.
*Jeffries Point Branch, 22 Webster St. . . .
IBaker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration Jan.
*Kirstein Memorial Library Building: 20 City Hall Ave.
Business Branch, first and second floors;
Kirstein Branch, third floor.
§Phillips Brooks Branch, 12 Hamilton St., Readville . . . May 18. 1931
^ In the case of the Central Library and some of the branches the opening was in a
different location from that now occupied. *ln building owned by City and
controlled by Library Board, "fin building owned by City, and exclusively devoted
to library uses. Jin City building, in part devoted to other municipal uses. §Occupies
rented rooms. liThe lessee of the Fellowes Athenaeum, a private library association.
JUnder agreement with Harvard.
Report of the. Trustees
Balance Sheet ....
Report of the Examining Committee
Report of the Director .
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Boylston Branch Libiaiy .
Jeffries Point Branch Library
Faneuil Branch Library
Facing page 6
Facing page 22
To His Honor James M. Curley,
Mayor of the Ciiv of Boston.
Tlie Trustees of the Public Library' of the City of Boston
present the following report of its condition and a^airs for the
year ending December 31, 1932, being the eighty-first eumual
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
The Corporation organized at the annual meeting on May 20,
1932 \N-ith the election of Mr. Ellery Sedg\s'ick as President,
Mr. John L. Hall as Vice President, and Miss Delia Jean
Deerj^ as ClerL
T~he term of .Monsignor Arthur T. Connolly, who had served
as a Trustee since 1916, expired on April 30. Father Connolly
gave generously of time and attention to the Library, until his
active participation in its work had to cease with the advent of
failing health. His services -svere described and recognized in
the following Resolution adopted by the Trustees cind ordered
spread upon the permanent records of the Corporation:
Monsignor Arthur Theodore Connolly was a Trustee of the Boston
Public Libran- from June 15, 1916 to November 8, 1932. During this
long term he was tvsice President of this Board, and has left behind him
the respect and affection of his colleagues, who deeply s>"mpathize with the
limitations imposed by illness upon his eager spirit, and now take pleasure
in recalhng the bene&cence of his work and counsel. Monsignor GjnnoUy
combined the enthusiasm of the amateur ^Nith the matiirity of disciplined
judgment. His companionship is pleasant to remember; his services not
easy to forget.
His Eminence \X'illiam Cardinal O'Cormell was appointed a
Tmstee for the term of five j'ears ending Apnl 30, 1937.
In recognition of the service of Mr. Gordon Abbott cis Trustee
for the term which had expired in the preceding year, the Board
adopted the following Resolution and ordered it spread upon the
permanent records of the Corporation :
The Trustees of the Boston Public Library wish to place on their
record fitting recognition of the services freely, generously, and persistently
given by Gordon Abbott during the five years of his important service.
From June 21, 1929 to June 28, 1930, Mr. Abbott was President of
this Board, and retired on April 30, 1931, declining reappointment only
on account of the pressure of other public duties. His term of office
deserves especial remembrance, for it was owing largely to his vigilance
and practical energy that the foundations of the Library were reestablished
on new and adequate piling.
On February 1, 1932, Mr. Milton Edward Lord assumed
office as Director of the Library, having been confirmed in this
appointment by the Board on December 4, 1 93 1 .
The estimates submitted on November 1 , 1 93 1 for the main-
tenance of the Library during the year 1 932 were later amended
and reduced. These estimates were as follows:
A. — Personal service .
B. — Service other than personal
C, — Equipment
D. — Supplies
E. — Materials
RECEIPTS OF THE LIBRARY
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 year 1 932 these receipts were :
Income from trust funds .......
Unexpended balance of trust funds income of previous years
Total . . . $1,244,974.54
Receipts which were accounted for and paid into the City
Treasury for general municipal purposes during the year were
as follows :
From fines ..........
From sales of waste paper .......
Brought forward $22,577.87
From sales of catalogs, etc. ........ 86.1 1
From commission on telephone stations ...... 513.01
From payments for lost books ........ 1,073.92
Interest on bank deposits ......... iO.29
Totals .... $24,294.35
EXPENDITURES OF THE LIBRARY
The total amount expended during 1932 was $1 ,293,971 .29.
This was divided as follows:
From city appropriation ........ $1,147,579.89
From special appropriations ........ 126,345.78
From the income of trust funds . . . ... . . 20,045.62
ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY
The number of volumes added to the Library during the year
was 1 1 7,993, obtained chiefly by purchase, but in some part by
gift and exchange. The total number of volumes in the Library
at the close of the year was 1,631,422.
The total amount expended for books, periodicals, news-
papers, photographs, and other library material from the city
appropriation and from the trust funds income was $1 79,973.00.
USE OF THE LIBRARY
The home use of books for the year was 5,567,681 . The use
of material within the Library's premises for reference and study
is for the most part unrestricted, and it is therefore impracticable
to record it.
In addition to the above noted use of the Central Library arid
the thirty-four Branch Libraries, deposits of books were made
available to 338 agencies, including engine houses, institutions,
COMPARATIVE STATISTICS, 1931 AND 1932
A comparison of certain statistics of 1 932 with those for 1 93 1
is noted below :
Total expenditures: city appropriaiion
and trust funds income
Expended for books and other library
material from city appropriation
and trust funds income .
Number of volumes added
Total number of volumes in the Library
Borrowed for home use
Number of card holders .
REVISED ORGANIZATION PLAN FOR THE LIBRARY
On September 1 2 the Board adopted a revised plan of organi-
zation for the Library. In accordance therev/ith the Director
was requested to investigate the arrangement of personnel and
the like necessary for putting the plan into effect.
BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
During 1932 there were opened to the public three new
branch library buildings: for the Faneuil Branch Library, the
Boylston Branch Library, and the Jeffries Point Branch Li-
brary. These were constructed under a special appropriation
of $200,000 approved for the purpose on March 3, 1931 . The
architects of the Faneuil Branch were Kilham, Hopkins, &
Greeley; for the Boylston Branch, Maginnis & Walsh; for the
Jeffries Point Branch, Thomas Williams.
At the Central Library considerable attention was given to the
problem of the level of the ground water in the vicinity of Copley
Square, particularly as this affects the piling and the foundations
of the Central Library building. In the study of the problem
the aid of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was en-
listed. The study was initiated promptly and was still being
actively carried on as the fiscal year 1932 came to its end, a
report being expected in the new year.
There was received a bequest of $2000 under the will of the
late Horace G. Wadlin, Librarian of the Boston Public Library
from 1 903 to 1917. The bequest was funded, with the income
to be used for the purchase of books.
Mr. Harry C. Bentley presented to the Library his collection
of Early American Works on Accounting and expressed his
desire to add subsequently to the collection as additional appro-
priate items should become available. He presented as well the
sum of $220.38 in connection with the purchase of certain items.
The Beacon Hill Garden Club made available a much ap-
preciated gift in the way of adequate planting for the grounds of
the West End Branch Library.
The Library received during the year many important gifts
of books and other library material. A list of the principal gifts
is to be found in the Appendix on pages 42-44.
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 and other im-
portant books that give value and prestige to a great educational
institution such as the Library has become.
As a matter of interest to the public the Board has pleasure in
listing herein the present trust funds of the Library, with explana-
tory notes. This list will be found on pages 45—55.
George Bramwell Baker
J. A. Lowell Blake
Arthur H. Cole
Frederic H. Curtiss
William J. Davidson
Susan J. Ginn
Henry Lewis Johnson
Matt B. Jones
James Ernest King
Edward L. Logan
The Trustees gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by
the Examining Committee of 1932. Its membership included
the following individuals:
George R. Nutter
James P. Parmenter
Charles O. Pengra
Elizabeth W. Perkins
Edward M. Pickman
David D. Scannell
Arthur A. Shurchff
William M. Stinson, S.J.
Joseph P. Toye
It is gratifying to have the generous and helpful assistance of
citizens who render such service. Special attention is called to
the constructive report of the Committee as it appears on pages
1 4-26 immediately following.
The Trustees call attention particularly to the report of the
Director of the Library. This follows on pages 27-32.
They wish also to express publicly their appreciation of the
work which the staff of the Library has carried on in the interest
of the public.
