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[Document 15 — 1969] 




For the Year Ending December 31, 1968 



Term expires April 30, 1973 


Vice President 
Term expires April 30, 1974 

Term expires April 30, 1972 

Term expires April 30, 1971 

Term expires April 30, 1970 

Director, and Librarian 

Boston Public Library 

To the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library: 

As Director, and Librarian, I have the honor to submit 
my report for the year January 1 to December 31, 1968. 

The reopening of the West End Branch Library on 
January 26 in a new building at 151 Cambridge street 
marked the completion of the first unit in an approved 
building program which encompasses a major addition 
to the Central Library and eight branch libraries. 

Branch library service was first established by the 
Trustees in the West End in 1894, when they converted 
the Old West Church, designed by Asher Benjamin in 
1806, to branch library uses. Neighborhood changes due 
to urban renewal resulted in the suspension of service in 

The new building was designed by Maginnis & Walsh & 
Kennedy and constructed by the Charles Logue Building 
Company. The landscaping was done by Olmsted As- 
sociates, Inc. Plantings are by Jay M. Berkson Land- 
scaping, Inc. The building cost approximately $320,000. 
Furnishings and equipment cost an additional $22,000. 
It provides approximately 10,600 square feet of space, 
and includes open shelving for more than 22,000 volumes, 
seating facilities for 110 people, and an all-purpose room 
accommodating 75 persons. 

The exterior of the building is finished in red brick, 
concrete, and glazed aluminum frames of light color. 
The building is completely air-conditioned. An informal 
flagstone path leads to the entrance porch. The new 
library building looks out upon the historic Harrison 
Gray Otis House and turns its back to the modern eight- 
story office building that abuts it to the west, creating 
an interlude of campus-like quiet in the New West End. 
Government Center workers and hospital staff members 
as well as residents of Beacon Hill and the West End 
have made good use of the services provided by the new 

The year 1968 also saw groundbreaking for the Brigh- 
ton, Fields Corner, and Charlestown branch Hbraries. 
These three buildings, which will replace existing units, 

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are expected to be completed in 1969. The Brighton 
Branch Library has been planned, not as a neighborhood 
branch library, but as a larger facility to serve the 
Brighton-Allston-Faneuil district. It will have a book 
collection three times the size of a typical neighborhood 
branch and will provide reference service in correspond- 
ingly greater depth. An extensive book selection pro- 
gram is mider way to provide the enriched resources. 

Last year's report noted that cost estimates for the 
South End Branch indicated the need for a restudy of 
the design. This redesign has been pushed forward and 
construction should get under way in 1969. Working 
drawings for the Grove Hall Branch had reached the 
point where one could anticipate a construction start 
early in 1969. However, the Dudley Branch, which was 
ready to go out to bid in the spring of 1968, has been 
held up pending the resolution of proposals made by the 
Roxbury Library Committee relative to incorporating 
in the library project educational, community, and art 
components. Action is awaited on the selection of an 
architect for the Lower Mills Branch. 

Preliminary to the demolition of the annex, which 
completed the clearing of the site for the Central Library 
addition, a contract for relocating the utilities was let 
and arrangements made to house the books and the 
service units which had to be displaced. Temporary 
space had to be found for the bindery operations, the 
duplicating section, the shipping and stock room fa- 
cilities, book receipts and preparation units. The 
officials at Emmanuel College and Newton College of 
the Sacred Heart have made available in their new 
libraries substantial space to house our extensive foreign 
and domestic patent collections. Arrangements have 
been made for the recall and photocopying of patents 
and a program of reference service has been established. 

The Trustees acquired from the Connnonwealth of 
Massachusetts the Charlestown Armory. This will be 
used as a Service Building to relieve overcrowded condi- 
tions in the Central Library and to provide additional 
book storage space. Starting in October the Service 
Building became the headquarters for the receipt and 

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processing of materials for the General Library, the 
branch libraries and the Eastern Massachusetts Regional 
Library System. In addition both the Boston and the 
Eastern Regional bookmobiles operate from here and the 
Service Building will serve as a staging area for the en- 
larged Brighton Branch book collection. 

