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DOCUMENT 15 — 1977 




ANNUAL REPORT 

of the 

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

For the Year Ending June 30, 1976 



CITY OF BOSTON 



PRINTING SECTION 



TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY 



AUGUSTIN H. PARKER 
President 

PATRICIA H. WHITE 
Vice-President 

FRANK B. MAHER 

EDWARD G. MURRAY 

SIDNEY R. RABB 



PHILIP J. McNIFF 
Director, and Librarian 



City Document No. 15 



To ihe Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library: 

As Director, and Librarian, I have the honor to submit 
my report for the year July 1, 1975, to June 30, 1976. 

The year has been marked by an intensive effort to 
maintain a cost-effective operation while at the same 
time offering growth in services and resources. At a 
time when metropolitan libraries across the nation are 
curtailing hours, staff, and services because of increased 
fiscal restraints, the Boston Public Library is working to 
go beyond "business-as-usual" and advance in services 
by streamlining procedures and systems and by seeking 
additional support through gifts and endowments. 

This year saw considerable progress in the long-range 
building program, in program activities, in production of 
resources in large-print materials, and in General Library 
holdings, in cooperative programs with the Boston Li- 
brary Consortium, in application of systems to biblio- 
graphic activities, and in other areas herewith enumerated. 



GENERAL LIBRARY SERVICES 

In the branches of the Boston Public Library programs 
for all age levels took place in splendid variety. Like 
the ethnic series in the Central Library, there were 
many branch activities related to community groups 
with various national heritages. Among them: Connolly 
Branch presented a "Homenaja a Cuba," celebrating 
the island's seventy-fourth anniversary of independence; 
Senator Wilham M, Bulger spoke at South Boston 
Branch in a tribute to Irish culture called "There's a 
Place for Ethnicity"; Roslindale Branch sponsored a 
Przyjecie Polski, "A Bicentennial Salute to Our Polisli- 
American Community," which drew more than 250 
people. 

Programs were also offered to special groups ox as series: 
Never Too Late programs for over-sixty citizens. Espe- 
cially for Women series. Parent Discussion groups, 
American Issues Forums, Great Books Discussions, to 
name a few. Of course many programs were related to 



Boston Public Library 5 

Bicentennial themes. For example, South Boston Branch 
featured Leo P. Dauwer speaking on "Cannons, Chimney 
Smoke, and Needles," covering the Freedom Trail, Knox 
Trail, and other Boston attractions; and Marjorie Gib- 
bons offered slides and commentary on "Evacuation 
Day Reflections," 

An important anniversary program took place on Sun- 
day, May 16, when the Jamaica Plain Branch celebrated 
its one-hundredth birthday. Program highlights were a 
talk by former Branch Librarian Mrs. Geraldine Altman 
on the history of the branch; a letrospective view of the 
Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch by Francis Moloney, 
assistant director; announcement of winners of the essay 
contest, "What the Library Means to Me"; and singing- 
dancing entertainment by local groups. 

The twenty-eighth annual awarding of the Mary U. 
Nichols Book Prizes took place at the North End Branch 
on May 18 with prizes awarded to Loretta Federico and 
Anthony Teta for excellence in Enghsh. 

Branch programs are too numerous to list here. How- 
ever, in terms of program attendance, statistics for the 
last six months of fiscal year 1975/76 — i.e. January to 
June, 1976 — indicate the branches sponsored 799 pro- 
grams for children, young adults, and adults with an 
attendance of 42,877. Based on such figures, the annual 
attendance obviously is in excess of 80,000. Thus, the 
program emerges as one important way to bring people 
to the scene, the place where knowledge, enrichment, 
information — whatever one chooses to call it — achieves 
focus and activation. 

The mobile extension services of the Library continued 
to reach neighborhoods, schools, nursing homes, and 
homebound individuals through two Bookmobiles and 
two Homesmobiles. The Homesmobile service reached 
residents of more than sixty nursing homes as well as 
many individuals restricted to their homes. This service 
includes deposits and, many times, film programs. 

GENERAL LIBRARY 

Service to borrowers continued on a busy 9:00-to-9:00 
schedule with first priority directed to making the open- 
shelf collection of more than half a million books and 



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periodicals readily accessible to the 1,732,942 people who 
entered the McKim/Johnsoii buildings of the Central 
Library this year. Enhancing the use of the large-print 
collection was the pubhcation of the large-print catalog. 
The major publishing activity directed to increasing the 
effec^tive use of the General Library collection was the 
completion of the Dictionary Catalog of the General 
Library. Numbering sixty-four volumes, this important 
tool began with the photographing of cards on January 
1, 1975. Now completed and ready for allocation to the 
units of the Boston Public Library and regional libraries, 
the catalog represents the holdings of the General Library 
as of the January 1, 1975 date, a total of some 300,000 
titles and 700,000 volumes, available for home borrowing 
to all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
Computer-produced supplements are planned for regular 
intervals. 

In other General Library services the staff provided 
supportive assistance to the Learning Library courses 
and to other General Library programs and activities, in 
addition to their ongoing work with individual patrons. 

The Children's Room of the General Library sponsored 
weekly activities for groups of children as well as work- 
ing with the individual child A sampling of group pro- 
grams in the course of the year included: "Be a Clown 
— See a Clown'' series; "Mary Alice, Operator No. 9," 
a puppet show; "Cinderella 1976" — an original musical 
production by Ruth Edinburg, performed by the Wellesley 
Children's Theatre; "An Evening with Hans Christian 
Andersen," featuring storyteller Diane Wolkstein. 
Throughout the year there were story hours, film events, 
and story crafts. In addition there were dynamic pro- 
gram offerings for adults concerned with children and 
children's literature: "Perspectives in Creativity," fea- 
turing award-winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon 
and Tom Feelings; "A Panel of New England Publish- 
ers"; and "First Choice, 1975, a Selection of Notable 
Children's Books," presented by a panel of librarians, 
authors, illustrators, and reviewers. 

Two special programs provided high points to the 
General Library's service to young adults. A science 
fiction workshop was sponsored on May 22 featuring 



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author Ron Goulart, science fiction films, exhibits, and 
a "swapshop" of paperbacks. A second highpoint was 
the third annual Creative Writing Workshop which in- 
cluded as guest speakers Nancy Garden, author of The 
Loners and Devils and Demons; staff poet Louis Sasso; 
John M. Landsberg and Jonathan Ostrowsky-Lantz, 
editors of Unearth; and Bob Elliot, sportswriter for 
Channel 5 news. 

In addition to serving individual young people, the 
Young Adult Room gave special tours, film screenings, 
and on-site talks about books and library skills to visiting 
students. In 1975/76, a total of fifty-nine classes of 
1,399 students visited the Young Adult Room by special 
appointment. The classes came from local high schools 
as well as from such communities as Norwood, Medford, 
Framingham, Chelmsford, and Woburn. Staff members 
of the Young Adult Room made a total of eight visits 
to local schools, reaching 370 students. 

