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TWENTY-FIRST 



ANNUAL REPORT 



1873 



City Document. — JSfo. 88. 



CITY OF BOSTON. 




R E P O U T 



TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



18 7 3. 



CITY OF BOSTON^. 



Public Libkary, June 25, 1873. 

His Honor, Henry L. Pierce, May or of the City of Boston: 
Sir, — I have the honor to transmit to you, herewith, the 
Twenty-first Annual Eeport of the Trustees of the Public 
Library, prepared in obedience to the fourth section of the 
Ordinance of 1869, relative to the Public Library. 

Very respectfully, 

JUSTIN WINSOR, 

Secretary of the Board of Trustees. 



TWENTY-FIEST ANNUAL EEPORT 



OF THE 



TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



In couformity with the requirements of the fourth section 
of an Ordinance concerning the Public Library, passed Sep- 
tember 21, 1869, the Trustees have the honor to present to 
the City Council their Twenty-first Annual 

REPORT, 

being the fourth made under the new ordinance, and in- 
cluding the results of administration for the last year, in 
which the Library was opened for the uses of book-borrow- 
ers three hundred and eight days, and the Reading Rooms 
of the Central Library and its Branches for the perusal of 
periodicals and books of reference therein contained, includ- 
ing twelve Sundays, three hundred and twentj' days. 

The reports of the Examining Committee and of the 
Superintendent are herewith appended. 

The members of the Committee for the present year were 
the Hon. Benjamin Dean, Eben D. Jordan, Esq., Charles C. 
Smith, Esq., Rev. George H. Vibbert, Henry A. Whit- 
ney, Esq., with the Hon. George S. Hillard, of the Board 
of Trustees, as Chairman. This independent examination 
has been carefully made. The recommendations relative to 
an adequate protection from fire of the invaluable property 
belonging to the city contained within the walls of the Boyls- 
ton street building will, it is hoped, receive the attention which 
the importance of the subject deserves. Further reference 



6 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

will be made to this point. Their judgment also in respect 
to the defective arrangements of the building for many of 
the purposes for which it was designed, and which the in- 
creasing uses of the Library render every day more evident, 
enforces the previously expressed opinions of the Trustees 
as contained in former reports. In possessing themselves of 
the facts of administration as comprised in the tables and 
report of the Superintendent, and by personal inspection of 
the working of the Central Library as well as of the Branches, 
they have obtained a clear understanding of the management 
and usefulness of the whole institution, of which, including 
the two Branches, the examination is now first made. Suc- 
cessive annual examinations, as provided by the ordinance, 
of committees selected at large from our citizens, ensure to 
the public unbiassed opinions upon the condition of the foun- 
dation and upon its manifold relations to the public. Sug- ' 
gestions from this source, in the present as in former years, 
are of large interest and importance. 

With the increasing magnitude of the libraries, and the 
new experiences called forth by the Branches, the reports of 
the Superintendent increase annually in detail and in value. 
No one can properly understand or appreciate the careful 
oversight and the minute analysis of all the points of admin- 
istration which ought to be known not only to the community, 
but to every similar organization, without a careful scrutiny 
of his tabular statements. The duties and responsibilities of 
this devoted official increase from year to year. With the 
additional charge of the Roxbury Library, to be opened 
during the next month, and with the possibly impending 
annexation of neighboring towns and cities containing other 
libraries to be placed under the control of this Board, all 
executive labor will be proportionately magnified. 

Recurring to the condition of the building, and to the 
inadequate accommodation, not only for the public, but also for 
the administrative necessities of the Library, it is hoped and 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 7 

anticipated that some relief may be obtained, at no distant 
day, by tlie adaptation to the Library's service of the estate 
purchased for that purpose by the city, in the spring of 1872. 
Want of room for the public curtails the circulation of the 
Lower Hall, and diminishes attendance at the Heading Room. 
No satisfactory plans have yet been formed for the construc- 
tion upon this site of a new edifice to be attached to the main 
building, which should meet any considerable portion of our 
present and future requirements. When the City Govern- 
ment are of the opinion that the financial condition of the 
city will authorize a sufficient appropriation for the purpose, 
the Trustees will endeavor to present suitable designs. 

Upon the other point, of sufficient protection against fire, 
the Trustees feel sensitively the dangers so strongly set forth 
in the reports of the Examining Committee and of the 
Superintendent. The removal of the wooden sky-lights upon 
the roof of the building, and the substitution of fire-proof 
coverings in their places, is now going forward, under the 
direction of the Superintendent of Public Buildings. Every- 
thing should be done which skill or ingenuity can dictate to 
render the building; safe from outward or internal conflao;ra- 
tion. The Library now contains a large number of works, 
which if lost could never be replaced. The institution could 
never again rise from its ashes to the wealth of its present 
possessions. There must be no mistake or misunderstanding 
on this point. It is the duty both of the City Government 
and of the Trustees to see that everything practicable is done 
to insure the permanent safety of this inestimable property. 

The operations of the past year and the present condition 
of the Library are briefly as follows. The whole number of 
volumes at present contained in the Libraries, parent and 
branches, are 209,456, of which 149,477 are in the Bates 
Hall. The remainder is to be found in the circulating libraries 
of the Lower Hall in Boylston street, the East Boston, South 
Boston, and lioxbury Branches.. The increase of the Library 



8 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

during the year has been 14.644 volumes. The whole num- 
ber of pamphlets is now 112,153, of which 11,770 have been 
added dui'ing the year. The total circulation has been 
467,855, being a daily average of 1,519 for home use. The 
figures from the Branches are most encouraging. While 
East Boston shows a circulation of 67,754, from a library of 
7,291 volumes, South Boston gives a circulation of 102,322 
for 5,174 volumes. The total number of names registered 
as p.pplicants for the Library privileges are 53,043 ; of these 
1,592 have had cards refused, principally for the reasons of 
non-residency or under age, and 3,626 have not taken their 
cards. 177,512 readers frequented the Periodical Reading 
Room of the Central Library, who read 213,599 magazines. 
The total number of books loaned and not returned has been 
between 60 and 70. Most of these were taken from the 
Lower Hall in Boylston street, and a portion of them may' 
possibly be recovered. Thfe average loss on these figures is 
one volume in every 7,000 or more loans. The total expen- 
diture from the city appropriations was $86,498.01, and 
$1,681.79 was paid into the City Treasury from fines and 
sales of catalogues. Other important results will be found 
in the tables attached to the Superintendent's Report. 

The most striking novelty in the administration of the 
Library has been the opening of its Periodical Reading 
Rooms on Sunday, at the request of the City Council. The 
event is too recent to admit of any decisive conclusions. 
There is not yet occasion for discourageinent nor greatly 
marked features of encoui'agement for the enterprise. The 
best indications are to be found in the increasing attendance 
of adults, and in the presence of a considerable number of 
people who seldom or never came to the rooms on week 
days. It was for this latter class specially that the I'oonis 
were opened. Another year's trial will enable the Trustees 
to gauge their results more accurately, and to determine 
whether the advantages are in due proportion to the expense. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 9 

It is most gratifying to find that the establishment of our 
Branches, as is also the experience of the large English cities, 
is more successful than could have been possibly anticipated. 
With the new Branch shortly to be inaugurated in Roxbury 
in connection with the Fellowes AthenfBum, quite as favor- 
able figures may be expected. This Library will at the out- 
set possess superior advantages in having a considerable fund 
to be annually expended in books«.of permanent value, all of 
which, except works of reference, will be used in circulation, 
bringing as it were a considerable portion of the more valu- 
able modern books, published both here and in England, 
such as form part of the Bates Hall collection, directly at 
hand to the residents of the Highland District. In view of 
the formation of these smaller libraries it is naturally found 
that convenience of access creates circulation of books where 
none existed before. 

Like the great European Libraries, our institution finds 
continued embarrassment in any catalogue system. We 
have long passed the period when it was possible to print in 
one alphabet, upon any intelligible system, the titles of all 
the books contained in our Libraries. Such an undertaking 
would be enormously expensive, and when concluded at the 
end of five or ten years, the continual additions during that 
period would require the whole work to be done over again. 

The expedients which have been adopted in place of this 
system are well known to the frequenters of the Library. 
The card catalogues in the Bates Hall accessible to the pub- 
lic, with the bulletins and class lists, aflbrd the needed infor- 
mation, and the Hand-book prepared by the Superintendent 
for the use of borrowers, indicates to every reader, how and 
where he ma.y find what he wants, provided it is upon the 
shelves of the institution. 

The donations to the Library have been continued by its 
friends during the present year, with the same liberality as 
before. The report of the Examining Committee shows how 
2 



10 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

largely it has been iudebted since its foundation to the sym- 
pathetic generosity of special benefactors and the public at 
large. Probably no other Library in the world has received 
so many benefactions from so many different sources as this. 
In this matter the Trustees would be deeply ungrateful if they 
felt any distrust in the future. 

The most important event of the year has been the acqui- 
sition of the Barton Library, for which the negotiations were 
completed just previous to its close. An account of the vol- 
umes acquired, which did not come to the Library until after 
the beginning of the new library year, will find an appro- 
priate place in the next Report of the Trustees. It is suffi- 
cient to say now that it is the most intrinsically valuable 
addition yet made to the Library, and that it has placed the 
institution in a position which will render it still more inval- 
uable and indispensable to every cultivator of elegant letters 
in the country. From the initial correspondence to the final 
termination of the purchase, Mrs. Cora Livingston Barton, 
the widow of Thomas P. Barton, the collector of the Library, 
conducted herself with a liberality founded on generous im- 
pulses and a large cultivation. For the purpose of fulfilling 
the expressed wishes of Mr. Barton, and of keeping the 
Library together as one collection, and in placing it within 
the means of our institution, she undoubtedly made a large 
pecuniary sacrifice. In her sudden death the Trustees expe- 
rienced a sense of personal loss. Indeed, the whole transac- 
tion was as creditable to her as it was advantageous to the 
city. It is most gratifying to the Trustees to place upon 
record their acknowledgment of the intelligence and public 
spirit of the City Government, which so promptly and deci- 
sively secured this magnificent acquisition.* 

In Appendix No. 23 will be found an enumeration of the 
employes of the institution, from which some idea may be 

* See Appendix for further details. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 11 

gained of the multifarious work carried on in the Central 
Library and its Branches. Great activity is necessary in 
order to keep pace with the daily requirements of its service. 
The books as purchased and obtained must be as rapidly as 
possible collated, classified, shelved, catalogued, and made 
ready for use. The Library has been fortunate in securing 
the services of so many accomplished and skilful assistants, 
both male and female. In fact, there is no position in the 
world where a large knowledge of language and literature, 
with systematic habits of application is of more value than in 
the administration of a great Library. 

In an educational point of view it is no exaggeration to 
say that the largest expectations of the founders of the Li- 
brary have been more than fulfilled. The liberality of the 
City Government, and the intelligent generosity of private 
benefactors have established a store of learning and knowl- 
edge which has substantially supplemented, as well as 
strengthened and developed, most forms of progress known 
to modern civilization. It has attracted to itself the sympa- 
thetic aid and frequent use, not only of the so-called profes- 
sions, but also of other laborers in science and art, whether 
engaged in the duties of instruction, or in the practical appli- 
cation of their accomplishments to the daily wants of life. 
But beyond this the increase of the Library has received a 
vigorous impulse from the specialists, who have confined 
themselves to narrower fields of work, the outgrowth of 
some larger classification. Although all departments are not 
filled in the same proportion, continuous attention will be 
paid till such a result shall be measurably obtained. It has 
placed within reach of our schools and colleges knowledge 
beyond the instruction of teachers ; it has assisted in forming 
a taste for reading and for culture among many to whom the 
chances of life had previously denied such an opportunity. 
Few should be the homes in the City of Boston which should 



12 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

not have experienced its tangible benefits, and whose inmates 
have not reason to bless the intelligence which renders its 
existence a public necessity. 

WILLIAM W. GREENOUGH, 
G. S. HILLARD, 
GEORGE PUTNAM, 
WESTON LEWIS, 
SAMUEL A. GREEN, 
DANIEL S. CURTIS, 
JOHN T. CLARK, 
W. E. PERKINS, 
CHARLES A. BURDITT. 

Public Librakt, 24th June, 1873. 



(A.) 
EEPOKT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE. 



The Committee, appointed in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the sixth section of an Ordinance in relation to the 
Public Library, " to examine the condition of the Library 
and report to the Trustees," have made an examination of the 
Central Library, and the Branches at East Boston and South 
Boston, and of the building erected for the use of the Rox- 
bury Branch, and respectfully submit the results of their 
investigation. 