Plans and specifications prepared by the architects 
for the Central Library addition were ready for con- 
tractors to pick up on November 20, 1968. The opening 
of bids for this project will take place early in 1969. 

General Library Services 

Two major additions to the services of the Library 
took place this year. The first was the opening, on 
March 14, of the Biblioteca Latina, and the second was 
the establishment of a special mobile library service 
for the Roxbury-North Dorchester area. 

The Spanish-American Center was set up under a grant 
from the Federal Library Services and Construction Act 
to serve some 8,000 new Spanish-speaking residents of the 
area who came mainly from Puerto Rico and Cuba. In 
planning for this facility other agencies in the community 
were consulted and close cooperation with tutoring pro- 
grams has been established. 

The collection will include popular books, magazines, 
newspapers as well as Spanish language classics. Audio- 
visual materials, including films, recordings, slides, and 
tapes will be used to further understanding between those 
who use Spanish as their first language and those who 
use English. Bilingual story hours have been presented 
as well as film and lecture programs for children and 

Mrs. Laura Reyes, who had been serving as Branch 
Librarian, Connolly Branch Library, will administer both 
the Biblioteca Latina and the South End Branch Library. 
Mrs. Reyes had lived and taught school for a number of 
years in Puerto Rico prior to joining the Boston Public 
Library staff. 

The Roxbury-North Dorchester bookmobile service, 
funded with a grant from the Committee of the Perma- 

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nent Charity Fund Incorporated, was designed to provide 
intensive neighborhood coverage, develop innovative pub- 
licity techniques, utilize close consultation with com- 
munity organizations and to explore the possibility of 
placing book collections in a variety of community loca- 

The bookmobile service operates under the Memorial- 
Mt. Pleasant Branch Libraries. Community agencies 
were invited to participate in the selection of materials, 
to identify prospective stops and to discuss programs. It 
was agreed that the collection should be heavily Black- 
oriented with a heavy emphasis on juvenile materials. 

In our request for funding it was noted that "changing 
times and changing needs call for changing techniques in 
achieving the purposes of the Library in serving certain 
neighborhoods and age groups. 

"In some areas reluctance to allow children to travel 
beyond certain boundaries unless under parental super- 
vision creates new limitations on access to normal library 
resources. In other neighborhoods lack of awareness of 
library resources creates the need for reducing this avail- 
ability gap. In certain neighborhoods lack of previous 
profitable experience in the use of libraries; lack of in- 
come or space to encourage reading habits; and lack of 
meaningful and pleasurable understanding of the role of 
the informed printed or spoken word as a key to indi- 
vidual and comnmnity growth all suggest the need for 
establishing a service technique to make it possible to 
militate against these lacks. This nmst be done without 
emasculating the basic services and resources that must 
serve as the source from which these bridge services are 
developed and which are also continuously needed for 
those for whom the distances have lessened, the lacks 
have been remedied, and the acceptance of free exchange 
of ideas in a free society has become operative." 

The initial success of these two programs reflects the 
need for improved library service in the South End, 
Roxbury, and North Dorchester areas. It is our hope 
that these special programs can be continued at least 
until adequate branch library facilities can be provided. 
The experience gained in these programs has been of 

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assistance in identifying special requirements for the 
South End, Grove Hall, and Dudley libraries which are 
on the present capital budget schedule. 

A 2,6 percent increase in circulation reflects the impetus 
given to library use by the opening of the West End 
Branch. The staff of the General Library Services con- 
tinues to play an active role in community affairs. The 
branch library programs include film, lecture, and slide 
presentations for Never Too Late Groups; their book 
discussion groups; young adult councils, friends of the 
library and parents' groups all made good use of the 
resources and services of the Library. The staff prepared 
a third edition of a "Program Resources Directory" to 
assist library and group program planners. The directory 
contains entries from some sixty organizations which offer 
assistance in this field. In some cases an organization 
provides speakers, in others, films, discussion leaders, 
exhibit materials, or advice on how to plan a program. 

