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Annual Report 

For the Year Ending June 30, 1986 

Document 15-1986 

Annual Report 
of the 


For the Year Ending June 30, 1986 




Vice President 






In the summer of 1984 the Trustees of the Public Library of the city 
of Boston began a nationwide search for a new Director and Librarian 
whose enormous task it would be to correct the problems of the late 
70s and early 80s brought about by, among other things, woefully 
insufficient budgetary support for the Library system. The major goal 
for the new Director would be to revitalize and restore the buildings 
and services of the Library and to make it ready for the 21st century. 

A 15 -member screening committee appointed by the Trustees 
assisted in the review of more than 65 applications from candidates 
across the nation. Sixteen semifmalists were evaluated further and 
interviewed personally by the committee. Of the 16, seven finalists 
emerged, and the names were submitted to the Trustees for further 
consideration. The backgrounds, experience and accomplishments of 
the finalists were reviewed in greater depth, and each finalist was 
interviewed intensively by the five Trustees in sessions lasting from 
two to three hours. 

The search ended at a meeting of the Trustees on February 2 1 , 1985 
with the election by the Board of Arthur Curley, then Deputy Direc- 
tor at the New York Public Library, as Director and Librarian. As 
I cast my vote for him that evening, I recall remarking that I believed 
that Mr. Curley would be as distinguished a Director and Librarian 
of the Library for the 20th century as Justin Winsor had been at the 
Boston Public Library in the 19th century. 

As the events of FY86 unfolded, I was pleased to find that my belief 
was becoming reality. Mr. Curley's report makes clear that the pro- 
gram for restoration and revitalization of the entire Library system 
has begun. With the enthusiastic support and endorsement of Mr. 
Curley's recommended program on the part of each member of the 
Board, the Library's proposal for continuation of the program into 
FY87 has been endorsed once again and given dramatic financial sup- 
port by the Mayor and City Council, such that the Library's operating 

budget for FY87 is to be increased by approximately 30%, and com- 
mitments made for capital improvements to Library buildings to the 
extent of 40 million dollars. The state government has responded in 
kind by increasing the fmancial support of the Conmionwealth with 
a corresponding increase in operational funding for the next fiscal year. 
I wish to thank my colleagues, Senator Bulger, Mrs. Gaines, Mrs. 
Goodwin and Mrs. Luthin for their support and their many hours of 
thinking, debating and just plain hard work on behalf of this very 
special institution and the people whom we serve. 

Kevin F. Moloney 
President, Board of Trustees 


In the life of any great institution, there are years of progress and 
years of decline. In its one hundred thirty-four year history— the 
longest of any free municipal library in the world— the Boston Public 
Library has indeed experienced both. The contributions of many 
generations form a firm foundation for the resources and services of 
the Library, making possible the achievements of any particular ad- 
ministration, but sustaining as well an ability to rebound after periods 
of adversity. The past decade has been such a period. Recovery will 
require a commitment of several years; but if magnitude of endeavor 
be any measure, this past year will stand out in the history of the 
Library as a time when the efforts of many individuals converged 
to insure the start of a renaissance. 

The effects on the Library of Proposition 2 Vi and other recent forces 
of fiscal retrenchment have been nothing less than devastating. A news 
headline in the early 1980's forecast the "Death of a Library." The 
impact of books not acquired (or preserved), of reference or readers' 
advisory assistance not rendered, of school visits not undertaken, is 
not easily measured, for the role of the library in society is in large 
measure an intangible one. On the other hand, a library is a most 
tangible symbol of the values and aspirations of a community. When 
staff reductions reached a point requiring the actual closing of the 
famous Copley Square entrance, its giant chained gates became a 
haunting symbol of the plight within. 

Many factors have contributed to the greatness of the Boston Public 
Library. A newly appointed Director is particularly aware of the 
achievements of his predecessors: the pioneering public service 
philosophy developed in the previous century by Charles Coffin Jewett 
and Justin Winsor, the remarkable growth of the collections from one 
and a half to nearly six million volumes during the combined fifty- 
year tenure of Milton E. Lord and Philip J. McNiff. But these 
achievements were possible only because the citizens of Boston, in 

each generation, have treasured and nurtured this special institution 
so linked to the historical significance of their city. And so, in the 
I980's, an aroused citizenry refused to tolerate further deterioration. 
In 1984 a prominent supporter of the activist Save Our Library coali- 
tion and Neighborhood Friends of the Library organizations, Ray- 
mond L. Flynn, became mayor of the city of Boston and pledged to 
reverse a decade of decline at the Library. Active Library supporters 
were soon appointed to the Library's Board of Trustees and made 
clear in their national search for a Director that they sought not con- 
tinued retrenchment but a profound revitalization. 

The first few months of this inaugural year of a new administra- 
tion were necessarily devoted to analysis; the results, which 
documented the impact of a decade of diminishing support, were 
distressing: a 30% reduction in book acquisition levels; more than 
half of the branch libraries without a children's librarian, a third 
without even a branch librarian; loss of staff through attrition ex- 
ceeding recruitment by two to one; hours of service cut drastically; 
buildings in disrepair. In contrast, one most hopeful finding to which 
sincere tribute must be paid was the dedication of the staff. Frustrated 
in the extreme, overworked and underpaid, the staff remained com- 
mitted to the great public mission of the Library and eager to help 
launch a new era. 

Analysis led to recommendations, and in January of 1986 the 
Trustees enthusiastically adopted A Program to Rebuild and Revitalize 
the Resources and Services of the Boston Public Library. This plan 
for renewal sets forth goals in several major categories, chief among 
them: rebuilding the book collections; restoring children's services, 
with a full-time children's librarian in every branch library; renewal 
of community services, including restoration of several hundred lost 
hours of weekly services, visits to (and by) every school class, a ma- 
jor assault on illiteracy, and special services for the disabled; com- 
puterization of bibliographic records to link resources throughout the 
city and the state; extensive restoration of Charles Follen McKim's 
architectural marvel on Copley Square and rehabilitation of branch 
library buildings throughout the city. 

At the end of the fiscal year, prospects for fulfillment of these am- 
bitious plans were most favorable. Mayor Raymond L. Flynn has 
recommended for approval by the Boston City Council a $28 million 
five-year capital program for library building improvements and the 

Council has passed a 30% increase in the Library's operating budget 
for the coming year; Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger 
has pledged a 30% increase in state support to the Boston Public 
Library, which now serves all residents of the Commonwealth; and 
the Boston Globe Foundation has promised a grant of $1 million to 
help initiate a major development campaign. 

