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TWENTY-SECOND 



ANNUAL KEPOBT. 



1874: 



City Document. — No. 69. 



CITY OF BOSTON 




ANNUAL REPORT 



TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBEARY. 



1874. 



CITY OF BOSTO]^'. 

Public Library, July 10, 1874. 
His Honor, Samuel O. Oohb, Mayor of the City of Boston: 
Sir, — I have the honor to transmit to you, herewith, the 
Twenty-second Annual Report 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-SECOND ANNUAL EEPOET 

OF THE 

TEUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



In conformity with the reqnirements 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-second Annual 

REPORT, 

being the fifth made under the new Ordinance, and in- 
cluding the results of administration for the year ending on 
the 30th April last. 

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

The Examining Committee appointed in conformity with 
the Ordinance, consisted of W.C. Collar, Esq., Dr. Thomas B. 
Curtis, Rev. Charles E. Grinnell, Hon. Francis B. Hayes, 
Hon. Geo. Lunt, with the President of the Board as Chair- 
man. This Committee, appointed at the usual time, selected 
from citizens at large, was unable, from various personal en- 
gagements, to attend to the duties assigned them, until the 
mouth of June was nearly over. Their Report passes in 
review the administration of the Library as performing its 
functions of circulation and consultation, and examines the 
relations of the Superintendent and of the administrative 
force of the institution to the work of extending, so far as 
practicable, the uses of the Library to all classes of the popula- 



6 CITY DOCUMEKT. No. 69. 

tion. It is gratifying to the Board of Trustees that they 
speak ill such a favorable manner of the whole system of 
manaijcraent aiid its results. 

Of the iSuperintendent's Report, hereto annexed, it may 
justly be said that, with its Appendixes, it furnishes the full 
account of the manifold operations of the Library during the 
year, and embraces in systematic arrangement the facts im- 
portant to the public and to kindred institutions. With the 
addition of the Branches, the tabulations increase annually 
in extent and value, and are already recognized at home and 
abroad as among the best contributions to library statistics. 
A full examination of these pages is essential in order to obtain 
even in a moderate degree a comprehension of the nature of 
the work performed in the various departments of adminis- 
tration, and also of the character of its relations to the 
various communities which it now serves. 

It is gratifying to state that all the recommendations with 
regard to the building made by the Trustees to the City 
Council have been substantially met; and that its safety from 
fire both from without and within is, so far as practicable, 
secured. When the house and grounds adjacent to the Li- 
brary, purchased in 1872 as a provision needed for its exten- 
sion, are used for the purposes required, still further security 
will be obtained. 

The Branch service of the institution continues to perform 
its important and popular functions. During the past year 
the Roxbury Branch, in connection with the Fellowes Athe- 
nteum, entered upon its work, and by the annexation of 
Charlestown and Brighton the Trustees received as a portion 
of their responsibilities the charge of the free Libraries already 
established in those precincts. The regulations and by-laws 
controlling the principal Library and also the Branches already 
in operation, have been extended to the government of these 
accessions, and in time all the details of administration will 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. « 

conform to one common system. The arrangements for 
proper supervision on the part of the Trustees and of the 
Superintendent have been carefully made, so that the neces- 
sary attention shall be given to the peculiar and separate 
necessities of the smaller libraries. In this connection it 
cannot be too strongly impressed upon these different com- 
munities now united as one whole under the general title of the 
City of Boston, that it is the earnest desire of this Board, as 
well as the best policy of the institution, that each Branch and 
local Library shall be so far the object of esteem and apprecia- 
tion to the neighborhood to which it ministers, that it shall 
be the recipient of snch measure of benefaction by gift or be- 
quest as generosity may impel, with the certainty that every 
donation will be faithfully bestowed upon the object in the 
manner designated. 

These popular arms of the Library, including the Lower 
Hall collection in Boylston street, now contain in the aggre- 
gate over 80,000 volumes, and they distributed to readers 
last year 553,129 books. The great consulting and reference 
Library in Bates Hall, numbering about 180,000 volumes, 
was used by 72,313 visitors, exclusive of the examinations 
made of the Patent Documents. This enormous aggregate 
of 625,442 of circulation and use includes ten months of the 
Eoxbury Branch, and four months' administration of the 
Charlestown and Brighton Branches. The largest propor- 
tional circulation of books has been at the South Boston 
Branch, where each volume went out on the aYerao;e a "frac- 
tion over nineteen times. 

To the total number of volumes in all the collections given 
in the last report, 209,456, there has been added during the 
year the unprecedented number of 51,094volumes, an increase 
of nearly twenty-five per cent., making a grand total of 
260,550 volumes. This is mainly due to the accession of the 
Charlestown Library, with its 15,788 volumes, of the Holton 



8 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

Library at Brighton, with 11,037 volumes, and of the 12,057 
volumes of the Barton Library. These additions in value 
and importance are not exceeded, if equalled, in the previous 
annual growth of the institution. 