The Central Library's 1967-1968 special series for the 
Never Too Late Group had as its theme "About Boston." 
Among the speakers were the poet and author David 
McCord; Walter Whitehill, Director of the Boston 
Athenaeum; John Thompson, Chairman of the Finance 
Commission of the City of Boston; and Robert Sheehan, 
Acting Dean, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern 

Programs were arranged for National Library Week, 
Jewish Book Month, Catholic Book Week, Negro His- 
tory Week, etc. This year a special exhibit, "Negro 
History and the Fourteenth Amendment, 1868-1898," 
was prepared by Mr. Marcus Mitchell, Curator of the 
American Museum of Negro History and Executive Secre- 
tary, Boston Negro Artists Association. Dr. Alvin 
Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical 
School, and Thomas Atkins, Member of the Boston City 
Council, were the speakers at the Negro History Week 

Three branch libraries cooperated in the WGBH-TV 
High School Project. This was an experiment in TV 
education designed to give dropouts a chance to receive 
the equivalent of a high school diploma. Other branches 

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contributed to tutorial programs for the disadvantaged 
and all units provided regular children's preschool, and 
young adult programs. An annual feature is the Li- 
brary's cosponsorship with the Boston Herald Traveler 
and the Bureau of Library Extension of the Children's 
Book Fair. 

The first New England Book Festival, held at Suffolk 
Downs on September 27, 28, and 29, was sponsored by the 
Boston Globe, the Boston Public Library, the Eastern 
Massachusetts Regional Library System, and the Bureau 
of Library Extension. Some 40,000 visitors swarmed 
through the Exhibition Halls and the Library's film 
showings and story hours had standing room only signs 

Research Library Services 

The demolition of the annex building further accentu- 
ated the already acute space shortage in the Central 
Library. More books had to be moved to storage and 
some additional service curtailment had to be introduced. 
However, out of the necessity for maximum use of 
minimum space, several relocations of subject reference 
services resulted in a better integration of the total 
reference system. Science Reference was relocated 
at the north end of Bates Hall and Government Docu- 
ments in the Elliot Room. This brought these units 
closer to other subject reference areas, thus facilitating 
a better integrated multifaceted reference service to the 
general public. 

Microtext services have been greatly expanded with 
the purchase of twelve additional microfilm readers and 
two more microprint readers. The former projection 
booth space in the Lecture Hall has been converted into 
working headquarters for the Sound Archives, where a 
rapidly growing collection of records and tapes is being 
systematically inventoried and processed. A commit- 
ment was made to acquire aU microfilm publications 
issued under the auspices of the National Historical 

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Publications Commission, thus making the Boston Public 
Library a central repository for this region. In addi- 
tion, a long-term program has been initiated to micro- 
film and/or acquire on microfilm copies of all Boston 
and important Massachusetts newspapers. This latter 
program is for preservation as well as reference purposes. 

Expanded coverage of current publications from major 
United States publishers was supplemented by retrospec- 
tive purchases of serials and monographic publications 
which filled in lacunae in the collections. Significant 
current publications from England, France, Germany, 
and Latin America are being acquired. It is expected 
that comprehensive coverage of Italian, Spanish, and 
Portuguese materials will be undertaken in the near 

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presented the 
Library with six hundred volumes for the Portuguese 
collection. In addition to major reference tools such as 
the 40-volume Grande Enciclopedia Liiso Brasileira, the 
collection included representative works by 19th and 
20th century writers, including Almeida Garrett, Eca de 
Queiros, Augusto Gil, Antonio Correla de Oliveira, and 
Aquilino Ribeiro. 

Gifts play an important role in the development of 
resources. This year the contributions to the music 
holdings were largely in the field of sheet music and 
recordings. Operatic recordings were received from Mr. 
Frank Bruno, a library staff member; classical albums 
were donated by Mr. Israel Shindler; Yiddish and 
Roumanian recordings were given by Mr. Samuel New- 
man; other recordings were contributed by Mr. and Mrs. 
Alec Breed, Mr. Freeman Towers, Professor Francis 
Worrel of Tufts University, and Professor Richard Koch 
of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miss Mabel 
Daniels, Boston composer, presented to the Library 
her music library which included standard textbooks 
and musical scores, her own compositions and those of 
her colleagues, her manuscripts, notebooks and memora- 

Radio Station WRKO has contributed 420 sixteen- 
inch platters representing programs covering some 

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historical events between the years 1941 and 1960. 
Speeches by world leaders, Mutual News broadcasts 
during the days immediately following Pearl Harbor, 
the celebration of YE-Day and YJ-Day and the UN 
special sessions in the Hungarian crisis of 1956 are of 
particular note. Station WHDH's recordings of its 
"Profile" program on prominent Bostonians are useful 
additions to the local history resources. 