Frank W. Buxton
John L. Hall
Louis E. Kirstein
William Cardinal O'Connell
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
Central Library and Branches:
To Expenditures For:
Permanent employees (exclusive of Printing
and Binding Department employees) . . . $668,048.45
Temporary employees ...... 109,958.58
To Service Other Than Personal:
Printing and binding 208.88
Transportation of persons 1,744.14
Cartage and freight 7,666.43
Light and power 19,386.75
Rent, taxes and Vk^ater 19,716.00
Surety bond and insurance 82.04
Communication ....... 3,502.48
Cleaning , 1349.25
Removal of ashes ....... 20.40
Removal of snow ....... 225.35
Photographic and blueprinting 347.75
General plant 9,536.82
To Expenditure For Equipment:
Motorless vehicles 14.95
Furniture and fittings ...... 9,501 .56
City Appropriation 1 47,921 .04
Trust funds income
(including transfer to
London account) 20,985.87 168,906.91
City appropriation 942.44
Trust funds income 2272.49 3,214.93
City appropriation 21 1 .68
Trust funds income 1,213.64 1,425.32
City appropriation 78.00
Trust funds income 80.70 1 58.70
City appropriation 14,489.03
Trust funds income 1.433.32 15,92235
City appropriation 43.37
Trust funds income 16.40 59.77
Tools and instruments ...... 850.90
General plant 3563.67 205.652.66
Carried forvtard $1,049,186.11
EXPENSES. DECEMBER 31, 1932
By City Appropriation 1932 .... $1,168,155.00
Income from Trust funds ..... 27.013.68
Income from James L. Whitney Bibliographic Account 700.00
Interest on deposit in London ..... 46.78
Transfer from Domestic Funds to London account 1 1 ,000.00
H. C. Bentley Gift 22038
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
To Expenditures For Supplies:
Food and ice
Forage and animal
Laundry, cleaning, toilet
Chemicals and disinfectants
General plant .
To Expenditures For Material:
To Special Items:
J. L. Whitney Bibliographic Account
Francis Skinner, reimbursement
To Binding Department:
To Printing Department
To Special Appropriations:
Branch libraries, establishment of
Central Library Building,
Fireproofing, improvements, etc.
Central Library Building
Foundation improvements, etc.
EXPENSES, DECEMBER 31. 1932
Brought forivard ....
By Balances Brought Forward from 1931 :
Trust Funds income. City Treasurer .
Trust Funds income on deposit in London
City Appropriation on deposit in London .
James L. Whitney Bibliographic Account .
Library Building, Foundations .
Library Building, Fireproofing .
Branch Libraries, establishment of .
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
To Amount Paid into City Treasurer:
Sales of catalogues, bulletins .
Commission on telephone stations
Payments for lost books .
Interest on bank deposit .
Sales of waste paper
To Balance, December 31, 1932:
Trust funds income on deposit in London
City appropriation on deposit in London
Trust funds income. City Treasury .
James L. Whitney Bibliographic Account
H. C. Bentley Gift ....
To Balance Unexpended:
Central Library Building, Fireproofing
Central Library Building, Foundations
Branch Libraries, Establishment of .
EXPENSES. DECEMBER 31 , 1932
Brought forii^ard $1,439,986.98
From fines 22,522.69
Sales of catalogues, bulletins ..... 86.1 1
Commission on telephone stations .... 513.01
Payments for lost books ...... 1,073.92
Interest on bank deposit ...... 10.29
Sales of waste paper . ...... 55.18
REPORT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE
To The Trustees of the Public Library
OF THE City of Boston.
The Examining Committee submits its report for 1 932.
In accordance with the suggestions made in the last report,
the Committee met in October and substantially completed
its work by December first. ' The sub-committees were in part
reorganized so as to avoid overlapping. The thirty-three branch
libraries were divided into eleven groups of three each, and two
members were assigned to visit each group. A list of suggestions
was given to the sub-committees and to the visitors to branches,
to assist them in their examinations. These changes have all
worked well, and we advise that they be continued, with the
additional recommendation that the Examining Committee be
appointed, and its sub-committees designated, in the spring or
early summer, so as to give ample time for investigation while
not postponing the final report beyond December first.
This report is mainly made up from the reports of the sub-
committees. These are on file and should be consulted for
I. GENERAL POLICIES
It has seemed best not to attempt an extended survey of the
general policies of the Library, but at this particular time and
under the present circumstances to consider four subjects.
I. What shall be the policy of the Library in a time of de-
pression? Shall it expand, or contract, its service?
At our request the Director has furnished us with some very
interesting statistics showing the increased use of the Library
during the period of depression. In substance, while about 5 %
represents the increase over the preceding year in each of the
four years up to 1931, the increase in 1931 exceeded 13% over
1930; and, in the twelve months from November 1, 1931 to
October 31,1 932, there was an increase of more than 1 6% over
the corresponding period preceding. In 1928 43% of users
of the Branch Libraries were adults and 57% children. In the
ten months of 1932 the ratio was just reversed — 57% being
adults and 43 % children. These figures seem to show the result
of the depression. The important question is what shall be the
It is obvious that in a time of depression each department of the
city must make its contribution to the general situation. The
customary contribution, of course, in most departments would be
a decreased budget. But there are departments, the work of
which may be of distinct service in a time of depression. No
one, of course, would suggest that a public welfare department
should cut down its activities, or contract its appropriations.
There are other departments which, in a lesser degree, might
also be of great service in such a time. Such a department, we
believe, is the Library.
The unemployed naturally have leisure. The great problem
of the future may be to find out how that leisure can be best
employed, and the fact that leisure is enforced does not alter the
problem. The old adage that Satan finds mischief for idle hands
to do is never more applicable than in a time of depression, and
we believe it is an important function of the municipal authori-
ties to furnish something for idle hands, and heads as well, if they
possibly can. It is just the time to throw open the resources of
the Library to the unemployed. Under guidance they can cer-
tainly improve themselves, and, if they are only entertained, it
is much better to have them entertained in a library, with its
surroundings, than to have them entertained on the street comer,
or in other places far less desirable. The resources of the Library,
if they get used to them, will enable them to bear their troubles
with more patience, and even fit themselves rather better for what
may come when there is an upward swing of the pendulum.
Furthermore, we must not forget that it is among the un-
employed, with their suffering, their anxiety, and their fears.
that the seeds of discontent are chiefly sown, which may blossom
out into movements quite inimical to our institutions. In the
present depression there is probably nothing that has been so
striking as the patience, the courage, and the endurance which the
unemployed have manifested. But it is not wise to depend too
much upon the continuance of these virtues. Instead, therefore,
of leaving the unemployed on the street corner to listen to the
first demagogue who comes along, it would be a very wise move
for the city in its own defense, and for a deeper and broader
reason than merely consideration for the unemployed, to give
them an opportunity in the Library.
We therefore recommend that the resources of the Library
be not lessened, but if possible increased, or at all events con-
tinued as they are. We further recommend that every efFort be
made by the staff of the Library to furnish to the unemployed
suggestions as to the use of the Library, by printed circulars,
printed lists of books, and, in general, such advice as the staff
may have the opportunity to give.
2. The relationship of the Library to the various colleges and
schools in our vicinity.
This is a very important problem and deserves careful con-
sideration. Some definite policy should be adopted.
We believe that it is of great advantage to our community, in
ways which it is not necessary to enumerate, that we should con-
tinue, as we already are, to be a great centre for scholarly re-
search. The Library may well do its best, in conjunction with
other libraries, to furnish advanced scholars with ail reasonable
facilities for research; this should not be abbreviated.
But it is quite a different matter when the institutions of learn-
ing, schools and colleges, go farther than this and endeavor to
save their own finances by having the Library furnish the books
for reference and collateral reading required by their pupils,
which in fact they should furnish themselves, at least to the
extent of having adequate library facilities for the work done
in their departments. This throws an unnecessary burden upon
the public treasury and interferes very much with the use the
citizens ought to have of the facihties of the Library. If a college
or school is to be started, it certainly ought to have an adequate
library — just as it ought to have an adequate laboratory in the
event that it undertakes to teach any of the physical sciences.
It ought not to expect the city to provide the books and facilities
for the ordinary pupils — whatever may be the policy of the
Library as to opportunities for reading and research to be given
to the advanced scholars.