The Never Too Late group of the General Library 
continued its pattern of exhilarating, lively, contempo- 
rary programming with films and numerous speakers on 
a variety of themes. Highpoints in programming in- 
cluded: Kendall Dudley speaking on "Daily Life in 
Muslim Cities"; Henry Augustine Tate on "The Golden 
Age of Irish Art"; Robert J. Tarte: "A Beginner's 
Genealogy"; Dr. Juan Freudenthal: "Ecuador and Peru"; 
Captain Jonathan Lucas: "Tall Ships '76"; Dr. James 
Lester: "The Holy Land"; Colton D. Hazard: "Morocco: 
Gateway to Africa"; Dr. Dielmar Kreusel: "Impressions 
of Germany." 

The film played a dynamic part in the year's program- 
ming. A four-part, film series, "Romantic Versus Classic 
Art," directed attention to the careers and styles of in- 
dividual artists: Jean-Auguste Dominque Ingres, Theo- 
dore Gericault, John Constable, Joseph Mallord, William 
Turner, Eugene Delacroix, Jean-Francois Millet, Auguste 
Rodin, Edgar Degas. Screened on Sunday afternoons, 
the films drew large attendances. 

In cooperation with the National Council on American 
Soviet Friendship, the Library devoted four Thursday 
evenings to feature films produced in the U.S.S.R. An- 
other cooperative effort in films linked the Library and 



8 City Document No. 15 

the National Endowment for the Humanities in an ex- 
perimental series developed by the Modern Language 
Association and Time-Life Films. Called Films Plus, the 
programs were designed to stimulate reading through the 
screening of films derived from books. "The Spoils of 
Poynton," a two-episode film, and "The Six Wives of 
Henry VHI," a six-part series, were the films offered in 
the first experiment. 

In observance of the Bicentennial anniversary the 
Library sponsored a third annual Summer Festival of 
Films. Featured were "The Saga of Western Man" and 
"Profiles in Courage." with "Decades of Decision" 
shown in the fall. Other film series were built around 
musical classics (including "Roberta," "Damsel in Dis- 
tress," "Bandwagon"), the Montreal Olympics, and 
classic tales of terror. 

RESEARCH LIBRARY 

Beyond its constant attention to collection develop- 
ment and service to individual researchers and scholars, 
the Research Library demonstrated the richness of its 
holdings in many ways this past year — through exhibits, 
publications, programs, and participation in conferences. 

In tune with the Bicentennial celebration "The Ameri- 
cans" was shown in the Wiggin Gallery. This pictorial 
definition of Revolutionary Americans consisted pri- 
marily of contemporary portraits. For July the Boston 
Room featured an exhibit of valuable library materials 
related to the Battle of Bunker Hill and the concurrent 
burning of Charlestown. On view were original manu- 
script letters, contemporary prints and paintings, maps, 
British and American reports, poetry, and the hand- 
written resolution of the Massachusetts Council of War, 
dated 15 June, 1775. Tied in with the Learning Library 
course, "Revolutionary Boston: The Leaders and the 
Issues, 1763-1789," another exhibit in the Boston Room 
highlighted literature of the Revolution ranging from 
broadsides and an almanac to sermons and orations. 

A major exhibit brought together the word of Thomas 
W. Nason, who achieved fame in the art of wood engrav- 
ing with his sensitive rendering of the poetic aspects of 



Boston Public Library 9 

the New England landscape. The Library's ties with 
Nason go back inore than thirty years at which time 
Nason and Arthur Heintzelman, the Library's first 
keeper of prints, arranged a major retrospective exhibit 
of Nason's work; and at that time the Print Department 
prepared the first formal catalogue of his work. 

Another eminent artist who was exhibited this past 
year is Fritz Eichenberg, one of this country's most 
notable wood engravers. His work, consisting of books, 
wood engravings, drawings, and portfolios, made up a 
retrospective overview covering four decades. This 
major exhibit was launched by an illustrated lecture by 
Fritz Eichenberg, "The Artist and the Book." 

An exhibit with influence extending far beyond Bos- 
ton (cosponsored with the Boston Public Library by the 
Dean and Chapter of The Cathehral Church of Saint 
John the Divine in New York and by Hoyle, Doran 
and Berry) featured the work of Ralph Adams Cram. 
Cram, who — as one critic expressed it — "carried his 
Gothic Quest across America in the first decades of this 
century," was eminent as an architect of churches, but 
had many talents beyond architecture. The exhibit, 
including nearly 500 drawings, sketchbooks, models, 
architectural photographs, and letters, topically arranged, 
served as an engrossing background to the dimensions 
of the man. After the showing in the Boston Public 
Library, the exhibit traveled to New York where it 
opened in May in the North Transept of the Cathedral 
of Saint John the Divine. 

Important as permanent exhibits are the three dioramas 
which have been placed at the courtyard entry to the 
new sales and information area. Created in precise, de- 
tailed miniature by Louise Stimson of Concord several 
years ago, the dioramas represent Alice in Wonderland 
(three scenes). The London of Dickens, and eleven 
scenes of The Arabian Nights. 

Another Research Library activity was the archival 
project staffed with personnel hired under the CETA 
(Comprehensive Employment and Training Act): the 
Municipal Archives Project. The project consisted of 
sorting and reshelving more than 100,000 blueprints 
which had been moved from City Hall Annex to the 



10 City Document No. 15 

Library; shelving and making inventory of thousands of 
volumes of Boston city tax records; and shelving and 
verifying patents of the United States, Great Britain, 
and Germany. In addition to relocating and shelving 
the nmnicipal ai chives material, CETA employees took 
responsibility for searching particular blueprints on 
request. 

In addition to continuing growth in science resources 
the Library undertook important programming in the 
area of science. Beginning in September, 1975, the 
Boston Public Library joined forces with the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science in sponsor- 
ing a discussion series based on the NOVA science 
television series. Ten NOVA films from the first two 
seasons were selected for this "Best of NOVA" grouping 
with each film introduced by an expert. The programs 
were as follows: September 10: Opening of "Best of 
NOVA" with William Blanpied (AAAS), Michael Am- 
brosino (WGBH-TV), and Everett Mendelsohn (Har- 
vard); September 17: "Inside the Golden Gate," John 
L. Saltonstall, Jr. (Boston Harbor Associates) ; September 
24: "Are You Doing This for Me, Doctor, or Am I 
Doing It for VouP" by Franz Ingelfinger (New England 
Journal of Medicine); October 1: "The Crab Nebula," 
Philip Morrison (MIT); October 8: "The First Signs of 
Washoe," Herbert Terrace (Columbia); October 15: "Will 
the Fishing Have To StopP" Richard Hennemouth (Na- 
tional Marine Fisheries Service); October 22: "Whales, 
Dolphins, and Men," Guy McLeod (New England 
Aquarium); October 29: "Why Do Birds SingP" Charles 
Walcott (State University of N. Y. at Stony Brook); 
November 5: "The Search for Life," Lynn Margulis 
(B. U.); November 12: "The Men Who Painted Caves" 
by Alexander Marshack (Harvard); November 19: "What 
Time Is Your BodyP" by Carroll W illiams (Harvard). 