The enthusiastic support of the Trustees of the Library, the mayor 
and city council, the commonwealth legislature, the governor, the staff 
of the Library, and citizens of both the city and the state, represents 
a commitment to the revitalization of the Boston Public Library equal 
to the zealous efforts of the 1840's which inspired the creation of this 
extraordinary institution and launched an idealistic movement which 
spread across the country and throughout the world. 

Arthur Curley 
Director and Librarian 

Community Services 

Public programs have been a priority for the Boston Public Library 
since its founding in 1852. In their pioneering document of the public 
library movement, the Trustees of the Library stated their intention 
to foster the "self-culture" of all people. This concept is embodied 
and nurtured today through attention to the humanities, arts, and 
sciences in courses of instruction, seminars, lectures, discussions, con- 
ferences, exhibits, and publications. It is also fostered through literacy 
programs and a commitment to children, young adults, and the grow- 
ing senior population. 

In FY 1985-1986 the Central Library in Copley Square and the 
branch libraries offered 5,161 public programs, tours, and class 
presentations. Numerous exhibitions were presented throughout the 
Library system. 

Adult Services 

Adult book discussion groups attracted 838 participants, with groups 
meeting regularly at the General Library and at the Adams Street, 
Brighton, Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Parker 
Hill, Roslindale, West End, and West Roxbury Branch Libraries. Par- 
ticipants shared in lively discussion regarding current literature and 
literary classics. 

National Endowment for the Humanities Learning Library Programs 
offer college-level educational sequences to the general public at no 
cost. Taught by distinguished subject specialists, such courses were 
held during the past year in sixteen branches. They included: 

• Classics of American Drama 

Professor Frederick Danker, University of Massachusetts, Boston 

• The Flowering of New England: Arts of the Colonial Period 
Gilian Wohlauer, Museum of Fine Arts 


• A Black Artist: His Life and Work 
James R. Reed, Northeastern University 

• The Modem Political Novel 

Professor Jerry Bernhard, Emmanuel College 

• The Architecture of Boston 

Douglass Shand-Tucci, Architectural Historian 

• Beacon Hill Authors 

Professor Shaun O' Council, University of Massachusetts, Boston 

• The Persistence of Tragedy 

Professor John Mahoney, Boston College 

• South Boston: Emergence of a Community 
Professor Thomas O'Connor, Boston College 

• Faith, Culture and Leadership: A History of the Black Church in 

Robert Hayden, Northeastern University 

Boston Public Library's services to adults include programs for 
parents which are held each week in conjunction with the pre-school 
story hours their children attend. Some programs feature speakers, 
others films or book talks. Other Read Aloud Workshops, held in 
cooperation with the School Volunteers for Boston, introduce parents 
to the joys of reading to their children. 

Special lectures at the branches continued to draw large audiences 
during the past year. Among them were "Boston Sensations and 
Disasters," a series at the West End Branch Library, which featured 
Loretta McLaughlin of the Boston Globe speaking on "The Brinks 
Robbery" and Professor William Fowler of Northeastern University 
on "The Molasses Disaster." J. Anthony Lukas spoke at Charlestown 
and South End Branch Libraries shortly after the publication of his 
popular book. Common Ground. The Marjorie Gibbons Memorial 
Lecture has become an annual event at the South Boston Branch 
Library. Miss Gibbons was a well-respected former branch librarian 
at South Boston and a former supervisor of branches. The topic of 
this year's lecture presented in her memory was "Pleasure Bay: 
Olmsted's Marine Park in South Boston." 

Opposite: The Library offered several dynamic courses this year in its roles as 
"f)eople's university" and "learning library." 



Critics gave rave reviews to several of the Library's film series. 

In September the Brighton Branch Library presented a two-part 
panel discussion series entitled "Growing Pains: Allston/Brighton, 
A Neighborhood Develops." The first presentation, "Outside 
Forces," allowed representatives of governmental agencies and private 
real estate developers to express their points of view on the issue of 
development in the Brighton Community. The second, "Community 
Influences," examined ways in which the citizen could respond to 
development efforts within the neighborhood. Both evenings were 
delay ed-cabelcast by Cabelvision. 

Dudley Branch Library celebrated Black History Month with several 
programs— a talk on folk, jazz, and pop music by C. Vincent Haynes, 


Vice-President of the Boston Jazz Society, and readings by poets Ted 
Thomas and Everett Goodwin. 

"Readings by Writers" enjoyed its second successful year at the 
Brighton Branch Library. Co-sponsored by the Writer's League of 
Boston, this program featured readings by published authors. 

The Library continued to promote literacy through various activities. 
Adult education classes held in East Boston introduced participants 
to the organization of library materials and provided them with the 
opportunity to register for a library card. The Brighton Branch Library 
worked closely with Collaborations for Literacy, an adult literacy pro- 
gram at Boston University, providing space for tutors to hold private 
sessions. Over the next three years as staffing increases, the Library 
expects to become much more directly involved in the programming 
and administration of adult literacy activities. 

The Library's Audio- Visual Department presents well attended, 
consistently high quality programming, in addition to circulating 
16mm films, long-playing records, and audio-cassette tapes. Among 
the film series presented this past year in the Rabb Lecture Hall at 
the Central Library were "Remembering Jean: A Tribute to Jean Ar- 
thur," "Documentaries: Contemporary and Controversial," 
"Dancer's Holiday," "Remembering: Six Movie Greats," "Idols 
of the Silent Screen," and "Lovely to Look At: A Tribute to Irene 

Children's Services 

Introducing local Hispanic and Cambodian children to the Library 
system and assisting in a program that brings community adults into 
the classrooms to read to children are just two of the activities that 
the Library provided to children this year. 

Children's rooms at the Central and Branch Libraries serve children 
from infancy through age thirteen, as well as adults with an interest 
in children's books— parents, teachers, authors, illustrators, and 
students of education, library science or literature. There is an in- 
creasing use by bilingual groups, by handicapped groups, and by adults 
with language or learning difficulties. 

Throughout the system, children's librarians held story hours and 
film programs for both pre-school and school-age children; story hours 
for pre-schoolers were attended by children and their mothers as well 
as by groups of children brought in by local day care centers. In 


In this 1920 photo, children wait for story hour outside the Warren Street Branch 

response to the tremendous need for quality time alternatives for tod- 
dlers, several branches initiated story hours for this age group. 