We therefore recommend that a conference be called with
the authorities of the various colleges and schools in the vicinity,
the pupils of which have been accustomed to use our Library,
and that a frank explanation of the attitude of the Library be
given at this conference, in the effort to obtain some working
system under which the Library will not be put to the expense of
providing books which should be made available from other
sources. We believe that such a conference would be produc-
tive of good. But, if it does not result in the determination of
any policy, we think that the Trustees should consider very care-
fully whether there should not be a limitation put to the use of
the Library in this fashion.
3. Hie problem of publicity.
At the present time, publicity is essential to any undertaking,
and the Library is no exception to this rule. The objects of
publicity for the Library may be at least two-fold. In the first
place, publicity is necessary to increase the circulation of books
among the people, and to give them a knowledge of what they
possess in this great storehouse of books. At the present time
we do not need publicity of this nature because it would be im-
possible to satisfy, with our present resources, any demand which
would thus be stimulated. When means are at hand it will be
well to investigate the possibility of establishing additional bran-
ches in department stores, factories, etc.
TTie second object of publicity is to interest in the Library
many persons of means and cultivation who are not at present
interested in it at all. The Library ought to build up a back-
ground of interest — such as is displayed by those who con-
tribute to the Museum of Fine Arts and to the Symphony Or-
chestra. The possession of this great accumulation of books is
as much of cultural influence as either the production of art or
of music, and tends to make its contribution to the general position
of Boston as a centre for scholarly and cultural research. If
this be admitted in theory, it of course requires much thought and
consideration to put it into practice, and perhaps many experi-
ments may fail before any experiment is reasonably successful.
We therefore do not undertake to point out in what ways this
publicity can be gained; we merely mention the general policy,
which should be, as we believe, to interest persons of means and
cultivation in the Library, so that the Library may be sustained
not only by their interest, but also in practical ways by their
munificence ; we must keep up books of the higher type if we are
to be a great centre of research.
We recommend that a fund be placed at the disposal of the
Director, to be expended in making such experiments as he may
believe to be effective in gaining this type of publicity. If such
a fund cannot come from the city appropriation, it might well
be supplied out of unrestricted trust funds.
4. Changes to render the branch libraries less institutional.
Of course the first idea that comes to the mind of anyone who
learns of a branch library is that it is merely a place for giving
out books, without subjecting the recipient to the trouble of
going to the central library. That of course is its prime function.
But the branch library has the possibility of very much more.
And in some branch libraries this has been undertaken. It may
be made physically attractive to its community; it may sei-ve as
a community centre to stimulate a taste for reading ; and in various
other directions it may develop more homogeneity than is cus-
tomarily found in these large urban centres.
We feel that this type of work can well be extended in some
branches, whereas in others it cannot be engaged in to advantage.
We suggest to the branch librarians that, where it is possible,
they consider in what way such extension can take place.
Three topics have been considered, and the recommendations
in connection with each of them are given herew^ith.
1 . To review the business and office practices of the Library,
with a view to their development along up-to-date and efficient
We recommend that the entire administration of the library
and the branches be studied with a view to relieving the Director
of passing on unnecessary details, and placing more responsibility
in the hands of each department head. The time and energies of
the Director under the present system of organization must be
taken up with decisions upon details of operation, which could be
made adequately by appropriate subordinates. The Director's
duties should be more largely related to problems of principle
and policy. To this end we recommend the establishment of
three main divisions in the Library's organization. Each of
these should be headed by responsible officers who can relieve
the Director of much of his present unnecessary executive burden
and at the same time coordinate the work of the many existing
independent departments along large functional lines. These
three functional lines — and therefore the three main divisions
into which the organization might fall — seem to us to be
substantially the following:
a. Circulation (branch libraries)
b. Reference (central library)
c. Business operations (the business management
of the entire librar}'^ system).
We believe that such an organization will prove much more
economical and efficient and will eliminate duplication of records.
To bring this about would necessitate some rearrangement of the
physical location of certain groups whose activities are analogous,
and concentrating them, thus bringing them into closer contact.
We believe that, if this were done, it might be possible to intro-
duce new methods or modernize methods now in use.
In connection with the suggestion that the administration be
divided under three main divisions, it would be expected that the
heads of those divisions might be selected from the Library's
present force, but we believe that this matter is of such great
importance that, unless such skilled assistants could be found
there, some of these positions, as least, might have to be filled
from the outside.
If such an organization as suggested could be worked out,
we believe that many of the problems facing the Library's ad-
ministration might be solved with ultimate savings in labor,
including the problem of the increased use of the Library which
has appeared during the present period.
2. To consider the problem of missing, stolen and mutilated
We appreciate that these problems face all institutions of this
character. Many libraries have inaugurated the policy of
obliging all users, both in the main library and in the branches,
to check all bags and packages at the entrance. This should be
studied carefully, and if possible developed irrespective of pos-
sible criticisms and hardships.
We have been surprised to learn the ease with which access to
the stacks is possible, and temptations placed in the way of young
employees. Apparently, risk of loss may be mimimized by a
curtailment in the number of exits from the main stacks.
The question of cutting off entirely to the public the entrance
on the Blagden Street side of the main library, and the cutting
off of access to stacks from the rest and recreation rooms of the
employees, should be given early consideration. It might be
possible even to fence off some portions, if not all, from access
except to those entitled to entrance.
A study should be made of some better follow-up policy on
books, but we believe that the centralization of departmental
work as suggested would assist materially in locating lost books.
Also, in connection with the reorganization of the Library, it
might be well to consider the shifting of the present force of the
library to day and night work instead of having extra assistance
The Trustees have recently had an experience in connection
with the remitting of fines. We recommend that those to whom
fines have been remitted be put on probation, and that, unless
such persons meet the library requirements as to conduct and
morals, they be prevented from further use of the Library for
some definite period.
In connection with the mutilation of books: So far as these
appear in the departments used by minors, we suggest that co-
operation be sought between the teachers of schools and the
heads of the children's departments, to the end that, in courses in
schools that call for illustrative materials, such minors be called
upon to report where such illustrations have been procured, and
that, furthermore, the school authorities be urged to require only
such illustrations as may be found in the daily papers and Sunday
supplements. It might be worth considering for each one of the
children's departments to have a supply of illustrated papers,
which might be procured if necessary from the outside, from
which illustrations might be cut.
3. The Departments of Printing and Binding.
These departments are ably managed and are doing excellent
work, but, here as elsewhere, we believe that a more intimate
supervision and tie-up with the three main divisions recommended
in this report, would add to their efficiency, and probably effect
III. BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
While we do not expect that structural changes involving
large expense can be made at present, we wish to call the at-
tention of the Trustees to certain defects in the Central Library,
some of which they may find remediable.
1 . The lighting of the Abbey and Sargent pictures should
be improved. Probably the advice of the lighting engineers at
the Art Museum, who are familiar with such problems, might
2. The Newspaper Room needs better ventilation. The
floor is out of repair. It might be better if the regular entrance
were through the door from the outside lobby. Newspapers
are now carefully stored in the basement; of these the early
American issues ought to be placed in fireproof cabinets.
3. The Statistical Department, which might better be termed
the Department of Economics and Documents, should have a
more convenient and suitable approach.
4. When it becomes possible to make alterations in the
building, the Children's Room should be on the ground floor
with a separate entrance.
1 . We advise that the method now followed in the choice of
fiction for adults, viz., selection by a group of competent ex-
aminers, be extended to non-fiction and juvenile material, so
that books may be selected and purchased more systematically
than at present.
2. We also advise that, in the distribution of books among
the branches, more attention be paid to the particular types of
books required in each branch. Statistics as to the use of books
now compiled in each branch may readily be amplified so as to
classify fiction and non-fiction in as much detail as may be found
desirable. The result of such classifications, transmitted fre-
quently to the Central Library, would serve as a basis for the
allotment of books to the several branches. The trend of popu-
lation in each district should also guide in determining the kind
of books to be supplied.
V. THE SPECIAL LIBRARIES
1. We urge upon the Trustees the necessity of taking im-
mediate measures to preserve from further injury the rare and
valuable books in the Barton-Ticknor Room. The absence of
proper ventilation and the lack of moisture are producing the
most deplorable effects upon many of them. The steam pipes
should be covered with asbestos, humidifiers should be installed,
an oil dressing should be applied to many of the bindings, and
the more valuable volumes, at least, should be treated by an
2. In the Fine Arts Room a leaking roof should be repaired
and the large collection of prints should be catalogued.
