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EIGHTY-THIRD ANNUAL REPORT
CITY OF BOSTON
PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON: PRINTING DEPARTMENT.
7.8.36 : :500
TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
WILLIAM CARDINAL O'CONNELL, President
Term expires April 30, 1937
FRANK W. BUXTON ELLERY SEDGWICK
Term expires April 30, 1935 Term expires April 30, 1938
JOHN L. HALL LOUIS E. KIRSTEIN
Term expires April 30, 1936 Term expires April 30, 1939
MILTON E. LORD
DIRECTOR, AND LIBRARIAN
ORGANIZATION OF THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT.
The Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, organized
in 1 852, are now incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 1 1 4 of the
Acts of 1878, as amended. The Board for 1852 was a preliminary or-
ganization; that for 1853 made the first annual report. 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., 1926-1 93 L
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., 1 865-67.
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., 1879-88.
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., 1 868-78.
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; 1876-7 7.
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., 1 868-70.
Whitmore, William Henry, a.m., 1885-88.
WiNsoR, Justin, ll.d., 1867-68,
The 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.
Tune 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, May 20. 1932 to May 5,
1933; John L. Hall, May 5. 1933 to May 18. 1934; William
Cardinal O'Connell since May 18, 1934.
(From 1858 to 1877, the chief executive officer was called Superintendent; from
1923 to 1934 Director; since 1934 Director and Librarian.)
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 , 1 877 -
September 30. 1878.
Chamberlain, Mellen, ll.d. Librarian, October 1, 1878 - Septem-
ber 30, 1890.
Dwight, Theodore F., Librarian, April 13, 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, 1917- 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., Dlreclor, and Librarian, iince hebruaiy i.
LIBRARY SYSTEM, JANUARY 1, 1934
*Cential Library, Copley Square .
*East Boston Branch, Tlb-1%1 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 .
JDorchesler Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adams St
fLower Mills Branch, 1110 Washington, cor. Richmond St.
JSoulh End Branch, 65 West Brookline St.
tjamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick, cor. South St
IRoslindale Branch, 4210 Washington St.
*West Roxbury Branch, 1961 Centre St.
*Mattapan Branch, 8-10 Hazleton St. .
*Norlh End Branch, 3a North Bennet St.
§Neponset Branch, 362 Neponsel Ave.
§Mt. Bowdoin Branch, 275 Washington St
§Aliston Branch, 161 Harvard Ave. .
JCodman Square Branch, Washington, cor. Norfolk St
$Mt. Pleasant Branch, 335 Dudley, cor Vine St.
JTyler Street Branch, 130 Tyler, cor. Oak St.
*West End Branch, 131 Cambridge St.
JUpham's Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Rd.
JMemorial 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, 222 Webster St. . . .
SBaker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration Jan. 15
*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 .
Qln the case of the Central Library and some of the branches the opening was in a
different location from that now occupied. *In building owned by City and
controlled by Library Board. \\n building owned by City, and exclusively devoted
to library uses. Jin City building, in part devoted to other municipal uses. §Occupie»
rented rooms. ||lhe lessee of the Fellowes Athenaeum, a private library association.
J Under agreement with Harvard.
Report of the Trustees ...... 1
Balance Sheet 6
Report of the Examining Committee . . . . 12
Report of the Director ...... 20
Appendix ......... 27
To Mis Honor Fredfrick W. Mansfield,
Ma]^or of the Citv of Boston.
The Trustees of the Public Library of the Citv of Boston
present the following report of its condition and affairs for the
year ending December 31,1 934, being the eighty-third annual
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
The Corporation organized at the annual meeting on May
1 8, 1 934 with the election of His Eminence William Cardinal
O'Connell as President, Mr. Frank W. Buxton as Vice Presi-
dent, and Miss Elizabeth B. Brockunier as Clerk.
Mr. Louis E. Kirstein, whose term as a Trustee expired on
April 30, was re-appointed for the term ending April 30, 1939.
The estimates submitted on November 1 , 1 933 for the main-
tenance of the Library during the year 1 934 were later amended
and reduced. These estimates were as follows :
A. — Personal service
B. — Service other than personal
C. — Equipment
D. — Supplies ....
E. — Materials
H. — • Emergency Relief Projects
Total . . . $1,164,664.56
The amount allowed for Personal Service originally was
$800,000. This was subsequently increased to $824,719 to
permit in 1 934 the resumption of step rate increases in pay dis-
continued since 1931. During 1934 there were also in effect
salary reductions for all city employees on a graduated basis
of 5%, 10%, and 15%.
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 1 934 these receipts were :
Annual appropriation $1,106,409.81
Income from trust funds ........ 26,306.01
Unexpended balance of trust funds income of previous years . . 60,080.50
Total . . $1,192,796.32
Receipts which were accounted for and paid into the City
Treasury for general municipal purposes during the year were
From fines .....
From sales of waste paper .
From sales of catalogs, etc. .
From commission on telephone stations
From payments for lost books
EXPENDITURES OF THE LIBRARY
The total amount expended during 1934 was $1,130,706.28
This was divided as follows:
From city appropriation $1,106,409.81
From deposits in London ........ 1 ,205.85
From special appropriations ........ 6.80
From the income of trust funds ....... 23,083.82
ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY
Hie number of volumes added to the Library during the year
was 66,059, 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 1,673,609.
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 $120,494.05.
USE OF THE LIBRARY
The home use of books for the year was 5,194,351. The
use of material within the Library's premises for reference and
study is for the most part unrestricted, and it is thereiore im-
practicable to record it.
In addition to the above noted use of the Central Library and
the thirty-four Branch Libraries, deposits of books were made
available to 321 agencies, including engine houses, institutions,
COMPARATIVE STATISTICS, !933 and 1934
A comparison of certain statistics of 1 934 with those for 1 933
is noted below:
Tola! expenditures: city appropriation
and trust funds income
Expended for books and other library
material from city appropriation
and trust funds mcome
Number of volumes added
Total number of volumes in the Library
Borrowed for home use .
Number of card holders .
RE-ORGANIZATION OF THE LIBRARY
Steps were taken during the year to effect additional develop-
ment of the revised plan of organization of the Library adopted
by the Board in September 1932. A detailed statement of these
steps is included in the report of the Director, to be found on
pages 20-26 below.
BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
Constant vigilance has been necessary in the matter of the
level of the ground water in the vicinity of the Central Library
building. Close attention has been given to its study, particu-
larly as it affects the underpinning, the foundations, and the
superstructure of the building.