In an ongoing collaborative effort with Boston Public Schools, 
children's librarians visited classes to tell stories, give book talks, 
and inform students and teachers about Library services and programs. 
Classes were invited to the branch libraries where they attended film 
and story-telling programs, registered for library cards, browsed, and 
learned about the use of catalogs and reference materials. In all con- 
tact with school classes. Library staff members stress reading for the 
child's own needs and pleasure. This emphasis is intended to foster 
the idea that use of the Library need not be limited to schoolwork 

Children's librarians throughout the branch system have cooperated 
with The School Volunteers for Boston in their Reading Aloud pro- 
gram, which brings community adults into classrooms to read to the 
children. The experience is a meaningful one for adults and children 


Youngsters watch a puppet show at Parker Hill Branch (1978). Eager attendance 
at such programs continues today throughout twenty-five branches and the cen- 
tral library. 

This year the Central Library Children's Room sponsored 
Children's Saturday Celebrations, presenting a range of programs that 
interpreted children's literature. They included African storyteller Har- 
riet Masembe, puppeteer Jean Tibbils, author-illustrator Gerald 
McDermott, Boston College Children's Theatre, and poet John Ciardi. 
Among the new programs offered there this year were bilingual story 
hours utilizing volunteer readers, and a non-fiction film series. 

Among special events for children in the branch libraries during 
the past year were a lecture by author-illustrator Marcia Sewall, a 
Kwanza Celebration at the Dudley Branch, and a Teddy Bear Picnic 
at Fields Corner Branch Library in honor of Winnie-the-Pooh Day, 
featuring teddy bear stories, games, and films. 

In the spring of 1986 the Library introduced into the branches 
"Reading is Fundamental," a national movement which encourages 
reading and book ownership among children. Spearheaded by Fidelity 
Investments, the first RIF series was targeted for Fields Corner with 
other branches and corporate sponsorships anticipated. 


This year marked the thirty-eighth Mary U. Nichols Book Award 
to two young people from the North End neighborhood for their com- 
petence in EngUsh in school work. This award honors a former branch 
librarian at the North End Branch Library who worked closely with 
immigrant children. 

Young Adult Services 

The Young Adult Room in the Central Library is an important 
resource for high school students. Although most regular visitors are 
from the local private and public high schools, a four-day workshop 
on creative writing drew suburban students as well. In this workshop, 
William Sleator, author of Interstellar Pig, Fingers, and Singularity, 
led sixteen pre-registered young adults through writing two pieces 
of fiction and also gave them written critiques of their work. A pro- 
gram called Tune In Tomorrow: A Forum on Soap Operas drew more 
than two hundred people; four panelists addressed the subject of soap 
operas and young adult audiences. 

At science project time in the spring, the Science Reference Depart- 
ment in the Research Library provided a core collection of books for 
the junior high and high school students who were using the Library 
for this purpose. Staff produced a handout for students on doing 
science projects, including how to formulate an idea and how to locate 
supporting material. The department also hosted a program for 
students in a summer program at the Museum of Science on how to 
fmd science materials in the Library. 

Special services to young adults in the branches were unfortunate- 
ly limited this year because of limited staffing. The two young adult 
librarians in the branches did visit area high schools to promote library 
services and materials, and to present book-talks and programs on 
job hunting techniques and college financing. 

Services to the Institutionalized, the Disabled, & the Elderly 

The Library serves both mobile and physically impaired elderly 
through a variety of services. The Extension Branch Library Service 
lends books to more than 600 shut-ins and immobile people through 
a Homesmobile that travels to 80 locations, including nursing homes 
and apartment houses for the elderly. The Book Deposit Service places 


large collections of books into 26 non-library locations such as nurs- 
ing homes, youth centers, and hospitals on a three month rotating 
basis. Several branch libraries also deposit book collections in nurs- 
ing homes and housing for the elderly in their communities. 

Among the Library's most successful programs for the elderly are 
the Never Too Late Groups that meet at the Central Library, South 
Boston, and Roslindale branches. Films, lectures, and other infor- 
mal educational programs are presented weekly to enthusiastic senior 
citizen audiences. The Dudley Branch Library hosts a program call- 
ed "Living is for the Elderly" (LIFE), for nursing home residents; 
elderly participants meet once a month for brief library instruction, 
book exhibits and film programs. 

Recent technology has created new opportunities for the Library 
to facilitate use of its vast resources for the disabled. The Library 
plans to open an Access Center for the Disabled during the summer 
of 1987. Over the past year. Access Center staff have worked under 
a grant from the federal Library Services and Construction Act, ac- 
quiring a Kurzweil Reading Machine which translates print into syn- 
thesized speech, an electronic magnifier which enlarges print to 40 
times its original size, and a number of other tools designed to assist 
the blind and visually impaired. Materials for the deaf, hearing im- 
paired, and physically disabled will be acquired under subsequent 

Exhibitions & Special Events 

Exhibitions and special events serve to heighten public awareness of 
the Library as a resource for art, science, and literature; they also 
stimulate interest in a variety of subjects. Annually the Central Library 
presents up to fifteen exhibits. Many more exhibits are presented in 
the 25 branch libraries. 

During this year the branches maintained an active exhibit and 
special events schedule. Annual art festivals held at the Brighton and 
South Boston branches delighted large audiences with works by local 
artists, films, and theatrical pieces. A successful exhibit entided "The 
Artist's Lens: A Focus on Relocation" was held at the Dudley Branch 
Library in May, staged by Urbanarts. It featured photographs of 
neighborhoods along the soon-to-be-replaced Orange Line from 
Chinatown to Forest Hills. The work of professional photographers 
and student photographers from the Hubert H. Humphrey Occupa- 


South American Portfolio 

Photographs by Carol Ginandes 

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The Gn-al Hall 
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Exhibitions like the South American Portfolio commanded much attention and 

tional Resource Center, these photographs are a unique historical 

"Banned Book Week," an exhibit featuring a display of banned 
books and mounted by the Young Adult Department in the Central 
Library generated considerable publicity, prompting local radio sta- 
tions and print media to produce stories on censorship and book ban- 
ning. The display and booklist also piqued young adult interest. 

Special programs and exhibits at the Research Library during the 
past year included: a birthday reception for long-time Library friend 
Laning Humphrey; a reception for John Sanroma for his contribu- 
tions to an exhibit on Koussevitzky ; a day-long visit by John McKen- 


na, donor of Joan of Arc materials; a program and exhibit on 
Pirandello in conjunction with the Pirandello Lyceum; an exhibit of 
New England Book Show prizewinning titles; a vocal program by 
Mary Sandoni singing works by women composers from BPL col- 
lections; and an exhibit of materials on Irish theatre. 