The purchase of the Barton Library, of which the details 
were given in the last annual report, has proved, on fuller ex- 
amination, to have been even more fortunate than was an- 
ticipated. Aside from the great value of its Shakespearian 
treasures, the extent and variety of its rare works and 
of its noble specimens of printing and binding, will make it 
in the future one of the most attractive points of an institu- 
tion which has heretofore enjoyed but few opportunities of 
placing upon its shelves works of similar rarity and value. 
It will properly be deposited in a room in the new fire-proof 
addition to the Library building now in process of erection, 
and to be completed in the late autumn. 

The Superintendent of the Library has rendered an invalu- 
able service to the institution and to the community in direct- 
ing by means of the last Class List in History, Biography, and 
Travel, the attention of readers to a better order of books 
than the unassisted knowledge of the great majority of peo- 
ple would have attained. Those who simply read for amuse- 
ment or occupation will find their objects equally accomplished 
by a higher grade of literature, if the books can be placed 
within easy reach. The increased application for better 
books, due to the last improvements of the modern catalogue, 
forms a most encouraging feature of the statistics of the free 
library service during the year just finished. The epigram 
applied to Dr. Johnson, that he was "a robust genius, born 
to grapple with whole libraries," finds its modern application 
in the much improved and speedier processes by which the 
unlearned, no less than the skilled reader, may easily 
ascertain the contents of the various departments of the 
Library. 

In this connection, the Trustees are happy to announce that 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 9 

the lonor and difficult work of catalo2:uin£f the Ticknor 
Library has been accomplished, and that the Index will 
go to press in the autumn. A suitable catalogue of so 
rich and important a collection of Spanish and Portu- 
guese books will form an addition to the bibliography of 
those languages, most desirable to scholars on both sides of 
the Atlantic. 

But these and other results are not attained without sys- 
tematized and concentrated labor and skill. The Public 
Library, with its Branches, employs in the various depart- 
ments of its work 103 persons. These are necessary to bring 
up the continuous record to date, to meet the daily demand 
upon the general resources of the institution, to continue the 
prompt production of the new books for the purposes of cir- 
culation, to provide immediate answer to the questions of in- 
quirers, to do the steady solid work of the cataloguers, and 
to cover the multifarious calls of an organization which neces- 
sarily includes for the use of books a larger instrumentality 
than has hitherto been attempted. 

The City Council have made the requisite pecuniary provis- 
ion for such immediate addition to the building, as will not only 
suffice for the present necessities of the institution, but will con- 
form also to the prospective needs of the future. The extension 
and enlargement of the south-west tower will give to the Li- 
brary the accommodation temporarily required for its binding 
department, for working rooms for a portion of the staff now 
scattered among the alcoves and galleries, for the Superinten- 
dent and the Board of Trustees, for a fire-proof place of de- 
posit for not only the Prince and Barton Libraries, but also for 
the card catalogues, and for the invaluable series of Ameri- 
can, English, and French Patent Reports. This new erection 
will make absolutely safe from fire large classes of costly 
works, including many either not easily obtainable, or almost 
priceless from rarity, and which constitute no inconsiderable 



10 CITY DOCUJMENT. No. 69. 

part of the value of a coriection rapidly becoming of national 
importance. * 

The statistics of the various reading-rooms show the results 
reached by this attractive service. So large an amount of 
. intellectual activity has been attached to the apparently ephe- 
meral form of periodical literary production during the past 
twenty years, that it not unnaturally holds out a strong induce- 
ment to readers to obtain by this means, by a moderate amount 
of exertion, the f:icts, theories and opinions prominent at the 
present time in the various departments of art and literature, 
and to ascertain the latest developments and their value in 
poetry and fiction. For the most part, it is noticeable that 
periodicals indicate possibly more quickly than the statistics 
of circulation the tastes, objects of inquiry and of daily in- 
terest, about which each district cares. 

Of the Sunday service, it may in general be said that it is 
not a distinguished success. But to attain this high point in 
the uses of the institution, no such result is necessary. 
The fact to be considered is simply whether the use is equiva- 
lent in value to the necessary expenditure, and this again is 
complicated by the question whether the cost of its main- 
tenance is in due proportion to the available resources ; but 
neither of these pecuniary considerations is of sufficient im- 
portance at the present time to produce in the minds of the 
Trustees any question as to the propriety of the continuance 
of the service. So far as the main and the most extensive 
reading-room in Boylston street is concerned, observation of 
the attendance indicates that a very considerable proportion 
of the frequenters consists of persons who do not or cannot 
visit the Library on ordinary week-days, such as reporters, 
mechanics, and those who work early and late in their 
daily vocation, without the opportunity of any convenient 
access to the weekly and monthly issues proceeding from the 
press. In respect to the Branches, this need does not yet 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 11 

appear to have clevelopecl itself to the same extent, and it is 
yet a question not entirely solved whether an}' proportional 
necessity exists for the continuance of the services in their 
districts. 