In still another cooperation with the prestigious 
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 
the Library observed the annual meeting of that body 
with an open seminar to further public understanding of 
science. Titled "Science for the Citizens of Massachu- 
setts," I he daylong events on February 21 were coordi- 



Boston Public Library 11 

nated by Kathryn Wolff of A A AS and Suzanne K. Gray, 
coordinator of science, Boston Public Library. Parti- 
cular attention was accorded the impact of offshore 
drilling for oil. 

The Boston Public Library also joined with the Ameri- 
can Association for the Advancement of Science for a 
regional seminar program on November 24 and 25. 
Called "The Food Dilemma — It's No Picnic," the in- 
vitational meeting was held at the Boston Museum of 
Science and sought to find ways of improving nutrition 
education in the state. 

The Library's extensive research resources were con- 
siderably enlarged this year with many valuable gifts 
and special acquisitions. Notable among them were 
forty drawings received from the bequest of Samuel 
Chamberlain, who died on January 10, 1975, at the age 
of seventy-nine. The bequest includes original, brick- 
work, pencil drawings as well as pen and ink drawings 
of various scenes. A number of the drawings included 
in the bequest were reproduced in Mr. Chamberlain's 
autobiography Etched in Sunlight: Fifty Years in the 
Graphic Arts which the Library published in 1968. 

Another notable donation is the Joan of Arc collection 
given to the Boston Public Library by John Cardinal 
Wright. This collection includes books on Joan of Arc 
and, in addition, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. It 
is housed in the Cheverus Room on the third floor of the 
McKim building. The dedication of the Cheverus Room 
took place on September 4, nicely coincident with the 
Library's observance of "France in New England Month" 
and with the official presentation of the Joan of Arc 
Collection to the Library. At that time Walter Muir 
Whitehill spoke on "Pastor Evangelicus: Bishop Chev- 
erus, Boston, 1796-1823," and John Cardinal Wright 
gave background on the inspiration for his collection. 

Cardinal Wright's ties with the Boston Public Library 
date back to his school days when he worked nights and 
summers at the Hyde Park Branch Library. 

A particularly unique gift this year is the Robert A. 
Feer collection of world fairs of North America, listed in 
a catalog compiled by Earl R. Taylor and published by 
the Boston Public Library in 1976. Numbering more 



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than a thousand items, (he collection offers a rare view 
— through books, brochures, catalogs, pictures, maps, 
souvenirs, news releases — of I he world fairs from the 
New York Exhibit of 1853-54 to the San Antonio Hemis- 
Fair of 1968. The collection reflects the interest and 
collecting instincts of Robert A. Feer, who served on the 
faculties of Dartmouth, Wellesley, and Northeastern 
University and recognized the importance of the fairs as 
social history. 

Other important accjuisitions included the archives and 
old music of the Handel and Haydn Society, transferred 
from the society to the Library on April 28; the archives 
of the Ford Hall Forum; the complete published works 
of Wihelm Reich on 35mm microfilm; the gubernatorial 
papers of the late Joseph Buell Ely, a Massachusetts 
governor from 1931 to 1934; documents of the peace 
movement in Massachusetts, donated by Jerome Gross- 
man. 

A singularly lustrous and important gift is the Fred 
Allen Collection, comprising original typewritten manu- 
scripts, personal scrapbooks, and other memorabilia, 
donated by Mr. Allen's widow, Portland Allen Rines. 

The range of gifts in subject and quantity reached 
from single valuable items to a collection of 2,000 books 
on art. music, and travel from a grateful longtime patron 
of the Library; a large gift of periodicals from the John 
Hancock Insurance Company at the time of its move to 
new quarters; an actual truckload of magazines from a 
community college in Framingham; and many other 
impressive items. An analysis of gift items for 1975-76 
shows the following breakdown: from publishers: 179; 
from anonymous donors: 1,863; from 600 named donors: 
18,538; total donations: 23,880. 



PROGRAMS 

In addition to bringing on-the-spot enrichment to 
audiences, many programs — built around the research 
and interpretation of scholars — yield data and discovery 
which are later published and reflect the broader objec- 
tive of the Library: to add to man's accunmlated knovvl- 



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edge. Several programs of the year — many of them 
cospoiisored or funded through private endowment — 
belonged in this category. 

For the important annual Wiggin Symposium which 
took place in the thirty-fifth anniversary year of the 
establishment of the Albert H. Wiggin Collection and 
Wiggin Gallery, Sinclair Hitchings, the curator of the 
Wiggin Collection, and important guests, Albert Reese 
and David McCord, participated in "Along the Spec- 
trum." The talks of these three speakers and the exhibits 
focused on three Scottish watercolor artists: D. Y. 
Cameron, Muirhead Bone, and James McBey. 

The third annual William Addison Dwiggins Lecture, 
established in tribute to an important type designer/ 
calligrapher/ illustrator, brought Professor Alexander 
Lawson from the Rochester (N. Y.) Institute of Tech- 
nology. His subject, "Frederick Goudy — A Glance into 
the Archives," contributed to the Library's growing body 
of knowledge in the art of printing. This series is co- 
sponsored with The Society of Printers. Another milieu 
of Mr. and Mrs. Dwiggins' skills and interests was the 
notable marionette theater and marionettes which the 
couple created for plays which Dwiggins himself had 
written. In celebration of the opening of Dwiggins 
Marionette Theatre (an exhibit now permanently housed 
next to the Rare Books Room) Basil Milovsoroff, sculp- 
tor, designer, and producer of puppet plays, lectured on 
puppetry and, specifically, on Dwiggins' craftsmanship 
in the field. 

In the area of bibliography the Library welcomed 
eminent scholar/teacher/ author Jacques Barzun to the 
lecture rostrum for the annual Maury A. Bromsen Lec- 
ture in Humanistic Bibliography. Barzun spoke on "The 
Future Bibliophile: Some of His Complaints about the 
Twentieth Century." This important talk and the others 
which preceded it are available in published form. 

Substantial additions to knowledge in architecture and 
archeology were provided in other special lectures of the 
year. Ada Louise Huxtable, author and architecture 
critic on the editorial staff of The New York Yinies, 
addressed the Library Associates on "Building Better 
Cities: A Report on Progress toward a Dubious Utopia." 



14 City Document No. 15 

In another presentation, cosponsored with Boston Soci- 
ety, Archaeological Institute of America, and particularly 
relevant to Bicentennial activities, David C. Switzer, 
professor of History at Plymouth (N. H.) State College, 
lectured on the underwater excavation of the "Defence." 
The "Defence" was a brigantine. constructed in Beverly, 
Massachusetts, which took part in the ill-fated Salton- 
stall expedition in Penobscot Bay in 1790. Scuttled by 
her crew to avoid capture, the ship has remained on the 
bottom of the bay for the last 186 years until excavation 
in the summer of '75. 