Departments in the Research Library held events and exhibitions 
to highlight their collections. The Fine Arts Department organized 
the exhibition "Peabody and Stearns: Preserving the Records" and 
assisted with another, "Book Arts in Boston." Heirloom Discovery 
Day, held in May 1986, included oral appraisals of art, antiques and 
collectibles by members of the Appraisers' Registry, as well as tours 
of the McKim Building, lectures by art experts, and an on-going film 
schedule. The highlight of the day occurred when the owner of a paint- 
ing learned that it was the work of American surrealist Peter Blume, 
worth $50,000! 

Exhibits organized by the Print Department in the Wiggin Gallery 
focused on six features of their collection: 

• American Master Prints, 1902-1943 

• Contemporary Fantasy Drawings from the Collection of John D. 

• To Picture the Story: the Illustrations of Judith Gwyn Brown 

• George Lockwood and Impressions Workshop in Boston 

• Sidney Hurwitz: Thirty-five Years of Printmaking 

• Steven Trefonides: Many Inventions 

In addition, the Print Department loaned twenty-four prints to the 
Museum of Modern Art for their memorable Toulouse-Lautrec 

The Rare Book & Manuscripts Department mounted five exhibits 
this year: 

• Lope de Vega, his Friends and Enemies (early Spanish books) 

• John Adams among his Friends (books from the library of the 
second President) 

• The traveling exhibit // Giardino Romantico (photographs of 
private Italian gardens) 

• Witches: Myth or Reality 

• Literary Dublin 



This department has also provided unique items for exhibition pur- 
poses to other institutions; during the past year objects were exhibited 
at the Museum of Our National Heritage, the Folger Shakespeare 
Library, the International Type Face Corporation, and the Graphic 
Institute of Rochester University. "Treasures of W. A. Dwiggins," 
held at the International Type Face Corporation, organized by Dorothy 
Abbe and coordinated by the department, drew particular interest. 

The Humanities Reference staff assisted in presenting exhibits on 
"Women of Excellence," held in September, the Krisjanis Barons 
150th anniversary exhibit in October, and "YOM TOV: Jewish 
Festivals and Holy Days." 

Music Department staff mounted several well-received exhibitions, 
among them "A Tricentennial Salute to Bach, Handel and Schutz"; 
"Women Composers"; "The Stoughton Music Society" (a loan); 
"Musical Iconography"; "The Metropolitan Opera in Boston"; 
"Concert Halls Around the World"; and a major exhibit entitled 
"Koussevitzky and the Americans." 

Exhibits in the Government Documents Department included 
"Vacation with Documents," "Self Health," and an exhibition com- 
memorating the Jewish holidays, while the Science Department pro- 
duced several small exhibits on subjects such as snowflakes, kites, 
paper airplanes, thunderstorms, plants, turkeys, and acupuncture. In 
addition, the department maintained bulletin boards for science-related 
activities and conferences, articles of interest from newspapers and 
magazines, and patent activities of local groups. In February 1986 
the Social Science staff prepared the traditional Black History Month 
exhibit, which included a special section honoring the Bay State 

Opposite: A major exhibition honored author/illustrator Judith Gwyn Brown for 
her gift to the Library of original illustrations for more than fifty children's books. 
Here a raccoon lounges on a four-poster bed in Brown's drawing for Through 
Tempest Trails by Denise Fox (Atheneum). 


Research Services 

The Boston Public Library serves the educational and recreational 
needs of its citizens through its role as a community library; its 
research collections qualify it further as one of the most important 
research institutions in the United States. Continued building of col- 
lections is one of the most important tasks of Research Library staff, 
along with servicing collections, preserving them, providing reference 
assistance, interpreting the collections, and making them known to 
researchers and members of the general public. 

The collections of the Boston Public Library now total more than 
5 million books, 15,000 serials, 2 million government documents, 
310,000 maps, 1 million prints, paintings and photographs, 12,000 
films, 3 million microforms, and 400,000 architectural drawings. All 
of these materials must be housed, serviced, and preserved. 

During the past year Research Library staff members continued to 
provide a high level of reference services to members of the public. 
They also conducted routine housekeeping tasks, rearranged storage, 
boxed collections for the purpose of moving in the future, and organ- 
ized special collections, including those of James Michael Curley, 
Ford Hall Forum, League of Women Voters, and Massachusetts 
Reform Groups. Significant progress was also made on several other 
fronts such as automation, renovation plans for the McKim Building, 
collection development, preservation, special programs, and 

Projects managed by the Research Library Office during the past 
year included arranging and listing several special collections, oversee- 
ing the U.S. Department of Education newspaper microfilming pro- 
ject, arranging for preservation microfilming and binding of materials, 
preparing a grant proposal to the National Endowment for the 
Humanities for the Massachusetts Newspaper Program, monitoring 
collection development activities, and working closely with all 
Research Library departments. 

Humanities Reference Department 

One of the busiest areas of the Research Library is the Humanities 
Reference Department where on-site and telephone reference ques- 


Today research proceeds apace in Bates Hall even as it flourished in this photo 
more than thirty years ago. 

tions are directed. Staff members field questions in subject areas such 
as philosophy, psychology, religion, languages, literature, motion pic- 
tures, television, theater, bibliography, and library science. In FY 
1985-1986 Humanities Reference staff answered 10,344 in-person in- 
quiries, 130 mail inquiries, and 27,588 telephone inquiries— 3,500 
more telephone inquiries than last year. 

Special collections in the Humanities Reference Department include 
telephone directories for all the New England States, directories cover- 
ing populations of 50,000 or more outside New England, and direc- 
tories for major foreign cities. This collection is supplemented by the 


PHONEFICHE collection of current telephone directories, which 
comprised last year's largest addition of materials to the Humanities 
Department. Last year also witnessed the completion of microfilm- 
ing the stack collection of Boston telephone books and reverse 
telephone directories. Other special holdings in this department in- 
clude selective city directories; extensive backfiles of city directories 
are available in both original printed editions and in microform. 

Humanities Reference holdings include major national and foreign 
bibliographies such as the National Union Catalog, Canadiana, the 
Deutsche Bibliographie, and the Bibliographie de la France. Also 
in Humanities Reference are the printed catalogs of the British 
Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Library of Congress, and 
other major research libraries. 

Designated a regional collection repository by the Foundation Center 
in 1973, the Humanities Reference Department houses the Center's 
standard reference works, recent books and reports on foundations, 
and printed guides to collecting data on charitable grants. Internal 
Revenue Service Information Returns for all Massachusetts founda- 
tions are available in microform. Not-for-profit organizations in the 
Boston area seeking outside funding found these resources particularly 
useful during the past year. 