In examining the several buildings, the Committee have 
regarded it as their first duty to ascertain how far the build- 
ings have been made tire-proof, and whether any alterations 
are needed to provide further security to the books against 
injury by fire or water. At the present time the pecuniary 
value of the books in the Central Library alone caimot be 
estimated at less than half a million of dollars ; but this sum 
very imperfectly represents the loss which would be sustained 
by the destruction of the Library. To give but a single illus- 
tration : the Prince Library, which was deposited with the 
Trustees in 1866, contains about 1,900 volumes, and is of 
inestimable value to the student of American history ; but so 
rare are many of the volumes that probably no amount of 
money would enable the Trustees to duplicate them. This is 
true also of portions of other collections which have from 
time to time been given to the city. Their loss would be 
irreparable, and without them any one wishing to prosecute 



14 CITY. DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

thorough and exact inquiries in history or science would have 
to go elsewhere for his most important materials. 

In view of the new light which recent experience has 
thrown on the combustible character of buildings heretofore 
regarded as fire-proof, the Committee are unanimously of 
opinion that the Central Library is not adequately protected 
against fire, and that immediate attention ought to be given 
to this matter. The special arrangements which they 
recommend are the following : — 

1. That the common glass sky-lights in the roof should be 
replaced by Hyatt lights, or by heavy rough glass set in an 
iron frame and protected by a raised wire netting. 

2. That the central lantern should be provided with heavy 
iron shutters, to be closed from the outside. 

3. That double iron shutters, with a water or air chamber 
between the inner and outer part, should be placed on all the 
windows opening toward Tremont street. 

4. That the present water-pipes should be extended to the 
top of the building, so that a hand-hose can be attached and 
used for wetting the roof. 

5. That suitable apparatus should be placed on the out- 
side of the building, both in front and rear, for rapidly 
hoisting hose to the roof in case of any large fire in the 
neighborhood. 

The building erected for the use of the Roxbury Branch is 
the property of the Trustees of the Fellowes Athenaeum. The 
estate on which it stands is bounded on three sides by public 
streets, and beside this advantage it is so far from other 
buildings that no anxiety need be felt at present for its 
safety. The Committee are glad to add that it is a model of 
convenient arrangement, and is well worth the examination 
of persons interested in town libraries. Built at a moderate 
cost, it makes no pretension to architectural beauty, but is 
admirably adapted to the use for which it was designed. At 



PUBLIC LIBEARY. 15 

a small additional expense it can be shelved to contain about 
100,000 volumes. 

The South Boston Branch is located in the second story of 
a stone and brick building at the corner of Broadway and E 
street. There are no iron shutters on the building, aud on 
two sides it is exposed to danger from fire communicating 
from the adjacent buildings. But as the Library is only one 
of several tenants, and the collection at the present time 
numbers little more than 5,000 volumes, which could be du- 
plicated at a comparatively small cost, the Committee do not 
recommend any further expenditure by the City Government, 
until the wants of the Branch shall justify the erection of a 
building specially devoted to its use. 

A similar remark will apply to the East Boston Branch, 
which occupies a part of the old Lyman School-house, in Me- 
ridian street. It is, however, less exposed to danger from fire 
than the South Boston Branch ; and as the city owns the land 
and building, suitable accommodations can readily be pro - 
vided whenever the increase of the Library shall render a 
reconstruction of the building desirable. 

The Committee regard the establishment of these Branches 
with great favor, as adding largely to the usefulness of the 
Library. They not only contain books of a similar character to 
those in the Lower Hall in Boylston street, but by means of 
the daily communication which has been established Avith the 
Central Library, books from either of its departments can be 
obtained by application at the Branch. 

The i-eport of every Examiniiig Committee since 1864 has 
referred with more or less of detail to the defects of the plan 
adopted in the erection of the building in Boylston street. 
This Committee have likewise been impressed by these de- 
fects, which even the large capacity for organization, and the 
great executive ability of the present Superintendent have 
not been able to overcome. The extensive alterations made 
within the last two years have nearly doubled the shelf-room. 



16 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 



9 



both in the Lower Hall and in the Bates Hall, and have pro- 
vided improved, though still inadequate accommodations for 
some of the emplojes connected with the former. But in 
other respects the wx)rk of the Libiaiy is carried on under 
great and increasing disadvantages, which can be remedied 
only by an enlargement of the building. Much of the un- 
packing, collating, cataloguing, and marking is now per- 
formed in the galleries and alcoves, and in the south- 
eastern tower, used also as a stairway. The rooms for the 
Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent are so 
cramped and crowded with the necessary furniture and books 
of reference as greatly to interfere with the discharge of their 
respective duties. Additional closets, wash-basins, and 
other conveniences for the employes, now numbering about 
fifty persons, are also needed. There is no room for meetings 
of the Trustees. The only room available for the examina-' 
tion of the Foreign and American Patents, which now extend 
to more than 2,000 volumes, and are in almost constant use, is 
so small that not more than two or three persons can easily 
consult them at the same time. The bindery, which occupies 
a portion of the basement, is much too small for the necessary 
work of the Library. The newspaper-room, which is also in 
the basement, is dark, damp, and badly ventilated ; and no 
one can contrast it with the small, but convenient, newspaper- 
room recently fitted up by the Massachusetts Historical 
Society without a feeling of regret that this room is the only 
one in the Public Library which can be appropriated to this 
important use. If the public are to derive the fullest benefit 
from the Library, these defects, which do not fall under the 
notice of an occasional visitor, should be remedied at the 
earliest practicable opportunity. 

In the judgment of the Committee, it would also be much 
better if separate rooms could be provided for large and 
valuable collections, like the recently acquired Barton Li- 
brary, the Parker Library, and some others. Heretofore 
these collections have been placed in separate alcoves, or 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 17 

distinct portions of the galleries, appropriately inscribed ; 
and the Committee are informed that the same conrse will be 
pursued with regard to the books in the Barton Liln-ary. 

The acquisition of this Library, so rich in Shakespeariuna 
and in other departments of dramatic literature, was the 
great event in the history of the Public Library during the 
past year. As the volumes have not yet been unpacked, only 
a few of them have come under the examination of the Com- 
mittee ; but the great value of the collection has long been 
known through the elaborate description in Dr. Wynne's 
Libraries of New York. The Committee desire to congratu- 
late the Trustees and the public on this important addition 
to the treasures of the Library. 

It is a noteworthy fact that with the exception of this pur- 
chase almost the whole strength of the Library comes from 
the direct gift of individuals, or from the income of trust- 
funds specially given for this purpose. At the very outset 
Mr. Bates gave about 26,000 volumes ; the Bowditch, 
Parker, Ticknor, and Prince Lil)raries (the last of which, 
however, is only deposited with the Trustees) contain 20,- 
326 volumes ; and during their lives Mr. Everett and Mr. 
Ticknor, by whom the original plan for the organization of 
the Library is understood to have been drawn up, gave 
3,587 volumes and 5,673 volumes respectively, exclusive of 
an immense mass of pamphlets. Indeed, of the whole num- 
ber of volumes in the Library at the present time, 209,456, 
exclusive of the Barton collection, nearly one half, 92,333 
volumes, are set down as gifts. If to this number are added 
the volumes purchased from the income of the trust funds, 
it will be seen how largely the Library is indebted to private 
munificence. Liberal as have been the appropriations of the 
City Government, and they have been unstinted, even more 
has come from other sources. No one who has been fimiliar 
with the history of the Library from that clay of small things, 
when it was first opened to the public in the lower floor of 



18 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

the Mason street School-house, can fail to bo amazed at its 
rapid and healthy growth. For the whole cost of its ad- 
ministration the Library is of course indebted to the annual 
appropriations of the City Government. 

The volumes are all in good condition, with the exception 
of the usual amount of injury to the books of a more popu- 
lar character which circulate from the Lower Hall and the 
Branch Libraries, and of a few volumes in one of the galleries 
of the Bates Hall, where the old bindings have been destroyed 
by the heat and foul air. The Committee are by no means 
confident that such a system of ventilation can be introduced 
as will obviate this evil ; but the subject is one worthy of 
investigation. 

The cataloguing has been regularly kept up, and the Ac- 
cession Lists, the Shelf Lists, and the Card Catalogue are 
all that can be desired in those departments. Four numbers 
of the Library Bulletin have also been issued during the 
year, and have proved of much service to readers. In 1858, 
the Index to the Lower Hall Catalogue was issued ; and this 
was followed, in 1861, by the Index to the Bates Hall Cata- 
logue, and in 1866 by a Supplement to the latter. These 
three volumes were prepared under the direction of the late 
Professor Jewett, at that time Superintendent of the Library, 
and form a fit memorial of the bibliographical knowledge and 
thoroughness of research which that accomplished scholar 
brought to the discharge of his task. In 1870, the excel- 
lent Catalogue of the Prince Library was issued ; a Catalogue 
of the Ticknor Library is in preparation ; and by the con- 
tract for the purchase of the Barton Library, a Catalngue of 
that collection must be printed within four years. But the 
long-expected third vokune of the Bates Hall Catalogue has 
not yet been put to press. The Committee are aware that 
the tendency of opinion among librarians at the present time 
is against the issuing of printed Catalogues ; but in view of 
the great number of students who cannot go to the Library 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 19 

every time they wish to ascertain whether it contains some 
book of which they have need, it is to be hoped the time 
will never come when the Trustees will not include within the 
plan of their operations the issuing of consolidated catalogues 
as often as the growth of the Library ma}'" require. To no 
better use could the City appropriations be applied ; and for 
it the appropriations should be freely granted. 

Complaint in regard to the sensational character of some of 
the juvenile books in the Library has come to the knowledge 
of the Committee ; but they are not able, from their OAvn 
examination, to say how far these complaints have a solid 
foundation. They accordingly recommend the subject to the 
consideration of the Trustees. They are, however, of the 
opinion that a closer scrutiny should be made, and a stricter 
rule should be observed, as to the character of books pur- 
chased for the juvenile department, than would be proper in 
the case of books ordered at the request of adult readers. 
No doubt a large part of the juvenile literature of the day is 
of a very unprofitable, if not pernicious, character : it does 
not afford healthful amusement, and it is not instructive. 
But it is possible to select from the immense mass of juvenile 
books some which are harmless, and at the same time not 
uninteresting to the youthful reader. That the excessive 
reading of works of fiction is an evil will not be denied, and 
in the case of school children it is a very great evil ; but in 
their case the remedy is in the hands of parents and guar- 
dians, and not with the managers of a public library. It is 
not easy to see how they could frame rules to prevent the 
abuse of its privileges, without narrowing its scope and prac- 
tically limiting its usefulness. 

From records kej^t by the Superintendent, it appears that 
the number of persons who use the reading-rooms on Sunday 
is more than half as large as the number using them on other 
days ; and that a very large proportion are persons who use 
the Library only on Sunday. N-o case of improper conduct 



20 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

has been reported ; and no injury has been done to the build- 
ings or the periodicals. The result of the experiment thus 
far has probably disappointed the expectations of those who 
took extreme views on one side or the other of this much- 
vexed question ; but the Committee regard it as highly satis- 
factory, and as fully justifying the increased cost of carrying 
on the Library. 

GEORGE S. HILLARD, 
BENJ. DEAN, 
E. D. JORDAN, 
CHARLES C. SMITH, 
GEORGE H. VIBBERT, 
HENRY A. WHITNEY. 
Boston, June 16, 1873. 



[B.] 
REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, 



To the Trustees : — 

Gentlemen, — I herewith present my sixth annual report, 
nd begging to refer you to the tables in the ai:)penclix for the 
body of the information, which you have a right to expect, I 
shall touch here but a few points that need further elucidation. 

THE CENTRAL BUILDING. 

The alterations of the easterly alcoves of the Bates Hall, 
in progress at the date of the last report, were completed so 
that the books were restored to their places between Sept. 
27th and Oct. 20th, and after some supplemental work on 
the western alcoves, by November 25th the circulation, in all 
its classifications, was resumed. The gain to the Librarj- by 
these alterations was fully explained last year. 

Work was begun in the Low^er Hall August 18th, by erect- 
ing supplemental cases on the main floor, into which the 
books in the galleries were removed September 30th, when a 
temporary ceiling was laid over these cases, and above this, the 
work of cutting up the windows, and flooring the new apart- 
ments went on with little interruption to the business of the 
Library. The work was completed and the rooms occupied 
on the first of January. The annexed plan will repre- 
sent clearly the new disposition of the various oflSces. 




82 fl ' 

NEW HALF-STORY 

Over llie IjOwer Ilall, coiin<'C'ting with the old ITalf-story (Storo-room, etc.) 
over tlie Lower U:iU ])elivcry lioom. 

K — Elcvutor. n — Uoisting Apparatus. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 23 

The gain from this new arrangement is all that was 
expected, — a much greater rapidity of delivery of the books 
from one floor ; and an extent and convenience of offices 
which were never before enjoyed. 