With Boston an acknowledged theatrical center in the 
United States, the place where new drama is "tried out" 
on audiences, it is not surprising that theater is high- 
lighted in the collections and programming of the Boston 
Public Library. In this past year the Library moved 
ahead in its development of the Charlotte Cushman 
Room on the third floor of the McKim building. Four 
volumes of guest books of the Charlotte Cushman Club 
were received as a donation this past year. The registers 
bear the signatures of hundreds of actors and actresses 
associated with theater in Boston between 1928 and 1959. 
Six of Charlotte Cushman's own letters, dating from 
1870 to 1889, were also acquired by the Library. As 
part of its close involvement with theater, the Boston 
Public Library paid tribute to the Colonial Theater with 
a special program on the occasion of its seventy -fifth an- 
niversary. It is interesting to remember that the 
Colonial Theatre occupies the site where the Boston 
Public Library stood from 1858 to 1895. Other programs 
expressive of the theater in Boston are plaimed as peri- 
odic events in the Library. 

The fiscal year saw a dynamic continuation of the 
National Endowment for the Humanities Learning Li- 
brary courses. In observance of the Bicentennial year 
one entire series was devoted to various aspects of the 
American Revolution in Boston. The courses offered 
were as follows: "Revolutionary Boston," Richard Bush- 
man (Boston University); "Culture and Its Conflicts," 
Martin Green (Tufts University); "Boston Black Let- 
ters," William Robinson (Rhode Island College); "Arti- 



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sans of the Eighteenth Century," Wendy Cooper (Mu- 
seum of Fine Arts); "Emerging Immigrants of Boston," 
Andrew Buni (Boston College); "From Grass to Glass," 
Gerald Bernstein (Brandeis University); "Revolution and 
the Common Man," Robert Gross (Amherst College); 
"Law, Justice, and Equality," William Davis (MIT). 

In another activity as a center of learning the Library 
scheduled two courses of the Harvard extension program: 
"Contemporary American Fiction," taught by Professor 
Shaun S. O'Connell (University of Massachusetts, Bos- 
ton), and a course in elementary Spanish taught by 
Professor Mendez (Suffolk University). This cooperation 
with the Commission on Extension Courses marks a 
revival of a long-standing affiliation. Courses were 
offered at the Boston Public Library regularlv from 
1914 to 1936. 

Contributing dynamically to belles lettres in Massachu- 
setts were the programs entitled "Literary Boston," sup- 
ported by grants from the National Endowment for the 
Humanities and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. 
In a series of monthly literary events the Library drew 
on scholars as well as authors and poets who spoke on a 
wide range of themes or read from their own works. 
Programs were as follows: July 9: Martin Green, "The 
Literary Establishment in 19th Century Boston"; August 
6, readings by poets Robert Francis, Peter Davison, and 
Donald Junkins; September 3: Howard Mumford Jones 
reading from his most recent work. The Many Voices of 
Boston, A Historical Anthology 1630-1975; October 1: 
three published novelists — Dan Wakefield, Maxine 
Kuinin, and Tom McHale — speaking about their own 
works and the state of the novel in general; November 
5: Millicent Bell lecturing on Henry James; December 3: 
a poetry reading by Robert Fitzgerald, Richard Wilbur, 
and Arthur Freeman; January 7: a discussion on Emerson 
and Thoreau by Leo Marx and Phyllis Cole; February 
4: Justin Kaplan on the writing of biography; February 
18: Howard Vincent lecturing on Melville and Thoreau; 
March 3: Eliot Norton in a discourse on Theatre in Bos- 
ton; April 7: poetry reading by Anne Hussey and Barry 
Spacks; May 5: Richard Sewall commemorating the 
ninetieth anniversarv of her death with a lecture on 



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Emily Dickinson; June 2: John Seelve, describing how 
Boston authors have carried the city and its attitudes 
with them when they left Boston, in "Boston Travellers." 

In another literary highlight Octavio Paz, Mexican 
writer, diplomat, and educator, read from his poems, 
with Adja Yunkers providing a commentary on a special 
edition of the poem Blanco by Paz. 

As lustrous as "Literary Boston" was another series, 
this one supported in part by a grant from the Massa- 
chusetts Council of the Arts and Humanities and high- 
lighting music. Called Music Americana, the series 
reached capacity attendances on Sunday afternoons with 
their often brilliant offerings of lectures, live musical 
performances, and educational exhibits. The programs, 
combining both historical perspective and vibrant dem- 
onstration of musical forms, were as follows: October 5: 
"American Songs from Billings to Persichetti" ; October 
19: "Suitcase Circus: Songs and Slories of Early Rural 
America"; November 2: "Native American Indian Music 
and Dancing"; November 16: "Music Bostonians Sang 
Two Hundred Years Ago"; December 7: "Contrasts in 
Contemporary American Music"; December 21: "Ameri- 
can Brass Music from Sousa to Joplin"; January 4: "An 
Afternoon of Barbershop Harmony"; February 1: "Folk 
Songs of Early New England"; March 7: "Broadway 
Shows Revisited"; April 4: "Jazz — New Orleans Style"; 
May 2: "Cavalcade of American Choral Music." 

Ballet came to the Boston Public Library in late 
October and early November when speakers engaged by 
the Boston Ballet Company examined the dance form in 
Boston. Programs were: (October 22: Iris Fanger of 
Dance Magazine speaking on "Boston Goes to the 
Ballet, 1797-1920"; October 29: John Lindquist on 
"Dance Photographs in Color, 1937-1971"; November 3: 
Sidney Leonard, ballet mistress of the Boston Ballet 
Company, giving a history of the company and a preview 
of the coming season. 

Speakers, dicussions, films, exhibits — many major ele- 
ments in the learning process — made up the American 
Issues Forum which was held in the Boston Public 
Library. Developed for the Bicentennial under the 
auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 



Boston Public Library 17 

the program was designed to promote debate and dis- 
cussion on issues of continuing importance in America: 
ecology, foreign affairs, big business, ethnicity, individual 
freedom and privacy, alternative life styles, and the 
quality of American life. In support of the series a 
major traveling book exhibit, provided by the American 
Library Association, was mounted in the cases of the 
Research Library and booklists designed by the Ameri- 
can Library Association were distributed. Program cen- 
ters for the forum were the General Library and branch 
libraries representing five regions of the city: Charles- 
town, Brighton, Fields Corner, South Boston, West 
Roxbury. 

For generations Boston has reaped contributions from 
its rich cultural ethnical diversity. Reflecting this heri- 
tage, the Boston Public Library sponsored (and con- 
tinues to sponsor) a series of ethnic months. The series 
included: "France in New England" (September); "A 
Salute to Italy" (October); "German Festival" (Novem- 
ber); "Salute to Scandinavia" (January); Black History 
Month (February) ; "Ireland" (March) ; "Salute to Israel" 
(May). Special focus was also accorded Jewish Book 
Month in November with films and lectures on Jewish 
themes. In each of the ethnic tributes a saturation 
approach to programming was employed, "zeroing in" on 
a culture by exciting diverse routes — history, art, music, 
dance. Several formats were utilized — slide tape lec- 
tures, screenings of feature films, and lectures. 