The National Commemorative Society's 39th com- 
memorative medal, honoring the Boston Tea Party, was 
designed by Boston sculptor Joseph Coletti. The first 
of the three proofs in platinum struck by the Society 
was presented to the Library; the other two are for the 
Society's own collection and the Smithsonian Institution. 

The Keeper of Rare Books reports the addition of a 
number of very scarce or unique broadsides in the Defoe 
period, as well as a dozen items by him, including three 
first editions. Some hundreds of books and manu- 
scripts pertaining to the West Indies, including works by 
Francisco Lopez de Gomara, Charles de Rochefort, 
Nicolas Monardes, Eric Williams, and four letters of 
Toussaint Louverture strengthened the Caribbean col- 
lections. Substantial additions were made to the Bow- 
ditch Collection of astronomy, mathematics and naviga- 
tion and to the Codman Collection of landscape archi- 
tecture. Among the useful additions to special collec- 
tions in the Rare Book Department were the first edition 
of Lope de Yega's La Dorolea (Madrid, 1632), King 
James the First's scarce 1603 Proclamation for the Au- 
tliorizing and Uniformitie of the Booke of Common Prayer, 
and an illustrated edition of Aesop's fables printed at 
Lyons, France, in 1540. 

Publications and Exhibits 

Exhibits, both general and special, play an important 
role in publicizing tlie Library's resources, in furthering 
the cultural interests of the comnmnity, and in com- 
memorating significant events. The Central Library's 
general exhibits included the New England Book Show, 
sponsored by The Book Builders of Boston; the American 
Institute of Graphic Arts" Fifty Books of Typographical 

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Excellence Published in 1967; Tobacciana, an exhibit of 
tobacco jars and pipes from the David P. Ehrlich Com- 
pany in celebration of its centennial year; and The 
Golden Age of Ragtime, 1897-1917. 

Among the special rare book exhibitions were "Books as 
Gifts: A Selection of Presentation Copies"; "Irish The- 
atrical Heritage"; "Birds for Spring"; and "The Sins of 
Our Fathers, early books and manuscripts on crime and 
misbehavior in Colonial New England". 

Exhibitions in the Wiggin Gallery feature both the old 
masters and outstanding young artists. This year shows 
included Albrecht Durer prints from the Wiggin Col- 
lection; drawings and prints by Barbara Westman; prints 
by Bernard Childs, a contemporary master; Print Col- 
lecting Today, a six-year survey of the Library's print 
collecting; "Working Drawings", made by a group of 
twentieth-century British artists; and "Books from 
Czechoslovakia" commemorating the fiftieth anniversary 
of Czech independence. 

Among the reading lists prepared for General Library 
and Eastern Regional use were Books Current, Books for 
Christmas Giving, Books for Business, Cities in Crisis, 
Law and Order, Negro in America, White House Fever, 
and Youthquake. 

The year saw the publication of Etched in Sunlight: 
Fifty Years in the Graphic Arts by Samuel Chamberlain; 
an exhibition catalog Working Drawings prepared by 
Ian Lowe, Assistant Keeper of Western Art at the 
Ashmolean Museum and first participant in the Print 
Department's Visiting Scholar Program; Bibliotheca 
Barhadiensis: A Catalog of Material Relating to Barbados, 
1650-1860 in the Boston Public Library; and Books as 
Gifts, an exhibition catalog. 

As a byproduct of a review of the Library's holdings in 
philosophy and theology Richard Tetreau compiled a 
preliminary list of the theological and philosophical serials 
currently received by theological schools in the Boston 
area. This work will serve as the basis for a union list 
of serials in the institutions comprising the Boston Theo- 
logical Institute. 