The fire of November last led to a survey of the building, 
and under a decision reached not long afterwards, the roof of 
the building is to be made practically fire-proof. The win- 
dows of the main lantern will be protected by iron shutters ; 
and the ordinary sky-lights over the upper alcoves will be 
replaced by heavier glass, with honeycomb settings. Means 
are also to be provided for hoisting hose to the roof without 
dragging it through the interior of the building. I look, how- 
ever, upon Hotel Pelham as a standing menace, that ren- 
ders the most particular precautions advisable. A number 
of fire-extinguishers, as an additional safeguard, have also 
been placed in the building. An outer row of iron shutters 
on the side windows, by providing an air-chamber, would 
aiford further security ; but the present shutters are at such 
distance from the sashes, that wet sail-cloth or blankets placed 
in the interval will probably furnish good protection in case 
great heat should curl the shutters. The janitor makes a 
monthly report upon the condition of all appliances for 
guarding against and subduing a fire. 

It should be added that, during the winter, two agents from 
the office of Inspector of Buildings have examined the steam- 
heating apparatus to see if the Library was under any dan- 
ger from super-heated steam ; and have pronounced the build- 
ing free from danger, except at one point, which was at once 
attended to. 

THE SOUTH BOSTON BRANCH. 

The first year's experience with this Branch has shown a 
success, as compared with the operations of the East Boston 
Branch, proportionate to the difference in the population of 
the two sections of the city. • While South Boston has a 



24 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

population about half as large again as that of East Boston, 
the number of people registering for the first j^ear, and the 
extent of the circulation has been in much the same relations, 
and the immunity from loss has been nearly as favorable. 

The formal dedication of this Branch took place, May 
16th, 1872, the Mayor presiding, and included an address 
by the President of the Trustees and others. A full account 
of the proceedings has been printed as a City document. 

The Trustees of the Hawes Fund, having established a 
School of Art in the same building, have kindly placed a 
number of their casts upon brackets about the Library rooms, 
adding much to their attractiveness. 

THE ROXBURY BRANCH. 

As explained in the appendix of the last Annual Report, 
the enforced sale of the lot on Bartlett street, on which 
the Trustees of the Fellowes Athenj?eum had begun the 
erection of a Library building for the use of this Branch, has 
prevented the inauguration of this department duriug the 
year now closed ; and the date of opening, which will be not 
far from the beginning of July, is at least six months later 
than was anticipated. 

A new site having been secured on Millmont street, with 
the rear on Lambert street, and bounding laterally on Lam- 
bert avenue, embracing 15,930 feet of land, the work of re- 
construction — in good part with material got out for the 
structure planned for the original site — begun in the 
autumn. The plans as originally designed have been sub- 
stantially carried out on the new ground, though a consider- 
able slope from the front has compelled the lowering of the 
altitude of the rear portion, containing the Librarj' room, while 
at the same time it has given a high and well-lighted basement 
room beneath in place of a low cellar. A private door 
enterinii' from the outside on the side where the Librarian's 



PUBLIC Library. 25 

room is situated, and into the space between that and the 
Trustees' room, as marked on the plans given in the hist 
report, is the only other material change. The public are 
under oblis^ations to the architect and building committee of 
the Fellowes Trustees for the willing alacrity with which they 
have adopted every suggestion, derived from our experience ; 
and I feel confident the result will be, that in convenience of 
arrangement and adaptation to all the purposes of a popular 
public library, the building of the Roxbur}^ Branch will 
be among the few Library structures in the country th;it 
embody typical features in due proportion and proper 
subordination. This will be a matter for constant gratu- 
lation. 

Moreover, the citizens of Roxbury are under great 
obligations to S. C. Thwing, Esq., the Treasurer of the 
Fellowes Fund, for the original instigation, that resulted in 
the bequest, by which they thus are peculiarly benefited over 
the other sections of the city. 

In forming a collection for this Branch, about 700 volumes 
were taken in nearly equal proportions from the shelf- 
duplicates of the Lower Hall and from the Duplicate Room, 
and to these something over 3,000 had been added, mostly 
by purchase, up to the 30th of April, on account of the City's 
appropriation, while to the same date, 865 of the more 
expensive books had been bought with the money of the 
Fellowes Fund, making a total of over 4,600 volumes. The 
Branch will open with something over 5,000 volumes, all 
of which will have been catalogued and otherwise prepared 
for the shelves by the time the building is ready to receive 
them. 

Note. — The books were removed to the new building on the 20th and 21st 
of June ; the Reading Room for Periodicals was opened to the public on the 
23d; and the delivery of the books begun on the IGth of July. 
4 



26 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 



THE BOOKS. 

If we add the Barton Library (purchased, but not received 
at the end of the Library year) to the fi^^ures of the 
extent of the collections, shown in appendix I, it will be 
found that more than 220,000 volumes is the result, which 
is just double the extent of the Library ten years ago. The 
Library of Congress still surpasses it, but the Astor 
Library has only about an equal extent with the Bates Hall 
collection. The Library seems now to be having a normal 
increase of about 12,000 to 15,000 volumes a year. Should 
the acts of the Legislature annexing Charlestown, Brookline, 
Brighton, and West Roxbury find favor with the people, 
three ncAv branches — being the existing public libraries in 
all but the last-named place — will, within a year, be added 
to our system, bringing to our aggregate something like 
35,000 or 40,000 volumes, and swelling the total under the 
control of the Trustees to nearly 275,000 volumes, — an 
extent likely to place the Boston Public Library at the head 
of all American libraries in the aggregate of its collections, 
as it is already in the value and usefulness of them. 

The list of donors in Appendix XI is a continued proof of 
the good-will which is cherished towards the Library by citi- 
zens and remoter friends. 

The increasing magnitude of the labor attending the or- 
dering and receiving of books for all the departments of the 
Library has justified the division of the Library Service, 
which will appear in Appendix XXIII, by which the fiiithful 
assistant of the Superintendent in this duty is assigned to 
the responsible head of a new department, kept heretofore 
as an adjunct of the Catalogue Department. 

The Library sufiered a small loss of books in a bindery in 
Hawley street, by the fire of November last ; and the Italian 
invoice for the year, embracing a complete set of the public 



PUBLIC LIBEARY. Zi 

documents of the Italian government since 1848, upon the 
collection of which considerable pains had been expended, 
was on board the ship Charlotte, from Leghorn, which was 
wrecked on Bermuda reefs, in March. Insurance will be 
recovered in both cases. The Italian books, it proved, were 
saved, though damaged, and were sold for salvage, and the 
purchaser has offered them to the Library at one-quarter of 
the original cost, and his offer is under consideration. 



CIRCULATION OF BOOKS. 

I refer to the full figures of Appendix XII, where it will 
be seen that the grand total of issues approximates to half 
a million volumes. I look during the coming A'ear, for a 
larger use of the Bates Hall than ever before. The last 
month of the year showed that the circulation, which it main- 
tained before the alterations, had been restored, and it will 
naturally increase. 

In the Lower Hall there was no perceptible diminution of 
use, from the withdrawal of readers living at East Boston, 
during the first year after the opening of the Branch in that 
district. It was too remote from Boylston street to allow 
its inhabitants to be c(mstant frequenters of the Central 
Liljrarj', and the use which the new Branch got was almost 
entirely from readers never before enjoying the privileges of 
the Library. With South Boston the case was difierent. There 
was far greater convenience of access for its residents to the 
Central Library, the drain upon whose frequenters was so 
severe, that the new retainers on our registration roll have 
not been able to make the loss good. The loss from last 
3'ear is, however only about 16,000 issues, while the gain to 
the Library from the issues at the South Boston Branch has 
been over 102,000. The natural recuperative power of our 
circulation will probably more than regain during the coming 



28 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

year, what has been lost, were no other new Branch to inter- 
fere ; but the opening of the Roxbury Branch is likely to 
produce the same temporary stay npon the accumulative 
tendency of our statistics for the Lower Hall. The check 
will, however, be but temporary. 

'To counteract any such tendency, late in the year an 
additional hour was added to the available time for the 
delivery of books, by closing the Lower Hall at 9 o'clock, 
P.M. instead of 8 o'clock P.M. Coiucidentally the service 
of this department has been modified somewhat, the hour of 
dismissal of the attendants being now uniformly at 7 o'clock 
( except on Saturdays) , instead of varying from 6 o'clock to 
8'clock, as before, and a new force has l)een organized for 
evening service, as will be seen by Appendix XXHI. 

It should be stated however that the use of the South 
Boston Branch is not alone the occasion of the loss in our 
Lower Hall circulation. A very perceptible falling oif has 
been owing to an apprehension with some, during a part of the 
year, that the circulation of the Library was accountable m 
some way for the spreading of the small-pox. In all cases 
when it was known that books had been in houses where 
the infection existed, they were properly disposed of, when 
returned. It is worthy of remark that not one in the 
Library service was attacked by the disease. 

For a week or two after the fire of November last the 
circulation was ver}^ materially checked ; and consider- 
able diminution was observable during the continuance of the 
Peace Jubilee of June and July, 1872. 

USE OF PERIODICALS. 

Referring to Appendix XX, I may add that the same 
reasons have afiected the. slight diminution in the use of the 
Central Reading Room, which has been referred to in con- 
nection with the circulation of books. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 29 

Acting upon a request of the City Council, the Trustees 
ordered the opening of the Reading Rooms for Periodicals on 
Sundays, from 2 P. M. to 9 P. M., and this was done for 
the first time, February 9th. The use has been from one- 
half to three-quarters of the average week-day use. The 
frequenters have been uniformly decorous ; and the most 
favorable feature of the results is, that a large proportion of 
the Sunday visitors are not such as are seen in the rooms on 
week-da}' s. After a brief interval of scrutiny among those 
interested favorably or adversely in the experiment, this 
inroad upon old custom has passed from all active obser- 
vation and the bulii of the population probably neither 
know nor care about the practice ; leaving a comparatively 
small number of people to find a satisfaction in the privilege 
that sufficiently pays for the attendant outlay. 

CATALOGUES. 

In pursuance of a policy of guiding rather than forcing the 
public taste in the selection of books, the past year has been 
significant in the publication of two different helps to this 
end. 

First. In August a new Hand-book for Readers was issued, 
including the regulations, a description of the possessions of 
the Librar}^ most likely to interest the curious, with a brief 
summary of its history. Its distinctive feature, however, was 
a full description of the catalogues, with directions how to 
use them, and lists of books classified under various subject 
heads, calculated to acquaint the reader with the simplest 
methods of bibliographical research. Before the year closed, 
an edition of 5,000 had been distributed, and a second 
amended edition is now in press. 

Second. The scope of the new Lower Hall Class List for 
History, Biography and Travel, has, in its progress through 
the press, been much enlarged. • In addition to the features 



30 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

mentioned in the Keport for last year, notes have been 
appended to all the subject-references of importance, 
which sometimes give concisely the history of the 
literature of the subjects, and often afford indications of 
the beariig and purposes of particular books, — the aim being 
to give assistance to persons looking for books under sub- 
jects. Constant reference has also being made to the 
Catalogues of the Bates Hall, with the hope that the user of 
the Library will thus learn better how the two collections 
can be made to supplement one another. While it cannot 
but be believed that good will come of this innovation in 
the style of popular catalogues, there can be no doubt that 
personal attention to the wants of unskilful users of the 
catalogues would accomplish much more ; but other duties 
prevent any of the officers making it a special object. This 
latter work is an excellent field for a humanitarian of tact 
and the requisite knowledge, who could counsel without 
dogmatism or personal bias, if such a one could be found to 
devote his mornings and evenings among the scores and 
hundreds of inexperienced frequenters of the Library halls. 

The publication of this catalogue has been delayed by the 
increasing labor, and by the misfortune of November last, 
much beyond what was anticipated. It was thought to have 
been half carried through the press when the entire edition 
up to that point was destroyed in the great fire. The reprinting 
of that portion, however, has given the opportunity for much 
improving it, and it is now hoped that it will be in the hands 
of the public during August. It has proved so extensive that 
the original project of appending to it a second edition of 
the Chronological List of Historical Fiction has been 
abandoned, and that work must find an independent issue. 

A second edition of the list of periodicals currently 
received in the Central Library has likewise been printed, 
and brief discriminations of the character of the several 



PUBLIC LDBRART. 31 

periodicals added to the titles in cases where it was 
necessary. 

A supplemental List of the Tosti Engravings, including 
those framed in the lower floor of the Central Library, and 
not included already in the List of Portraits, has been pre- 
pared by Mr. Whitney, the Principal Assistant of the Librarj'-, 
to whom has been entrusted with confidence this critical 
labor. The present issue completes the work. 

The general work of this department, including the issue 
of four Bulletins, has gone forward satisfactorily under the 
immediate direction of Mr. Wheeler, its accomplished head. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JUSTIN WINSOR, 

Superintendent. 
Public Library, June 2d, 1873. 



APPENDIXES 



TO THE 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



1873 



LIST or APPENDIXES. 