3. Some of the young men employed in these and other de-
partments are given, besides the usual vacation, an extra month
for service in military training camps. Their prolonged absence
throws upon the employees w^ho remain an added burden which
should be lightened.
VI. CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT AND WORK
The Children's Room in the Central Library is in excellent
condition. The Teachers' Room needs better lighting for the
lower shelves, which could be given if the present lighting fix-
tureSj or some of them, were to be turned down instead of up as
they now are. The Adams collection occupies shelves in this
room much needed for educational works. So the American
Merchant Marine Library occupies needed space in the Branch
Issue Department. It is desirable that such libraries, not a part
of the Library's collections, be housed outside of the building.
2. The system of sending out books to schools as loan col-
lections, whether from the Central Library or from branches,
should be thoroughly examined and revised. Books are often
left in class rooms for an unreasonable tim.e, and it is doubtful
whether they are used to the best advantage. A committee
made up of representatives of the Library and of the schools
might well study the situation, and if possible evolve a plan
whereby these books sent to the schools might give a maximum
amount of service to a maximum number of children, and where-
by also the librarians of the branch libraries might be brought
into closer touch with the schools in their neighborhood, so as to
assist teachers and children to make more profitable use of the
facilities of the branch library, and especially to turn the at-
tention of the children to the better books. More, too, should
be done in the schools to teach children to respect books, and not
to soil or mutilate them.
3. We suggest that in the branch libraries, while the younger
children have their own room, another section be reserved for
readers between the ages of fifteen and eighteen years inclusive,
so that the section reserved for adults may be kept as a quiet
place for older people.
From the reports of the sub-committees on the various branches
we draw these general conclusions.
1 . A library should not be housed in a building used also
for other purposes, whether municipal, school, or business.
2. The departments for children and adults should be so far
separated that the greater confusion and noise which naturally
must exist in the children's department may not disturb adult
3. The condition of ventilation in the several branches should
be examined and improvement made where needed and prac-
4. A careful examination should be made of the lighting
arrangements in all branches, to the end that there may be
sufficient light for reading and study.
5. Linoleum or other suitable floor covering should be placed
on floors over which many people pass. Good air, light, and
quiet are primary requirements in a library.
6. Speaking tubes or telephones should be installed for easy
communication between departments on different floors or other-
We believe that in some branches, at any rate, improvements
of the above nature could be made without prohibitory expense
and would make conditions much better for librarians and
In the following list mention is made of some of the more
pressing needs of the several branches. More detailed state-
ments will be found in the visitors' reports on file.
Allston. Should be relocated nearer schools. Linoleum
Andrew Square. In excellent condition.
BoYLSTON. New. No suggestions.
Brighton. Linoleum should be laid in basement and re-
paired on first floor. Lighting too high.
Charlestown. Adults should be on ground floor and chil-
dren on floor above. Ventilation in lecture room bad.
City Point. Better rest rooms needed which could be had by
using probation officer's room. Noisy floor. Lighting should be
CODMAN Square. Much used by children, and hence noisy
Dorchester. Telephone or speaking-tube needed between
adults' and children's departments. Baby clinic twice a week
should be removed. Lighting satisfactory.
East Boston. General condition good. Rearrangement of
counter in children's room needed. Better rest room could be made
Faneuil. New. Lecture Hall may be required later for
FelLOWES Athen^UM. Better signs desirable.
Hyde Park. Wiring in basement not up to present require-
ments. More linoleum needed to deaden noise.
Jamaica Plain. Work-room needed.
Jeffries Point. Bad ventilation. Outside sign desirable.
KiRSTEIN. Much used, and needs more space. Subject cata-
Lower Mills. In good condition.
MattaPAN. New. No suggestions.
Memorial. Confusion, as adults and children are in one
large room with one central desk. Room on street floor might be
used for separate department. Means of communication with
janitor's room needed.
Mount Bowdoin. Rest room used for book repairing, for
which it is not adapted. Telephone extension in main library advised.
Exit passageway too narrow. New building between Mount Bow-
doin and Codman Square desirable.
Mount Pleasant. Poorly lighted and planned. Interfered
with by other municipal uses in same building.
Neponset. Wholly inadequate. Much used and only one
North End. Lighted signs needed at entrance. Room for
adults should be extended into lecture room. Floor needs repair.
Greatly increased use. Good collection of Italian books.
Orient Heights. Adults and children cannot be properly
separated. Lower janitor's entrance should have lights.
Parker Hill. New. Speaker's stand and screen in audi-
Phillips Brooks. Ventilation difficult. Floor noisy.
RosLINDALE. Too small and has gymnasium overhead. Other
quarters desirable. Light for desk in children's section needed.
RoXBURY Crossing. Should ultimately be moved. Bad
ventilation. Floor noisy.
South Boston. Better rest room needed. Lighting system
bad and should be improved as soon as possible.
South End. Very much used. Ventilation poor.
Tyler Street. Entrance not well marked. Noise from
UpHAM's Corner. Telephone between adults' and children's
rooms necessary. Extra shelves and counter desk should be put in.
West End. Roof leaks. Lighting in children's room poor.
Ventilation should be improved.
West RoxBURY. Working quarters might be better arranged.
Floor covering in assembly room especially needed. Curbing for
While this report is largely concerneci with improvements
which we think desirable, we are not unmindful of the great
amount of good work that is being done. In the Central Library,
and in the branches, we have found the librarians and assistants
working intelligently and devotedly, making the best of often
unsatisfactory conditions and well maintaining the high standards
of the Library.
Adopted as the Report of the Examining Committee, De-
cember 12, 1932.
James P. Parmenter, Vice Chairman
George B. Baker Harry Levi
J. A. Lowell Blake George R. Nutter
Arthur H. Cole Charles O. Pengra
Allen Curtis Elizabeth W. Perkins
Frederic H. Curtiss Hester Pickman
William J. Davidson Walworth Pierce
Susan J. Ginn Robert Proctor
Henry L. Johnson David D. Scannell
Matt B. Jones Margaret H. Shurcliff
James E. King William M. Stinson, S.J.
Cecilia F. Logan Joseph P. Toye
Mary W. Winslow
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR
To THE Trustees of the Public Library
OF THE City of Boston:
I submit herewith the report of the Director of the Library for
the year ending December 31, 1 932.
EFFECTS OF THE DEPRESSION
During the year the Library experienced to an increasing
degree the effects of the economic depression. On the positive
side this was to be noted in an appreciabl}^ increased number of
individuals using the entire library system and in a greatly
increased number of books lent to borrowers. On the negative
side it was to be perceived in decreased appropriations from the
City for the support of the Library.
INCREASED USE OF THE LIBRARY
By the end of 1 932 the number of individuals registered for
taking books had reached the total of 1 94,5 1 7. There were then
23,341 more than at the same time a year earlier, an increase of
14%. That the effects of the depression were at work was
evident. For instance, in 1 929 45 % of the borrowers from the
branch libraries were adults and 55% children; by the end of
1932 the ratio had been just reversed, 55% being adults and
45% children. Such a change was apparently not a reflection
of fewer children borrowing fewer books; on the contrary in
1 932 more children were borrowing more books than ever before.
It was more than all else a reflection of the fact that more and
more books were being borrowed by more and more adults.
Presumably most of the new adult users of the Library came
from the ranks of the unemployed.
In their leisure the unemployed everywhere have apparently
turned to the public library. There seems otherwise to be no
reasonable explanation of the greatly increased use of the Library
during these last three years, including 1932. Since 1929 there
has occurred an increase of 42% in the number of books bor-
rowed for home use. The number lent during 1 932 alone was
18% greater than the number lent in 1931. The following
table indicates what has happened :
OF BOOKS LENT
)R HOME USE
; ' 5% :
. 13% ,
.' .' "5% ■
. . 20%
In connection with these figures it is of interest to note that,
whereas the average percentage of increase for the public libraries
of the country at large during the three years was 37%, the per-
centage of increase for the Boston Public Library was 42%. It
should also be borne in mind that the above figures record only a
part of the use of the Library, i.e., the number of books borrowed
for home reading. No recorded use of books within the Library's
premises is available ; it has been evident, however, that the latter
has increased markedly. The total effect has been by the end of
1932 to make acute the need for additional assistants and for
more books, old as well as new. This need is interestingly pre-
sented from still another point of view on pages 14—16 above
in the Report of this year's Examining Committee.