Social Sciences Reference Department 

The Social Sciences Reference Department provides reference ser- 
vice on-site and by telephone on the subjects of anthropology, 
business, economics, education, finance, genealogy, geography, 
heraldry, history, maps, numismatics, philately, political science, 
social sciences, sports, and travel. 

While biographical, business, education directories, and periodical 
indexes in the fields of the Social Sciences make up the department's 
basic collection, special collections include the major business ser- 
vices of Dun and Bradstreet, Moody's Investor Services, and Stan- 
dard and Poors; nearly 4,000 college and university catalogs; the in- 
dex to ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) Documents; 
a card catalog of names representing coats of arms; a card catalog 
of family genealogies; U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps 
for the New England states; and street maps of major American cities. 

Microfiche collections in the Department include United States and 


foreign college catalogs; Dun's Business Identification Service; and 
the Disclosure collection of annual reports, lOK's, and Securities and 
Exchange Commission reports of companies on the New York and 
American Stock Exchanges. 

During the past year the department supplied 4,991 items to re- 
searchers. The number of telephone and in-person reference ques- 
tions rose considerably, a fact which is directly attributable to a 
deliberate increase in the size of the business reference collection. 
Staff responded to 21 , 135 telephone inquiries (compared with 20,648 
last year), 14,560 in-person reference questions (compared with 
12,159 last year) and 438 reference letters. This year users with Boston 
addresses constituted slightly less than one-half of the users of the 

Science Reference Department 

Inventors' Weekend at the Museum of Science, where Science 
Reference staff met with more than 18,000 people, and the Patent 
Depository Library Open House were events of special importance 
for the Science Reference Department this year. These events served 
to promote the department as a U.S. Patent Depository and guided 
the public in conducting patent research. 

The Science Reference Department provides both on-site and 
telephone reference service on the subjects of mathematics, astronomy, 
chemistry, geology, natural history, biology, medicine, agriculture, 
engineering, manufacturing technology, building trades, crafts, 
domestic science, military and naval science, marine navigation, ship 
building and marine engineering. 

Special collections include complete United States and British 
patents; German patents, 1898-1938; European Patent Office and PTC 
patents; standards; and schematics for radio and television repair. Each 
day staff provides assistance to 15-20 independent inventors assess- 
ing the patents for the first time. 

Computerized literature search service is provided for all subjects, 
not just limited to science. Data bases accessed are those available 
through BRS, Dialog, Infoline, and others. 

Because two staff members attended MEDLARS training during 
the past year, the Library now has access to an additional 16 data 
bases, available only through the National Library of Medicine. They 
cover medical subjects, toxicology, and cancer information. 


A major overhaul of the Science Reference collection took place 
this year. Staff reviewed areas of the collection, weeding outdated 
books and then pulling more current books from the Research Library 
stacks. This process has led to a newly refurbished and more rele- 
vant core collection. 

Government Documents 

The Government Documents Department provides on-site reference 
service and limited telephone service to business, government and 
other research users. It is a regional depository for federal documents 
as well as a depository for United Nations, Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, and City of Boston documents. The department col- 
lects selected foreign, international, state, local, and regional publica- 
tions; federal and Massachusetts laws and regulations; and court cases 
for federal and states including Landmark Briefs. 

Departmental holdings also include all major indexes for federal 
publications; Index to International Statistics: Statistical Reference 
Index; British Parliamentary Papers; official publications of 
Massachusetts and Boston; U.S. Congressional documents; Index to 
Current Urban Documents and its fiche collections; Declassified 
Documents Index and its fiche collections. The Department maintains 
a subject index to City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Recent subscriptions to the U. S. Government Monthly Publications 
Catalog, July 1976 to date, on both roll fiche and microfilm have 
greatly facilitated bibliographic access to these often-used publica- 
tions. Subscription to the privately produced Foreign Broadcast In- 
formation Service Iruiexes has expanded public use of these once 
almost inaccessible reports. 

Progress on the computerized "State and Local File" has been 
rewarding. The format of the finished product is being completed and 
a useful print-out is expected within the near future. 

In the last year the department obtained photocopies of a document 
that was thought not to exist: a compilation of 1930 census tract data 
for Boston, which was not published by the U.S. Bureau of the Cen- 
sus for that year. This useful document was purchased from the United 
Community Planning Corporation. 

The total number of items requested during FY 1985-1986 (61,817) 
increased by 32% over 1984-1985 and by 68% over the 1982-1983 


period. Such increases reflect the rapid growth of the department and 
its services over the past several years. 

Microtext Department/Newspaper Room 

A steady increase in holdings in recent years together with the in- 
clusive nature of microform publishers' sets have required that 
Microtext staff members become thoroughly familiar with these 
resources in order to guide patrons in their use. While the depart- 
ment was originally set up as a form delivery service, it now pro- 
vides reference service of a very advanced nature. 

During the past year the department circulated 69,905 microforms, 
slightly up over last year. Boston residents used 24,734 items, non- 
Boston residents used 39,356 items, and out-of-state patrons used 
5,816 items. 

The Department's original emphasis on newspapers on microfilm 
continues and has been strengthened. Holdings of Massachusetts 
newspapers on microfilm have been increased by the ongoing pro- 
gram of filming these papers. The Library regularly films newpapers 
and during FY 1985-1986 increased that commitment with the help 
of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Fifty-seven 
Massachusetts newspapers were filmed under the grant. With few ex- 
ceptions, all major Boston newspapers are available in complete files. 
Files of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and several im- 
portant foreign newspapers are also available. 

Government publications of many varieties can be found in the 
Microtext Department, among them ERIC Documents, Library of 
Congress Presidential Papers Program, National Historical Publica- 
fions Commission's Microfilm Publications, U.S. House and Senate 
Bills, U.S. Congress Committee Prints, Records of the German 
Foreign Office, Declassified Documents, Port of Boston Passenger 
Lists, Suffolk and Essex Counties Probate Court Records, Boston and 
other city and town records. 

The Department also maintains a card index to obituaries in Boston 
newspapers and an index to the genealogical columns of the Boston 

An important new development in service was introduced this year: 
the use of two coin-operated Fuji FMRP 30AU reader/printers. Self- 
service photocopying has relieved the staff from the constant pressure 
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The Department greatly increased its holdings through the purchase 
of major microform sets in the areas of Shaker history, American 
Revolutionary War history, Vietnam War, development of the 
American West, British biographies, music, fine arts, civil rights, 
genealogy, business, and economics. 