The emergency relief activities of the Federal Government
under its Civil Works Administration made possible extensive
painting of walls and floors both at the Central Library and in
i 19.076.63 .
the Branch Libraries. A large project was also carried on under
these auspices for the cleaning of books throughout the entire
FEDERAL EMERGENCY RELIEF PROJECTS CARRIED ON
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE LIBRARY
In addition to the above physical improvements effected as
part of the emergency relief projects of the Federal Government
there were carried on two additional large projects, first under
the Civil Works Administration, and subsequently under the
Federal Emergency Relief Administration. The first of these
provided for changing the cards in the several card catalogs of
the Central Library to the uniform size employed in most Amer-
ican libraries. The second provided for the changing of the
shelf lists of the Central Library from their old handwritten
folio volumes to a modern arrangement on uniform size catalog
cards. Both of these projects have contributed materiall / to
making possible an eventual development along modern lines
of certain of the Library's processes in which improvement has
long been desired. The latter project is continuing into the
Approximately seven hundred individuals have been em-
ployed, their wages being provided by the Federal Government,
and special provision for incidental expenses being made by the
During the year the Library received many important gifts
of books and other library material. A list of the principal gifts
is to be found in the Appendix on pages 35-37.
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 mat.ter of interest to the public the Board has pleasure
in listing herein the present trust funds of the Library, with ex-
planatory notes. The list will be found on pages 38—48 below.
The Trustees gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by
the Examining Committee of 1 934. Its membership included the
Hon. Elijah Adlow Mr. George R. Nutter
Mr. George Bramwell Baker Hon. James P. Parmenter
Mr. Walter B. Briggs Mrs. Elizabeth W. Perkins
Dr. Arthur H. Cole Mrs. Edward M. Pickman
Mr. Ralph Adams Cram Hon. Abraham E. Pinanski
Hon. James M. Curley Mr. Robert Proctor
Miss Susan J. Ginn Mr. Charles M. Rogerson
Mr. Francis X. Hurley Mrs. Arthur A. Shurcliff
Dr. Henry Jackson Mrs. Francis E. Slattery
Mr. Herbert F. Jenkins Rev. William M. Stinson
Mr. Henry Lewis Johnson Mr. Charles H. Taylor
Mr. Carl T. Keller Mr. D. B. Updike
Rev. Robert H. Lord Dr. Henry R. Viets
Mr. Charles D. Maginnis Mr. Charles F. Weed
Mrs. Frederick Winslow
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
12—19, immediately following.
Attention is called to the report of the Director of the Library
as found on pages 20-26 below. It presents the important de-
velopments within the Library during the course of the year.
To the entire Librar}^ staff we wish here to express our ap-
preciation of the work which they have rendered to the public.
Frank W. Buxton
John L. Hall
Louis E. Kirstein
William Cardinal O'Connell
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
Cf.ntral Library and Branches:
To Expenditures For
Permanent employees (exclusive of Printing
and Binding employees)
Temporary employees ....
To Service Other Than Personal
Printing and binding .
Transportation of persons .
Cartage and freight .
Light and power
Rent, taxes and wafer
Surety, bond and insurance
Removal of ashes
Removal of snow
Photographic and blueprinting
To Expenditure for EQUIP^
Furniture and fittings .
Trust funds income
(including transfer to
Trust funds income
Trust funds income
Trust funds income
Trust funds income
Trust funds income
Tools and instruments
EXPENSES. DECEMBER 31, 1934
By City Appropriation 1934
By Income from Trust Funds
•By Income from J. L. Whitney
By Transfer from Domestic Funds to
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
To Expenditures for Supplies
Forage and animal ,
Laundry, cleaning, toilet
Chemicals and disinfectants
To Expenditures for Material
to elxpenditures for f.e.r.a. projects
To Special Items
J. L. Whitney Bibliographic account
To Binding Department:
To Printing Department
To Special Appropriation :
Branch Libraries, Establishment of .
To Amount Paid Into City Treasury:
Sales of catalogues, bulletins .
Commission on telephone stations
Payments for lost books .
Sales of waste paper ....
EXPENSES, DECEMBER 3 1 , 1 934
Brought formarJ .....
By Balance Brought Forward from 1933:
Trust funds income. City Treasury .
Trust funds income, on deposit in London
City appropriation on deposit in London .
James L. Whitney Bibliographic account .
Library Building, Fireproo.'ing, improvements, etc.
Library Building, Foundations
Branch Libraries, Establishment of .
H. C. Bentley Gift
BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND
To Balance, December 31, 1934:
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, December 31, 1934:
Central Library Building, Fireproofing .
Central Library Building, Foundation
Branch Libraries, Establishment of .
1 ,901 .57
EXPENSES, DECEMBER 31. 1934
From Fines ....
Sales of catalogues, bulletins and lists
Commissions on telephone stations .
Payments for lost books .
Sales of waste paper ....
REPORT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE
To The Trustees of the Public Library
OF THE City of Boston.
The Examining Committee for the year 1934 respectfully
submits its report.
ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE
In accordance with the recommendation made by the Com-
mittee of 1932, and pursued by the Committee of 1933, the
Examining Committee of 1934 was appointed and met for
organization in June. This gave opportunity for an adequate
period of study and investigation and has made possible the
rendering of its report within the limits of the calendar year.
The several sub-committees assigned to the various divisions of
the work have given careful consideration to the problems of
the Library and in addition have visited the thirt)'^-three branch
libraries as a committee of the whole. Each member of the
Committee visited three branches and only two members were
assigned in most cases to each branch. As the complete findings
of the various sub-committees are on file with the Library, it
appears that a summary of the prominent features will suffice
for this report.
BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
Perhaps the question of buildings and equipment should have
first attention. For some years there has been felt some concern
relative to the foundations of the Central Library building. The
life and strength of the foundations depend upon the preservation
of the wooden piles upon which the building rests. The con-
tinuous checking and rechecking and recording of the water
level in the ground under the Main Library building in Copley
Square is of vital importance and should be continued. There
seems also to be a pressing need for decreasing floor loads,
especially in the bookstacks. This leads the Committee to
endorse the plans being developed by the Director for rearrange-
ments in the use of space in the Central Library building, with
a view to bringing about at the same time greater efficiency in
administration. In addition to this the Committee hopes that
the time will soon come to resume the policy of replacing existing
inadequate branch library buildings in accordance with the long-
time plan that was in force before the depression.