With the beginning of the year it became clear that in facing
the greatly increasing demands noted above the Library was to
have appreciably decreased funds with which to carry on its
work. The City appropriated for its support during 1932 the
amount of $1 , 1 68, 1 55. This was a reduction of $94,349 from
the amount appropriated for the preceding year 1 93 1 . Op>erating
expenses had, of course, to be reduced. This was accomplished
in such a way as not unduly to hamper the Library in meeting
the ever increasing demands of the public.
Fortunately it was not necessary to curtail the hours of opening
throughout the library system, except for a Sunday closing of the
branch libraries and a shortening of the Sunday hours at the
The appropriation for the purchase of books, however, suffered
appreciably. This was reduced from $175,000 in 1931 to
$160,000 in 1932. The effect was that, while more and more
books were being used, read, and worn out, fewer and fewer
copies were being purchased to meet the demands for books, old
and new, and particularly to replace those worn out from heavy,
Improvement of physical facilities had to be put aside for
better days. The ten year building program, initiated in 1 930,
for the construction of two new branch library buildings each
year came to a stop early in 1932, just as there were being com-
pleted the new buildings begun in 1931 for the Faneuil Branch
in Brighton, the Boylston Branch in Jamaica Plain, and the
Jeffries Point Branch in East Boston.
Yet, despite budgetary restrictions in nearly all directions, the
Library completed the year doing 42 % more business than in the
last of the so-called boom years (1929). No appreciable ad-
ditions had been made to the library staff during the three years.
All of the additional work had been taken on by the staff, in-
dividually and jointly, in excellent spirit.
DEVELOPMENT OF A REVISED PLAN OF ORGANIZATION
In carrying on an amount of work so greatly augmented it
became more and more clear that the existing plan of organization
of the Library was not entirely adequate for effective administra-
tion. The need for recasting its lines had already been recog-
nized even before the 1 932 growth in work made it increasingly
evident. With the advent of a new library administration early
in 1932 the problem became at once an object of study.
The plan under which the Library had been operating for
many years was characterized by a relatively high degree of
centralization. The result has been that the time and energies of
the Director have perforce been taken up with the necessity of
making decisions upon details of operation. The remedy has
therefore seemed to he in the development and appointment of
appropriate subordinate officers to assume responsibihty for the
detailed operation of the Library, so that the Director may be
free to concern himself actively with the general duties that are
It was with a view to meeting this need that there was adopted
in September a revised plan of organization. This is based upon
a recognition of the large functional lines along which the major
activities of the Library fall, namely:
1 . circulation of books (centered largely in the branch libraries) ;
2. reference use of books (concentrated chiefly in the central
3. business operations (the business management of the entire
In recognition of these the new plan provides for the establish-
ing of three main divisions for the organization of the Library —
a Circulation Division, a Reference Division, and a Division of
Business Operations. Within these it is proposed to arrange the
sixty-five or so departments and branch libraries existing at
present. A responsible officer is to be named to head each of the
three divisions, who with subordinate officers will be responsible
for the entire functioning of his division. The three division
heads are to be responsible directly to the Director; they will be
the second ranking officers of the Library. It is intended that
the Director will thus become the general administrator of the
entire library system, while the three division heads will be the
active executive officers for their respective divisions. The effect
will be a decentralization from the Director down one grade, and
then up to that grade a centralization at three separate points.
The development and application of the plan in detail will be
spread over several years. Some of the steps can be accom-
plished in the year to come. Others must await the evolution of
proper and suitable conditions before being attempted. All
will, of course, be subject to change or revision as necessary or
The implications of the above changes are many for the per-
sonnel of the Library. Perhaps the most important is that
extensive training of personnel is necessary for the full success of
the proposed developments. An appreciably large number of
individuals within the library sta^ must be constantly in training
for higher responsibilities. And, which is most important for
these individuals, there must be an ample number of intermediate
positions at all grades in which they can gain experience and
To aid in meeting these training requirements it is proposed
that the training courses offered by the Library be recast on lines
differing appreciably from those prevailing since the establish-
ment of the Library Training Class in 1 927. In June the Train-
ing Class completed its fifth academic year. It did not resume
in October its program along the usual lines. Instead preparation
was instituted upon a new program to be put into effect in 1933.
The aim of this will be to afford formal training to those who
have the will and the ability to develop themselves for increased
responsibilities. The sole requirements for pursuing the new
training courses will be a willingness to work and an ability to
It is clear that the members of the present staff of the Library
will in most instances wish to take advantage of opportunities for
improving the service which they render to the public. The spirit
in which they have carried on the many activities of the Library
under heavily increased demands during the past year is indicative
of that. It is a pleasure to testify here to the excellence of that
Outside of the entrance of a new Director into office on
February 1 , there is only one important change in personnel
during the year that has to be noted. On August 31, Miss
Florence F. Richards, Assistant in the Shelf Department in the
Central Library, retired under the provisions of the Boston Re-
tirement Act. She was the senior member of the staff in length
of service, having been in the employ of the Library for fifty-five
In view of the fact that the limitations of space have prevented
a detailed presentation of the w^ork of the individual branch
libraries and departments, attention is called particularly to the
statistical summaries of their work that appear in the Appendix
to this Report.
The Director wishes to express in conclusion his deep apprecia-
tion of the excellent support which he has received from Trustees
and Library Staff alike. He is grateful for it.
Milton E. Lord,
TABLES OF CENTRAL AND BRANCH CIRCULATION
1 1 7,982
West Roxbury _
1 1 1 ,754
3,705,657 3,899,286 3,930,068 4.133.459 4.702,932 5.567.681
For eight months, May through December.
The net gains in circulation are presented, apart from the
totals, in the following form:
1927 gain over preceding year ........ 306,520
1928 gain over preceding year ........ 193,629
1929 gain over preceding year ........ 30,782
1930 gain over preceding year ........ 203,391
1931 gain over preceding year ........ 569,473
1932 gain over preceding year ........ 864,749
USE OF BOOKS
Circulation from Central by Months
Distribution ok Total Circulation
a. Direct ....
b. Through Branches
1. Deposit Collections .
2. General Collections .
c. Schools and institutions through
4.602.790 170,621 4.773.411
These figures are condensed into the following :
Bool(6 Lent for Home Use, including Circulation through
Schools and Institutions
• • . .
. . • .
• • . •
From Central Library (including Central Library books issued through
the branches) ........
From Business Branch ........
From branches (excluding Looks received from Central Library) .
Central Library circulation (excluding
schools and institutions)
Direct home use ....
Business Branch ....
Branch libraries circulation (ex-
cluding schools and institutions)
Schools and institutions circulations (in-
cluding books from Central through
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 2.389 2,254
Lent to libraries outside of Massachusetts 428 416
Total 2.817 2,670
From libraries in Massachusetts ...... 692 841
From libraries outside of Massachusetts . . . .178 195
Total 870 1.036
The classified direct circulation of the branches was as follows,
for two successive years:
VOLUMES PERCENTAGE VOLUMES PERCENTAGE
Fiction for adults .
Non-fiction for adults .
1 ,401 .932
At the Central Library the classified direct circulation shows
the following percentages:
BOOKS ACQUIRED BY PURCHASE
For the Central Library:
From City appropriation .
From trust funds income .
From City appropriation .
From trust funds income .
The following statement includes the accessions by purchase
combined with books received by gift or otherwise:
Accessions by purchase
Accessions by gift
Accessions by exchange
Accessions by periodicals bound
Accessions by newspapers bound
Accessions by serials bound
VOLS. AND TITLES
Catalogued (new) :
Central Library Catalogue
6,756 . . . .