The Newspaper Room makes current world press available to the 
general public for purposes of recreation, information, and research. 
Two hundred and seventy eight domestic and foreign newspapers are 
openly displayed on racks; available on request are thousands of bound 
volumes of newspapers of all kinds. The collection is greatly sup- 
plemented by the Library's rapidly growing collection of newspapers 
on microfilm, and by the Library's membership in the Center for 
Research Libraries which is systematically building an extensive 
worldwide collection of newspapers on microfilm. 

Newspaper Room staff are responsible for collating and preparing 
files of newspapers for microfilming. They also rewrap hundreds of 
volumes of newspapers that have come back from the microfilmers 
as a part of the ongoing Massachusetts newspaper microfilming 

Fine Arts Department 

As a research collection within a public library, the Fine Arts Depart- 
ment follows broad objectives in acquisitions, collecting as comprehen- 
sively as possible the materials necessary for the study of all facets 
of art and art history, architecture and its history, the decorative arts 
and crafts of all countries and periods. Collecfions include works of 
biography, criticism, history and philosophy of art, art education, 
manuals on technique, journals and pattern-books, major studies of 
artists and periods, catalogs raisonnes, oeuvres catalogs, collectors' 
manuals and many valuable early imprints, as well as major art in- 
dexes and abstracts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, and 
auction records. 

Special collections in the Fine Arts Department include Art in the 
Boston Public Library (a card index by artist, subject, and title, to 
the paintings, sculptures, and decorative art in the library's collec- 
tion); The Boston Architecture Reference (a card index of references 
to written descriptions, critiques, histories, illustrations, renderings, 
and plans of Boston buildings and their architects); The Boston Pic- 
ture File (photographs, clippings, and postcards of and about Boston 


buildings, parks, monuments, streets, etc.); and The Por- 
trait/Biography File (clippings, photographs, and old engravings of 
individuals of considerable importance in all fields and of all periods). 

Reference services and collection development remained the 
priorities and comprised the chief activities of the department during 
the past year. During the past year 14,891 phone inquiries (up 9% 
from last year), 284 letters, 14,072 in-person reference questions and 
20,614 call slip requests received attention from members of the 

Several projects were initiated which aimed to improve record keep- 
ing. Other progress made in organizing special files and resources 
of the department was accomplished by dedicated volunteers and will- 
ing library science interns from Simmons College Graduate School 
of Library and Information Science. Sixteen students in the library 
conservation course at Simmons College were provided with "hands- 
on training" in basic conservation techniques on the William Preston 
architectural drawings; fourteen of 55 volumes have been cleaned, 
flattened and mended. Other work on special collections during the 
past year included the organization of an uncataloged collection of 
sales catalogs and cataloging of a large collection of retrospective ex- 
hibition catalogs. 

The Fine Arts Department devoted considerable time toward future, 
long-range planning. Two grant proposals were prepared: the first 
for the restoration of BPL furniture (a three-day survey of BPL fur- 
niture was conducted with a surveyor from the Society for the Preser- 
vation of New England Antiquities); and the second for a preserva- 
tion survey and needs assessment of the Peabody and Steams architec- 
tural drawings (a matching grant of $1 ,000 was pledged by the Society 
of Architectural Historians/New England towards the conservation 
of this collection). 

Music Department 

Collections in the Music Department include both music and works 
about music. The Allen A. Brown Collection, donated to the Library 
by Mr. Brown in 1895, represents the heart of the Music Depart- 
ment's holdings. The collection continues to be developed through 
the use of the Allen A. Brown Trust Fund and, with the addition of 
231 items during the past year, now numbers 37,451 books, scores, 
and manuscripts. 


Additional special collections in the Department are: 

• Baron Joseph von Koudelka Collections: Rare musical works 
from the 15th through the 18th centuries as well as 19th century 
imprints and reference materials. 

• Handel and Haydn Society Collection: The Society's archives 
dating back to 1815, early imprints of Handel's music, holo- 
graphs of commissioned works, books and scores. 

• Serge Koussevitzky Collections: The Koussevitzky Archives were 
donated to the Library in 1974 by Mrs. Olga Koussevitzky in 
memory of her late husband, conductor of the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra and founder of the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. 

• Walter Piston Collection: The gift of the composer, the collec- 
tion represents Piston's library as it was maintained in his home 
in Belmont, Massachusetts. 

• Victor Young Collection: Film scores, orchestral arrangements, 
radio music and original compositions trace the career of this 
talented composer/conductor. 

• Karl Geiringer Collection: More than 1 ,000 glass slides represent- 
ing musical instruments, portraits and caricatures of musicians, 
and facsimiles of musical compositions, the basis of Professor 
Geiringer's books. Musical Instruments. 

Special files and indexes include: 

• Clipping and Pamphlet Files: Ephemera on the history of music, 
performing groups, festivals, contests, awards and scholar- 
ships and biographical information about people in the world 
of music. 

• Song Index: A catalog of songs in the Department's collections, 
by title. 

• First Performance File: Important world and New England 

• Obituary File 

The Munn Collection added six items during the past year for a 
total of 95 1 ; and the Koussevitzky Collection added four items for 
a total of 1,643. The number of items photocopied or microfilmed 
increased by 60% from FY 1984-1985. 

The Music Department acquired several very important items 


through purchases in the past year: several incunabula and two 
holographs by Mrs. H.H.H. Beach. 

Sound Archives 

The Sound Archives Department houses a collection of recordings 
and tapes encompassing all aspects of music and speech. Holdings 
exceed 250,000 items, including 78rpm and LP recordings, compact 
discs, audio cassettes, open reel tapes, and some video tapes. A sampl- 
ing of collections includes those from the New England Conservatory 
of Music, Ford Hall Forum, the Boston Public Library's lecture hall 
programs, and materials from the estates of Walter Piston and Serge 

The department is still being organized and developed and is not 
yet open for public service. During the past year almost 6,000 recor- 
dings were added to the collection. The Rigler and Deutsch Index 
was purchased, which will greatly facilitate continued cataloging of 
78rpm records. Eventually the department will be open for use by 
archivists, historians, researchers, and advanced students. 

Rare Books & Manuscripts 

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department serves a dual purpose: 
to provide scholars with primary sources for research and to give 
special care and handling to books and manuscripts which merit such 
attention because of their age, scarcity, aesthetic or financial worth, 
or association with notable persons or events. 

In the field of printed books the Rare Books Department has out- 
standing collections of Elizabethan and Restoration literature including 
the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Folios of Shakespeare in the 
Barton library; Spanish literature of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries 
in George Ticknor's library; early astronomy, mathematics, and 
navigation in the Bowditch collection; early American printing from 
the libraries of John A. Lewis and Rev. Thomas Prince (including 
the Bay Psalm Book); the West Indies, especially Haiti, from the 
library formed by Benjamin Hunt; and the Defoe and Defoeana Col- 
lection assembled by W.P. Trent; the liturgy of the Church of England 
and its sources, collected and endowed by Josiah H. Benton; the library 
of President John Adams; and the Robert A. Feer Collection of 
World's Fairs of North America. In addition, the Department 


possesses widely representative examples of the graphic arts. These 
examples range from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to fine 
modern printing, illustration, and binding. 