I. Extent of the Library (by Years). 

II. Yearly Increase by Purchase and Donation. 

III. Extent of the Bates Hall Collection. 

IV. Extent of the Lower Hall Collection. 
V. Sale Duplicates, etc. 

VI. Increase of the several Departments. 

VII. Increase from Newly Published Books. 

VIII. Volumes Located in Bates Hall. 

IX. Bates Hall Classifications. 

X. Lower Hall Classifications. 

XI. Donors. 

XII. Circulation. 

XIII. Books Keturned in Lower Hall. 

XIV. Registration of Applicants. 

XV. Books Recommended. Use of British Patents, 

XVI. Bates Hall Reading. 

XVII. Lower Hall Reading. 

XVIII. East Boston Reading. 

XIX. South Boston Reading. 

XX. Periodical Reading Rooms. 

XXI. Losses and Delinquents. 

XXII. Financial Statement. 

XXIII. Library Service. 

XXIV. Report on the Examination of the Shelves. 
XXV. Work in the Library Bindbey. 

XXVI. The Barton Library. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



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APPENDIX I. 

EXTENT OF THE LIBRARY, BY YEARS. 



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1 groups (which are now counted among volumes), and a very large number of duplicates, which are thrown out 
nd put among the pamphlot= held for cxrhana-c. 



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CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 



APPENDIX II. 



YEARLY INCREASE OF THE WHOLE LIBRARY BY PURCHASE 
AND BY GIFTS. 



Tears. 



1852-53 
1853-54 
1854-55 
1855-56 
1856-57 
1857-58 
1858-59 
1859-60 
1860-61 
1861-62 
1862-63 
1863-64 
1864-65 
1865-66 
1866-67 
1867-68 
1868-69 
1869-70 
1870-71 
1871-72 
1872-73 



Increase. 
(i^e< after 1861.) 


Gifts. 
(SeeApp. IX.) 


Purchases in- 
cluding those 
charged to funds. 


Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


JPamph . 


9,688 


961 


4,000 


961 


5,688 




6,533 


2,989 


2,152 


2,989 


4,381 




6,396 


2,557 


2,663 


2,468 


3,733 


89 


5,463 


5,879 


1,865 


5,330 


3,598 


549 


6,816 


3,667 


1,686 


3,646 


5,130 


21 


*35,955 


1,885 


30,214 


1,885 


5,741 




7,192 


1,317 


3,405 


1,317 


3,787 




6,989 


1,452 


3,744 


1,452 


3,245 


. . . 


tl6,948 


6,674 


12,299 


6,656 


4,649 


18 


7,391 


1,493 


1,274 


1,493 


6,117 


. . . 


5,.529 


2,169 


829 


1,958 


4,700 


212 


6,226 


2,939 


1,081 


2,772 


6,145 


167 


6,082 


1,516 


804 


1,026 


5,178 


490 


7,662 


4,013 


1,476 


3,342 


6,286 


671 


5,303 


7,877 


1,465 


7,769 


7,732 


108 


7,673 


2,811 


1,554 


2,513 


6,396 


298 


8,685 


13,923 


2,138 


10,984 


6,531 


2,939 


7,775 


13,593 


1,646 


10,228 


6,129 


3,366 


§18,099 


14,976 


9,750 


10,805 


8,349 


4,171 


1113,708 


10,637 


4,349 


5,831 


9,359 


4,806 


14,644 


11,770 


3,939 


8,060 


10,705 


3,710 



Fello'es 

Athenae 

um. 



Vols. 



Donors, 
exclud- 
ing 
anony- 
mous. 



**865 



75 

105 
153 
126 
132 
381 
247 
207 
242 
234 
194 
219 
328 
336 
800 
342 
649 
665 
604 
610 
601 



* Of these, 24,618 were the Bates gift. 

t Of these, 11,721 were the Parker hequest. 
. I Includes pamjihlets added both by purchase and exchange, as taken from the Accession 
Catalogue. The large number of recent years has been occasioned by the systematic com- 
pletion of serials and periodicals for the Central Library, as well as for the Branches. 

§ Including 3,774 volumes of the Ticknor bequest, and 2,682 from the Sumner Library 
Association. 

II Including 1,471 volumes from the Mattapan Literary Association. 

** Included in previous columns. These volumes are not the property of the Public 
Library, but form a part of the Roxbury Branch by agreement. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



37 



APPEISTDIX III. 

EXTENT OF THE BATES HALL COLLECTION IN VOLUMES. 





1867. 


1868. 


1869. 


18'ro. 


1871. 


1873. 


1873. 


The General Library .... 


87,658 


93,553 


101,428 


107,724 


115,232 


121,709 


126,207 
j|2,120 
2,542 
11,907 
1,970 
3,907 


Bowditch Library* 

Parker Library* 

Prince Library 


2,542 

tll,907 

1,'J52 


2,542 

11,907 

1,952 


2,542 

11,907 

1,962 


2,542 

11,907 

1,952 


2,542 
11,907 
tl,970 

3,774 


2,542 

11,907 

1,970 

§3,907 














Entered on tlie Accession 
Catalogue, but not yet 


1,078 


1,327 


140 


294 


361 


651 


829 








105,737 



111,281 



117,969 
2 


124,419 



135,786 



142,686 
1 


149,482 
6 






Total 


105,737 


111,281 


117,967 


124,419 


135,786 


142,685 


149.477 







* See Appendix IX. 

t Including 186 duplicates, whicli are boxed and stored in the basement. 

t Including 18 vols, of MSB. 

§ Includes 31 vols, of MSS. as bound. When received they were mostly in stitched 
brocliures, several of which are now bound in one volume. The remainder of the difl'ercnce 
between these figures and those for the previous year, arose from some discrepancy in the 
count of pamphlets destined for volumes. 

II Divided into 1,791 volumes for the English ; 130 volumes for the American; and 199 
volumes for the French specifications and drawings. Included previously in the General 
Library. Now in charge of a special Curator. 

** Purchased, but not yet received and enumerated. 

Note. — Of the volumes lost from the Bates Hall some reappear each year, while a few 
in excess disappear, increasing the aggregate loss a little; so that it is probable the figures 
of the Bates Hall collection ai-e a trifle in excess of what an actual count would indicate. 



38 



CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 



APPENDIX TV. 

EXTENT OF THE LOWER HALL COLLECTION. 





1867, 


1868. 


1869. 


1870. 


1871. 


1872. 


1873. 


Reported the preceding year . 
Added during the year . . . 




25,199 
2,003 


26,606 

2,469 


28,723 

1,417 


29.909 

2,780 


30,574 
2,614 


31,827 
1,799 


Total 




27,202 
339 


29,075 
93 


30,140 
19 


32,689 

23 

859 

1,233 


33,188 

7 
535 
819 


33,626 


Books transferred to Bates 
Hall 




1 






342 


Condemned during the year . 




257 


259 


212 


67S 


Total left 


*25,199 


26,606 


28,723 


29,909 


30,574 


31,827 


32,605 






* 


Actual ( 


;ount. 











Note. — There have been since the last actual count In 1867, perhaps a hundred 
volumes irrecoverably lost in the Lower Hall. Perhaps an ei^ual number are to be classed 
as '' unaccounted for," but may reappear. 



APPENDIX y. 

SALE DUPLICATES AND ODD VOLUMES. 

{^'^ot including the Parker duplicates, or a large lot of odd and imperfect volumes of books, 
not likelij to have the missing volumes supplied, which are boxed up at intervals.) 





1867. 


1868. 


1869. 


1870. 


1871. 


1878. 


1873. 


Number at beginning of year, 
Added during the year . . . 


4,955 
714 


5,146 
1,004 


5,805 
847 


6,106 
443 


383 


6,954 
996 


7,314 
1,375 




5,669 
523 


6,150 
345 


6,662 
546 


6,549 
304 


234 


7,950 
636 


8,689 
t506 






Total 


5,146 


5,805 


6,106 


6,245 


*6,954 


*7,314 


*8,183 







* This number is by an actual count of the serviceable volumes now arranged in our 
Duplicate Room ; and it includes three hundred and eighty-one volumes of British Sessional 
documents, ready for exchange. * 

t Of these, one hundred and forty-five were exchanged and three hundred and sixty-one 
sent to the Roxbury Branch. A considerable number of odd and imperfect volumes, of 
which no account is made, have been sent to the City quarantine boat. 

Note. — There are also of pamphlets some thirty thousand duplicates, arranged and 
ready for exchanges. Libraries are invited to make such exchanges. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



39 



APPEiSTDIX YI. 

INCREASE OF THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS. 





1868. 


18G9. 


1870. 


isri. 


1873. 


1873. 




Gain in located b'ks(App. VIII.) 
Of these not located at last Re- 


6,297 
1,678 


7,475 
1,327 


6,296 
140 


7,508 
294 


10,384 
4,135 


6,622 
651 




Added and located 

Added and not located .... 






4.619 
1,327 


6.148 
140 


6,156 
294 


7,214 
4,135 


6,249 
651 


5,971 

829 


1 


5,946 


6,288 
2 


6,450 


11,349 


6,900 
1 


6,800 






5 
















5,946 


6,290 


6,450 


11,349 


6,899 


6,795 









1 


Gain in located books 

Less transfers and condemned 


2,003 
596 


2,469 
352 


1,417 
231 


2,780 
2,115 


2,614 
1,361 


1,799 
1,021 


fe ^ 






H 


1,407 


2,117 


1,186 


665 


1,253 


778 





















254 

















g-i^ 














1=^ 

fe; Net gain 












254 

















Gain by addition 

Less loss by exchanges, etc. 



*^ [ Net gain 



1,375 
506 











5,936 


881 
50 


621 










97 


^|<! 












2^ 








5,936 


831 


524 













Gain in located books 
Condemned and lost . 



^ [ Net gain 



885 
76 



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CITY DOCUMENT. 



No. 88. 



APPENDIX VI, Continued. 





1868. 


1869. 


1870. 


1871. 


18T8. 


1873. 


. 


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3,754 
4 


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3,750 

865 


Z' 


Fellowes Athenasum 












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Total gain 














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4,615 





















' Bates Hall gain 

Lower Hall gain 


5,946 
1,407 


6,290 
2,117 


6,450 
1,186 


11,349 
665 


6,899 
1,253 


6,795 

778 
254 




Duplicate Room gain 


659 


301 


139 


149 
5,936 


360 

831 

4,365 


869 
524 


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809 












3,750 


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665 


g 


















8,012 


8,708 


7,775 


18,099 


13,708 


14,644 









APPENDIX VII. 

INCREASE EROM NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS. 



English Books with British 
imprint 

English Books with American 
unprint 

English Books with Conti- 
nental imprint 

Foreign Books 

Duplicates of either class, 
when not included in the 
other items 

Total 



1867. 



635 
1,154 



104 
539 



2,529 



1868. 



1,445 



100 
673 



2,926 



1869. 



625 
1,455 



80 
789 



3,396 



1870. 



811 
1,411 



50 
487 



3,007 



1871. 



899 
2,206 



48 
561 



4,194 



1873, 



1,096 
3,642 



115 

891 



5,744 



1873. 



1,389 

4,301 

291 
1,064 



7,045 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



41 



APPENDIX YIII. 

VOLUMES LOCATED IN BATES HALL, BY MONTHS. 



Months. 


1868-69. 


1869-70. 


1870-71. 


1871-78. 


1878-7.3. 


May 


758 
509 
1,037 
383 
713 
866 
443 
639 
626 
563 
521 
417 


347 
833 
697 
763 
632 
834 
633 
382 
1,175 


727 
480 
462 
520 
378 
546 
695 
905 
427 
706 
1,001 
661 


455 
464 
291 
518 
511 
295 
*4,528 
651 
611 
724 
788 
t598 


584 


June 


584 


July 


631 




554 


September 

October 


457 

520 


November 


489 
646 




658 




456 


March 


551 


April 


492 






Total 


7,475 


6,296 


7,508 


10,384 


6,622 



Pamphlet volumes ar- 
ranged by the Curator . . 



385 



Note. — These monthly figures are the results of tables made out year by year, like the 
one constituting Appendix VI for 1889. The figures for May, June and July, 1868-69, should 
follow those for April of the same year. They were misplaced to adapt the table to a 
change of the Library year. 

* 3,876 are books of the Ticknor Library, then assigned to permanent places, 
t Includes 31 vols, of the Ticknor MSS. 

Pamphlets. During the year the Curator of pamphlets has rearranged all the loose 
pamphlets by subjects, etc., in the new Cabinet Room; and such as were duplicates and not 
needed have been arranged in adjacent apartments. 



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APPEN^DIX XI. 



LIST OP DONORS, 1872-73. 