Next in importance is the consideration of the problem of the
selection of books. Succeeding Committees have been faced
constantly with the question of whether or not the Library
has been maintainmg a proper balance in its two main functions,
namely, that of meeting popular library needs, and that of
providing for scholarly reference needs. With limited funds
it is obviously difficult to maintain a perfect balance in the ful-
fillment of these functions. Attempts should be made constantly
to determine the proper ratio between investments in popular and
scholarly material. The Committee of 1 932 recommended that
means be provided to enable the Library to make a survey of the
demands for the various types of material and the sources of
these demands, and to keep track continuously of the funds
invested in books of various classes and various subject matters.
A long step has been taken in this direction in the past year by
the installation of tabulating machines, making possible the con-
tinuous collection of data as to the expenditures by groups, and
the sources of the demand for the purchase of particular materials.
The statistics thus obtained will be of aid to the library ad-
ministration in determining with greater accuracy whether the
Library's funds are being expended to meet the above needs in
the best possible manner.
Last year's Committee called attention in its report to the
improvement in the arrangements for book selection that has
been brought about through the reorganization of the Library.
It is hoped that as a result of this formal recognition of the
function of book selection there will follow the appointment of
expert personnel who will be conversant with the subjects with
which the Library must deal. It is recognized, however, that
there is a limit to the number of expert personnel who may be
employed, and therefore it is recommended that those responsible
for book selection have the benefit of recommendations from
outside experts in their respective fields. The Committee sug-
gests the possibility of securing the uncompensated assistance of
qualified individuals who will be willing to aid in book selection.
Such arrangements, no doubt, will result in a more useful de-
velopment of the Library's collections, particularly for research
purposes. Perhaps in this connection it is well to recommend
also a thorough study of the collections in terms of their long-
Apparently facilities for bookbinding are at present in-
adequate to the needs of the Library. This, of necessity, brings
about arrears in the repair and conditioning of books. As the
use and the growth of the Library increase, this is likely to
become a serious problem. The availability of Federal
Emergency Relief Administration funds for aid in this direction
is suggested for consideration. The problem of the conditioning
of bindings is highly important, particularly in respect to the
rare book collections. It is understood that the library adminis-
tration is giving this problem serious study. Also it is noted that
there are apparently differences of opinion as to the best methods
for the preservation of valuable bindings. The Committee urges
that this study be prosecuted without undue delay and that
action follow upon the results at the earliest possible moment.
CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION
Funds made available by the Federal Emergency Relief Ad-
ministration have enabled the Library to make extraordinary
progress with some of the problems of its cataloging. Many
problems which were apparent a year ago have been solved with
the aid of these funds. As a result the Library will shortly be
in a position to proceed to a reclassification of its collections
along modern lines.
SPACE IN CENTRAL LIBRARY BUILDING
One of the problems of the Library that is rapidly becoming
acute is that of finding space for its growing collections. Funda-
mental moves to meet this situation will apparently have to be
taken during the coming year. In connection with the re-
allocation of library space that may have to be considered, par-
ticularly in the Central Library, the Committee believes that
certain general principles should be emphasized:
1 . that the more accessible areas of the Library be employed
for service to the public rather than for internal library ad-
2. that special collections of allied interest be brought into
as close physical proximity as possible;
3. that the unsatisfactory conditions surrounding the location
of the Statistical Department be eliminated;
4. that those portions of the Library at present employed for
allied rather than purely library activities be converted in
their use to purposes that are purely of a library nature,
and in the Central Library more particularly for the ade-
quate housing of the special collections.
It is a pleasure to learn that a beginning of this work of re-
allocating space in the Central Library building can perhaps be
made during the year that is ahead. In connection with this
the Committee wishes to urge also that definite consideration be
given to the problem of proper air conditioning throughout the
Central Library building, and particularly in the Rare Book
The question of the Library's publications is a vital one. The
Committee wishes to suggest that the scholarly articles that have
been appearing in the Library's monthly bulletin might be pre-
sented in a form more worthy of the dignity of a great scholarly
library, perhaps in a quarterly publication designed for scholars,
while the present monthly bulletin, or an adaptation thereof,
might be continued under the title "More Books" and be
developed for popular consumption, primarily through the branch
libraries. The Committee believes that there is need for a
popular bulletin as well as for a more dignified presentation of
the Library's scholarly activities.
USE OF THE LIBRARY
A number of the problems met by the ordinary reader in his
use of the Library were considered by a new sub-committee ap-
pointed for the first time this year, namely, that on the Use of
the Library. It was the unanimous opinion of this sub-com-
mittee that improved service to the individual reader is the best
possible way of encouraging the use of the Library. In this
connection the Committee is particularly glad to learn of the
plans under development by the Director for the establishment
of a central administrative headquarters for readers in the Abbey
Room, adjacent to the Issue Department and to the Bates Hall
Card Catalogue and Reading Room, for the handling of com-
plaints, the clearing up of misunderstandings, and the directing
of readers, to the end that patrons of the Library may have full
opportunity for satisfaction in their attempts to master the com-
plexities of a large library system. The Committee offers also
the suggestion that there be established a "waiting list" for
books in constant demand, so that individual readers may be
notified by postal card when in their turn these books become
available for their use. It is recommended also that the many
entrances and exits to the book stacks in the Central Library be
reduced in number, so that unauthorized individuals may not
have access to them ; thus helping to reduce book losses from the
shelves and also facilitating the checking of the work of the
pages engaged in "running" for books requested by readers.
RELATIONSHIP OF THE LIBRARY TO SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
The relationship of the Library to the schools and colleges of
the city constitutes a vital problem. Good results have already
been achieved m this direction. The Committee beHeves never-
theless that there are possibihties for developing a better relation-
ship between the School Department and the Library Depart-
ment through the establishment of a continuing committee to
promote mutual understanding of the possibilities and limitations
of each department's work. Much study can profitably be
given to the entire question of this relationship of the Library
to schools and colleges, particularly with reference to what the
Library may reasonably be expected to contribute to the work
of these institutions. The Committee fears that there is grave
danger that colleges in the neighborhood of the Central Library
look upon the Library as an annex to their own institutions.
As noted at the beginning of this report each member of the
Committee visited three branch libraries. In order that the
members might conduct their visits intelligently and know
exactly what they were expected to examine, eleven topics for
investigation were agreed upon as covering the general con-
dition of the branch libraries. These were as follows :
1 . Is the entrance convenient and well lighted ?
Are there outside signs? Is the street outside well lighted at night?