Exhibits were a major part of the ethnic observances. 
For the German Festival a display, "Have a Look at the 
German Book," brought together more than 4,000 titles 
from 385 publishing houses in the Federal Republic of 
Germany. In the Salute to Scandinavia celebration a 
stimulating collection of posters drew much viewer at- 
tention. The posters, widely disparate in purpose and 
message, demonstrated unique uses of the graphic idiom. 

Branch programs at Mattapan, Egleston Square, South 
End, and Codman Square gave particular attention to 
Black History Month with film showings, programs of 
dancing, crafts, poelry reading, dramatic presentations, 
and lectures. 



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The Library's Bicentennial celebrations reached a cli- 
max during the week of March 17, not surprising since 
the British evacuation of Boston on that day in 1776 
marked a turning point in the War of Independence. 
The special Bicentennial program, scheduled for Mon- 
day, March 15, included a lecture, "Boston under Siege: 
The Fateful Year Leading to the Evacuation," by Alan 
Bogers (Boston College) and "Henry Knox and the 
American Revolution," by Edward A. McColgan, Direc- 
tor, Massachusetts Bicentennial Commission. 

A key library contribution to the observance \\as the 
reproduction in bronze of the Washington Medal, aw arded 
in gold to George Washington by the Congress in com- 
memoration of the Boston evacuation. The original 
medal was purchased from the descendants of Washing- 
ton by fifty citizens for the centennial observance of 
evacuation in December 1876. Given as a gift to the 
City of Boston, the medal then went to the Libraiy as 
permanent custodian. The bronze reproductions are 
available for sale as is a reprint of the descriptive booklet 
by Howard P. Arnold: "The Evolution of the Boston 
Medal." 

Another important Bicentennial event involved the 
Boston Public Library. The painting by Emmanuel 
Leutze. "Washington at Dorchester Heights," an impor- 
tant work of art owned by the Library, was loaned lo 
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for national 
viewing. Prior to this loan, the Boston Public Library 
received a grant from the National Endowment for I he 
Arts to restore the painting. Large (81-3^" x 108"), the 
painting was in a deteriorating condition so that restora- 
tion during the Bicentennial proved timely and essential. 

In addition to its own active programming, the Boston 
Public Library also served as meeting ground for three 
library association conferences. On May 1 the Catholic 
Library Association met in the Library in a program 
which included Marjorie Gibbons. Supervisor of Branches, 
speaking on branch services. On May 8, at the spring 
meeting of the New England Technical Services Librari- 
ans, Director Philip J. McNiff and Edward Fremd, co- 
ordinator of acquisitions, spoke on the conference sub- 
ject, "Acquisitions." On May 11 the New England 



Boston Public Library 19 

Chapter of the American Society for Iiiformalion Sciences 
met in a session which addressed itself to resource shar- 
ing. At that time Alary J. Cronin spoke on the Boston 
Library Consortium. 



PUBLICATIONS 

Pubhcations of past years received continuing attenlion 
this year: Afro- American Artists: A Bio-Biblioc/raphical 
Directory, compiled and edited h\ Theresa Cederholm of 
the Fine Arts Department, %\as cited by Choice as an 
Outstanding Academic Book for 1975. What Is a City? 
A Multi-Media Guide on Urban Living, edited by Bose 
Moorachian, published in 1969, was cited in a recent 
sourcebook on environmental education, Learning about 
the Built Environment. 

In other publication news American Hero: A Sapphick 
Ode by Nathaniel Niles was reprinted by the Associates 
of the Boston Public Librar\ with a commentary by 
John Alden. The poem is a "War Hymn of the American 
Bevolution." The Proceedings and Book Catalog of the 
Children's Books International I was published in May 
in time for the opening of the exhibit of Children's Books 
International II. A special limited edition of an illus- 
trated essay by Douglass Shand Tucci, "Balph Adams 
Cram, American Medievalist." was published for the 
Boston Public Library in handsome design b> the S tine- 
hour Press. 

Other publications included the second Film Catalog 
Supplement; BeePeVs Choice, a booklist for young adults 
who hate books, compiled by William DeSalvo of Gen- 
eral Library Services; several literature-based, crossword 
puzzles for young adults on the U. S. "Constitution," 
rock music, women, black profiles, and the Black West. 
Active in the creation of the puzzles was C\AM (Con- 
cerned Young Adults of Mattapan), a group of young 
adults under the guidance of Garland McLaughlin, Mat- 
tapan Branch Library. A continuing publication of 
Young Adult Services, much used by librarians in the 
region, is Tempo, a quarterly list of current actjuisitions 
for young adults. Other young adult lists were "Versus," 



20 City Document No. 15 

"Books to Think By," "From Oratory to Armies, Rebel- 
lion to Revolution." Two children's lists were released: 
"Independence Is" and "Follow the Bomicing Ball." 

A publication which promises much use is the Large 
Print Catalog, a record of more than 1,500 titles available 
for circulation in the General Library. Arranged in sub- 
ject order with an author index, the book is appropriately 
printed in a large print format. 

The vitality of publishing in ihe Boston Public Library 
was apparent in the number of professional (juality 
items which came off the Library's presses: Volume II 
of Nova: Science Adventures on Television, a series of 
reading lists; three annotated reading guides for the Na- 
tional Endowment for the Humanities Learning Library 
program, Boston: An Urban Community: "Bibles, 
Brahmins, and Bosses: Leadership and the Boston Com- 
munity," prepared by Alexander Bloom; "Boston Archi- 
tecture: From the First Townhouse to the New City 
Hall," prepared by Douglass Shand Tucci; "Family Life 
in Boston: From Colonial Times to the Present," prepared 
by Lynn Weiner. 

SYSTEMS 

A report of the Systems Office of the Library indicates 
that this year there was implemented on an operational 
basis the on-line, bibliographic processing system for the 
support of current cataloging of general and research 
acquisitions. This system was used immediately to cre- 
ate file-ready, catalog cards and, in some cases, book 
processing labels. At the same time the Library is build- 
ing a holdings fde for all books processed. From this 
holdings file the Boston Public Library will produce, on 
a regular basis, the supplements to the printed catalog 
of the General Library. Under consideration is the 
possibility of putting supplemenis in microfilm form 
instead of in the traditional print form. 