In concluding this Eeport, the Trustees can simply say they 
have endeavored to discharge their duties as prescribed by 
theOrdin^ance in extending the uses of the institution as largely 
as practicable to the inhabitants of Boston. But, in ap- 
proaching this result, the inevitable conclusion has followed 
that, in so doing, the Lil)rary has become of hirge importance 
to numerous classes elsewhere. By the directions of the 
City Government, its privileges have been extended to 
numerous individuals, whose use of the same directly tended 
to the advancement of letters. It is impossible in this day 
and generation to shut up books, or to say that they shall not 
be used by any individual to whom they are necessary 
for special work or general progress in knowledge, simply 
because they are the trust property of neighboring or re- 
mote communities. A book never accomplishes the ol)ject 
of its production unless in the hands of some one who wants 
it. If any books on our shelves are not habitually needed 
by our own citizens, it is the part of an enlightened intelli- 
gence to endeavor to secure in the future such other safe 
loaning as shall not cause an increase of expense beyond a 
point which the City Council may consider as a just contri- 
bution on their part to the cultivation of the communities 
which surround us, and which contribute directly or indi- 
rectly to the growth of Qur metropolis. The Free Library 
of the City of Manchester, though more limited in its general 
aims than our Library, distributes its books through several 
English counties. 

But whether this further development may or may not be 
considered consistent or appropriate, there is no question on 
the part of the Trustees that the institution has never more 
fully responded o the demands made upon its resources than 



12 CITY DOCUMEI^T. No. 69. 

during the year of which the relation is now given. That it 
may continue to live up to the intellectual, moral and social 
requirements of the large population which it serves, with 
the immunity of its property, which is the key and guaranty 
of its circulation, is a large desire for the future, which it is 
hoped may be abundantly and trustfully met. 

WILLIAM W. GREENOUGH, 
CHARLES A. BURDITT, 
JOHN T. CLARK, 
DANIEL S. CURTIS, 
SAMUEL A. GREEN, 
GEORGE S. HILLARD, 
DAVID P. KIMBALL, 
WESTON LEWIS, 
GEORGE PUTNAM. 



[A.] 



REPORT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE, 

Consisting of William "W. Greenough, Esq., Chairman, with William C. Col- 
lar, Esq., Thomas B. Curtis, M. D., the Rev. Charles E. Grinnell, the 
Hon. Francis B. Hayes, and the Hon. George Lunt, as citizens at large. 



The Committee appointed under an Ordinance in relation 
to tlie Public Library passed in September, 1869, to examine 
the Library, and make a report of its condition to the Trus- 
tees, respectfully report: — 

The Library has continued to increase rapidly, 51,094 vol- 
umes having been added during the last Library year, and the 
total number of books now reaches 260,550. The number 
of volumes contained in the Bates Hall has advanced from 
149,477 to 166,453; the collection in the Lower Hall, on 
the other hand, shows a slight diminution, the number of books 
having fallen from 32,605, to 32,596- 

The rapid and steady growth of the Library is not the only 
subject of congratulation which this institution affords to its 
friends. The total circulation, comprising issues for home 
and hall use, has increased even more rapidly than the num- 
ber of volumes. If we examine the figures set forth in the 
statistical tables, which constitute the appendices to the very 
valuable and interesting report of the Superintendent of the 
Library, we find that, during the last three years, the total 
number of issues for the entire Library has been, succes- 
sively, in 1872, 380,343; in 1873, 467,855; and in 1874, 
625,442. Now, if for each of these three years, we divide 
the total number of books contained in the Library, by the 



14 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

number which represent the daily average of issues, we 
obtain a fraction which may be taken to represent the work- 
ing eflSciency of the Library, showing in what proportion its 
avaihible resources are daily called into play. Thus for the 
year 1872, the fraction so obtained is ylg, which signifies 
that during that year one book out of every 156 books was 
issued daily. For the year 1873, a similar arithmetical pro- 
cess gives the fraction j^f ; and for the Library year just 
expired, the fraction is jl^, or, if we subtract the number 
of volumes comprised in the Barton Library, which are not 
yet in use, we get the fraction j^^, which represents the 
daily use of the Library. It is thus evident, that while the 
number of volumes increases from year to yeav, the total 
circulation of these volumes increases still more rapidly. 
This interesting and eminently satisfactory result must, no 
doubt, be attributed partly to the increased facilities for cir- 
culation due to the various improvements introduced in the 
management of the Library, and to the growing efficiency of 
the more numerous stafi" placed under the orders of the Super- 
intendent, and partly to the educational influence exerted by 
the Library upon the public. 