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Eastern Massachusetts Regional Library System 

There are 208 independent hbraries in the 180 cities 
and towns which make up the Eastern Regional Library 
System. Fifteen more hbraries joined the system in 1968; 
there are now 191 members or 92 percent participation. 

Seminars were held in twelve different centers. The 
twenty-eight programs drew an attendance of 1,025 li- 
brarians and covered such topics as business reference 
services, audio- visual programs, genealogy and heraldry, 
programs for the new leisured adults, evaluating and im- 
proving book collections and children's and young adult 

Advisory services were provided to more than 35 li- 
braries and plans were drawn up for a book deposit 
service to 43 public libraries in towns in the metropolitan 
Boston area with a population of under 25,000 inhabitants. 
Some 30,000 volumes were selected and processed to serve 
as the nucleus for this service which is to begin in January 
of 1969. 

Interlibrary loan activity in the subregional centers and 
at the headquarters library increased substantially over 
the previous year. In cooperation with the Bureau of 
Library Extension a manual of instructions for the use of 
teletypewriters was prepared. The teletype service which 
had connected the three state regional headquarters in 
Boston, Worcester, and Springfield is to be expanded to 
the ten subregional centers. The film loans increased 
over 50 percent with one half of the circulation going to 
communities outside Boston. 


The year 1968 saw the retirement of a nmnber of long- 
term members of the Library Staff. In June, Mr. Milton 
E. Lord, Director-Emeritus of the Library, reached his 
seventieth birthday. Mr. Lord had served as Director, 
and Librarian, from February 1, 1932, to September 30, 

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Staff retirements include : 

Mrs. Mary D. Farrell, Chief Cataloger. 

Dorothy P. Shaw, Reference Librarian, Periodical and 
Newspaper Department. 

Kathleen M. Wood worth, Reference Librarian, Fine 

Tynne Saari, Children's Librarian, AUston Branch. 

Mrs. Elinor D. Conley, Branch Librarian, Charlestown 

Mary F. Daley, Curator of Government Documents. 

Catherine E. Flannery, Branch Librarian, Orient 
Heights Branch. 

Sarah M. Usher, Chief of Records, Files and Statistics. 

Mrs. Alice M. Cray, Junior Library Assistant, Proc- 

Mrs, Lydia A. Palladino, Professional Library As- 
sistant, General Library Services. 

Warren Madden, Electrician, Buildings Department. 

Helen Kellett, Bindery Sewer, Bindery Department. 

William P. Murray, Senior Building Custodian, Parker 

Catherine M. Baxter, Senior Library Assistant, Mt. 

Lillian M. Belzer, Adults Assistant, Roslindale. 

Charles D. Povah, Special Library Assistant I, Peri- 
odicals and Newspaper Department. 

Chester R. Walsh, Bindery Foreman, Binding De- 

Ruth M. Wall, Principal Library Assistant, Mt. 

The following staff promotions were made: 

Katherine K. Dibble, from Adults Librarian to Branch 
Librarian, Hyde Park Branch. 

Pasquale A. Vacca, from Adults Librarian to Book- 
mobile Librarian. 

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William A. Lewis, from Curator of Periodicals and 
Newspapers to Research Library Specialist responsible for 
the development of the Afro-American collection. 

Charles Longley, from Reference Librarian to Curator 
of Periodicals and Newspapers. 

Dorothy J. Flood, from Adults Librarian to Branch 
Librarian, Washington Village. 

Appointment to Officer Rank 

James Lawton, Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Books 
and Manuscripts. 

On May 24, 1968, the Trustees held the first of what is 
to be an annual awards ceremony honoring employees 
with twenty-five years of service. The presentation 
ceremony was held in the Wiggin Gallery and was fol- 
lowed by a collation for the participants. Each long-term 
employee was presented a certificate from the Trustees 
which reads "with their respect and appreciation for 
twenty-five years of service in the Boston Public Library," 
and each one had the choice of a Nantucket armchair or 
a Paul Revere bowl. Each gift bears the seal of Library. 