VISITORS 

Visitors from many parts of the world came to the 
Library for diverse reasons this past year. For example, 
the Boston Public Library's application of computers to 



Boston Public Library 21 

cataloging was the particular interest of three Soviet li- 
brarians from Moscow who visited with an interpreter. 
Another visitor, Anthony J. Loveday, executive secretary 
of the Standing Conference of National and University- 
Libraries, was interested in the Boston Library Con- 
sortium and its activities. Thomas Sanabria, an archi- 
tect from Venezuela, who is responsible for designing a 
new national library in Caracas, visited in order to study 
the architecture of the Johnson building. Other guests 
came from Sri Lanka, France, Nigeria, England, India, 
and Egypt. These represent some of the visitors from 
abroad who made contact with the Library administra- 
tion. Needless to say, thousands of others visited "on 
their own," as tourists or students. 

ASSOCIATES 

The Associates of the Boston Public Library opened 
an office in the McKim building in the area formerly 
occupied by the Information and Publications offices. In 
addition to staffing the new office, the associates are de- 
veloping a corps of volunteers to assist in conducting 
tours, promoting central Library programs, and possibly 
surveying special collections of gifts. 

BUILDINGS: BBANCH LIBBARIES 

As of June 30, 1976, the architectural firm of Kallmann 
«Sl McKinnell completed 95 percent of the work on the 
Dudley Street Branch, located on 65 Warren Street in 
Roxbury. Still to be completed are exterior landscaping, 
planting, installation of exterior lights, installation of 
some hardware, and other various "Punch List" items. 

The firm of Eco Tecture, Inc. has completed 73 percent 
of the Codman Square Branch, located on 6 Norfolk 
Sheet in Dorchester, as of June 30, 1976. The parking 
lot, lighting, and toilets have not been installed. The 
interior painting and landscaping remain to be done. At 
this stage the carpeting is about to be installed. 

The construction of the Lower Mills Branch, located 
on 1110 Washington Street in Dorchester, is in the design 
and development stage under the firm of Paul Carroll 
Associates. 



22 City Document No. 15 

The Washington Village Branch, located on 290 Old 
Colony Avenue in South Boston, is undergoing fire dam- 
age repairs. At this time, June 30, 1976, a center desk 
and new bookcases are being installed. 

Personnel hired under the Comprehensive Employment 
and Training Act (CETA) have completed plastering and 
painting several branch libraries. It is expected that the 
refurbishing of the remaining branches will be finished in 
the fall. 

BUILDINGS: CENTRAL 

Relocations in the Research Library are now com- 
pleted. The Abbey Room, emptied of catalog trays, 
continues to be the delivery point for books from the 
Research Library stacks. It is planned to clean and 
polish the marble floor and refmish the woodwork in the 
near future. Centrally placed in the Abbey Room is an 
antique table with a history dating to another library in 
another country. Ornately carved of teakwood with a 
pink marble top, it originally served as the library table 
of Antonio Panizzi, principal librarian of the British Mu- 
seum from 1856 to 1866. Purchased from his estate, the 
table was presented to the Library by George B. Chase, 
a former trustee of the Boston Public Library. 

The first phase in the replanting of the McKim build- 
ing interior courtyard has been completed. Members of 
the Garden Club of the Back Bay are working to restore 
the courtyard to its original format : a formal. Renaissance 
cloister garden. It is planned to accentuate bright 
splashes of color to evoke a cheerfulness characteristic of 
the Italian formal garden. Begonias and geraniums are 
being used for much of this color. 

EASTERN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM 

The activity of the Eastern Massachusetts Regional 
Library System continued on many levels and with 
active involvement of member libraries. Areas of on- 
going services included Delivery Service, a visible and 
important activity; Interlibrary Loan, a key method of 
supplementing member library holdings and meeting the 
often unique needs of borrowers; and Publications, with 



Boston Public Library 23 

Paperback Power and Haunt Your Public Library in 
particular demand. The News continues to be a dynamic 
information source for member libraries. 

Audio-Visual Services ranked high among the support 
services utilized by member libraries. A total of 34,131 
films were borrowed by ninety-six libraries; the reported 
number of viewers of these films in regional libraries and 
other organizations was 1,319,797; but, in actuality, more 
than 2,000,000 viewers of all age groups attended film 
programs. 

The Bookmobile/ Deposit Centers continued to be a 
focus for service to libraries in smaller communities. 
The arbitrary population assignment of "25,000 or 
fewer" for eligibility for such service appears at this 
reporting to be too low. Many communities undergoing 
economic stresses and with populations in excess of 25.000 
show real need for deposit collections. 

In conclusion it can be said that one of the most all- 
encompassing services, difficult to assess or tabulate, is 
the constant back-and-forth communication between the 
Eastern Regional office and libraries. Some requests can 
be handled immediately, others require searching, visits, 
or a workshop. Typical requests include information on 
Friends groups, space allocation in library plants, book 
contracts, and storytelling demonstrations. 

PERSONNEL 

Several major changes and advancements in personnel 
responsibility took place this past year. Appointed to 
be supervisor of branch libraries, a position last held by 
Mrs. Ada Andelman, was Marjorie M. Gibbons, branch 
librarian at South Boston/Washington Village Branches. 
Supporting her in the newly created positions of assistant 
supervisor are: Mrs. Francina E. Gelzer of the Dudley 
Street region with headquarters designated for the new 
Dudley Street Branch when it is completed; Mrs. Geral- 
dine Herrick to the Brighton region with district head- 
quarters at the Brighton Branch Librfery; and Miss 
Linda M. I vers to the Codman Square district with 
head(|uarters planned for the new Codman Square 
Branch. In other branch appointments Mrs. Yolanda 



24 City Document No. 15 

Rivas was named branch librarian at the Jamaica Plain/ 
Connolly Branches; Mrs. Margaret Brown was appointed 
branch librarian at Chariest own Branch; Gaynell Math- 
son was appointed branch librarian to South Boston/ 
Washington Village Branches; Rhoda Blacker, branch 
librarian at East Boston/OrienI Heights was transferred 
to North End/West End Branches; Carol Coxe, branch 
librarian at Faneuil Branch was appointed to head 
Faneuil/Allston Branches; Worth Douglas was named 
branch librarian for Grove Hall/Egleston Branches. 

Several department heads and other staff with long 
years of service retired this year: Ruth M. Hayes, co- 
ordinator of Children's Service, retired after more than 
fifty years of service; John Mealy, acting senior building 
custodian, retired after forty years of service; Evelyn C. 
Billman, branch librarian of Codman Square Branch, re- 
tired after forty years; Frances C. Lepie, branch librarian 
of Brighton Branch, retired after forty-five years; Clifford 
Fay, senior building custodian at Roslindale Branch, re- 
tired after more than twenty-five years; Mary Obear, 
book selection librarian in acquisitions, retired after al- 
most forty years; Gildea Rossetti, reference librarian at 
Kirstein Business Branch, retired after more than forty 
years; Sarah Richman, branch librarian at Allston 
Branch, retired after fifty years; John Alden, keeper of 
rare books, after twenty-two years; Mrs. Lillian Galla- 
gher, acting branch librarian at Parker Hill Branch, 
after more than thirty-five years. 