2. Is the floor covering in good condition? Does it deaden the noise
3. Is the ventilation good? If not, how can it be improved?
4. Is the lighting good for readers? If not, can the position of the
lights be changed, or can they be made brighter and more numerous
without great expense?
5. Are adults and children so separated that adults have quiet?
6. Are the rooms overcrowded? If so, can this situation be relieved
by re-arranging departments?
7. Where more than one floor is occupied, is there quick communica-
tion between floors, i.e., by speaking-tube or telephone?
8. Are the premises used for other than library purposes, to the
detriment of the Library?
9. How is the staff accommodated as to work-rooms, typewriting
space and rest-rooms?
10. Are there any special activities in the branch, i.e., collections of
photographs, etc. ?
1 1 . Can any small improvements be made without much expense which
will facilitate the work of the branch?
In addition to the answers to these questions, several recom-
mendations were offered, all of which are included in the report
of the Sub-Committee on Branch Libraries, on file with the
Library. An additional point of interest is that of rendering the
branch libraries less institutional in character. The Committee
believes that this process might be aided in large measure through
the formation of local committees, each committee being de-
signed to take an interest in, and to support, the branch library
of its own community.
The Committee has found in 1 934 much the same conditions
existing as in 1 932 and in 1 933 with respect to financial support.
In those earlier years it seemed best, in view of the depression,
not to set forth projects which, while needful, required increased
expenditure, but to confine recommendations to the few matters
which seemed fundamental. For instance, the Committees of
each of the last two years recorded themselves strongly in favor
of at least maintaining the service of the Library, and, if possible,
expanding it ; certainly not contracting it. It has been truly said
that "the rediscovery of the Public Library is a by-product of
the depression." This year's Committee wishes therefore
earnestly to renew the recommendations made in the past two
years, that the facilities of the Library be at least maintained, if
not increased; and certainly not contracted.
It is the desire of this Committee that it be recorded as sup-
porting the important recommendations of its predecessors. It
hopes, for instance, that there may be carried out in the course
of time the recommendation that there be established a body to
be known as "The Friends of the Boston Public Library," from
among whose members there might be furnished each year con-
tributions, small or large, for the purchase of books and manu-
scripts which can not ordinarily be obtained through the Library's
usual appropriations. Attention ought also to be given to plans
for making better known to the public at large the substantial
quantity of rare and valuable material in the possession of the
Boston Public Library. Toward this end it is recommended
that careful consideration be afforded to the pubHshing of a
brochure presenting a brief history of the Library, enumerating
its resources, Hsting its special collections, and pointing out the
need for endowment to develop and build up these collections.
Such a brochure ought to be the best specimen of the printer's
art and have attractive illustrations. It should be made available
to selected individuals, with the hope that they might thereby
become interested in the Library and in the development of the
In conclusion the Committee wishes to state that it would be
remiss in its duties if it did not pay tribute to the admirable
work that is being done by the Director and his large corps of
assistants. The desire of the Committee in offering its sugges-
tions is simply to aid them in augmenting the good work already
Adopted as the Report of the Examining Committee, De-
cember 17, 1934.
Susan J. Ginn, Vice Chairman
Elijah Adlow George R. Nutter
George Bramwell Baker James P. Parmenter
Walter B. Briggs Elizabeth W. Perkins
Walter S. Bucklin Hester Pickman
Arthur H. Cole Abraham E. Pinanski
Ralph Adams Cram Robert Proctor
James M. Curley Charles M. Rogerson
Francis X. Hurley Margaret M. Shurcliff
Henry Jackson Lillian C. Slattery
Herbert F. Jenkins William M. Stinson, S.J.
Henry Lewis Johnson Charles H. Taylor
Carl T. Keller Henry R. Viets
Robert H. Lord Charles F. Weed
Charles D. Maginnis 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 31,1 934.
effects of the depression
The economic depression continued to be clearly recognizable
in its effects upon the Library's work throughout the year. The
increased use of books and facilities that had begun after 1 929
was sustained in appreciable fashion, though not quite to the
same high degree as in 1 932 and 1 933. Appropriations for the
support of the Library remained perceptibly depressed; even
though their total for 1934 showed an increase over that for
1933, they were notably below the level that had prevailed for
a considerable period preceding 1933.
Increased demands were made upon the Library in sponsoring
and carrying out work projects for the relief of the unemployed,
under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Relief Adminis-
CONTINUING INCREASED USE OF THE LIBRARY
The experience of the year indicated that the increased use
of books arising out of the depression conditions prevailing since
1 929 was being sustained in appreciable fashion. During 1 934
there were borrowed for home reading 5,194,351 volumes. This
figure represents a 32% increase over that for 1929.
The following table shows the greatly increased use of the
Library during five years of economic depression, 1 930 - 1 934 :
NO. OF BOOKS LENT
INCREASE OR DECREASE
FOR HOME USE
OVER PRECEDING YEAR
: +5%' '. '.
. + 5%
. +13% . .
. +18% . .
. -03% . .
. - 6% . .
It is to be npted that in 1934 there occurred the first appreciable
change in the trend of increase that had been prevailing since
1 929. The number of books lent for home use in 1 934 declined
by 67( from the number lent in 1933. The average percentage
of decrease during 1934 for the public libraries of the country
at large was 8%.
There would seem to be two reasons underlying this change
in 1934 from the trend of increase in existence from 1929 to
1933. The one — which is encouraging from a general point
of view — is that improvement in general economic conditions
has apparently been setting in; the unemployed are beginning
to find employment once more, and there are therefore perhaps
fewer of them to use libraries. The other — which is markedly
discouraging from the particular point of view of the Library —
is that the Library's books have become so worn out by the heavy
use of the past four to five years that it is no longer possible to
offer them in sufficient quantity to meet the demand that never-
theless exists for them. It is to this latter situation that most
weight is probably to be attached in indicating reasons for the
decline in the number of books being borrowed.
In any case it is clear that the Library finished the year 1 934
lending 32% more books than in 1929, the last of the pre-
depression years. This is in itself an increase which is notable,
despite its being slightly under the peak increases of 1932 and
APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE LIBRARY
The City appropriated for the support of the Library during
1 934 the sum of $ 1,1 06,409.8 1 . This was $ 1 1 ,659.8 1 greater
than the amount appropriated in 1933. The increase was made
up of the following items:
For miscellaneous needs ........ $15,515.00
For the resumption of step rate increases in pay .... 24,719.00
For the purchase of books ........ 25,000.00
For emergency relief projects ....... 36,425.81
Throughout many subdivisions of the budget it was necessary
to make provision for rising costs of materials. For this purpose
the additional appropriation of $15,515 was made.