Bates, Joshua, London, interest on the fund of . . ^50,000 

Bigelow, Hon. John P., " " " . . 1,000 

Franklin Club, <i ^^ u . . i,000 

Lawrence, Hon. Abbott, " " " . . 10,000 

Philips, Hon. Jonathan, " " " . . 30,000 

Ticknor, George, " " " . . 4,000 

Townsend, Mary P., " " " . . 4,000 

$100,000 

DONATIONS MAY 1, 1872, TO APRIL 30, 1873. 

Donors (excluding anonymous), ..... 601 

Volumes, 3,939 

Pamphlets, 8,060 



Abbe, Rev. Frederic R., 

Advocate Publishing Company, Jackson, Tenti., 1 news- 
paper, ........ 

Alabama, University of, Tuscaloosa, .... 

Albert Memorial Museum, F.xeter, England, 

Allen, Asa Witter, Salem, Ohio, .... 

Allen, Edward G., London, 42 numbers of periodicals, 

Allen, Willard S., 

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, 

American Baptist Missionary Union, 

American Bible Society, New York City, 

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions . 

American Colonization Society, Washington. D. C, 

American Gcogra])liical Society, JVew York Citi/, 

American Home Missionary Society, New York City, 

American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pa., 

American Social Science Association, 36 numbers of peri 
odicals, ..... 

American Unitarian Association, 

Amory, Thomas C, . 

Andover Theological Seminary, 

Anonymous, 23 numbers of periodicals. 



Vols. 



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Anthon, Charles E., Kew York City, 

Appleton, Daniel, 

Appleton, Natlian, ... 

Appleton, W. S., 

Armstrong and Co., 1 lithograph, 

Attvvood, Gilbert and Co., . 

Atwell, Richard, I., . 

Austin, S. H., New York City, . 

Axon, William E. A., Manchester, England 

Baker, Joseph, .... 

Baldwin, Charles C, Cleveland, Ohio, 

Balfour, David M., Charlestown, 

Ballou, Maturin M. , . 

Baltimore, Md., Mercantile Library, 

Barnard, James M., . 

Barr, Johij C, Pittsburgh, Pa., 

Bartol, George M. Rev., Lancaster, Mass 

Bassett, Rev. E. B., Warwick, Mass., 

Batchelder, Rev. C. E., Bethel, Vt., . 

Bell, James B., 

Bennett, Joseph E., Manchester, iV. II. 

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsjield, Mass., 

Berlin, Prussia, City of, . 

Bigelow, Jacob, M. D., 

Bigelow, Hon. John P., The Estate of, 1 broadside 

Birmingham, England, Free Libraries Committee, 

Bixby, George Holmes, 31. D., . 

Bixby, H. C, . 

Blood, Mary W., 64 newspapers, 

Bogart, W. H., 

Bolles, W. v., 31. D., . 

Bossange, Gustave, Paris, France, 

Boston, City of, ... 

Athenaeum, 

Board of Trade, 10 broadsides 

College, 

■ Gas Light Company, 

Home for Aged Men, 

Home for Little Wanderers 

■ Industrial Aid Society, . 

■ Land Company, 

. North St. Union Mission, 

• Overseers of the Poor, . 

. Penitent Females' Refuge, 

Port and Seamen's Aid Society, 

■ Provident Association, . 

• • Young Men's Christian Union, 

. Young Women's Christian Association, 



Boston and Albany Railroad Company, 
Both, Carl, M. D., . 
Bowditcli, Henry L, 3L D., 
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me., 
Bowen, James A., . 
Bradford, George P., 



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Bradford, T. G., 26 newspapers, 13 broadsides, 

Bradlee, Eev. Caleb D., . 

Brainard, E., 2 photographs, 

Brewer, Gardner. 

Brewer, Thomas M., 31. D. 

Bridgeman Alfred, and Son, New York City, 

Brigham, Charles B., 31. D., 

Brigham, Rev. Charles H., Ann Arbor, Mich., 

Brighton, Town Clerk, 

British Museum, London, . 

Brockliaus, F. A., Leipzig, Germany, 

Brookline, Town of, . 

Public Library, 

Brooklyn, JY. Y., Art Association, 

Mercantile Library Association, 

Park Commissioners, 



Brown, Buckminster, 3L D., 
Brown, Francis H., 3L Z>., 
Brunn, Chr. V., Copenhagen, . 
Bufi'alo, N. Y, Catholic Institute, 
University of. 



Bufford, Rev. Marcellus, Portsmouth, N. H., 
Burroughs, Rev. Henry, ... 
Butler, Hon. Benj. F., Lowell, . 
Butler Hospital for the insane. Providence 
California Pharmaceutical Society, San Fr 

State Library, Sacramento, . 

Canada, Co iiniissioner of Patents, 

Department of Agriculture, . 

Department of Public Works, 

Geological Survey, 



Capen, Barnard, 

Capen, F. L., 

Carlton and Lanahan, New York City, 
Caswell, Edward T., Providence, R. I., 
Chamberlin, David, .... 
Chambers, George E., Philadelphia, Pa., 
Champney, J. W., .... 
Chandler, Hon. Z., Washington, D. C, 
Chapman, E. D., 

Charlestown, City of, ... 

Public Library, 



Library A 



Chelsea, City of, 

Christern, F. "W., New York City, , 

Ciiristian Register Association, . 

Christian Visitor, The, Publisher, 

Chute, J. M., Chelsea, 24 broadsides, 

Cincinnati, Ohio, Young Men's Mercantile 
ation, ..... 

Claghorn, James L., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Clapp, David, and son, 1,949 numbers of periodicals, 

Clapp, Otis, 

Clarke, Rev. James F., 218 numbers of periodicals, 

Clarke, Robert, and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Cleveland, Rev. N., Westport, Conn., 12 numbers of peri- 
odicals, 



B. L, 
ancisco, Cal., 



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■No. 88. 



Vols. 



Pph. 



Mo. 



Coe, Levi E., West Meriden, Conn., 

Colman's Rural World, The, Publisher, St. Louis, 

Columbia College, New York City, . 

Commonwealth, The, Publisher, 

Concord, iV. II., City Clerk, 

Conkling, Clinton L., Springfield, 111., 

Connecticut Board of Education, 

Coolidge, Algernon, M. D., 50 numbers of periodicals 

Corbin, P., and H., New York City., 

Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., 

Creery, William R., Baltimore, M. D., 

Cronin, David E., Binghampton, JV. Y., . 

Cross, .Tames M., Providence, R. I., 

Cullis, Charles, 31. D., . 

Curaings, Bradley N., 45 numbers of periodical; 

Cupples, Joseph G., 

Curtis, P. G 

Cutter, Charles A., 

Dalton, Henry R., . 

Dana, E. E., 1 number of a periodical, 

Dana, Hon. Richard H., Jr., . 

Deane, Charles, ..... 

Deblois, Stephen G., 

Deborah, Die, Publisher, Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Dellinger, Fanny, 1 newspaper, 

Dennet, W. H., ... 

Derby, George, M. D., 

Detroit, Mich., Board of Education, 

Deutscher Medicinischer Verein, 178 numbers 

icals, . 

Dexter, Franklin B., New Haven, Conn., . 
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 
Dixon, Thomas, Sunderland, . 
Douglass, D. De Forrest, Springfield, 
Dow, J. E., Peoria, III., .... 
Drake, Francis S., . 

Drew, M., 

Drummond, Josiah H., Portland, Me., 
Dubois, Patterson, Philadelpihia, Pa., 
Duren, Dea. Elnathan F., Bangor, Me., 
Durrie, Daniel S., Madison, Wis., . 
Dwelshanvers, Celestine, . . . . 

Dwight, Edmund, 

Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Edes, Rev. Richard S., Bolton, 

Eissfeldt, Ferdinand, .... 

Eliot, John Fleet, 

Emerson, Hon. George B., 1 photograph, 3 m; 

bers of pci-iodicals, 2 broadsides, 
Essex Institute, Salem, 
Evans, Rev. F. W., . . . 
Everett, Horace, Philadelphia, Pa., 
Fall River, Public Library, 
School Committee, 



aps, 



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Vols. 



Pph. 



Ferris, B. G., Ithaca, N. F, . 

Fitchburg Railroad Company, . 

Fliigel, Dr. Felix, Leipzig, Germany, 

Foley, William J., . 

Foot, Samuel A., Geneva, If. Y., 

Foote, Rev. Henry W., 

Ford, William E., . 

Forssman, O. W. A., Cape Town, 

Foster, William H. , . . . 

Fowler, M. F., 

Franks, Augustus W., Executor of tlie Estate of F. Slade 

London, ....... 

Freeman, William F., and Co., 
French, Hon. Henry F., . 

Gaffield, Thomas, 

Gardner, William S., 

Garrison, W. P., Heiv York City, 

General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church 

through W. S. Perry, .... 

George, W. S., and Co., Lansing, Mich., 
Georgia, University of, Athens, 
Globe Publishing Company, .... 
Goel, 3Irs. G. B., 7 numbers of periodicals, 
Gorham Manufacturing Company, New York City, 
Gould, Prof. B. A., Cordoba, Argentine Republic, 
Graham, William, Detroit, Jlich., 
Grahame, T., 165 newspapers, . 
Gray, Hon. William, 
Green, Samuel A., iM. D., 
Greene, Rev. J. S. Copley, Brookline, 
Greenough, William W., . 
Guild, Chester, .... 

Guild, Curtis, and Co., 
Guild, Reuben A., Providence, R. I., 
Gunn, R. A., M. D., Neiu York City, 
Hale, Hon. Charles, .... 
Hale, Rev. Charles R., Auburn, N. Y, 
Harding, William P., 
Harrison, W., and Son, London, 
Hart, Charles H., Pennsylvania, Pa., 
Harvard College, Cambridge, 

Museum of Comparative Zoology, 

Peabody Museum, 

Medical College, 

Haskins, Rev. David G., Cambridge, 



Haskins, Rev. George Foxcroft, 

Hayes, John L., 1 newspaper, 

Haynes, Prof. Henry W., Burlington, Vermont, 

Hazard, Willis P., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Heiuzen, Karl, ..... 

Hill, William N., 

Hillard, Hon. George S., . 

Hingham. Agricultural and Horticultural 

School Committee, 



Society, 



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10 



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1 



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4 

31 

1 
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82 
3 

1 
3 



152 
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2 

101 
1 
1 



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D. C, 



ides 



Hinton, James, London, 

Hoadlcy, Charles J., Hariford, Conn., 

Hoar, lion. E. R., Concord, 

Holton Librarj', Brighton, 

Homans, I. Smith, New Yoi-Tc City, . 

Hooper, H071. Samuel, 

Howard, Cliarles P., North Reading, 

Howe, Samuel G., M. D., . 

Howe, William, .... 

Hoyt, Col. A. H., 

Hubbard, Luther P., Greenwich, Conyi.. 

Humphreys, Brig. Gen. A. A., Washingto 

Hunterian Club, Glasgow, Scotland, . 

Hurd and Houghton, New Yorh City, 

Index Association, Toledo, Ohio, 

Indiana Board of Agriciilture, Indianapolis, 

Indiana Institute for the Blind, Indianapolis, 

Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 

Iowa State Historical Society, Davenport, 

Israelite, The, Publisher, Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Jackson, Charles, 245 numbers of periodicals, 2 broad 

Jackson, Mrs. Charles, ..... 

Jackson, Charles F., . 

Jarvis, Edward, 31. D., . 

Jay, Hon. John, United States Minister at Vienna, 

Jeflrics, B. Joy, M. D., 

Jeffries, John, Jr., 30 numbers of periodicals, . 

Jenkins, Josepli H., 1 broadside, 

Jennison, Rev. Joseph F., Chaplain of the 203d Pe 

vania Regiment, ...... 

Johnson, Rev. George D., NewhurypoH, . 

Jones, Jessie H., East Abington, 

Jordan, 0. J., . 

Joy, Prof. Charles A., New Yorh City, . 

Kaiserliche Konigliche Geologische Reichsanstalt, Vi 

Keep, N. C, M. D., 43 numbers of periodicals, 

Kellaway, Elder W., ..... 

Kenyon College, Gamhier, Ohio, 

Kingman, K. P., 

Koenigiiche bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften 

Munich, ...... 

Lancaster. Library Committee, 

Landreth, David, and Son, Philadelphia, Pa., 

Langworthy, Rev. LP.,. 

Laurie, Rev. Thomas, Providence, R. I., . 

Lawrence, Abbott, 6 numbers of periodicals, 

Lawrence, William Beach, 

Lawrence. Free Public Librar3% 

Lawson, L. M., M. D., Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Leeds, England, Public Library, 

Leicester. Public Library, 

■ School Commitee, .... 

Lemay, L. Pamphile, Quebec, 
Lenox, James, New York City, 



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1 

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54 

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43 

1 



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Ohio 



Leonard, Rev. George, East Marshfield, . 