137.292 108.106 141.758 101.676
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:
General collection, new books (including continuations) . . . 29,964
Special collections, new books and transfers ..... 4.617
Books reported lost or missing in previous years but now found, transfers
from branches, etc. ......... 3,085
Removed from Central Library shelves during the year:
Books reported lost or missing, condemned copies not yet replaced, trans-
fers, etc. 13.304
Net gain at Central L-ibrary ......... 24362
Net gain at Branches .......... 32,081
Placed in Business Branch ......... 2,177
Net gain entire library system ......... 58,620
The total number of volumes available for public use at the
end of each year since the formation of the Library is shown in
the following statement:
Volumes in entire library system ........ 1,631,422
Volumes in the Business Branch ........ 11 ,903
Volumes in the branches ......... 497,628
These volumes are located as follows ;
Central Library .
Business Branch .
Andrev/ Square .
Codman Square .
Phillips Brooks .
Fellowes Athenaeum ,
Uphams Corner .
Number of volumes bound in various
Photographs and engravings mounted
Library publications folded, stitched and trimmed
THE PRINTING DEPARTMENT
Requisitions received and filled ...... 166 288
Card Catalogue (Central Library) :
Titles (Printing Department count) 6.924 10,620
Cards finished 100.492 123.644
Card Catalogue (Branches) :
Titles (Printing Department count) 792 1,000
Cards finished 75.765 74,777
Signs 237 3.115
Blank forms (numbered series) 2,421.334 6,139,910
Forms, circulars and sundries (unnumbered) .... 67.750 140.002
Catalogues, pamphlets, and bibliographical programmes . . 79.550 84.950
OUTSTANDING .BOOK PURCHASES
Bible. New Testament. Greek. Rockefeller McCormick New Testa-
ment. Edited by Edgar J. Goodspeed, Donald W. Riddle and
Harold R. Willoughby. University of Chicago Press. 1 932. 3 vols.
Brewer. Luther A. My Leigh Hunt library: the first editions with 100
illustrations. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Torch Press. (1932).
Vol. 1 . Strathmore Bay Path issue.
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. L'ingenieux hidalgo Don Quichotte de
la Manche. Traduit par Xavier de Cardaillac et Jean Labarthe et
orne de 250 bois originaux par Hermann Paul. Maastricht. Leiter-
Nypels. 1930, 31. 4 vols. Illustrated. Plates. Ornamental capitals.
Edition limited to 375 copies.
Eisen, Gustavus A. Portraits of Washington. New York. Robert
Hamilton & Associates. 1 932. 3 vols.
Firmicus Maternus, Julius. Begin. lulii Firmici Astronomicorum libri
octo integri, & emendati, ex Scythicis oris ad nos nuper allati . . .
Colophon: Venetiis cura, & diligentia Aldi Ro. Mense octob. 1 499.
(A fine example of one of the earliest productions of the Aldus
Graves, Gertrude M., compiler. A New England family (Fowle and
Hunnewell) and their French ancestors, with genealogical records
of some ancestors, descendants and various affiliated familes. Bos-
ton. Privately printed. 1930.
Great Britain. Court of Star Chamber. A decree of Star Chamber con-
cerning printing made July 1 1, 1637. (New York). The Grolier
Club. (1884.) Edition limited to 148 copies, on Holland paper.
(The first publication of the Grolier Club.)
Homer. The Odyssey. Translated by T. E, Lawrence. Designed by
Bruce Rogers. London. 1932. Edition limited to 350 copies.
Le Jeune, Le R. P. L. Dictionnaire general de biographic, histoire,
litterature, agriculture, commerce, industrie, et des arts, sciences,
moeurs, coutumes, institutions, politiques et religieuses du Canada.
Universite d'Ottawa. (1931). 2 vols. Portraits. Plates. Maps.
Loris, D. Le thresor des parterres de I'univers, contenant les figures et
pourtraits des plus beaux compartimens, cabanes, & labyrinths des
jardinages, tant a I'allemande qu* a la frangoise. Geneva. Estienne
Gamonet. 1 629. Title within woodcut border. Designs for gardens
and mazes. Old limp vellum. (The descriptions of "the manner of
dressing banks and beds in gardens" appear in Latin, French, Ger-
man and English. One of the earliest printed treatises on gardening
Mather, Cotton. A midnight cry. An essay for our awakening out of that
sinful sleep, to which we are at this time too much disposed; and for
our discovering of what peculiar things there are in this time, that
are for our awakening. In a discourse given on a day of prayer,
kept by the North-Church in Boston, I 692. By Cotton Mather.
Now published for the use of that church, together with a copy
acknowledgements and protestations made in pursuance of the
Reformation whereto we are to be awakened. Boston. Printed
by John Allen. I 692.
Mather, Increase. Two plain and practical discourses concerning I. Hard-
ness of heart, showing that some, who live under the Gospel, are by
a judicial dispensation, given up to that judgment, and the signs
thereof; II. The sin and danger of disobedience to the Gospel. By
Increase Mather, President of Harvard College in Cambridge, and
Preacher of the Gospel at Boston in New-England. London.
Printed for J. Robinson and are to be sold by Samuel Phillips,
Bookseller in Boston, in New-England, 1 699.
Moussinac, Leon. Tendances nouvelles du theatre. Choix de decors,
costumes, details de mise en scene utilises dans les representations
les plus originales de ces quinze dernieres annees. Precede de
remarques sur les recentes recherches de I'art du theatre. Paris. Les
Editions Albert Levy. 1931. Edition limited to 615 copies. Illus-
trations, some in color.
Pelham, Henry. A plan of Boston in New England with its environs, in-
cluding Milton, Dorchester, Roxbury, Brookline, Cambridge, Med-
ford, Charlestown, parts of Maiden and Chelsea, with the military
works constructed in those places in the years 1775 and 1776.
London. Henry Pelham. 1 777. Engraved in aqua tinta by Fran-
cis Jukes. Size 27 X 38 inches. With the signature of Henry
Pelham in ink. Framed.
Pennell, Joseph. Catalogue of the lithographs of Joseph Pennell. Com-
piled by Louis A. Wuerth. With an introduction by Elizabeth
Robins Pennell. Boston. Little, Brown. 1931. Plates. Edition
limited to 425 copies.
Perleberg, Hans C. Persian textiles. Photographic prints. With an
introduction by John Cotton Dana. Philadelphia. (19 19-1 93-?)
2 vols. 50 plates illustrating original Persian and Paisley shawls,
tapestries and borders.
Powell, H. M. T. The Santa Fe Trail to California 1 849-1 852. The
journal and drawings of H. M. T. Powell. Edited by Douglas S.
Watson. San Francisco. Book Club of CaUfornia. 1931. Edition
limited to 300 copies.
Royal Academy of Arts. London. A commemorative catalogue of the
exhibition of Italian art held in the galleries of the Royal Academy,
Burlington House, London, Jan. — March, 1930. London. Ox-
ford University Press. 1931. 2 vols, text and atlas. Portrait in
Shakespeare, William. The works of Shakespeare. The text of the
First folio with quarto variants and a selection of modern readings.
New York. The Nonesuch Press. 1929-32. Vignettes. Vols.
Wise, Thomas J. The Ashley Library. A catalogue of printed books,
manuscripts and autograph letters collected by Thomas J. Wise.
London. Printed for private circulation only. 1922-1930. 10
vols. Portrait. Plates. Facsimiles. Edition limited to 200 copies.
Angevine, Ernest. Six hundred and eighty-five topographic atlas sheets
issued by the United States Geological Survey, and seven atlases of
Boston and of Massachusetts.
Bentley, Harry C. Sixty volumes on bookkeeping and accounting; and
the sum of $220.38 to be expended for the purchase of certain
designated early American v/orks on bookkeeping, to form the
nucleus of "The Harry C. Bentley Collection of Books on Book-
Boston City Messenger. Tercentenary of the founding of Boston: an
account of the celebration marking the three hundredth anniversary
of the settlement of the site of the City of Boston, Massachusetts.
Compiled by direction of His Honor, James M. Curley, Mayor of
Boston. Boston, 1931. 90 copies.
British Museum, London. The Luttrell Psalter. Tw^o plates in colour
and one hundred and eighty-three in monochrome, from the ad-
ditional manuscript 42,130 in the British Museum, with an intro-
duction by Eric George Millar. London, British Museum, 1932.
Catalogue of drawings by Dutch and Flemish artists preserved
in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum,
by Arthur M. Hind. Vol. 4 and 5. London, British Museum,
Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, by Harold
Mattingly. Vol. 2. London, British Museum, 1930.