This influence of the Library upon the community opens a 
very interesting subject of research, and one in regard to 
which the statistics collected and arranged under the direc- 
tion of the Superintendent give valuable information, of a 
most encouraging nature for those who wish to see the liter- 
ary taste of the public mind raised above its past and present 
level. It has long been a subject of regret to all who were 
interested in the Library, that the proportion of merely 
amusing reading should have been so very large, compared 
with the use made of the more valuable resources of the 
Library. Thus, the Lower Hall collection, now comprising 
32,596 volumes, of which more than one-third (11,858 vol- 
umes) consists of books classified under the heading of 
"English prose and juvenile fiction," etc., presents a total 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 15 

yearly circulation reaching 253,097 issues, while the total 
yeaily ciiculation of the Bates Hall collection, numbering 
166,453 volumes, is represented by 72,313 issues. The dis- 
proportionate use of these two collections made by the public 
is very striking, and at first sight very unsatisfactory, when 
"Nve consider the diflference of character of the books which 
they respectively contain. Each report of preceding Exam- 
ining Committees has touched upon this subject, and regret 
has been expressed each year, at the continued and excessive 
predominance of novel-reading over other forms of literary 
culture. Your Examining Committee of the year 1874 was 
also, at tirst sight, struck by this phenomenon, which mature 
reflection, assisted by the explanations kindly offered by the 
Superintendent, showed to be an unavoidable, and not alto- 
gether undesirable result of the principles upon which the 
Library is managed. The main object of our Library is to 
supply the public at large, of every grade, with such books 
as it desires, and with the reservation that manifestly bad or 
vicious books are excluded. This programme is well carried 
out ; books that are asked for, if unobjectionable on the score 
of immorality, are usually obtained, and if the demand for 
any particular book exceed the supply, additional copies 
are got, that no applicant need be denied in the long run 
what he seeks for at the Library. This policy is pursued in 
accordance with the conviction entertained by those who have 
charge of the management of the Library, that in any indi- 
vidual case, novel-reading, or any kind of reading, of how- 
ever trivial a character, is better than no reading at all, and 
that books, even of the lightest order, exert upon those who 
can appreciate no higher kind of literature, a certain educa- 
tional influence which tends in most cases to better their 
mental condition. It must not be forgotten that, with regard 
to a large part of the frequenters of the Library, the alter- 
native is not whether they shall read books of a high or of a 
low grade, but whether they shall read books of amusing 



16 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

liction, or not read at all. Your Committee, on considera- 
tion of these facts, has concluded not to deprecate the encour- 
agement of novel-reading ; but it, nevertheless, greets with 
pleasure every sign of improvement in the public taste, and 
every measure designed to raise the standard of reading. In 
this connection we find cause for satisfaction in the strik- 
ingly beneficial effects produced by the new Class list of 
books in Histor}', Biography, and Travel, in the Lower Hall, 
devised by the Superintendent and prepared under his direc- 
tion. The object of this innovation was to make the lighter 
literary resources of the Lower Hall a stepping-stone, as it 
were, to the higher grades of intellectual culture attainable in 
the Bates Hall. The effect durinof the last eight months, has 
been to raise by 75 per cent, the use of books comprised in the 
departments above specified (^. e. History, Biography, and 
Travel), while the addition to the amount of fiction used has 
been less than three percent. We learn, moreover, that this 
beneficial influence on the frequenters of the Lower Hall has 
gone on increasing to such an extent that, if we compare the 
month of June of the last Library year with the month of 
June just expired, we find in the reading of Histor}', etc., 
an increase of 200 per cent., while the entire reading of that 
Hall has only increased \ per cent, beyond the figures of the 
year before. Besides this effect produced upon the quality 
of the reading in the Lower Hall, there is no doubt that a 
considerable number of readers have been led to make use of 
the Bates Hall collection, who without the assistance of the 
" Class list " would have remained habitues of the Lower 
Hall. 

We find other grounds for satisfaction if we compare the 
increase of circulation apparent at the close of the last Library 
year in the Bates Hall and in the Lower Hall. When speak- 
ing of the total daily use of the entire Library, we found a 
marked increase from year to year, as shown by the series of 
fractious j^g, ^^^^ and j^j. If we apply the same calcula- 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 17 

tions to the figures belonging respectively to the Bates Hall 
and to the Lower Hall, Ave find that while, on the one hand, 
the daily circulation of the Lower Hall has been for the last 
four years nearly stationary, the proportion of issues to the 
number of volumes remaining about the same ; on the other 
hand, the daily average circulation of the Bates Hall has been 
rapidly increasing from year to year. Thus, the average 
daily circulation of the Lower Hall, obtained by dividing 
the total number of books by the average number of daily 
issues, was, in 1872, ^y-, in 1873, -^j, and in 1874, -^g. In 
the Bates Hall, the corresponding fractions are for 1872, 
■g^^^ ; for 1873, yyg ; and for 1874 (excluding the Barton 
Library) , gly ; in other words, while in 1872 one book in 
875 was used daily, in 1874 the proportion of books called 
into daily use was one in G57. 