With the advent of a new city administration in 1934 there
was resumed the practice of granting step rate increases in pay
for those groups of city workers who had been employed on
such a basis prior to the discontinuance of the practice in 1 93 1 .
The library employees had been such a group; consequently an
additional appropriation in the amount of $24,719 was made
for the purpose in the course of the year. The resumption of
such step rate increases proved a most heartening measure to
members of the library staff. It made possible also an adjust-
ment in part of a number of cases in which inequalities had
arisen through the discontinuance of the practice three years
The appropriation for the purchase of books had suffered
severely when its amount had been dropped from $160,000 in
1932 to $75,000 in 1933. For 1934 the appropriation as first
determined was set at $75,000; in the course of the year an
additional amount of $25,000 was made available, in recog-
nition of the need for books made acute by the heavily increased
use of the Library arising out of the conditions of the economic
depression. This additional appropriation proved of great aid. As
shown above, the Library's books have been experiencing notab-
ly heavy use during the past five years. In fact they have been
in process of being worn out at so great a rate that it is no longer
possible to supply them in sufficient quantity, or in sufficiently
good condition, to meet the public demands. The result has
been that in 1 934 there occurred a decline of 6% in the number
of books borrowed by readers for home use, the first appreciable
change in the trend of increase prevailing since 1 929. There is
little evidence that the demand for books on the part of the
public has decreased notably. The chief reason for the decline
is believed to be the depletion of the Library's book stock. Books
are being worn out faster than they can be replaced. An acute
situation in this respect is developing for the years immediately
For emergency relief projects a special appropriation was
made in the amount of $36,425.81 . This was for the purchase
of supplies and materials and for the rental of space and equip-
ment necessary for carrying on several extensive relief projects
for which the cost of personnel was provided by the federal
UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF PROJECTS
In the last weeks of 1933 the Library was asked to assume its
share, together with other departments of the city government,
in planning, sponsoring, and carrying out work projects for the
unemployed, under the general auspices of the Civil Works
Administration then being established by the federal govern-
ment. Projects were initiated promptly and were continued
from 1933 into 1934. Originally designed to be of ten weeks
duration only, the projects were extended in length, and ad-
ditional projects developed, under the auspices of the Federal
Emergency Relief Administration in succession to the Civil
In the course of the year there was completed the work of the
large C.W.A. project initiated to make possible the changing
of the cards in the catalogues of the central library to the uni-
form size employed in most American libraries. This was suc-
ceeded by an F.E.R.A, project for changing the shelf lists of
the central library from large bound folio volumes to uniform
size catalogue cards. Other projects were carried on for the
cleaning of books and for the painting of walls, floors, and the
like throughout the library system.
These projects provided work for three to four hundred in-
dividuals in the course of the year. The cost of personnel was
borne by the federal government as part of its program for the
relief of the unemployed. The contribution on the part of the
Library was that of directing the work, together with providing
supplies and materials and renting space and equipment, for
which purpose a special appropriation was made by the City.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF
REORGANIZATION OF THE LIBRARY
During 1933 there was instituted a revised plan of organi-
zation for the Library which provided for the distribution of
its activities between a Circulation Division (primarily the branch
libraries), a Reference Division (primarily the central library),
and a Division of Business Operations (for the business manage-
ment of the entire library system) . At the time fiscal conditions
did not permit the appointment of officers to head either the Cir-
culation Division or the Reference Division. It was possible,
however, to make appointments to certain intermediate positions
within the divisions.
In 1 934 it became possible to proceed further. Appointments
were made to the positions of Chief Librarian of the Circula-
tion Division and Chief Librarian of the Reference Division.
These officers, and the Comptroller at the head of the Division
of Business Operations, are to be responsible for the entire func-
tioning of their respective divisions. As division heads they are
to report directly to the Director. They will be the second rank-
ing officers of the Library. The Director is thus to become the
general administrator of the entire library system, with the divi-
sion heads serving as the active executive officers of the respective
One other major change was made during the year. In the
Reference Division recognition was given to the importance of
the extensive rare book collections in the possession of the Li-
brary, and their need for special attention, through the establish-
ment of the position of Keeper of Rare Books.
Further developments in the reorganization of the Library
will be necessary as conditions permit. For the moment certain
limitations, primarily in physical facilities, prevent the complete
realization of many desirable rearrangements of departmental
relationships, particularly along functional lines. Attempts to
achieve these will have to be made from time to time. A library
is an organic body. It must recognize that evolution and change
are a necessary part of its lot.
TRAINING OF PERSONNEL
In 1 933 there was instituted an extensive and wide program
of training courses open to all full-time members of the library
staff. This program was put into full effect at the beginning of
the academic year in October 1933.
During the academic year 1933—34 there were 261 members
of the library staff enrolled in twelve full courses (three terms
of ten weeks each) and nine one-term courses. Of these indi-
viduals 202 completed the work satisfactorily; 71 did so with
The academic year 1934-35 found 168 members of the
staff enrolled for courses beginning with the autumn term. Ad-
ditional enrollments were indicated for the one-term courses to
follow in the winter and spring terms.
Enrollment in the courses is voluntary. The individual has
to undertake the work in his own, not library, time. The courses
are conceived primarily as a sharing of experience, knowledge,
and thought by the more advanced members of the staff with
those less advanced.
These training courses are not expected to produce results
that will necessarily be extraordinary. They will have been
worth while if they afford an opportunity for training to those
who feel in need thereof but have not previously had such a pos-
sibility within their reach, or if they afford supplementary work
for those who have had formal library training elsewhere. For
the Library there should eventually follow a raising of the level
of the qualifications of the staff as a whole. It is of no little sig-
nificance that two hundred members of the library staff are
engaged in work and study in such courses.
The following appointments to titular positions were made
during the year: Orlando C. Davis, as Chief Librarian of the
Circulation Division; Richard G. Hensley, as Acting Chief
Librarian of the Reference Division; James W. Kenney, as
Acting Comptroller; Zoltan Haraszti, as Keeper of Rare
Books; and Francis J. Hannigan, as Supervisor of Special Ref-
Under the provisions of the Boston Retirement Act the fol-
lowing individuals retired from the library service : Emil L. Hof-
man. Pressman in the Printing Department, after 24 years
service; and Mary A. Hopkins, Cleaner, after 23 years service.
By death the Library lost the services of Cecilia W. Kueffner,
Cataloger in the Cataloging and Classification Department, and
Helen R. Needham, Second Assistant in the Boylston Branch
Attention is called to the statistical summaries that appear in
the Appendix to this Report.