Lewis, Winslow, M. D., 4 numbers of periodicals, 

engraved portraits, 
Lewiston, 3Ie.. City Clerk, 

Liberal Christian, The, Publisher, Kew York City, 
Library of the General Staff, Cairo, Egypt, 
Licking County Pioneer Association, Newark, 
Ligue de I'Enseignement, Paris, 
Lincoln, Henry W., ..... 

Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia, Pa., 
List and Franck, Leipzig, Germany, 
Liverpool, England, Free Public Library, 
Livingston, G. F., Manchester, N, H., 
Lodge of St. Andrew, .... 

Loring, James Spear, Brooklyn, N. Y., 

Loring, John G., 11 engraved portraits, 1 plaster bust, 

Loubat, J. F., New York City, . 

Low, Peter, ...... 

Lowell. City Clerk, 

City Library, ..... 

Mc Cleary, Samuel F., City Clerk, , 

Mc Demiott, Thomas M. 

Mac Donald, »S'irJohn A., Ottawa, . 
McMichael, Morton, Philadelphia, Pa., . 
Magee, Henry F., 7 numbers of periodicals, 
Maine. Secretary of State, 

State Library, .... 

Manchester, England, Public Free Libraries, 

Mann, B. Pickman, Cambridge, 

Marble, Albert P., Worcester, . 

Martin, Charles, M. D., Navy Yard, Charlesto 

Martin, Hon. Silas N., Wilmington, N. C, 

Massachusetts, State of, . 

Agricultural College, Amherst, 

Board of Health, . . . , 

Bureau of Statistics of Labor, 

Charitable Mechanics Association, 

Eclectic Medical Society, 

• General Hosjiital, . 

Horticultural Society, . 

Institute of Technology, 

Medical Society, 20 numbers of periodicals, 

Railroad Commissioner, 

Secretary of the Commonwealth, 

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to 

State Library, 

State Lunatic Hospital, . 

Temperance Alliance, . 

May, Rev. Samuel, Leicester, . . . 
Mendels, Jacob, ..... 

Merchants' and Manufacturers' Bulletin, Publi 

cinnati, Ohio, ..... 
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 
Michigan State Library, Lansing, 1 newspaper, 



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No. 88. 



Miller, Charles A., New York City, 3, GOO Union and seces- 
sion envelopes, ...... 

Minnesota. Historical Society, St. Foul, . 

Superintendent of Public Instruction, . 



Moore, J. F., 

Mori, JIo)i. Arinori, Japanese Ambassador, 
Mosely, Edward S., Ncu-hiirypoyi, . . 
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, South HacUey, 
Munsell, Joel, Albany, N. Y., .... 
Nation, The, Publisher, New York City, 113 numb 

periodicals, 550 newspapers. 
National Association of Wool Manuficturers, . 
National Deaf-Mute College, Washington, D. C, 
Nauniann, Dr. Robert, Leipzig, Germany, 
Nelson, Horatio, ...... 

New Bedford, City of, 

Free Puhlic Library, .... 

Newcomb, John B., Elgin, 111., 
New En^'land Cotton Manufacturers" Association, 
New England Freedmen's Aid Society, 18 numbers o 
odicals, ....... 

New England Historic Genealogical Society, 

NeM' England Society, Orange, N. J., 

New Hampshire. Asylum for the Insane, Concord, 

Secretary of State, .... 

Newton. Free Library, ..... 
Theological Institution, 

New York, City, Apprentices' Library, 

Astor Library, ..... 

Board of Commissions of Public Charitie 

Correction, ...... 

Board of Health, ..... 

' City Mission and Tract Society, . 

Commissioners of Public Parks, 

Genealogical and Biographical Society, 

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesme 

Life Insurance Company, 

Medico-Legal Society, .... 

Mercantile Library Association, 

Young Men's Christian Association, 

New York, State, Board of Commissioners of Public 
ities, ........ 

Chamber of Commerce, 

Department of Public Instruction, 

Engineer and Sui'veyor, 

— ■ Ivibrary, ...... 

Lunatic Asvlum, ..... 

Nichols, Prof. W. R., 

Northern Pacific Railroad Company, 

Ohio. Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 

State Library, . . . 

Omaha, Nebraska, Library Association, . 
Onderdouk, Henry, Jr., Jamaica, Long Island, 
Ontario. Library of Parliament, Toronto, 



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11 



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Pph. 



Paine, Prof. J. K., Camhridge, 

Paine, Prof. Martyn, New York City, 

Palfrey, Hon. John G., Cambridge, . 

Palmer, Julius A., 30 newspapers, 

Parker, J. H., London, ..... 

Parrish, Clemnions, Philadelphia, Pa., 

Parvin, T. S., Iowa City, 

Peabody Academy of Science, Salem, 

Peabody Institute, Baltimore, 3Id., . 

Peabody Institute, Peahody, .... 

Peck, George W., Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Peirce, Gen. E. W., Freetown, .... 

Pennsylvania. Board of Public Charities, 

Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, 



and 



Perkins, Charles C, . 

Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the 

Blind, 

Perry, Hon. Eli, Albany, N. Y., 

Perry, John B., Carnbridge, .... 

Perry, T. S., 

Philadelphia, Pa., Apprentices' Library Company 

City Institute, . . • . 

College of Pharmacy, .... 

Fairmount Park Art Association, . 

Library Company, 

Mercantile Library Company, 

Philbrick, John D., Superintendent of Schools, 
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. //., . 
Pittsburgh, Pa., Young Men's Mercantile Library 

Mechanics' Institute, ..... 
Poore, Hon. Ben Perley, Washington, D. C, . 

Por^e, Alice M., 

Potter, Thomas Bayley, London, 

Powers, Thomas H., Philadelphia, Pa.. . 

Prairie Farmer, The, Publisher, Chicago, 111., . 

Pratt, John M. AV., Taunton, 59 numbers of periodicals 

84:-t newspapers, ...... 

Preble, Capt. George H., U. S. N., Charlestown, 
Providence, R. I., City of, .... 

Athenfeum, ...... 

Woman's Christian Association, 

Putnam Library, Dayton, Ohio, 

Quincy, Eliza Susan, ..... 

Quincj% Hon. Josiah, 24 numbers of periodicals, fi2 broad 

sides, ........ 

Raymond, Mrs., ...... 

Rayner, John J., Lexington, 464 newspapers, . 

Read, William, M. D., 

Reading. Trustees of Public Library, 
Reiche, Charles, ...... 

Rhode Island. Board of State Charities and Corrections 

Medical Society, Providence, 

Rice, Roswell, Shushan, iV. Y., 12 broadsides, . 

Rich, Gilbert, W., 

Richardson, Hon. William A., Washington,, D. C, 
Roberts, John P., Alfred, Me., .... 



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Rochdale, England, Free Public Library 
Rochester, N. Y., University of, 
Rolfe, William J., Cambridge, . 

Ross, Daniel, 

Ross James, jMadison, Wis., 
Royal Astronomical Society, London, 
Royal Geographical Society, London, 
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 
Runnels, Rev. M. T., Sanbornton, N. II., 
Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N. J., 
St. Louis, Mo., Board of Public Schools, 

Mercantile Library Association, 

■ Public School Library, . 

Salem, City Clerk, .... 

Salem, Ohio, Union School, 

Salford, England, Museum and Library, 

Sandford, Rev. Enoch, Raynham, 

San Francisco, Cal., Superintendent of Common Schools 

Sanger, Hon. George P., Cambridge, 5 newspapers, 10 

broadsides, ..... 
Saturday Express, The, Publisher, 
Savage, E. H.', Chief of Police, . 
Saville, Mrs. Mary,' The Estate of, . 
Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, 
Seaman, Ezra C, . . . . 
Searle, F. A, 605 playbills, 
Seeley, J., Great Barrington, . 
Shaw, Benj. ^., M. D., . 
Shaw, Daniel, Albany, N. Y., . 
Shellabarger, Iloii. Samuel, Springfield, Ohio 
Shepard, Charles A. B., . 
Sibley, John L., Cambridge, 
Smith, Charles C, . . . . 

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C, 
Snider, D. J., St. Louis, Mo., . 
Snow, Edwin M., M. D., Providence, R 
Socifite Franklin, Paris, . 
Sons of Temperance. Grand Division of Massachusetts, 
Solheby, Wilkinson, and Hodge, London, 
Southbridge. Library Committee, 
Soiith Carolina, University of, Columbia, 
Spooner, Lysander, .... 
Springfield. City Library Association, 
Staehli, Francis R., M. I)., . . 
Start, Rev. AV. A., North Cambridge, 
Steele, James G., San Francisco, Cal., 
Steiger, E., New York City, 
Stevens, Henry, London, . 
Stevens, Simon, New York. City, 
Stimpson, Charles M., 2 broadsides, . 
Stockholm, City of, . 
Stoddard. Charles, .... 
Stone, Gen. C. P., Alexandria, Egypt, 
Stone, Hon, Jonathan, Charlestown, . 



10 



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1 
32 



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1 
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1 
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1 
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155 
1 



PUBLIC LIBRARY 



55 



Pph. 



Sumner, Hon. Charles, 2 newspapers, 5 broadsides, . . 62 45 

Sunday Times, The, Publisher, 2 

Sykes, Joseph, ......... 1 1 

Taunton. Public Library, • 1 

Taylor, H. P., 1 1 

Teele, A. K., Milton 1 

Temjiorar}' Asylum for Discharged Female Prisoners, 

Dedham, ......... 1 

Tenney, Eev. E. P., . 1 3 

Thayer, Caroline C, 3 

Thrailkill, John W., M. D., St. Louis, Mo., . . . 1 

Thurman, Hon. A. G., Charlottesville, Va., ... 1 

Tiele, P. A., Leyden, .... 

Titus, Charles H., 2 6 

Tobey, Hon. Edward S., 1 

Toner, J. M., M. D., 1 

Towne, Rev. Edward C., New Haven, Conn., 5 newspapers, 

Trumbull, Hon. J. H., Hartford, Conn., .... 1 

Tucker, W. W., 

Tufts College, College Hill, 5 

Turf, Field and Farm, The, Publisher, New York City, . 2 

Turner, Mrs. Abby D., 9 

Turner, Alfred T., i 

Union League, Philadelphia, Pa., 1 

United States. Board of Indian Commissioners, . . 1 

Bureau of Education, ...... 2 

Bureau of Navigation, 8 

Census Office, ....... 2 

Department of Agriculture, ..... 

Department of the Interior, 1 map, ... 87 

Department of State, ...... 17 

Department of the Post Office, .... 8 

Department of the Treasury, 3 broadsides, . . 4 1 

Department of "War, ...... 2 

— Library of Congress, " . 1 1 

Naval Observatory, ...... 3 

Office of the Chief Engineers, .... 2 

Patent Office, 56 1 

Quartermaster General's Office, .... 1 I 

Surgeon General's Office, 2 broadsides, . . 11 

United States Military Post Library Association, New 

York City, 

United States National Prison Association, Washington, 

D. C, ] 

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., . ' . 

Vermont, State of, ....... . 2 

Asylum for the Insane, Brattlehord' , ... 1 

State Library, 5 1 

Vermont Kecord and Farmer, The, Publisher, Brattle- 

horo\ .......... 1 

Veterans' National Committee, N'ew York City, . . 1 

Vibbert, Rev. G. II., 2 101 

Vinton, Frederic, Washington, D. C, . . . . 1 

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., .- . . . 1 



56 



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No. 88. 



Wadman, Theopli. G. , 

Wallace, Capt. W., U. S. Marine Corps, 3 newspapers, 

1 medal, 

Waltham. Public Library, ...... 

"Ware, Rev. Jobn F. W., ....... 

Ware, William, ........ 

Warner, Hermann J., Cambridge, ..... 

Warner, IIoi. Oliver, 

Warren, Ho?i. G. Washington, ...... 

Warren, J. Collins, M. £>., 

Washington, Z>. C, Board of Trustees of Public Schools, 
Watertown, Free Public Library, ..... 
Watson, Winslow, M., Washington, D. C, 
Webster, Warren, M. D., U. S. A., Fort Independence, . 

Weld, Theodore D., Hyde Park, 

Wells, S. E., New York City, 

Wenzel, Iwan, 

Wesleyan University, Ifiddletown, Conn., 
Western Farmer, The, Publisher, Madison, Wis., . 
Western Lunatic Asylum, Staunton, Va., 

Westford, Town of, 

Wheeler, William A., 11 numbers of periodicals, 1 map. 
White, James C, M. D., 15 numbers of pferiodicals, 1 

broadside, ......... 

White, 3Irs. Warren, 361 numbers of periodicals, 475 news- 

jiapers, ......... 

Whiteley, John, Shirley Village, ..... 

Whiting, Uon. William, . 

Whitney, Rev. F. A., Allston, 49 numbers of periodicals, 
AVhitney, James L., 3 numbers of periodicals, . 
Whitney, Prof. Josiah D., Cambridge, .... 
Whitney, Prof. AV. D., New Haven, Conn., 
Wilder, Pro/. Burt G., /if/jaca, iV.r., . . . . 