The rapid yearly increase in the use made of the Bates 
Hall collection by the public, compared with the nearly 
stationary clientage of the Lower Hall, is very apparent, and 
shows that a distinct educational influence is exerted by the 
Library upon the public. It must bo remembered, as your 
Committee were reminded by the Superintendent, that the 
Library is not dealing with a permanent body of readers, 
whose literary education it may be held to be effecting. Each 
year brings to it, with each succeeding generation, as it were, 
a fresh levy of raw recruits, who start from the lowest grade 
of literary culture, and swell the ranks of the readers of fic- 
tion who frequent the Lower Hall. 

It was feared by some that the various Branch Libraries that 
have of late years been established would divert a portion of 
its readers from the Central Library, and so get them away 
from its influence. This is far from being the case, however, 
as shown by Mr. Wiusor's Report, and the reciprocal effect of 
the Parent Library, and of its Branches upon each other, has 
been to increase the number of readers on both sides. 

Your Committee desire to call attention to the valuable 



18 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 

labors of the Superintendent in the different departments of 
the Library. Especially is the institution fortunate in hav- 
ing an officer who appreciates bibliographical research. The 
careful and critical examination of the rare books which the 
Library possesses, the means taken for the preservation of all 
valuable papers and documents, the excellent classification 
which has been made of them, the publication of interesting 
facts in the "Bulletin," and the merits of rare books given there- 
in, are of great importance to the public, and it is very much 
indebted to the Superintendent for this valuable work. At 
the same time, we would not forget to bestow deserved com- 
mendation upon all the officers of the Library for the excel- 
lent manner in which the work of the institution is performed, 
making its management an honor to the City and an example 
worthy of imitation by similar institutions of the country. 

By no means an unimportant part of the work done at the 
Library under the supervision of the Superintendent, and by 
his initiation, is the collection and arrangement of the statis- 
tical tables, which give most clearly, and at the same time, 
most minutely, a mass of very valuable information, relating 
to the working of the Library, considered in every detail of 
its administration, and from every point of view. From 
these data, which are now being collected every year at our 
Public Library, and which no similar institution as yet affords 
in such variety, a most interesting study is being made of 
what we will venture to call the Physiology of a Public Li- 
brary. Thanks to Mr. Winsor's carcful'and minute analysis 
of the working of the institution committed to his charge, 
here is every reason to believe that the maximum degree of 
efficiency is rapidly being attained for the Library. 

T. B. CURTIS, 
for the Commillee. 

Public Library, Julj, 1874. 



[B.] 
EEPOET OF THE SUPEEINTENDENT. 



To the Trustees: — 

Gentlemen, — I herewith present my Seventh Annual 
Eeport, and referring you to the appendixes 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. 

During the year a high-service stand-pipe has been intro- 
duced into the south-eastern tower of the Central Library, by 
the concurrent action of the Cochituate Water Board and the 
Committee on Public Buildings. A sufficient supply of 
hose is kept coiled on the various levels, and is always 
attached for sudden use in case of fire. The fire-proof pro- 
tections to the large lantern and small skylights of the roof 
have been provided ; but the means of hoisting hose to that 
elevation, without dragging it through the alcoves, has not 
yet been supplied, — a delay which I much regret and which 
might cause serious results, in case of a conflagration in neigh- 
boring buildings.* All the iron shutters on the building, 
except those of the janitor's apartments, are nightly closed, 
and with the sail-cloth which has been provided to place 
between the window frames and the shutters, and the means 
which we have of keeping it wet, it is expected that the 
amplest security is attained against such violent attacks of 
external fire as might cause even the shutters to curl. It is 
in contemplation by the Committee on Public Buildings, to 
whom is entrusted the erection of the enlargement of the 

♦This has since been supplied. 



20 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 

south-western tower during the coming year, to maintain an 
even higher standard of non-combustibility in that new addi- 
tion, the appropriation for which has been very considerately 
allowed by the City Council. It will increase the official 
apartments of the Library, provide for an enlargement of the 
bindery, afford separate rooms for two or more of our special 
collections, give the frequenters of our Patent Room the 
accommodations which they have long felt the want of, and 
in every way add to the cflGlciency of the Library. 

The new addition has been planned with a view to making 
it a part of a still further enlargement, which shall have its 
rear line on Van Rensselaer place, with an open area to sup- 
ply light and air in the immediate rear of the main building, 
while this area shall be flanked by an extension of the present 
towers. The lateral wings, on each side of the main edifice, 
with their front on a line with the rear of the present struc- 
ture, would command from their windows a view of the Com- 
mon, thus : — 



Soytston Street. 



AREA. 




ORIGINAL 
BUILDING. 



mmsmm^sm 



AREA. 



AREA. 



PROPOSED FUTURE ENLARGEMENT. 



Tan Rensselaer ^2 ace. 



The heavy lines represent the present building, the light lines the 
new addition of the conning year, and the dotted iine the further 
combination and enlargennent. 