Castle, William R., Washington, D. C. Stars and Stripes. Vol. 1 ,
numbers 1 to 30. Published by the A.E.F. in France.
Bulletin des armees de la republique. Numbers 1 to 276,
August 1 5 , 1 9 1 4 to December 12.1917.
Clark, William Andrews, Jr., Los Angeles. The library of William
Andrews Clark, Jr. : Wilde and Wildeiana, collated and compiled
by Robert Ernest Cowan and William Andrews Clark, Jr. Vols.
4 and 5. San Francisco, 1931.
Coolidge, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague, Pittsfield. Oeuvres completes de Jean
Baptiste Lully, publiees sous la direction de Henry Prunieres: Les
motets, tome 1 , Miserere Mei Deus ; Les ballets, tome 1 , Ballet du
temps — ballets des plaisirs — ballet de I'amour malade. Paris,
Genoa. Mayor of, Genoa. Christopher Columbus: documents and proofs
of his Genoese origin. PubHshed by the City of Genoa, Bergamo.
1932. English-German edition.
Goodwin, Frances, Estate of. A miscellaneous collection of seven hun-
dred and eighty-six volumes from the library of Frances Goodwin,
including a set of the Harvard Classics, the Encyclopedia Ameri-
cana, and an eight volume set of Shakespeare's plays.
Great Britain Patent Office, London. Three hundred and ninety volumes
of patents and specifications for inventions issued by the Great
Britain Patent Office.
Hart, Albert Bushnell. The commonwealth history of Massachusetts,
edited by Albert Bushnell Hart. New York. States History Com-
pany, 1927-1930. 5 vols.
Hispanic Society of America, New York City. An archaeological sketch-
book of the Roman Necropolis at Carmona, by George Edward
Bonser. Translated from the French by Clara L. Penney. New
York. The Society, 1931.
The archaeological expedition along the Guadalquiver, I 880—
1901, by George Edward Bonser. Translated from the French
by Clara L. Penney. New York. The Society, 1931.
Pintores espaiioles en San Lorenzo el Real de El Escorial
(1566-1613). Por el R. P. Fr. Julian Zarco Cuevas. O.S.A.
New York. The Society, 1932.
Pintores italianos en San Lorenzo el Real de El Escorial (1575—
1613). Por el R. P. Fr. Julian Zarco Cuevas, O.S.A. New
York. The Society, 1932.
Ten miscellaneous publications of the Society, issued in 1932.
Sabatier, Mme. Paul, St. Michel de Chabrillanoux, France. Paul Sa-
batier (1858—1928): Notes biographiques par Gabriel Maugain;
bibliographie complete par Henri LeMaitre. Paris, Librarie Fisch-
£tudes inedites sur S. Francois d' Assise, par Paul Sabatier,
editees par Arnold Goffin. Paris, Librarie Fischbacher, 1932.
Sheffield, Mrs. Amelia D., Providence. Sheffield, Daggett and allied
f amiles : a genealogical study, with biographical notes, prepared and
privately printed for Mrs. George St. John Sheffield, by the Ameri-
can Historical Society, Inc., N. Y., 1932. The volume is bound
in blue morocco, elaborately tooled, with many illustrations, in-
cluding coats of arms and hand-painted initial letters.
Storrow, Mrs. James J. A collection of 1 , 1 69 volumes, including 1 98
volumes on architecture and allied subjects, several hundred books
in French, German and Italian, and about fifty volumes of children's
books and modern English fiction and non-fiction.
Son of New England: James Jackson Storrow. 1864-1926.
By Henry Greenleaf Pearson. Boston, 1932.
Taylor, Myron C, New York City. John Underhill, Captain of New-
England and New Netherland, by Henry C. Shelley, N. Y., D.
Appleton and Company, 1932. Number 36 of 500 copies printed.
The Underbills of Warwickshire: their ancestry from the thir-
teenth century, in England, with special reference to Captain John
Underhill of the Kenilworth Branch, afterwards of Massachusetts
and Long Island: an essay in family history. By J. H. Morrison.
Privately printed, Cambridge University Press, 1932.
Thomson, John W., Pittsfield. A collection of two hundred and
seventy-three volumes, including the "Reports of the exploration and
survey of the most economical and practicable route for a railroad
from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean" (26v.) ; "Docu-
ments relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York"
(21 v.) and several volumes on the care and training of horses.
Underhill, Francis Jay, Brooklyn. Two hundred and seventeen volumes
from the library of Francis Jay Underhill, including a forty-eight
volume set of the works of Sir Walter Scott, bound by Clarke &
Bedford, and several other volumes in fine bindings.
Wendell, Mrs. Barrett. A collection of one hundred and forty-six
volumes, including forty-four volumes of Boston City Documents, a
I 7— volume set of "Elementi della storia de Sommi Pontefici da
San Pietro", Rome, 1821 ; and a 1 3 -volume set of "I fasti della
chiesa nelle vite de' Santi." Milan, 1824.
Widener, Joseph., Philadelphia. French engravings of the eighteenth
century in the collection of Joseph Widener, Lynnewood Hall.
London, privately printed at the Chiswick Press, 1 923. Four folio
volumes. Number 95 of 1 20 volumes printed for private circulation.
LECTURES — CONCERTS
A series of 1 20 free concerts, lectures, and entertainments was
presented under the auspices of the Library in the Lecture Hall
of the Central Library. Again the Library was privileged
through the generosity of Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge to
include in its program a series of chamber concerts. These con-
certs were given by the South Mountain String Quartet (of
Pittsfield) on the afternoon and evening of January 24, and by
the Pro Arte Quartet (of Brussels) on the afternoon and evening
of May I . The afternoon concerts were held in the Mattapan
Branch Library and the evening concerts in the Central Library.
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS OF 1932
TTiere were held various exhibitions in the Exhibition Room,
in the Treasure Room, and in the Children's Room of the Central
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 1896.
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. $50,000.00
Charles H. L. N. Bernard Fund — Bequest of Charles H. L. N. Ber-
nard. Received in 1930. $2,000.00
Bigelow Fund — Donation made by John P. BiGELOW in August,
1850, 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. $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 purpose of the purchase of books for said library." Re-
ceived in 1903. $100,284.29
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. $10,000.00
Bradlee Fund — Bequest of the Rev. CaleB Davis BraDLEE to the
Boston Public Library. Received in 1897. $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. $39,908.89
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 city 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.
Clement Fund — Bequest of the late FRANK CLEMENT, of Newton, to
be known as the "Frank Clement Fund," the income to be applied
to the purchase of books. Received in 1915. $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 upon land-
scape gardening. It is the desire of the subscribers that a special
book plate shall be inserted in each of the volumes purchased, identi-
fying it as part of their memorial collection. Received in 1 898.
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.
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." $25,000.00
Daniel Sharp Ford Fund — A bequest of Daniel Sharp Ford to the
Public Library of the City of Boston, to be used for the purchase
of books for the young until otherwise ordered by the Board. Re-
ceived in 1900.
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 maimer
as to them should seem judicious. They elected to bestow them on
the PubHc 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 trus-
tees expressed a preference for books relative to government and
political economy. $1,000.00
Isabella Stewart Gardner Fund — Bequest of Isabella StewarT
"To the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, for the BrowTi
Musical Library, for a memorial to B. J. Lang." Received in
Morris Gest Fund — Donation made by Mr. Morris Gest 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. $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.
Charlotte Harris Fund — Bequest of CHARLOTTE 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 on 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.
Thomas B. Harris Fund — Bequest of Thomas B. Harris, late of
Charlestown, for the benefit of the Charlestown Public Library.
Received in 1884. $1,047.06
Alfred Hemenway Fund — Bequest of Alfred Hemenway. Received
in 1928. $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.
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.
Louis E. Kirstein Fund — Donations of $1,000 each made by Mr.
Louis E. Kirstein, "to be used for any purpose of the Library
that the Trustees see fit to put it to."
October, 1926 .
October, 1928 .
October, 1929 .
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.
Helen Lambert Fund — Bequest of Helen Lambert of Boston in memory
of Frederic and Louise Lambert. Received in 1931. The income
of this fund to be expended for the purchase of books and other
library material until otherwise ordered by the Board.
Abbott Lawrence Fund — Bequest of AbbOTT Lawrence, of Boston.