Wilder, Hon. Marshall P., 

Wilkins, E. T., M. D., Sacramento, Cal., .... 

Willard, Z. A., 

Wilcox, E. S., Peoria, 111., 

William and Mary, College of, Williamsburg, Va., . 

Williams, J. Otis, 

Wilson, Hon. Henry, Vice-President of the United States, 
Wilson, Henry W., 2 broadsides, . . . . 
Wilson, J. Ormond, Washington, JD. C, . 
Winchester, C. T., Middleiown, Conn., . . 
Wing, Alice M., 5 numbers of periodicals, 

Winship, J. P. C, Brighton 

Winsor, Justin, 

Winsor, Nathaniel, 

Winthrop, Ho7i. Robert C, Brookline, 1 portrait, 
Wisconsin. Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison, 

Historical Society, 1 broadside, .... 

Institution for the Blind, Janesville, 

State Agriculture Society, Madison, 

Withington, Joseph C, 

Woburn, Town Clerk 



238 

32 

1 

1 

1 



74 
4 
1 

3 
3 



1 

77 
1 
1 



2 

1 

14 



PUBLIC LIBEART. 



57 



Vols. 



Pph. 



Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, PhiladeJj^liia, 

Wood, Minard, ......... 1 

Woods, Joseph E., ....... . 1 

Worcester. City Clerk, ....... 1 

Free Public Library, ...... 

Wright, Col. Albert J., 14 

Wright and Potter, 1 

Wynian, Morrill, M. D., Cambridge, .... 1 

Yale College. New Haven, Conn., ..... 

Linonian and Brothers' Library, .... 



58 



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appe:n^dix XII. 

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a Six months. 6 Removal of the library, c Ten months, d Eleven months (library not closed for 
examination), e New restrictions put upon costly books. / Nine months, f? Central library only, h If the 
issues at East Boston be excluded, this footing would be 296,.315; and if hall issues be excluded, there will be 
record of 293,710 volumes used at home, i Open seventy-eight days, m See report for 186S. n Includes 
books borrowed and returned the same daj', on white slips, as shown in Appendix XIII. o 1'he E. B. Branch 
was open only 307 days, owing to repairs on furnace, p Includes the largest of each department on any day, 
without regard to its being the same day, as in previous entries under this bead. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



59 



APPENDIX XIII. 

LOWER HALL. 

Books returned for each month. (Books issued appear in Appendix XTI.) 

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60 



CITY DOCUMENT. 



No. 88. 



APPENDIX XIY. 

REGISTRATION. 



IV. 



VI. 



Note. The first registration, 18.54-8, 
had 17,066 names ; the second, 1859-67, 
had 52,829 names. 



Applications. <J 



C Central Library 
E. B. Branch . . 
S. B. Branch . . 

ITotal 



Applications 
sent to I'olice, 



f Central Library 
E. B. Branch . 



^Ior verincauou 
when needed.) 



I. Total 



( Central Lib' ary ■ 



Cards Refused, 
(mostly for non-^ 
residency 
under age. ) 



Cards not called 
for during the 
year. 



E. B. Branch 
S. B. Branch 



Total 



Central Library . 
E. B. Branch . . 
S. B. Branch . . 
Total 



Applications 
Cancelled. (Six 
months on file, 
and one month 
longer after no- 
tice.) 



Cards in use (de- 
ductingClasses 
III and V). 



f Central Library . 



E. B. Branch 
S. B. Branch 
Total .... 



' Central Library . 
E. B. Branch . . 
S. B. Branch . , 
Total 



Third Registration. 



12,057 



12,057 



2,810 



6,490 



3,462 



3,462 



6,577 



1,904 



1,904 



7.096 
2,320 



9,416 

3,040 
1,012 



4,052 



321 

393 
117 



1,215 



1,215 

30,150 
2,240 



32,390 



993 

232 

7,913 

2,876 

474 



267 

28 



439 
151 



590 

264 
82 



36,307 
3,123 



39,430 



6,670 

826 

3,094 

10,590 

3,419 
266 
645 

4,330 

288 
10 



409 

93 

179 

681 

196 
45 
82 

323 

42493 
3,894 
3,180 

49,567 



45,578 
4,139 
3,326 

53,043 

17,511 

1,752 

645 

19,908 

1,410 

118 

64 

1,592 

3,086 
361 
179 

3,626 

1,675 

127 

82 

1,884 



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61 



APPENDIX XIV. — Continued. 
MEMORANDA. 



Memoranda. 



Largest weekly number of applicants . 

Month of this last 

Smallest weekly number of applicants . 

Month of this last 

Weekly average 

Largest dally number 

Date of same 

Smallest daily number 

Date of same 

Dorchester applicants* 

Cards rejjorted lost 

Of these replaced 

Cards detained for fines 

Cancellation warnings 

Of these cards called for 



1872. 



202 

Oct. 

56 

May 

128 

39 

Feb. 28. 

2 

Sept. 18. 

295 

2,493 

1,636 

273 

327 

63 



18T3. 



Central 
Library. 



204 

Nov. 

58 

June 

128 

46 

Sept. 28. 

1 

May 30. 

285 

2,483 

1,701 

350 

241 

45 



16 
14 
Feb. 1. 




402 

209 

382 

51 



S. B. 



197 

May 

17 

Dee. 

60 

53 

May 11. 

2 
May 30. 



711 
512 
192 
112 



* The number of Dorchester applicants reported in 1870 was 565; in 1871, 293, making 
with the above, to date, 1,438. 



62 



CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 



appe:n^dix xy. 



BOOKS RECOMMENDED. USE OF BRITISH PATENTS, AND TOSTI 

ENGRAVINGS. 





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KOTE. — The column of " Received since " denotes those received of the " Total recommended," the 
same year. What may be in subsequent years received of such "Total recommended," does not appear 
in this table. For instance, of the 1,120 — (183 + 423) = 514 not received in 1868 of the total recommended 
that year, a large part has since been received. 

* The partial disuse of the Bates Ha'l, on account of the alterations going on, affected this number. 

P«<«/r;.s.— The American and French Patents have been placed in an alcove contiguous to the room 
of the British Patents, and the whole collection put in charge of a curator. No record is made of the use 
of either the American or French Patents. 

Svgravinas. — These are shown by the Curator, Mondays and Saturdays; and the statistics refer 
only to the bound volumes, not to those framed and on the walls. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



63 



APPENDIX Xyi. 



BATES HALL READING, 











Percentage 


OF Use. 








Classifications. 


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English History, Topography, Biogra- 
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16 


19 


American (North and South) History, 
Topography, Biography, Travel and 


6 
5 


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10 
6 


8 
6 


12 

7 


12 
4 


12 
5 


12 
5 


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5 


10 

4 


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French History, Topography, Biogra- 
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6 


Germanic History, Topography, Biog- 
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2.5 


2 


2.5 


2 


4 


3 


3 


3 


2 


2 


3 


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4 


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2 


3 


3 


2 


2 


2 


2 


1 


1 


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3.5 


3.5 


2.5 


4 


4 


5 


5 


3 


3 


3 


4 


General and Epochal History, Geogra- 
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3 


3 


3 


3 


3 


2 


2 


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2 


Greek, Latin, and Philology 


3 


3.5 


3 


3 


3 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


3 




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3 


3 


3 


1 


2 


1 


1 


1 


1 


1 




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7 
9 
4 


1.5 

6 

12 

4 


2.3 

6 

16.5 

4.6 


5 

11 

8 

3 


7 
7 
6 
3 


5 

8 
8 
4 


4 
9 
8 
3 


5 

10 

8 

4 


1 
8 
9 
4 


1 

10 

11 

5 


1 




8 


Fine Arts 


in 


Natural History and Science 


3 


Theology, Ecclesiastical History, Ethics, 


11 

7 


11 
5 


8.5 
4.6 


4 

8 


4 
6 


8 
6 


9 
8 


8 
8 


11 
9 


14 
9 


10 


Medicine 


8 


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1.5 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 





3 


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Useful Arts, Mathematics, Physics, etc. 


5.5 


5.5 


7.5 


7 


8 


7 


6 


5 


6 


8 


5 


Miscellaneous Pamphlets, bound . . . 


2 


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.75 


2 


1 


2 


1 


3 


3 


3 


2 



Note. — In computing this percentage, the use of books in the Bowditch, Parker and 
Prince Libraries, — which are kept apart from the general classifications of the Library, — 
is reckoned as nearly as possible and included in the usual divisions, as is indicated in the 
table. See Explanations to Appendix IX. 

The want of a Catalogue to the Spanish books of the Ticknor Library has continued to ' 
prevent any use of those book.s which would enter into the statistics. 

During a considerable part of the year the last nine classes were partially inaccessible on 
account of the alterations in the Hall, which has caused the unusual diminution of the per- 
centage of use of those classes. 



64 



CITY DOCUMENT. No. 88. 

APPENDIX XYIL 

LOWER HALL READING, 





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PUBLIC LIBRAEY. ' 73 

APPEI^DIX XXIII. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. 

JUSTIN WINSOE, Superintendent. 

William A. Wheelek, Assistant Superintendent. 

James L. Whitney, Principal Assistant. 

Miss A. A. Nichols, Accountant. 

John Barry, Superintendent's Runner. 

CATALOGUE DEPARTMENT. 

William A. Wheeler, Chief. 
James L. Whitney, Principal Assistant; Max Auerbach, Assistant and 
Curator of Patent Room ; J. Otis Williams, Curator of Pamphlets and En- 
gravings ; William H. Foster, Proof-Reader. 

Mrs. R. M. Eastman, Extra Work ; Miss M. E. Joslyn, Assistant ; Miss 
A. B. Loud, Pamphlets; Miss A. P. Call, Cataloguer for Branches; Miss 
Margaret W. McGrath, Curator of Public Card Catalogue. 

Miss Alice M. PorSe, Lower Hall Assistant. 

ORDERING AND RECEIVING DEPARTMENT.. 

Miss Harriet N. Pike, Chief Clerk. 
Miss Mary A. McGrath, Assistant; Miss Elizabeth J. Stevenson, ^iVews- 
papers and Duplicates ;^E.\\QVi Stevenson, Attendant. 

SHELF DEPARTMENT. 

Mrs. L. T. Barton, Custodian. 
Appleton P. C. Griffin, Assistant Custodian; Annie M. Kennedy, Assistant. 

BATES HALL DEPARTMENT. 

Joseph Syk.es, Keeper. 
Charles A. Wilson, Assistant Keeper ; Miss^L. S. Norton, Miss E. T. Hill, 
Assistants. 

Charles H. Ginness, John Bresnahan, Charles M. Stimpson, Runners. 

LOWER HALL DEPARTMENT. 

Edward Capen, Keeper. 
Miss Elizabeth S. Haley, Delivery Clerk ; Miss Lydia F. Knowles, Receiv- 
ing Clerk ; Miss Lucy A. W- Ginness, Keeper's Clerk ; Miss Elizabeth Ross, 
Misses Eliza J. Mack, Sarah A. Mack, Ellen E. Bresnahan, Assistants. 

Eliza F. Cotter {monitor), Ellen F'. McCarthy, Ella Sturiny,'Henrietta E. 
Mack {extra), Florence E. Ginness {extra). Runners. 
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Elbridge Bradshaw, Registration Clerk. 
Miss Matilda J. Eoss, Assistant Registration Clerk. 
Miss Caroline E. Poree, Reading Room Attendant. 
Evening Service. J. M. W. Pratt, Registration Clerk; P. G. Pratt, jr., 
Delivery Clerk; Miss Catharine McGrath, Receiving Clerk; Miss Amelia 
McGrath, Assistant; W. F. Eobinson, Reading Room Attendant; Charles 
H. and Otis K. Moses, Runners. 

Sunday Service. W. P. Eobinson, Reading Room Attendant. 

JANITOEIAL DEPARTMENT. 

William E. Pord, Janitor. 
Thomas Collins, Assistant. 

BINDING DEPARTMENT. 

Prank P. Hathaway, Foreman. 
Andrew M. Blake, Mrs. Martha Wheeler, Assistants. 
Note. — The binderies of Theodore Jackson, Jerome Seidensticker and 
G. H. Plattich are also employed. 

EAST BOSTON BEANCH. 

Miss Sarah C. Godbold, Librarian. 

Miss Mary E. Pray, Miss A. M. Wing, Assistants. 

Mary E. Cathcart, Runner. 

G. H. Hosea, Janitor. 

Misses Mary Lennon, Martha Hill, Emma Pond, G. Chilcott, and Kate 

Greene, Substitutes and extra Assistants. 

Mrs. M. L. George, Sunday Service. 

SOUTH BOSTON BEANCH. 

Mrs. Anna C. D. Keen, Librarian. 