22 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 

Since the date of my last Report the building belonging to 
the Fellowes Athenaeum, and leased to the City for the Rox- 
bury Branch, has been completed, and after an occupancy of 
nine months, it has been found in every particular adapted to 
the administration, and is recognized by those conversant 
with the requirements of a popular Library as more fully 
meeting those requirements than is the case with any other 
recent erection. 

By the annexation of Charlestown the Public Library of 
that city became a Branch of this institution, and the rooms 
which it occupied in the second story of the City Hall in 
that place not being large enough to meet an increased 
demand, or even the old demand for space, representation 
was made in conjunction with the retiring Board of Trustees 
of the Charlestown Library (under whom, during its inde- 
pendence, that Library had been administered) to the Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings, that, in consequence of the 
chansres incident to the consolidation of the offices of the two 
cities, the rooms of the Mystic "Water Board could be added' 
with advantage to the original quarters of that library. The 
action of the Committee was prompt, the consent of the City 
Council to an appropriation was easily gained, and during 
the summer the results desired will be secured. Some re- 
arrangement of cases will be required, and perhaps the intro- 
duction at once of classifications of the books, such as have 
not been observed there in the past. The retiring govern- 
ment of the City of Charlestown transferred to that Branch 
some large paintings which had adorned the Council Cham- 
bers in the upper stories of the building, and such of the fur- 
niture of the Aldermen's room as would be of use in furnish- 
ing the new reading-room. 

The annexation of Brighton converted the Holton Library, 
which had been maintained by that town as a Public Library, 
into the Brighton Branch of the Public Library of Boston. 
Under an appropriation by the town, embracing $18,000 for 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 23 

land, $1,500 as the proceeds of the sale of a building which 
was upon the land, and $30,000 for erecting a building, the 
construction of a Library had gone forward under the super- 
vision of a building committee composed jointly from the 
Trustees of the Holton Library and from the citizens, and at 
the time of the vote for annexation, it was nearly ready for 
roofing. A meeting was held at an early day, when this Build- 
ing Committee met a Committee of the Trustees of this 
Library, and some slight changes in the interior planning of 
the new Library were agreed upon, to adapt it more closely 
to the system upon which our Branches are conducted, and 
which had proved successful at East Boston, South Boston, 
and Roxbury. The changes in the permanent interior walls 
consisted solely of the widening of door- ways, in order to 
give the closer relations of parts which prompt and econoni- 
ical administration required. Delays, beyond the control of 
the Trustees, since the city acquired possession of the prop- 
erty, have prevented the prompt approach to completion 
which was looked for at that time, and the better part of the 
summer must, I fear, be consumed before the books can be 
moved, and everything be prepared for oiDcning it to the 
public. Meanwhile the Library is maintained, as in the past, 
in rather cramped quarters, which are a part of the old Town 
Hall. 

The action of the City Council in making an appropriation 
for the establishment of the sixth Branch in Dorchester, dur- 
ing the coming year, has thrown upon the Committee on 
Public Buildings the necessity of providing a building. Ac- 
tion on their part is expected at an early day. 

The tables of the Appendix show an increased activity in 
every department. It is conclusively proved by the figures 
given, that the influence of the Central Library upon the 
Branches is beneficial, and that the large clientage of users 
which they acquire for themselves does not diminish the use- 
fulness of the Central Library, but, on the other hand, both 



24 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 09. 

in the popular department and in the Bates Hall, its circu- 
lation is acquiring an extent unprecedented in their history, 
and far in advance of the results obtained before the parent 
Library had extended its influence through any one of its five 
Branches. The result is not surprising to those who have 
scanned narrowly the influences which public libraries exert 
upon communities. 

The Roxbury Branch has necessarily advanced in extent 
beyond the others. This is owing to the beneficent policy 
of the City, which has provided, by contract with the Fellowes 
Athenaeum, that the income of the Athenaeum's funds shall 
go to increase the books of that Branch, in addition to the 
proportion allotted to it under the general appropriation. 
About $250 a month is the sum at present given to this 
special increase, and it is gratifying to find that the higher 
class of books, such as are purchased with this sum, find 
appreciative readers. It is to be hoped that the success of 
this cooperation may induce similar private benefactions in 
connection with the other Branches. That such must in time 
be the case is quite clear from the information which has 
reached the Library authorities of the remembrances which 
have found a place in the last testaments of residents in the 
neiofhborhood of other Branches. 

The South Boston Branch, although now the smallest of 
these dependencies, gives gratifying proof of its usefidness 
in the large circulation which it has iraintained ; and it is 
alike a credit to the people of that district and to the system 
of the Library, that out of 108,000 volumes which have dur- 
ing the year been entrusted to borrowers, every one has been 
returned to the shelves. Indeed, the immunity from loss in this 
direction, as shown by one of the Appendixes, is as remark- 
able as it is gratifying. The percentage of loss in the out- 
lying districts, where borrowers are more easily tracked when 
they become delinquent, is almost too small to be considered. 
In the city proper, the difficulties of identification and pur- 



PUBLIC LrBRAET. 