Staff members honored this year were: 

52 Years of Service 
Palmira Piciulo, Professional Library Assistant. 

^.9 Years 
Mary A. Brennan, Professional Library Assistant. 

^8 Years 
Catherine E. Flannery, Branch Librarian. 

46 Years 
Ruth M. Hayes, Coordinator of Children's Services. 
Helen L. Lambert, Adults Assistant. 
Grace B. Loughlin, Chief. 
Mary M. McDonough, Chief. 

45 Years 
Lillian M. Belzer, Adults Assistant. 
Elizabeth R. Cosgrove, Bindery Sewer. 
Mary F. Daly, Curator of Government Documents. 

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hh Years 
Kenneth C. Barnes, Reference Assistant. 
Julia J. Miller, Bookmobile Librarian. 

4.? Years 
Christiana P. Jordan, Branch Librarian. 

42 Years 
Geraldine Altman, Branch Librarian. 
Mary L. Dennison, Adults Librarian. 
Thomas J. Manning, Chief. 

Michel Pappoutsakis, Professional Library Assistant. 
Russell A. Scully, Coordinator of Book Selection. 
Minna Steinberg, Reference Librarian. 
Sarah M. Usher, Chief. 

4f Years 
Anne F. Coleman, Branch Librarian. 
John J. Connolly, Associate Director. 
Bertha S. Keswick, Professional Library Assistant. 
John J. Mealey, Junior Building Custodian. 
Francis G. Myers, Special Library Assistant L 
Sarah Richman, Branch Librarian. 
Pauline A. Walker, Branch Librarian. 

40 Years 
Mary G. Chipman, Special Library Assistant L 
Helen A. Council, Professional Library Assistant. 
Henry A. Fahey, Chief. 
Madalene D. Holt, Branch Librarian. 
Etta Kessell, Adults Assistant. 
OUie J. Partridge, Adults Librarian. 
Pauline R. Murphy, Special Library Assistant H. 

39 Years 
Francis W. Fichter, Professional Library Assistant. 
Harry C. Fletcher, Special Library Assistant HL 
Alice E. Hackett, Coordinator of Processing. 
Grace M. Marvin, Professional Library Assistant. 
Patrick 0. Murtagh, Special Library Assistant IV. 
Dorothy P. Shaw, Reference Librarian. 
Alice M. Waters, Professional Library Assistant. 
Kathleen M. Woodworth, Reference Librarian. 
Elizabeth L. Wright, Assistant to the Director (for 
Library Matters). 

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38 Years 

Max Anapolle, Reference Assistant. 

Mary C. Aylward, Working Forelady of Bindery 

Gerald L. Ball, Curator of Engineering Sciences. 

Elizabeth B. Brockunier, Assistant to the Director and 
Secretary to the Trustees. 

Margaret Donovan, Children's Librarian. 

Etta Lasker, Adults Assistant. 

Veronica C. Lehane, Children's Librarian. 

37 Years 

Harry Andrews, Adults Librarian. 
Mary O'G. Cahill, Cataloger and Classifier. 
Mary E. Connor, Professional Library Assistant. 
Charlotte R. Cooper, Professional Library Assistant. 
Frances G. Lepie, Branch Librarian. 
Margaret A. Morgan, Branch Librarian. 
Mary A. Rea, Catalog Information Officer. 
Chester R. Walsh, Bindery Foreman. 

36 Years 

Henry F. Barry, Special Library Assistant IV. 

Geraldine T. Beck, Branch Librarian. 

Helen A. Brennan, Adults Librarian. 

Laurelle W. Cole, Adults Librarian. 

Dorothy J. Flood, Adults Librarian. 

Margaret W. Haverty, Professional Library Assistant. 

Ethel E. Lindquist, Children's Librarian. 

35 Years 

Beatrice P. Frederick. Children's Librarian. 
Geraldine S. Herrick, Branch Librarian. 
Milton E. Lord, Special Assistant for Library and 
Regional Development. 

Leonard J. Macmillan, Special Library Assistant IV. 
Grace G. McCarthy, Principal Library Assistant. 
Bridie P. Stotz, Branch Librarian. 
Gladys R. White, Inter-Library Loan Officer. 