The Director has pleasure in acknovs^ledging constant sup-
port from Trustees and Library Staff alike. It has meant much
to the work of the Library.
Milton E. Lord
Director, and Librarian
TABLES OF CENTRAL AND BRANCH CIRCULATION
*For eight months. May through December.
The net gains and losses in circulation are presented, apart
from the totals, in the following form :
1929 gain over preceding year 30,782
1930 gain over preceding year ........ 203391
over preceding year
over preceding year
from preceding year
from preceding year
Circulation from Central by
1934 . . 37,716
Distribution of Total Circulation
h. Through Branches
1. Deposit Collections
2. General Collections .
c. Schools and Institutions
. . . •
. • • •
These figures are condensed into the following :
Books Lent for Home Use, including Circulation through
Schools and Institutions
From Central Library (including Central Library books issued through
the branches) ........
From Business Branch .........
From branches (excluding books received from Central Library) .
Central Librar)' circulation (excluding
schools and institutions)
Direct home use .... 437.827
Through branches . . . 86,470
Business .Branch ......
Branch libraries circulation (ex-
cluding schools and institutions) .
Schools and institutions circulation (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 fo other libraries in Massachusetts 2,161 2,041
Lent fo libraries oufsidt of Massachusetts 353 435
Total 2,514 2.476
From libraries in Massachusetts ...... 805 753
From libraries outside of Massachusetts . . . .187 166
Total 992 919
The classified direct circulation of the branches was as follows,
for two successive years :
Fiction for adults .
Non-fiction for adults
Juvenile non- fiction
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 follpwing 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
Catalogued (new) :
Central Library Catalogue
VOLS. AND TITLES
89340 72,200 81.929 68.116
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) . . . 15,714
Special collections, new books and transfers . . • • • 3.168
Books reported lost or missing in previous years but now found, transfers
from branches, etc. ........ 1.480
Removed from Central Library shelves during the year:
.Books reported lost or missing, condemned copies not yet replaced, trans-
fers, etc. • • 3,881
Net gain at Central Library 16,481
Net gain at Branches 1341
Placed in Business Branch 1,770
Net gain entire library system ......... 19,592
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
Volumes in the Business Branch
Volumes in the branches
These volumes are located as follows ;
Central Library .
Business Branch .
Andrew Square .
Orient Heights .
City Point .
Codman Square .
Phillips Brooks .
Fellowes Athenaeum .
South End . . . .
Uphams Corner .
West End .
THE BINDING DEPARTMENT
Number of volumes bound in various st
Magazines stitched .
Volumes repaired , . , .
Volumes guarded ....
Photographs and engravings mounted
Library publications folded, stitched and trimmed
THE PRINTING DEPARTMENT
Requisitions received and filled ......
Card Catalogue (Central Library) :
Titles (Printing Department count) ....
Cards finished (exclusive of "extras")
Card Catalogue (Branches) :
Titles (Printing Department count) ....
Cards finished (exclusive of "extras") . ...
Blank forms (numbered series) .....
Forms, circulars and sundries (outside the numbered series)
Catalogues, pamphlets, bibliographical programmes .
OUTSTANDING BOOK PURCHASES
Addison, Joseph. Poems on several occasions. With a dissertation upon
the Roman poets. London. 1719.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed,
with divers addicions. whiche were never in printe before . . .
Colophon (London: Imprinted by John Kyngston for John
Davenport, Cyril. Roger Payne, English bookbinder of the eighteenth
century. Chicago. Printed for the Caxton Club. 1929.
Donne, John. Letters to severall persons of honour . . . London.
Printed by John Flesher, for Richard Marriott. 1651. First
Fay, Bernard. Notes on the American press at the end of the eighteenth
Century. Limited edition of 325 copies. New York. The Gro-
Flavell, John. Husbandry spiritualized: or. The heavenly use of earthly
things ... 1 0th edition. Boston. Re-printed by John Allen, for
Nicholas Boone, at the Sign of the Bible in Cornhill, near the Cor-
ner of School-street. 1 709.
Fox, Thomas. The Wilmington almanack, or Ephemeris, for the year
of our Lord 1 775 . . . Wilmington. Printed and sold by James
lacovleff, A. and S. Elisseeff. Le theatre japonais (Kabuki). Paris.
Jacques de Brunhoff, chez Jules Meynial. n.d.
Lamb, Charles and Mary Lamb. Tales from Shakespear, designed for
the use of young persons. London. Printed for Thomas Hodgkins.
1807. 2 vols.
[Milton, John.] The doctrine and discipline of divorce . . . The author,
I. M. London. Imprinted in the yeare 1645.
Milton, John. Paradise regain'd : a poem. In IV books. To which is
added Samson Agonistes. London. Printed by J. M. for John
Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetstreet, near Temple-Bar. 1671.
The New-England Primer improved, for the more easy attaining the
true reading of English. To which is added, The assembly of Di-
vines, and Mr. Cotton's catechism. Boston. Printed and sold by
Benjamin Edes and Sons. In Cornhill. 1 784.
Otway, Thomas. The complete works of . . . Edited by Montague
Summers. London. Nonesuch Press. 1926. 3 vols.
Persian manuscripts. Two specimens of Persian writing. 1 wo prayer
books in Persian. Persian miniature painting, a page from a book.
Robertson, John W. Bibliography and commentary on the writmgs of
Edgar A. Poe. San Francisco. The Grabhorn Press. 1934.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. Photograph of Cabinet. With autographs of
Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Prometheus unbound . . . With other poems.
London. 1 820. First edition, second issue.
[Tennyson, Alfred.] Poems. By two brothers. London. Printed for
W. Simpkin and R. Marshall and J. and J. Jackson. Louth. 1827.
.SELECTED LIST OF GIFTS AND GIVERS
Amherst College, Trustees of. The Folger Shakespeare Library, Wash-
ington, PubHshed for the Trustees of Amherst College, Amherst,
Bellows, Mrs. H. P. A collection of sixteen hundred and fifty-six photo-
graphs, principally architectural views, landscapes, and reproduc-
tions of famous pictures.
Boston Athenaeum. John Adams's Book: being notes on a record of
the births, marriages & deaths of three generations of the Adams
Family, 1734-1807. Compiled by Henry Adams. Printed for
the Boston Athenaeum. 1934. (One of) one hundred and fifty
copies printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, Boston,
in the month of May, 1934.