25 



suit are much increased, from the intricacies of a social sys- 
tem on so large a scale, and from the facility with which 
delinquents can conceal their removals from one place to 
another, and where neighborly acquaintance is not so close 
as in the lesser segregations of the surrounding districts. 
Yet, from the Central Library the loss is trifling, and, almost 
always, it is in such books as can be easily and cheaply 
replaced. 

The Sunday use of the Reading Rooms for Periodicals has 
now had the experience of a full Library year. At the Cen- 
tral Reading Room the use of Hie periodicals has been fully 
equal to expectations, and there can be no question of the 
gratification and advantage which the privilege has given to 
many people. So considerable is the number that the care 
and expense involved are well justified. At the Branches, 
tho advantage has not been so marked, but the constant ten- 
dency to increase of use is encouraging for the future. The 
followinjr fijrures will be of interest in this connection : — 



Reading Rooms. 



Central 

East Boston 

South Boston 

Roxbury (10 months) . . 
Charlestown (4 months) 
Brighton (4 months) • . 



No. of 
Magazines. 


Sundays 
Open. 


418 


52 


41 


52 


41 


62 


67 


43 


82 


16 


23 


17 



Average issue 
per Sunday 
for the year. 



421 

141 

132 

74 

82 



Largest average 
issue per Sun- 
day in any 
month. 



603, Jan. 
241, Jan. 
226, Nov. 
132, Feb. 
91, Feb. 



At Brighton no record is possible in the present arrange- 
ment of the Reading Room. At Charlestown the use of one 
London and five New York dailies, kept on the tables, is 
not counted. 



26 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

By Appendix I, it will be seen that the entire Library 
now possesses about 260,550 volumes, an exteut that permits 
no other library on the continent to outrank it ; while it pos- 
sesses in the Bates Hall collection (166,453 volumes), a refer- 
ence as well as circulating Library, surpassed by none other in 
America in value, or in the due subordination and relative 
strength of its classifications. The whole, moreover, is in- 
dexed and made accessible through a catalogue system, not 
inferior to any other in ramification and thoroughness. 

The work in the Catalogue department has gone on as 
satisfactorily as heretofore.* The ordinary accessions are 
already swelling the extent of the Cards, both in the Public 
and in the OflScial Card Catalogue so greatly that ampler ac- 
commodations for each will be required during the coming 
year. 

Beside the work on the ordinary accessions during the year, 
the cataloguing of the Ticknor Library has been brought 
near completion, and it is now reckoned that the subsequent 
revision can be proceeded with during the coming summer, 
and that the printed volume, for which the City Council have 
already appropriated the money, will be ready for the public 
in the course of the new year. Meanwhile, since the re- 
ceipt of the Barton Library, considerable labor has been ex- 
pended upon its books in preparing them for the shelves, 
and upon the large mass of printed and manuscript excerpts, 
engravings, music, autographs and bibliographical correspond- 
ence, which Mr. Barton had accumulated during thirty 
years of careful collecting. This accumulation, which chiefl}' 
concerns the Shakespearian portion of his Library, has been 
arranged for binding and placed in scrap-books, and, with 
that portion of his Library which still needs binding, will 
amount to about 1,200 volumes, as thus finally arranged. 
These, added to the bound volumes, will swell the aggregate 
of the Barton Library to over 12,000 volumes, of which about 
3,000 volumes belong to the Shakespearian department. It is 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 27 

hoped during the coming year to get all these bound, and to 
complete all the preliminary work which belongs to the shelf 
department, before the room in the new tower, destined to 
receive the collection, is ready. By that time it is anticipated 
that Mr. Wheeler and his assistants can begin work on the 
sjDCcial Catalogue, which is to be made for this collection. 

In August last the long-delaj'ed and consolidated Class-list; 
of books in History, Biography, and Travel in the Lower 
Hall was ready for the public. The new features in popular 
cataloguing which it presented soon produced the results 
which were hoped for. The notes appended to the principal 
cross-references, and intended to assist readers in the choice 
of books, had a very marked effect upon the character of the 
circulation in the Lower Hall. As these notes were also in- 
tended' to bring more prominently before the class of readers 
which frequents that department, the resources of the higher 
classifications of the Bates Hall, a considerable share of the 
increase of use of that hall must be ascribed to the influence 
of these notes, though from statistics it is not easy to indi- 
cate the proportions. In the Lower Hall, however, the fig- 
ures of the circulation can be brought to a demonstration. 
Although but eight months of the year are covered by its 
effects, the returns of the entire year show an increase over 
last year of books used in those departments of 75 per cent., 
while the additional use of fiction is less than three per cent. 
It has also resulted in reducing the percentage of fiction 
issued in the popular department (Lower Hall) of the Cen- 
tral Library to less than 72 per cent, of the entire issues of 
that collection, which is several hundredths below the aver- 
age maintained in the past, or ordinarily found in free public 
libraries. Taking the entire reading of the Central Library, 
the use of fiction is probably not far from 55 per cent, of the 
whole issues. 