In an important Research Library appointment Wil- 
liam R. Lewis, former coordinator for Afro- American 
Programs and Services and branch librarian of Grove 
Hall/Mt. Pleasant Branches, was named coordinator of 
Social Sciences. 

In honor of his seventy-fifth birthday, Sidney R. Rabb, 
member of the Board of Trustees since 1957, was honored 
by his family, friends, and associates of the Stop and 
Shop Companies by the establishment of the Sidney R. 
Rabb Fund for the acquisition of library materials of 
permanent value. Earlier this year another fund was set 
up in honor of the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Esther 
and Sidney Rabb. 



Boston Public Library 25 

In recognition of another distinguished Bostonian, the 
trustees of the Library this year appointed John Cardinal 
Wright to the position of honorary curator of the Joan 
of Arc Collection. Cardinal Wright is now prefect of the 
Sacred Congregation of Clergy, Roman Curia at the 
Vatican. 

Francis B. Masterson, a member of the Board of 
Trustees from 1946 to 1951 (and president in 1948) died 
on November 10 at the age of eighty. Mr. Masterson 
was a campaign manager for James Michael Curley in 
1935, founder of the Catholic Guild for the Blind, past 
president of the National Shoe and Boot Corporation 
and vice-president of the National Association of the 
Shoe and Boot Industry. Mrs. Geraldine Beck, librarian 
of Parker Hill, died this year. Mrs. Beck had worked in 
the library for twenty-four years. 

In a special ceremony on July 30, the City of Boston 
hosted a reception for city employees who retired between 
October, 1973, and June, 1974. Receiving certificates of 
recognition were twenty-two retired employees of the 
Library; and, for more than twenty-five years of service, 
thirteen employees received Revere bowls. 

On May 28, at the ninth annual recognition ceremony 
for staff completing twenty-five years of service, Augustin 
H. Parker, president of the Board of Trustees, presented 
scrolls to the following staff: Marjorie Brown, Esther 
Jalonen, Rose Moorachian, and George Scully. 

Several staff members were involved on committees or 
in leadership roles in professional associations; among 
them: Diane G. Farrell served as chairperson of the Com- 
mittee on Library Services to Children with Special 
Needs and also as a member of the Committee on In- 
tellectual Freedom (Children's Services Division, Ameri- 
can Library Association) ; Irenemarie H. Cullinane served 
as a member of the Book Evaluation Committee and the 
Newbery-Caldecott Committee (C.S.D., A.L.A.); Jack 
Formal! served on the Best Books Committee (Young 
Adults Services Division, A.L.A.) and the Reference and 
Subscription Books Bulletin Committee (A.L.A.) ; 
Suzanne Gray also served as a member of the Reference 
and Subscription Books Bulletin Committee. Y. T. Feng 
was a member of the Asian and African Committee 



26 City Document No. 15 

(Association of College and Research Libraries, A.L.A.) 
and Wilson Index Comniittee (Reference and Adull Ser- 
vices Division, A.L.A.). B. Joseph O'Neil served as 
director, Special Libraries Association, Boston Chapter. 
Mrs. Margaret L. Brown was elected vice-president of 
the Massachusetts Library Association. 

This year has been a period of achievement and recog- 
nition for personnel and others identified with the Boston 
Public Library. Awards, citations, or prizes were pre- 
sented to: Y. T. Feng, assistant director, honored by the 
YWCA for outstanding achievement in the field of pub- 
lic service; Karin Fredrikson, library aide at Roslindale 
Branch, first prize winner in the contest sponsored by the 
General Henry Knox Lodge of the Grand Lodge of 
Masons for her essay on Henry Knox; Kathleen B. 
Hegarty, coordinator of Adult Services, honored by the 
Crisis Prevention Intervention Committee of Boston 
Public Schools for her contribution to Boston as chair- 
man of the Bicentennial Committee of the Brighton 
Historical Society; Mildred Kaufman, branch librarian 
at Roslindale Branch, who received a Citation of Appre- 
ciation from the Polish Veterans of World War II, Post 
19, Boston, "for her efforts in presenting to the people 
of this city the history and tradition of Polish people." 
Virginia Haviland, former readers advisor for children 
and presently head of the Children's Book Section at the 
Library of Congress, was awarded the prestigious Regina 
Medal by the Catholic Library Association for her out- 
standing work in service to children. Rosalyn Warner, 
retired children's librarian, was thanked in an official 
resolution by the Boston City Council for her years of 
service to the city as tutor, librarian, and hospital volun- 
teer. Frank B. Maher, trustee, received a Citation of 
Merit award from the National Conference of Christians 
and Jews for his "consistent worthy leadership as an ideal 
businessman and his ability to upgrade civic and human 
endeavor." 

Three artists among the staff were exhibitors in the 
sixth annual. City Art Festival at City Hall: Mark 
Chadbourne, Audio-Visual Department (acrvlic paintings 
on canvas) ; Gregory Hill, Resources a;id Processing 
(black and white photographs); Karen L. Ulehla, Fine 



Boston Public Library 27 

Arts (portraits and metal relief landscapes). To six 
staff members went partial scholarships, City of Boston 
awards toward a master's degree in public management: 
Robert Gushing, Mary McNeil, and Catherine Riva of 
General Library Circulation and Shelving; Patricia 
Murphy, Faneuil Branch Library; John Barrett, General 
Library Readers and Information Services; Joseph Fitz- 
patrick. Bookmobile Services. 

Several staff members were involved in important 
teaching/lecturing/special project assignments. Diane 
G. Farrell. regional children's services librarian for the 
Eastern Massachusetts Regional Library System, ad- 
dressed a Children's Services Board meeting at the 
American Library Association on intellectual freedom 
and selection of materials for children. Her talk was 
published in ALA's Top of the News for April, 1976. 
Mona Wasserman, children's librarian at Egleston Square 
Branch, represented the Library at a Community Re- 
sources Fair sponsored by the Emergency Schools As- 
sistance Act. She exhibited materials and spoke on 
ethnic resources. Jean Gootkind, children's librarian at 
Charlestown Branch Library, lectured on "Serious 
Themes in Literature for. Very Young Children" at Bos- 
ton State College. Carol Schene, young adults librarian, 
General Library, taught a course in literature for young 
adults at Bridgewater State College. Irenemarie CuUi- 
nane, children's literature specialist, General Library, 
served as coordinator for the Boston Globe /Horn Book 
Award Committee. Ann Curran, systems librarian, 
served as chairperson for the working party on Biblio- 
graphic Name Authority Files, a committee which is part 
of the advisory group on National Bibliographic Control. 
Theresa M. Cederholm, Fine Arts Department, did spe- 
cial research related to the Architectural Periodical Index 
at the British Architectural Library in London. Euclid 
J. Peltier, coordinator of Audio-Visual Services and 
Marcia A. Zalbowitz of the Audio- Visual Department 
participated in the seventeenth annual, American Film 
Festival in New York. 