Brown, Charles S. The Seamans Family in America, as descended
from Thomas Seamans of Swansea, Massachusetts, 1 687. Com-
piled by John Julian Lawton, with the . . . financial assistance of
Charles Seamans Brown. Privately printed, Syracuse, 1 933.
Bull, William P. The Perkins Bull Collection: historical paintings by
Canadian artists illustrating pioneers and pioneering in the County
of Peel. Printed privately for the founder of the Collection at
the Town of Brampton in the County of Peel, (1934?).
De Forest. Col. & Mrs. L. Effingham. Captain John Underbill,
Gentleman, Soldier of Fortune. By L. Effingham de Forest and
Anne Lawrence de Forest. New York, De Forest Publishing
Company, 1934. Designed and printed by the Argus Press as a
reprint from: Atterbury and Allied Families. One of an edition
of 75 copies.
Gallatin, Albert Eugene. Gallatin iconography. By Albert Eugene
Gallatin. Privately printed, 1 934. One of an edition of one
hundred copies printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press,
Boston, in March, 1934.
Harrison, Fairfax. Early American turf stock, 1780—1830. Being a
critical study of the extant evidence for the English, Spanish and
Oriental horses and mares, to which are traced the oldest American
turf pedigrees. Volume 1 : Mares. Privately printed. The Old
Dominion Press, Richmond. 1934.
Harrison, Francis Burton. Indo-China: a sportsman's opportunity. By
Archibald Harrison. Privately printed, Mayflower Press, Ply-
mouth, 1933. Burton chronicles of colonial Virginia, being excerpts
from the existing records particularly relating to the Burtons of the
valley of the James and Appomattox, with especial reference to the
ancestry of Jesse Burton of Lynchburg ( 1 750?— 1 795). By
Francis Burton Harrison. Privately printed, 1933.
Hispanic Society of America. The visionary gentleman : Don Quijote de
la Manche. By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Translated into
English by Robinson Smith. Third edition, complete, with a life
of Cervantes, notes and appendices. Parts I and 2. Printed by
order of the Trustees, Hispanic Society of America, New York,
1932. Number 1 49 of two hundred numbered copies. Urrabieta
Vierge and illustrators of Don Quixote (19th and 20th centuries) :
and exhibition from books in the Library of the Hispanic Society
of America. Printed by order of the Trustees, New York, 1934.
Hoff, Madame Whitney. Lettres autographes composant la collection de
Madame G. Whitney Hoff. Paris, Cornuau, 1 934. "Cet ouvrage
a ete tire a 200 exemplaires numerotes, sur papier velin d'Arches.
Holbrook, Donald. Memorial biography of Walter Hills Holbrook,
1861 — 1933. The eighth copy (of ten copies printed). Bound
in blue leather, with white silk end-pages.
Lane, Mrs. William C. Manuscript letter, dated July 5, 1849, from
Helen M. Fiske, to her guardian, Mr. Julius A. Palmer, requesting
permission for herself and her sister Annie to board with a Mrs.
Clark in Andover, Massachusetts, during a portion of the summer.
Lilly, Josiah K. Foster Hall Reproductions: Songs, compositions and
arrangements by Stephen Collins Foster, 1826—1864. Produced
by the Staff of Foster Hall. Privately printed by Josiah Kirby
Lilly, Indianapolis, 1933. This includes two hundred and
twenty-five pieces of music, and one volume of collected music,
facsimiles of first (or earliest known) editions of songs by Stephen
Collins Foster. Number 713 of 1000 sets.
Marble, Mrs. Arthur De Merrick. Two portfolios, containing one hun-
dred and ten paintings of wild flowers found in Massachusetts and
Mississippi, drawn, painted and mounted by Arthur D. Marble.
Massachusetts Public Works of Art Project. Two hundred and sixty-
four mounted photographs of the work of artists of the Federal
Emergency Relief Administration, Public Works of Art Project,
District Number 1 , The New England States.
Mediaeval Academy of America. Kodex Quartus Sancti lacobi de
expedimento et conversione Yspanie et Gallecie editus a Beato
Turpino Archiepiscopo. One of three hundred copies printed at
the Merrymount Press, Boston, for Ward Thoron, May, 1934.
Morris, Lawrence J. The Johnson and allied families of Lincolnshire,
England: being the ancestry and posterity of Lawrence Johnson of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By Robert Winder Johnson, Sr.
(1910) and Lawrence Johnson Morris (1934). Printed for
private circulation, Philadelphia, the Dolphin Press, 1934.
Peabody, Francis G. Francis Weld Peabody, 1881 — 1927: a memoir.
Privately printed at the Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1933.
Pforzheimer, Carl H. Surrey's Fourth Boke of Virgill. Edited, with
introduction, variant readings and notes by Herbert Hartman. Pri-
vately printed for Carl H. Pforzheimer. Printed by John Johnson
at the University Press, Oxford. Number 38 of an edition of two
hundred and fifty copies, of vhich one hundred and twenty-five are
for private distribution.
Skinner, William. The Belle Skinner Collection of old musical instru-
ments, Holyoke, Massachusetts. A descriptive catalogue compiled
under the direction of William Skinner. 1933.
LECTURES — CONCERTS
During 1934 there were given in the Lecture Hall of the
Central Library 1 1 3 programs under the auspices of the Library.
This group of lectures, entertainments, and concerts included a
series of 9 concerts given by the E. R. A. Opera Orchestra.
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS OF 1934
Throughout the year there were on display in the Exhibition
Room, Treasure Room, and Children's Room numerous ex-
hibitions assembled from the Library's collections or loaned to
the Library by outside sources.
Artz Fund — Donation from MiSS ViCTORlNE 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 BlL-
"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. $100,446.10
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 pjate 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 1 900. $6,000.00
Franklin Club Fund — Donation made in June, 1863, by a literary asso-
ciation of young men in Boston, who, at the dissolution of the asso-
ciation, authorized its trustees, Thomas Minns, John J. French and
J. Franklin Reed, to dispose of the funds on hand in such manner
as to them should seem judicious. They elected to bestow them on
the Public Library, attaching thereto only the following conditions:
"In trust, that the income, but the income only, shall, year by year, be
expended in the purchase of books of permanent value, for the use
of the free Public Library of the city, and as far as practicable of
such a character as to be of special interest to young men." The 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 Bro^ATi
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. $2,000.00
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 CharlestowTi Public Library $10,000, to be
invested on interest, which interest is to be applied to the purchase
of books published before 1 850. 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. $1,048.93
Alfred Hemenway Fund — Bequest of Alfred Hemenway. Received
in 1928. $5,000.00
Hyde Fund — Bequest of Fl^NKLlN 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. 1925 $1,000.00
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. $1 ,37 1 .00
Abbott Lawrence Fund — Bequest of AbbotT Lawrence, of Boston.