Miss Clara P. Mulloy, Miss L. Anna Baldwin, Assistants. 

H. E. McCarthy, Runner. . 

Joseph Baker, Janitor. 

Misses E. A. Eaton {also Sunday Service), A. Bragdon, E. Watson, H. 

Twing, and M. Webster, Substitutes and extra Assistants. 

ROXBUEY BEANCH. 

I Miss H. C. Price, Librarian. 

Mrs. Julia A. Nye, Miss Marietta Goldsmith, Assistants. 

Margaret E. Blood, Runner. 

Charles E. Curtis, Janitor. 

Substitutes and extra assistants not yet engaged. 



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AGENCY DEPARTMENT. 

Messrs. Lee & Shepard, Boston. 

Messrs. Little, Brown & Co., and Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, 
Boston and London. 
Mr. F. W. Christern, and M. Charles Reinwald, New York and Paris. 
Dr. Felix Flugel, Leipsic. 
Chev. Eugenio Alberi, Florence. 



SUMMARY. 

Regulars. Extras. 

Superintendent , 1 

Accountant and Superintendent's Runner .... 2 

Catalogue Department 10 1 

Ordering and Receiving Department ..... 4 

Shelf Department 3 

B. H. Circulating Department 7 

L. H. Circulating Department, Day Service ... 14 2 

L. H. Circulating Department, Evening and Sunday Service 7 

Janitorial Department ........ 2 

Binding Department 3 

East Boston Branch 5 6 

South Boston Branch 5 5 

Roxbury Branch . 5 

Totals 61 21 

21 

Grand Total 82 



76 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 88. 



APPENDIX XXIY. 

REPORT ON THE EXAMINATION OF THE LIBRARY. 

To the Superintende7it : — 

Sir, — The report which I now present hicliides the re- 
sults of the examination of the Central Library, since the 
repairs have been completed, and also the second report upon 
the East Boston Branch, and the first report upon the South 
Boston Branch. 

Owing to the alterations in progress in the Bates Hall last 
year, it was impossible to conduct a minute examination of that 
portion of the Library, and the usual report in detail was 
omitted. The present report, therefore, covers the period 
that has elapsed since April 30, 1871. Within this period, the 
books on each side of the Hall have been twice moved, and 
numerous misplacements resulting therefrom have rendered 
the present examination more than usually perplexing. 

In the Bates Hall there were missing from the shelves 

at the time of examination .... 2,786 vols. 

Of these there were found, — 

Loaned ....... 758 

At the Binder's ...... 546 

Otherwise accounted for .... 1,452 

2,756 " 



Not at present accounted for, — 

Books ....... 29 

Maps 1 



30 " 



It is gratifying to be able to state that not a single volume 
is missing from either of the Special Libraries, and that the 
western alcoves, which were the first completed, and liave been 
twice read by the shelf-catalogues, show but eight missing 
volumes. This is not in excess of former results. The 



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remainder of the missing volumes belong in the eastern al- 
coves, more recently completed ; and, as there is no record 
to show that they have been loaned, it is probable that some 
of them will be brought to light at another reading of the 
shelf-catalogues. 

One volume reported missing in 1869 and one in 1870 
have appeared in their places during the past year. 

In the Lower Hall there were missing from the shelves 

at the time of examination ..... 5,075 vols. 
Loaned ....... 4,159 

At the Binder's 216 

Otherwise accounted for .... 674 

5,048 " 



Not at present accounted for, — 
Fiction .... 

Duplicates of Fiction . 
Miscellaneous . . . • 



6 
11 

9 



26 



Only two of these volumes have been found loaned dur- 
ing the year ; while nine are recent accessions. Most of them 
may be accounted for as mis-numbered, an accident which is 
liable to occur. 

None of the volumes have appeared which were reported 
missing at the last exauiination ; but four have been found 
which were missing in 1867, and one which was missing in 
1870. All of these volumes were mis-numbered. 

The number of books missing from each alcove, is as 
follows : — 



1st alcove 


1 vol. 


10 th alcove . 


1 vol 


4th " . 


3 " 


11th " 


2 " 


5th '^ . 


1 " 


13th " 


1 " 


6th " . 


1 " 


17th " 


1 " 


7th " . 


3 " 


20th " 


1 " 


8th " . . . 


1 " 


Dup's of 4th alcove 


6 " 






■ Dup's of 4th alcove 


6 " 



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At the East Boston Branch there were missinor from the 



shelves at the time of examination 

Loaned 

At the Binclei-'s . . . . , 
Otherwise accounted for ... 


1,557 vols 

1,346 

128 

77 

1,551 " 


Not at present accomited for, — 




Fiction 

Juveniles 


2 
2 

4 " 



At the South Boston Branch there were missing from the 

shelves at the time of examination . . 2,061 vols. 

Loaned ....... 1,810 

At the Binder's 194 

Otherwise accounted for ... 57 

2,061 " , 

I have also to report that tliere are no books of reference 
at present missing from the Bates Hall desk, and that Burke's 
Dictionary of English peerage, which was reported missing 
last year, has since been found at the Binder's. 

From the desk in the Periodical Reading Room there are 
missing, — 

Arnault's Biographic des Contemporains, vol. 15. 
Haydn's Dictionarj' of dates. 
Martin's Hand-book of biography. 
Webster's Counting-house dictionary. 
Wheeler's Noted names of fiction. 
Wood and Bache's Dispensatory. 

Also, from the S. B. Branch Reading Room, a Catalogue 
of the E. B. Branch was missing Dec. 24, 1872. 

Respectfully submitted. 

L. T. BARTON, 

Custodian of the Shelves. 
Public Library, May 14, 1873. 



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APPENDIX XXV. 

WORK IN THE LIBRARY BINDERY. 



Character of Work. 



Bates Hall books bound and finished . 
Books of the Lower Hall and Branches 
Books repaired 



Catalogues wired and covered for public use in Lower 
Hall and Branches 



Maps dissected and mounted . . . . 
Map-volumes and shelf-lists mounted 

Pamphlet cases 

Portfolios 



Removable covers for catalogues, and paper covered 
books 



Maps mounted, bound and bordered 
Hours of misceUaneous work . . . 



18T0-1. 



1871-3. 



18T3-3. 



2,219 


2,008 


1,015 


744 


396 


430 


490 


437 


47 


28 


212 


165 


546 


64 


5 


8 


266 


263 


54 


41 


1,842 


2,297 



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APPENDIX xxyi. 

THE BARTON LIBRARY. 
Prepared bt the President of the Trustees. 

A brief account of the negotiation which ended in the pur- 
chase of the Barton Library may not be without interest. 

Late in the summer of 1869, Mr. F. W. Cliristern, the emi- 
nent bookseller and agent of the Library in New York, 
made known to Mr. Winsor, the Superintendent of the Li- 
brary, the desire of Mrs. Barton to arrange for some satis- 
factory disposition of the collection formed by her deceased 
husband. A direct correspondence was opened with her; 
and in September she visited the Library, and had interviews 
with the Superintendent and Mr. Ticknor. A valuation was 
made of her books, shortly after, by two well-known bibliog- 
raphers. Dr. Joseph G. Cogswell and Mr. Joseph Sabin of 
New York, and in December her terms were given to the 
Trustees in the sum of $45,000 for a collection of books 
which had cost Mr. Barton more than $60,000, and which 
had increased considerably in value since they were pur- 
chased. The conditions of sale were substantially those 
which formed part of the final contract, viz., that the books 
should be kept together as one collection, and that they 
should not be loaned from the building. Notwithstanding 
the liberality of these terms, the want of pecuniary means at 
the disposal of the Trustees compelled them to decline the 
offer, and the correspondence terminated in January, 1870. 

Two years later negotiations were resumed, and the sum 
of $40,000 was named as a basis, with other conditions not 
previously stated. This amount also could not be obtained 
trom any source accessible to the Trustees. On the 13th 
April, 1872, so anxious had she become that the collection 
should be safely placed^in the Bates Hall, that she reduced 



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her price to $30,000, annexing the new condition that she 
should retain 1,500 volumes during her lifetime. 

This concession was so large that the Trustees determined 
to make an effort to obtain the amount. So important did 
the proposed acquisition appear, that they felt justified in ar- 
rano:ino- to set aside from the interest of the Trust Funds be- 
longing to the Library, in the course of two or three j^ears, 
the sum of $10,000 — and that an appeal for the sum of 
$20,000 should be made to such friends of education and 
polite letters in our community as could appreciate the worth 
of the collection, and might be disposed to contribute to the 
purchase. Mr. Hillard, of the Board of Trustees, prepared a 
suitable circular, which was issued on the last of May. Of 
the sum desired, about $2,000 only was subscribed ; and fur- 
ther action was deferred until the autumn, Mrs, Barton hav- 
ing extended her refusal to Nov. 1st. 

This was the condition of affairs on the return of the Pres- 
ident of the Board from Europe in Septeml)er last. It was 
seen that further steps must be taken if the library was to 
be secured to Boston. Conferences were held with the 
Mayor, and the Committee upon the Public Library of the 
City Goverument, whereby the co-operation of the City was 
to be arranged, and a further extension of time was obtained 
to the first of January. 

Just as a plan was matured, which met the approval of the 
Trustees and of the committee, the disastrous fire of Novem- 
ber removed all hope of immediate assistance from the City 
Treasury ; and they withdrew from the negotiation, in- 
forminsr Mrs. Barton that if the events of the future should 
improve their condition, and the library still remained in her 
possession, they should desire to reopen a correspondence. 

Most unexpectedly to the Trustees, the correspondence was 

reopened by Mrs. Barton in February of the present year, 

when she informed them, through their Superintendent, that 

other parties were moving to obtain possession of her collec- 

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tion ; while at the same time she reiterated her preferences 
for the Boston Public Library, and inquired whether we had 
relinquished all expectation of acquiring it. 

A new effort was made, which, by the unanimous consent 
of all interests concerned, proved successfnl ; and on the 27th 
of March, a contract was signed by both parties, in which 
she agreed to sell to the Public Library of the City of Boston 
her collection for the sum of $34,000, upon the following 
conditions : — 

1st. The collection is to be kept in a separate alcove or 
alcoves or apartments of the Boston Public Library building, 
and is to be known and designated as the "Barton Library," 
which name shall be placed over the alcoves or room contain- 
ing said collection. 

2d. None of the books shall be loaned or permitted to be 
taken out of the Library, but the entire collection shall be 
kept and used for reference in the Library only. 

3d. A book-plate, of which the design shall be selected 
by Mrs. Barton, shall bo engraved and provided by the Li- 
brary, and pasted in each volume of the collection. 

4th. The Library shall cause a catalogue of the collection 
to be prepared so as to embody the information contained 
in Mr. Barton's catalogue, and shall cause the same to be 
printed and published as a separate catalogue within four 
years from the date of contract. 

By the fourth article of the contract, it was further agreed 
that the books, al)out one hundred in number, the personal 
property of Mrs. Barton before the death of her husband, 
were not to be included in the sale. 

The fifth article gave Mrs. Barton permission to retain 
during her lifetime about 800 volumes, which upon her de- 
cease were to revert to the Library. 

It will be noticed that the price finally agreed upon was 
larger than the one previously named. This had arisen from 
the fact that private circumstances, which she made known 



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to the Trustees, had rendered it necessary on her part to in- 
crease the sum at which she could in justice to herself dispose 
of the library. 

Early in May the delivery of the books frona her house in 
Z^ew York city began, which was completed before the close 
of the month, by the despatch of four cases from Montgom- 
ery Place, her residence at Barrytown, on the Hudson, 
whither had been sent from New York, a few days previously, 
five cases containing her own books, and the others to be re- 
tained by her during her lifetime. The whole library was 
packed in about seventy cases. 

Within two days after this fulfilment of the agreement, 
Mrs. Barton, early on the morning of the 22d May, sud- 
denly died at Montgomery Place. 

This bare narration gives no idea of the generous •spirit 
with which this most estimable lady carried forward every 
step of the contract. The library had been left to her by 
her husband's will, without condition, to do Avith as she 
pleased. But she knew that his desire had been that the la- 
bor of his lifetime should not be lost by the separation of 
his dearly prized books, and she determined that his wishes 
should be literally carried out. In doing this, she gave to 
the Barton Library everything in her possession which could 
add value to the collection, — the correspondence, autographs, 
and })lates, which would illustrate and complete it. She 
added a mask of Shakespeare's face, taken at Mr. Barton's 
expense from the monument at Stratford on Avon, and a 
statuette of Richard III, the work of Rogers. 

Note. — Of the sum of $34,000, the price to be paid under the contract for 
the Barton Library, $15,000 was directly appropriated for the purpose, by the 
City Council ; $10,000 was drawn from a sum at the disposal of the Trustees 
in the City Treasury; and the balance of $9,000 is to be paid previous to the 
first of January, 1874, 



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