Special collections administered by the Department include materials 
on the Brownings, the Civil War, the Franciscan Order, women's 
rights, history of the theatre, 19th century German literature, and rare 
autographs brought together in the Richard and Virginia Ehrlich Col- 
lection. The Library offers particular strength in Colonial American 
manuscripts and in the correspondence of New England Abolitionists. 
Included in its holdings are British and European manuscripts, both 
literary and political. Among the 20th century collections are the 
papers, cassettes and memorabilia of comedian Fred Allen; the Sacco- 
Vanzetti papers assembled by Aldino Felicani, treasurer of the Defense 
Committee for the accused men; and the Beaulieu papers related to 
"survivance" of the Franco- American. 

During the past year departmental staff entered all manuscripts in 
the accession list, so there is better control of items in the collection. 

The Department coordinated a program with the Harvard Univer- 
sity Latin American and Iberian Studies Center and the Spanish 
General Consul to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death 
of the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The program included a talk by 
Harvard professor F. Maurer, and an exhibition of the watercolors 
of the artist Denis, which interpret Lorca 's work. 

The book conservator and assitants have been working steadily on 
materials in the Adams Collection. More than half of the collection 
has now been treated with almost 1700 more items waiting to be 
restored. Conservation staff is often called upon to advise on other 
projects and to conduct tours of the conservation center. 

August 1985 saw the completion of a 50-minute long videotape made 
by the paper conservator and other members of the Library staff. The 
videotape illustrates general conservation techniques for special col- 
lection materials. 

The Alice M. Jordan Collection 

Named in honor of the founder of children's services in the Boston 
Public Library, the Alice M. Jordan Collection began in the late 1960's 
with gifts solicited from interested persons for a retrospective collec- 
tion. The collection grew in the early 1970's with the withdrawal of 
historic material from the BPL circulating collection and the acquisi- 


tion of material from other libraries. The collection's historic strength 
dates from 1870, but it contains earlier imprints as well. The scope 
of the collection was expanded in the mid- 1 970 's to include contem- 
porary and foreign language material. One copy of each juvenile title 
added to the Children's Room is also added to the Jordan Collection. 
The foreign language material has been exhibited during the annual 
Children's Books International conferences and represents acquisi- 
tions from sixty countries. Primarily monographic, the collection now 
totals more than 100,000 volumes of children's picture books, fic- 
tion, and nonfiction titles. Eighteen hundred domestic and 3,764 
foreign volumes were added to the Alice M. Jordan Collection dur- 
ing the past year. The collection is further enhanced by secondary 
sources in children's literature and contemporary and historic 

Cataloging of juvenile foreign language material which began in 
November 1983, was completed for the Roman alphabet languages. 
The non-Roman languages which remain to be cataloged are African 
languages, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, 
Korean, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. 

Print Department 

Prints became a notable part of the Library in 1 869 when Thomas 
Gold Appleton presented the Cardinal Tosti Collection to the City 
of Boston. Seven decades later, when Albert Wiggin gave his out- 
standing collection of modem master and old master prints and draw- 
ings, a Print Room was established. Today the Library owns one of 
the largest public collections of prints in the United States. Some of 
its outstanding holdings include: 

• A small, but interesting collection of Old Master prints and draw- 
ings, including works by Rembrandt and Du'rer. 

• 18th and 19th century American historical prints, including a 
large collection of caricatures from the Revolutionary War to 
about 1870. 

• A Boston pictorial archive of prints, drawings, and photographs 
comprising the largest public collection for study of the pictorial 
history of the community. 

• One of the outstanding American collections of British print- 
making, including the largest American collection of the works 


of Legros, Cameron, Charles Shannon, Bone, John Copley, 
McBey, Griggs, Augustus John, Austin, Brockhurst, Rush- 
bury, Blampied, Briscoe, and Drury, and strong collections of 
prints by Haden, Eric Gill, and others. 

• Major collections of the work of individual artists, including: 
Rowlandson, Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Fantin-Latour, 
Forain, Bellows, Charlet, Gavarni, Meryon, Buhot, Jacque 
Villon, Stothard, Homer, Nast, Whistler, Pennell, Hassam, 
Wengenroth, Nason, Heintzelman, Benson, Chamberlain, 
Higgins, Woodbury, Grassby, Sloan, Marsh, Arms, Winkler, 
F.G. Hall, Asa Cheffetz. 

• American posters of the nineties by Penfield, Reed, Bradley, and 

• A collection of plates, blocks, and stones, including a Hogarth 
plate, a Meryon plate, a Picasso plate, a Bellows plate (his only 
attempt at etching), and blocks by Eric Gill. 

• An exceptional collection of early French lithography and color 
lithography of the nineties. 

• A large collection of American chromolithographs. 

• The Holt Collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors depic- 
ting the works of Islam, 1550-1900. 

Year to year collecting commitments of the Print Department in- 
clude strengthening of the Library's remarkable holdings of nineteenth 
and early twentieth century French, British, and American prints and 
drawings; nineteenth century and early twentieth century photographs; 
and the Boston Pictorial Archive, the largest public collection of pic- 
tures relating to the history of Boston. 

Service to Business Users 

One of the most heavily used of the Library departments, the Kirs- 
tein Business Branch, supplied 91 % of all requests made during FY 
1985-1986. The interest in real estate, investments, franchising, small 
business operations and marketing is great at the present time, pro- 
ducing requests for information from both members of the general 
public and the professional business community. During 1986, Kirs- 
tein staff has worked to build the directory collection, placing orders 
for new editions of directories already in the collections and for direc- 


tories that were either newly published or new to the collections. The 
serials collection was also enhanced this year. Among the sources 
in greatest demand by business users at Kirstein are: the annual reports 
of companies on the New York and American stock exchanges; Bank 
and Quotation Record; CCH Capital Changes Reporter; Commer- 
cial and Financial Chronicle; Dunn and Bradstreet, Moody's, Stan- 
dard and Poor's publications; Trendline; and Value Line. 