Received in 1 860. The interest on this fund is to be exclusively
appropriated for the purchase of books for the said library having
a permanent value. $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. Lewis Fund: "I give and bequeath to the Bos-
ton Public Library the sum of $5,000 as a fund, the income of
which is to be used for the purchase of such old and rare books as
shall be fitly selected to augment the collection known as the John
A. Lewis Library." Received in 1903. $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
1 896. $500.00
Charles Mead Fund — Bequest of Charles Mead, to constitute the
Charles Mead Public Library Trust Fund for the promotion of the
objects of the Public 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 Hollingsworth, Sumner A. Burt and
Amor L, Hollingsworth, 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 I 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, 1 924, $964.30. $1 ,494. 1 8
Guilford Reed Fund — Bequest of Helen Leah Reed, as a memorial to
Guilford S. Reed ; the income to be applied to the purchase of books
of non-fiction. $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 will bequeathed to the City of Boston the sum
of $1 1,766,67, which represents the income of said fund received
by him up to the time of his death, to which was added $33.33
accrued interest on deposit up to the time of investment, to be added
to the fund given by his brother. $62,242.45
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 1 9 1 4. $51,732.14
South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund — Donation of a citizen of
South Boston, the income of which is to be expended for the benefit
of the South Boston Branch Library. Received in 1 879.
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 vkith 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, v^dow 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. $4,106.71
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 1897. $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. $25,084.37
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 Cily 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 $ 25.00
William York Peters 25.00
John T. Spaulding 1 00.0
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 Bov/ditch .
Nathaniel I. 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 100.482.98
Bowditch Fund 10,000.00
Bradlee Fund 1.000.00
Joseph H. Center Fund 39.908.89
Carried forward $213,391.87
Central Library Building Fund
Henry Sargent Codman Memorial Fund
Daniel Sharp Ford Fund
Franklin Club Fund
Isabella Stewart Gardner Fund
Morris Gest Fund
Charlotte Harris Fund
Thomas B. Harris Fund .
Alfred Hemenway Fund
David P. Kimball Fund
L.ouis E. Kirstein Fund
Arthur Mason Knapp Fund .
Helen Lamber Fund
Abbott Lawrence Fund
Edward Lawrence Fund
Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund
Charles Greely Loring Memorial Fund
Charles Mead Fund
Gardner O. North Fund
The Oakland Hall Trust Fund
John Boyle O'Reilly Fund
Sarah E. Pratt Fund
Guilford Reed Fund
John Singer Sargent Fund
South Boston Branch Library Trust
Mary Elizabeth Stewart Fund
James Jackson Storrow (Harvard '57) Fund
William C. Todd Newspaper Fun(
Nathan A. Tufts Fund .
Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fui
Horace G. Wadlin Fund
Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund
James Lyman Whitney Fund
Mehitable C. C. Wilson Fund
OFFICERS OF THE LIBRARY
Director, and Librarian Milton E. Lord
Clerk of the Trustees Elizabeth B. Brockunier
Supervisor of Training Bertha V. Hartzell
Editor of Publications Zoltan Haraszti
Acting Chief Librarian of the Reference Division: Richard G. Hensley
Assistant Librarian, Emeritus Frank C. Blaisdell
Assistant Librarian, Emeritus Otto Fleischner
Assistant Librarian Pierce E. Buckley
Assistant Librarian Samuel A. Chevalier
Book Selection Department: Louis F. Ranlett, Chief.
Cataloging and Classification Department: Samuel A. Chevalier, Chief.
General Reference Departments: Pierce E. Buckley, Supervisor.
Bates Hall Reference Department: Harry W. Mathev^^s, Assistant
Information Department: John H. Reardon, Assistant in Charge.
Newspaper Department: Frederic Serex, Assistant in Charge.
Periodical Department: Dorothy P. Shaw, In Charge.
Registration Department: A. Frances Rogers, Chief.
Issue Department: Thomas F. Brennan, Chief.
Special Reference Departments: Francis J. Hannigan, Supervisor.
Special Libraries: George S. Maynard, Chief.
Fine Arts Department: Mildred R. Bradbury, Assistant in Charge.
Music Department: Richard G. Appel, Assistant in Charge.
Genealogy Department: Agnes C. Doyle, Assistant in Charge.
Patent Department: William J. Ennis, Assistant in Charge.
Statistical Department: Elizabeth G. Barry, Assistant in Charge.
Teachers' Department: Anna L. Manning, Assistant in Charge.
Business Branch : Mary W. Dietrichson, Business Branch Librarian.
Rare Books: Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of Rare Books.
Rare Book Department : Harriet Swift, Assistant in Charge.
Chief Librarian of the Circulation Division: Orlando C. Davis.
Book Selection Department: Lx)uis F. Ranlett, Chief.
Children's Work: Alice M. Jordan, Supervisor.
Branch Libraries: Edith Guerrier, Supervisor.
Allston, Katherine F. Muldoon.
Andrew Square, Elizabeth FI. McShane.
Boylston, Margaret A. Calnan.
Brighton, Katrina M. Sather.
Charlestown, Katherine S. Rogan.
City Point, Helen L. Morrisey.
Codman Square, EHzabeth 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 B. Loughlin.
Low^er Mills, Isabel E. Wetherald.
Mattapan, Ada Aserkoff.
Memorial, Beatrice M. Flanagan.
Mount Bow^doin, Pearl B. Smart.
Mount Pleasant, Margaret H. Reid.
Neponset, Margaret I. McGovern.
North End, Mary F. Curley.
Orient Heights, Catherine E. Flannery.
Parker Hill, Mary M. Sullivan.
Phillips Brooks, Edna G. Peck.
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 C. Maguire.
West End, Fanny Goldstein.
West Roxbury, Geneva Watson, Assistant in Charge.
Branch Librarian, Emeritus, Carrie L. Morse.
Division of Business Operations
Acting Comptroller: James W. Kenney.
Superintendent of Buildings: William F. Quinn.
Auditor: Helen Schubarth.
Book Purchasing Department: William C. Maiers, Jr., Chief.
Stock Purchasing Department: Timothy J. Mackin.
Binding Department: James P. Mooers, In Charge.
Shipper: Robert F. Dixon.
Printing Department: Francis W. Lee, Chief.
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