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3^ Years 

Frank P. Bruno, Chief. 

Elinor D. Conley, Branch Librarian. 

Mary D. Farrell, Chief Cataloger. 

Ruth Michelson, Book Selection Assistant. 

Frances R. O'Hare, Principal Accountant. 

Mildred E. Presente, Children's Librarian. 

33 Years 

Anne E. Armstrong, Professional Library Assistant. 
Ruth S. Cannell, Chief. 

John M. Carroll, Assistant Director (for General 
Library Services). 

Alice M. Cray, Junior Library Assistant. 
Rose Karaian, Professional Library Assistant. 

32 Years 

Esther J. Leonard, Reference Librarian. 
Mary B. Bennett, Adults Assistant. 
Evelyn C. Billman, Branch Librarian. 
Mildred Kaufman, Branch Librarian. 
Mildred C. O'Connor, Coordinator of the Social 
Sciences and Curator of the Social Sciences. 

31 Years 

Eleanora N. Chaplik, Branch Librarian. 
Nura Globus, Branch Librarian. 
Marcella G. McConville, Cataloger and Classifier. 
Louis Polishook, Assistant Supervisor of Readers 

30 Years 

Mildred R. Adelson, Children's Librarian. 

Martha C. Engler, Children's Librarian. 

Rosalie A. Lang, Coordinator for Humanities. 

Louisa S. Metcalf, Readers Advisor for Adults. 

Mary J. Obear, Book Selection Librarian. 

B. Joseph O'Neil, Supervisor of Readers Services. 

Mary C. Robbins, Chief. 

Martin F. Waters, Curator of Geography and Maps. 

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29 Years 

Lillian E. Gallagher, Professional Library Assistant. 
Eleanor F. Halligan, Reference Librarian. 
Elvira G. Lavorgna, Reference Assistant. 
Paul E. Nagle, Special Library Assistant I. 

28 Years 
Miriam P. Hannon, Principal Library Assistant. 

26 Years 
Claire P. O'Toole, Senior Library Assistant. 

25 Years 

Helen E. Colgan, Professional Library Assistant. 
Anne P. Crowley, Professional Library Assistant. 
Bernard F. Doherty, Bindery Forwarder. 
Catherine M. MacDonald, Library Personnel Officer. 
Beryl Y. Robinson, Readers Advisor for Children. 
Gilda 0. Rossetti, Reference Librarian. 
Gertrude E. Stuhl, Special Library Assistant I. 
Dorothy K. Becker, Branch Librarian. 
Marjorie M. Gibbons, Branch Librarian. 
Rita M. Dinneen, Business Branch Librarian. 
Florence Connolly, Curator of Fine Arts. 

Professional Activities 

This year members of the professional staff took an 
active role in the work of national, regional, and state 
library organizations. In addition the Library was 
represented at the meetings of learned societies. Mrs. 
Ruth Bleecker attended the combined congress of the 
International Music Council and the International 
Association of Music Libraries; Sinclair Hitchings served 
on the Board of Directors of the Print Council of America; 
Euclid Peltier served on a Special Advisory Committee 
to Study Film Services in the Commonwealth; Carolyn 
Kirkham and Michelina Vaccaro attended the High 
John Workshop at the University of Maryland Library 
School — a program designed to explore library services 
to disadvantaged communities; Edward J. Montana 
served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts 

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Library Association and was Executive Director of 
National Library Week; James Ford continued to serve 
as compiler of the Eire Society's booklist. 

To maintain and expand programs of library service in 
light of the present severe space limitations is possible 
only with the cooperation of the staff. I wish to express 
my appreciation to the staff for their assistance and to 
thank the members of the Board of Trustees for their 
continuing support. 

Philip J. McNiff, 
Director, and Librarian. 