Staff members shared their expertise in radio and tele- 
vision interviews this past year: Marjorie M. Gibbons, 
supervisor of branches, spoke on "The Irish in Boston" 



28 City Document No. 15 

oil WBZ radio; Irenemarie Cullinaiie participated in a 
discussion on sex education on Channel 56's "New Eng- 
gland News Scene"; Barbara Jackson of General Library 
dressed up as a witch and told Halloween stories for an 
appearance on the same TV series; Irenemarie Cullinane 
also appeared on the Channel 7, 6 o'clock news with 
Jackie Adams, describing special Library events for 
children. 

Several journals and books were marked this year by 
contributions from Boston Public Library staff. Rose 
Moorachian, young adult specialist, General Library, ac- 
cepted chairmanship of the committee which writes the 
monthly "Adult Books for Young Adults" column of 
School Library Journal; Jane Manthorne, coordinator of 
Young Adults Services, served on the committee prepar- 
ing the eleventh edition of the H. W. Wilson Senior 
High School Catalog; Suzanne K. Gray, coordinator of 
science, and Marilyn Philbrook of the Science Reference 
Department had reviews of science films published in 
Science Books and Films of the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science; Yolanda Rivas served as 
guest columnist for "Make Your Points" in the February 
issue of School Library Journal; three staff members held 
key responsibilities in the Neighborhood History Series 
booklets published by Boston 200: Marjorie Gibbons com- 
mented on community history in Roslindale in the Ros- 
Hndale booklet; Paula Todisco assisted in preparing the 
North End booklet; Kathleen B. Hegarty served as co- 
editor of the Brighton history. Staff from both the 
Children's and Young Adult Departments contributed to 
the Ethnic Studies Resource Manual published by the 
Massachusetts Bicentennial Commission. 

This enumeration of events, programs, and activities 
within the Boston Public Library testifies to the con- 
tinuing support of city authorities, the Board of Trustees, 
and the staff — all deeply appreciated. 

PHILIP J. McNIFF 

Director, and Librarian. 



Boston Public Library 

Table 1. Circulation 
BOOK CIRCULATION 



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Fiscal 
1974 



Fiscal 
1975 



Fiscal 
1976 



Central Library 


1,047,926 


1,122,148 


1,160,023 


Kirstein Business E 


Jranch* . 6,997 


4,525 


— 


Adams Street . 


78,549 


77,383 


70,204 


Allston 


36,677 


35,857 


38,307 


Brighton 


109,403 


105,912 


97,347 


Bookmobile Servict 


i . . . 160,581 


129,072 


178,286 


Charlestown . 


43,004 


44,677 


48,239 


Codraan Square 


41,258 


35,566 


31,843 


Connolly . 


38,397 


39,433 


37,646 


East Boston . 


33,966 


37,526 


40,844 


Egleston Square 


25,066 


28,004 


31,833 


Faneuil . 


35,373 


35,940 


37,347 


Fields Corner . 


90,879 


90,604 


90,475 


Grove Hall 


28,336 


31,795 


32,251 


Hyde Park 


95,647 


101,682 


104,046 


Jamaica Plain 


52,619 


52,387 


53,822 


Lower Mills . 


39,084 


36,754 


33,202 


Mattapan 


34,551 


31,308 


30,046 


Mt. Pleasant . 


17,342 


13,078 


14,276 


North End 


25,582 


28,214 


28,093 


Orient Heights 


29,031 


28,614 


26,077 


Parker Hill . 


31,641 


27,226 


25,978 


Roslindale 


110,895 


100,088 


97,722 


South Boston . 


74,164 


72,681 


71,730 


South End 


31,708 


31,138 


28,855 


Uphams Corner 


50,245 


51,736 


58,123 


West End 


53,755 


56,656 


57,048 


West Roxbury 


127,411 


129,400 


137,752 


Hospital Library 


22,067 


20,127 


19,533 


Multilingual Libra 


ry . 17,043 


24,821 


22,246 


Total, Branches 


1,373,693 


1,368,607 


1,364,885 


Total, Entire Libr 


ary . 2,589,197 


2,624,352 


2,703,194 



''Ceased circulation of materials, May, 1975. 



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NON-BOOK CIRCULATION 



Fiscal 
1974 



Fiscal 
1975 



Fiscal 
1976 



Films and liim slrips 
Recordings 

Totals 



36,414 
121,329 

157,743 



40,012 
139,560 

179,572 



44,445 
141,177 

185,622 



VOLUMES SENT ON INTERLIBRARY LOAN 



Fiscal 
1974 



Fiscal 
1975 



Fiscal 
1976 



Int(^rlil)rary loans 



14,924 



15,625 



24,222 



Table 2. Growth of the Library 
BOOKS 





Fiscal 
1974 


Fiscal 
1975 


Fiscal 
1976 


General Library : 
Volumes added 
Volumes withdrawn . 


156,128 
6,376 


148,699 
16,561 


148,328 
27,544 


Total on hand 


1,445,079 


1,577,137 


1,697,921 


Research Library 
Volumes added . 
Volumes withdrawn . 


71,164 
568 


103,943 
110 


86,297 
16 


Total on hand 


2,182,736 


2,286,649 


2,372,930 


Total book stock . 


3,627,815 


3,863,786 


4,070,851 



Boston Public Library 
NON-BOOK MATERIALS 



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Fiscal 


Fiscal 


Fiscal 


1974 


1975 


1976 


Films 5,416 


5,623 


6,206 


Filrastrips 






577 


577 


577 


Recordings 






179,371 


196,787 


206,939 


Cassettes 






11,945 


14,352 


16,638 


Lantern slides 






14,884 


14,884 


14,884 


Negatives 






2,130 


2,130 


2,130 


Pictures . 






426,426 


426,426 


426,426 


Postcards 






133,805 


133,805 


133,805 


Prints and drawings 






56,897 


57,559 


57,859 


Projected books 






178 


178 


178 


Microcards 






11,843 


11,851 


11,851 


Microfiche (sheets) 






237.719 


268,522 


317,369 


Microiiche (reels) . 






58,157 


73,884 


79,922 


Microprints (l>oxes) 






3,919 


4,140 


4,246 


Aperture cards .... 10,151 


10,151 


13,130 



Table 3. Cataloging Statistics 





Fiscal 


Fiscal 


Fiscal 




1974 


1975 


1976 


Volumes processed 


227,292 


252,642 


289,888 


New titles cataloged 


52,002 


71,769 


74,104 


Original cataloging 


11,518 


14,518 


16,564 


NUC cataloging 


6,272 


5,341 


13,015 


LC cataloging 


32,572 


61,998 


42,560 


Rare hook cataloging 


1,640 


1,912 


805 


Films 


400 


259 


611 


Recordings .... 


7,484 


9,381 


7,650 


Cassettes . . 


5,054 


2,407 


2,286 



Table 4. Binding 



Fiscal 
1974 



Fiscal 
1975 



Fiscal 
1976 



Volumes hound 



54,500 



57,200 



63,194 



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