Received in 1860. The interest on this fund is to be exclusively
appropriated for the purchase of books for the said library having
a permanent value. $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."
Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund — Bequest of ELIZABETH Lewis, to be known
as the Mrs. John A. Levns 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. $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
Charles Mead Fund — Bequest of ChARLEs MeAD, to constitute the
Charles Mead PubHc Library Trust Fund for the promotion of the
objects of the PubHc Library 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 1896.
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 HoUingsworth, Sumner A. Burt and
Amor L. HoUingsworth, all of Milton, Mass., and John H. Mc-
Kendry, 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 Branch. $1 1 ,781 .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.
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. $10,000.00
Also a bequest by the same gentleman in his will dated September
The interest on which is to be annually devoted to the maintenance
of a free Public Library. $20,000.00
Both of these items are payable to the Mayor of the City for the
Pierce Fund — Donation made by Henry L. Pierce, Mayor of the
City. November 29, 1873, and accepted by the City Council, De-
cember 27. 1873. $5,000.00
Sarah E. Pratt Fund — Bequest from Sarah E. Pratt, late of Boston,
under the 1 4th 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. $1,494.18
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. $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. $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 lives, 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 wall 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. $61,879.30
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 to be added to their funds and the income to be
used for the purchase of books." Received in 1918.
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 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. $51,732.14
South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund — Donation of a citizen of
South Boston, the income of which is to be exjjended for the benefit
of the South Boston Branch Library. Received in 1 879.
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.
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.
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 five 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 refer-
ence or study, but are not to be loaned for use outside of the library
building. 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 re-
ceived said bequests on behalf of the city, and made suitable ar-
rangements for the care and custody of the books and manuscripts.
Received in 1871. $4,000.00
William C. Todd Newspaper Fund — Donation by WiLLIAM C. ToDD,
accepted by order of the City Council, approved October 30, 1 897,
the income to be at least two thousand dollars a year, to be expend-
ed by the Library Trustees for newspapers of this and other countries.
Townsend Fund — Donation from William Minot and William Minot,
Jr., executors of the will of Mary P. ToWNSEND, 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
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 17, 1 872, said beuqest
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. $13,987.69
Tufts Fund — Bequest of Nathan A. TuFTS, of Charlestown, 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 1 906.
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 1 897. $5,000.00
Horace G. Wadlin Fund — Bequest of HoRACE G. WadliN, of
Reading, former Librarian, who died November 5, 1925, of $2,000
to the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston to be
permanently funded and the income thereof used for the purchase
of books. Received in 1 932. $2,030.51
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. $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 1 9 1 3. $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 re-
quired, 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 men-
tioned shall be used for the purchase of books and manuscripts.
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. $22,416.05
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 Trus-
tees 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 April. 1925, setting forth the needs of the Library,
Percy Lee Atherton
William York Peters
John T. Spaulding
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
Samuel Appleton, late of Boston
H. C. Bentley .
J. Ingersoll Bowditch .
Nathaniel L Bowditch .
James Brown, late of Cambridge
Dorchester and Milton Circulating Library, for
benefit of the Dorchester Branch Library
Sally Inman Kast Shepard .
James Nightingale ....
RECAPITULATION OF PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUST FUNDS.
Arfz Fund $ 10,000.00
Bates Fund 50.000.00
Charles H. L. N. Bernard Fund 2.000.00
Bigelow Fund 1.000.00
Robert Charles Billings Fund 1 00.28429
Bowditch Fund 10.000.00
Bradlee Fund 1.000.00
Joseph H. Center Fund 39.908.89
Central Library Building Fund 150.00
Children's Fund 107.092.38
Clement Fund 2,000.00
Henry Sargent Codman Memorial Fund 2,854.41
Cutter Fund . 4.270.00
Elizabeth Fund 25,000.00
Daniel Sharp Ford Fund 6.000.00
Franklin Club Fund 1.000.00
Isabella Stewart Gardner Fund 5.000.00
Morris Gest Fund 2,652.50
Green Fund 2,000.00
Charlotte Harris Fund 10.000.00
Thomas B. Harris Fund 1.047.06
Alfred Hemenway Fund 5.000.00
Hyde Fund 3,632.40
David P. Kimball Fund 10.039.65
Louis E. Kirstein Fund 5,000.00
Arthur Mason Knapp Fund 10.000.00
Helen Lambert Fund 1.051.00
Abbott Lawrence Fund 10.000.00
Edward Lawrence Fund 500.00
Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund 5,000.00
Charles Greely Loring Memorial Fund ...... 500.00
Charles Mead Fund 2.530.51
Gardner O. North Fund 2.000.00
The Oakland Hall Trust Fund 11,781.44
John Boyle O'Reilly Fund 1.000.00
Phillips Fund 30.000.00
Pierce Fund 5.000.00
Sarah E. Pratt Fund 1.494.18
Guilford Reed Fund . 1.000.00
John Singer Sargent Fund ......... 3.858J24
Scholfield Fund 61.87930
Sewall Fund 25.000.00
Skinner Fund 51,732.14
South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund ...... 100.00
Mary Elizabeth Stewart Fund 3.500.00
James Jackson Storrow (Harvard '57) Fund ...... 25.000.00
Ticknor Fund 4.000.00
William C. Todd Newspaper Fund 50.000.00
Townsend Fund 4.000.00
Treadwell Fund 13.987.69
Nathan A. Tufts Fund 10.195.43
Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fund ....... 5.000.00
Horace G. Wadlin Fund 2,030.51
Wales Fund 5.000.00
Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund 5.000.00
James Lyman Whitney Fund ........ 22,416.05
Mehitable C. C. Wilson Fund 1.000.00
OFFICERS OF THE LIBRARY
Director, Milton E. Lord
Assistant Librarian, Emeritus, Frank C. Blaisdell
Assistant Librarian, Emeritus, Otto Fleischner
Assistant Librarian, Theodore D. Money
Assistant to the Director, Richard G. Hensley
Bates Hall Centre Desk, Newspaper and Patent Department: Pierce E.
Bates Hall Reference Department: Harry W. Mathews, Assistant in
Bindery Department: James W. Kenney, Chief.
Branch Department: Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branches.
Catalogue Department: Samuel A. Chevalier, Chief.
Children's Department: Alice M. Jordan, Supervisor of Work with
Editor: Zoltan Haraszti.
Engineer and Janitor Department: William F. Quinn, Supt. of Buildings.
Information Office: John H. Reardon, Assistant in Charge.
Issue Department: Thomas F. Brennan, Chief.
Library Training Class: Bertha V. Hartzell, Supervisor.
Ordering Department: Louis Felix 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.
Statistical Department: Margaret C. Lappen, Assistant in Charge.
Stock Room: Timothy J. Mackin, Custodian.
Allston, Katherine F. Muldoon.
Andrew Square, Elizabeth H. McShane.
Boylston, Margaret A. Calnan.
Brighton, Katrina M. Sather.
Business Branch, Mary W. Dietrichson.
Charlestown, Katherine S. Rogan.
City Point, Helen L. Morrisey.
Codman Square, Elizabeth P. Ross.
Dorchester, Marion C. Kingman.
East Boston, Theodora B. Scoff.
Faneuil, Gertrude L. Connell.
Fellowes Athenaeum, Mary E. Ames.
Hyde Park, Sara A. Lyon.
Jamaica Plain, Katie F. Albert.
Jeffries Point, Mary U. Nichols, Assistant in Charge.
Kirstein, Grace C. Brady.
Lower Mills, Isabel E. Wetherald.
Mattapan, Ada Aserkoff.
Memorial, Beatrice M. Flanagan.
Mount Bowdoin, Pearl B. Smart.
Mount Pleasant, Margaret M. Reid.
Neponset, Margaret 1. McGovern.
North End, Mary F. Curley.
Orient Heights, Catherine E. Flannery.
Parker Hill, Mary M. Sullivan.
Roslindale, Annie M. Donovan.
Roxbury Crossing, Edith R. Nickerson.
South Boston, M. Florence Cufflin.
South End, Clara L. Maxwell.
Tyler Street, Caroline Keene, Acting Librarian.
Uphams Corner, Beatrice Maguire.
West End, Fanny Goldstein.
West Roxbury, Carrie L. Morse.
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