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Table 1. Circulation 

1967 1968 

Central Library 521,346 535,492 

Kirstein Business Branch 7,884 8,512 

Adams Street 130,918 124,571 

AUston 49,040 48,505 

Bookmobile Service 287,581 351,577 

Brighton 66,758 55,929 

Charlestown 57,362 54,980 

Codman Square 122,207 102,541 

Connolly 71,193 58,757 

Dorchester 62,280 64,034 

East Boston 50,168 50,050 

Egleston Square 62,318 57,929 

Faneuil 51,683 50,228 

Hyde Park 116,771 119,648 

Jamaica Plain 77,572 74,863 

Lower Mills 62,932 63,011 

Mattapan 96,426 91,246 

Memorial 28,452 19,522 

Memorial Bookmobile — 13,893 

Mt. Bowdoin 34.863 28,866 

Mt. Pleasant 27,834 25.830 

North End 42,048 56,151 

Orient Heights 38,059 37,664 

Parker Hill 40,078 40,119 

Boslindale 174,897 173,453 

South Boston 99,694 94,310 

South End 35,256 34,126 

Uphams Corner 70,409 61,882 

Washington Village 64,439 53,211 

West End — 58,290 

WestRoxbury 164,473 173,847 

Hospital Library Service 27,270 29,585 

Biblioteca Latina — 1,659 

Total, Branch Libraries 2,212.981 2,270,277 

Total, Entire Library 2,742,211 2,814,281 


1967 1968 

Film and Film Strips 12,923 18,954 

Recordings 65,041 54,505 

Pictures 24,588 22,172 

Totals 102,552 95,631 

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volumes sent on interlibrary loan 

1967 1968 

Interlibrary loans 6,407 9,584 

Table 2. Growth of the Library 

1967 1968 

General Library: 

Volumes added 69,525 116,426 

Volumes withdrawn 53,674 61,735 

Total on hand December 31 ... . 802,096 856,787 

Research Library: 

Volumes added 49,958 58,197 

Volumes withdrawn 2,654 511 

Total on hand December 31 ... . 1,613,045 1,670,713 

Total Book Stock 2,415,141 2,527,518 

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nonbook materials 

1967 1968 

Films 1,787 2,355 

Filmstrips 113 113 

Recordings 17,411 21,389 

Lantern Slides 14,884 14,884 

Negatives 2,130 2,130 

Pictures 405,068 407,188 

Postcards 133,805 133,805 

Prints and Drawings 38,779 39,836 

Projected Books 178 178 

Microcards 5,456 11,283 

Microfiche (sheets) 16,158 38,991 

Microfilms (reels) 20,317 25,664 

Microprints (boxes) 1,851 2,428 

Table 3. Cataloging Statistics 

1967 1968 

Volumes processed 128,550 235,236 

New Titles cataloged 50,330 50,209 

Original cataloging 8,977 7,347 

LC cataloging 36,069 41,182 

Rare Book cataloging 1,715 1,680 

Films 326 568 

Recordings 3,329 3,978 

Microprint — Titles 5 19 

— Boxes — 49 

Microfilm —Titles 154 31 

— Reels 3,525 3,110 

Microfiche — Titles 4 — 

— Sheets (in boxes) .... 12 — 

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Table 4. Binding 

1967 1968 

Volumes bound 36,429 40,823 


1967 1968 

Salaries and Wages: 

City Appropriation $3,439,055 06 $3,714,147 13 

Eastern Regional Public Library System . . . 87,374 82 144,442 78* 

Trust Funds Income 2,174 50 2,916 65 

Total $3,528,604 38 $3,861,506 56 

Books and Other Library Materials: 

City Appropriation $478,190 07 $601,405 00 

Eastern Regional Public Library System . . . 171,258 61 456.493 94* 

Trust Funds Income 87,685 58 74,214 27 

Gifts for Current Use 2,847 57 15,657 35 

Library Services and Construction Act Book Credits 274,961 33 312,498 84 

Total $1,014,943 16 $1,460,269 40 

All Other Expenses: 

City Appropriation $550,496 62 $597,104 75 

Eastern Regional Public Library System . . . 38,430 37 119,097 75* 

Trust Funds Income 18,222 86 15,428 02 

Total $607,149 85 $731,630 52 

GRAND TOTAL $5,150,697 39 $6,053,406 48 

* Increase due to full state funding of the Eastern Regional Library System. 

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