Among the business services provided by the Research Library's 
Science Reference Department, computer searches have become the 
most popular. The staff conducts approximately 132 on-line searches 
per month for business users. With nine database vendors that pro- 
vide access to some 350 databases. Science Reference can provide 
business users easy access to bibliographies, abstracts, or lists. The 
nine vendors include: BRS; MEDLARS; DIALOG; Pergamon In- 
foline; and Cassis. The most popular database to business users has 
been DIALOG, although biotechnical companies have found 
MEDLARS useful in their work. 

The patent collections held by the Science Reference Department 
are another important source for business users. The department lists 
200 patent clients some of which make patent inquiries on a daily 
basis. Science Reference holds patents for the United States (1790 
to present), Canada (1969 to date). Great Britain (Old Law 1617-1981 
and New Law 1979 to date), Germany (1898-1938), patent abstracts 
for Japan (1985 to present), European Patent Office applications (1978 
to date), and World Patent Office applications (1979 to date). 

Business users also find the Government Documents Department 
an important source with information ranging from statistics for 
marketing studies to publications of the latest state and federal con- 
tract bids. Additional sources used frequently by business users in- 
clude: congressional documents. Environmental Protection Agency 
documents, requested often by consulting firms; documents from the 
State Department, United Nations and International Monetary Fund, 
used primarily by companies involved in foreign trade; and the listings 
of codes for buildings, plumbing, and electricity. 

The Research Library's Government Documents department over- 
saw the compilation of that department's most popular pamphlet to 
date, 77?^ BPL Business and Finance Location Guide. 


Notable Gifts & Donations 

Throughout its history the resources of the Boston Pubhc Library have 
been handsomely augmented by the gifts of many benefactors. Among 
the notable gifts and donations of this past year: 


• The Fox Graphics Collection of 62 prints received from Herbert 
and Jeanne Fox. This gift which shows some of the work of 
an important Boston graphic arts workshop will serve as the basis 
of an exhibition, probably about two years from now. 

• Mitchell Siporin's large watercolor, "Man and Nature," from 
the series, "Monet in his Garden." The watercolor, made in 
1960, was the gift of Florence Gerstein and Edna Kalman, 
daughters of the late Helen Slosberg. It is a key work in the 
Library's collection of works by artists with ties to Boston. 

• Twenty-four drawings of the 1970's by Jack Wolfe, including 
a series of twelve— The China Trade Drawings, the gift of Walter 
Grossman. An important addition to the Library's collection of 
works by artists with ties to Boston. 

• The "Magnetic Image" series of eight lithographs, gift of the 
artist, Harold Tovish. These are the latest additions to a major 
collection of works on paper by Tovish, who lives and works 
in Boston. 

• Sixteen prints and drawings by Daniel Lang, and a print by 
Alfred Leslie, the gift of John Arthur. Daniel Lang has strong 
ties to Boston and received a one-man show of drawings in the 
Wiggin Gallery of the Boston Public Library in 1970. 

• M.C. Escher's lithograph. Three Spheres II, gift of John 
Merriam. This remarkable print is a self-portrait added to the 
fine Escher collection John Merriam has been building at the 
Library over a period of about fifteen years. 


The Society of Arts and Crafts of Boston placed approximately 58 
boxes of its archives on permanent deposit. These materials include 
manuscripts and correspondence, photographs of early exhibitions and 
craftsmen, annual reports, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks of clipp- 
ings, financial statements, organizational records— all pertaining to 


This year friend of the Library Robert Bayard Severy added to his major dona- 
tion of photographs of Boston neighborhoods. 

the Boston Society— as well as files from the Allied Craft Groups and 
American Handicraft Council, and articles and pamphlets on other 
arts and crafts organizations. 

Robert Severy continued his photographic documentation of Boston 
architecture during the past year with subsequent gifts of more than 
five hundred photographs of Boston buildings. 

Former Boston Herald photographer Calvin Hutchinson donated 
twenty professional ektachrome photographs of Boston. 


• A large sheet music collection with approximately 1,700 items, 
featuring popular music from the early twentieth century. Gift 
of Mrs. Fay Spears. 

• An extensive sheet music collection with approximately 1,700 
items, featuring popular music from WW II to the 1970's. Gift 
of Mrs. Kenneth Wilson in memory of her husband. 


• The Comic Almanack and Diary, edited by Henry May Lew and 
illustrated by George Cruikshank, London (1851). Gift of 
Thomas McDonald of Williamsburg, VA. 


• A collection of visiting cards, many with autographs of impor- 
tant people including artists, politicians, etc. Gift of Mr. F. C. 
Schang from Delray Beach, Florida. 

• Exposicao Commemorativa Iconografia de Recife— XIX Cen- 
tury. Gift of Richard Raimer of New York City. 

• Boston Fire Department documents, circa 1830. Gift of Mr. 
Kenneth W. Rendell from Dover, MA. 

• Margaret Fuller, sixteen letters to various people and some clip- 
pings. Gift of Mrs. Lillian Haight of New York City, in memory 
of her husband George W. Haight. 

• An original barrack box and copies of documents of a Civil War 
soldier Charles W. Hebard. Gift of Mrs. Charles K. Urlass of 
Duxbury, MA. 


• Approximately 2,500 children's books. Gift of Cary Memorial 
Library, Lexington, MA. 

• 144 children's books, primarily early to mid-20th century with 
some foreign language titles. Gift of Mrs. Bernadette Hunter, 
Hillsborough, NH. 

• 32 children's books. Gift of Ann Hayden, Ventress Memorial 
Library, Marshfield, MA. 

• 50 children's books with an international focus, including sec- 
ondary sources and periodicals on Iranian children's films from 
the pre-revolutionary period. Gift of Priscilla Moulton. 


• Approximately 35 cartons of material from the Massachusetts 
Division of Employment Security. 

• Canadian documents dating from 1810 through the 1960's from 
the Massachusetts State Library. 

• Much of the Library of the United Community Planning 


A library benefactor has been replacing missing SAMS photofacts, 
a collection of schematic drawings for radios, televisions, videocassette 
recorders, and computers. 




General Book Collections 

Volumes 5,567,590 

Special Collections 

Rare Books and Manuscripts 1,214,037 

Prints 1,099,277 

Patents 8,100,014 

Maps 318,010 

Government Documents 2,400,513 

Musical Scores 97,324 


Current Subscriptions 15,738 

Non-Print Material 

Audio-Recordings 292,811 

Films & Other Projected Visuals 72,025 

Pictorial Works 512,000 

Microforms 3,053,535 



Visitors 2,153,021 

Programs 5 , 36 1 

Program Attendance 180,877 

Items Borrowed 1,736,353 

Volumes Consulted 983,144 

Reference Inquiries 1,014.027 

Photocopies 1,200,000 






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