I do not share the opinions held by many, who indulge in 
a wholesale denunciation of the reading of novels. After sev- 



28 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

eral years' observation, I am fully cognizant of the fact that 
the censure of fiction is a good deal a matter of class feeling — 
educationally speaking. Books of one literary grade are held 
to be valueless by critics on a higher one, who do not appre- 
ciate the ftict that lower grades of readers should be sup- 
plied with mental pabulum suited to their powers of assimi- 
lation. The failure to allow for this difference in readers is, 
I think, at the bottom of many unconsidered assertions re- 
garding the character of certain writers, and the literary ne- 
cessities of corresponding classes of readers. Nevertheless, 
there can be nothing more deserving of official recognition, 
or of the encouragement of those who are fortunate in lite- 
rary culture, than endeavors to improve the standard of that 
reading which free libraries supply. The question is only 
one of method, and it seems to me that persuasion and kindly 
assistance to the unskilled in books is a more gracious proce- 
dure than to deprive them of the only books that allure thera 
to partake of the Library stores. First of all, the mass of 
ordinary readers must be made to frequent the Library. 
They are then within its influence, and endeavors to benefit 
their tastes will, as I think our experiment has shown, accom- 
plish a good result, if the efforts are unremitting. I trust 
another year will show that the work thus inaugurated will 
gather strength as it goes on. 

It is not just to judge of the literary taste of a community 
by the reading of its free popular libraries. A large class 
buy their better reading, and depend upon libraries for the 
ephemeral novels, which are the talk of the hour. The 
laborer, or the weary tradesman, notwithstanding his book- 
case of the classics of his tongue at home, calls at the Library 
after his day's work to get a book to supply a pastime, not 
to advance a study, for which his exhausted energies leave 
no chance. Public libraries may not fulfil their highest mis- 
sion in providing mere recreation, but it is for this only, by 
the nature of the case, that a considerable proportion of the 
population can find them of benefit. 



PUBLIC LIBRART. 29 

I have, during the year, made the matter of the public 
reading in its hj'gienic relations, the subject of conference 
with the late Dr. Derby, the very capable Secretary of the 
State Board of Health, and have had his assurance of the 
value of the investigations, which I am in hopes of reducing 
in the future into an order that may j'ield some profitable 
conclusions. That the seasons, and even " spells of weather," 
and events which touch large masses of the population, affect 
the extent of the Library's circulation, is patent; but that 
such causes, including epidemics, — whether of a bodily or 
mental nature, — such as result from disease, financial panics, 
or engrossing topics of thought, produce results in the 
character of the reading, I am equally convinced, though 
it will need large observation to array the proofs, and care- 
ful scrutiny to allow for other disturbing influences. I am 
in hopes to be able to present this aspect of our experience 
in something like a satisfactory fashion, at some future time. 

Upon the request of the Commissioner of Education at 
Washington, there were sent, early in the year, to the Expo- 
sition at Vienna, a set of the Catalogues of the Library, its 
reports and other documents, and a series of blanks, illus- 
trating its methods. Regarding these volumes, Mr. John D. 
Philbrick, Superintendent of the Public Schools of this city, 
who went to Vienna as a Special Commissioner, wrote nnder 
date of August 22, "You sent here a fine set of documents 
illustrating the character and workings of the Boston Public 
Library. I am sorry you did not get a prize, for you well 
deserved a very high one ; but you unfortunately were ex- 
cluded under the rule, adopted by the General Direction, 
providing that an exhibitor receiving the highest honor can 
receive no other for any special exhibit. And as the City of 
Boston got the Grand Diploma of Honor, and as the jury 
considered that the Library was an exhibit belonging to the 
city, it could have no separate recognition. But it was cer- 
tain that there was not in all the Exposition so complete and 



30 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

comprehensive a library exhibit as that made by you." The 
seven volumes, handsomely bound, thus referred to, were 
subsequently presented to the Imperial Library of Vienna, 
and duly acknowledged. 

I may state that during the year a second edition, with 
some enlargement, of the Handbook for Readers has been 
called for ; and that the quarterly Bulletins have been con- 
tinued as in the past. 

In conclusion, I may refer to the liberal and graceful act 
of the late Mayor of the City, the Honorable Henry L. 
Pierce, who, in testimony of his regard for the Library, has 
laid his fellow-citizens under increased obligations, by giving 
to our funds, free of all restrictions, $5,000. This will be 
known hereafter as the Pierce Fund. 
Kespectfully submitted, 

JUSTIN WINSOR, 

Superintendent. 

Public Librart, May 8, 1874. 



APPENDIXES 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



1874. 



LIST OF APPENDIXES. 



I. Extent of the Library (bt Years). 

II. Yearly Increase by Purcuase and Donation. 

III. Extent of the Bates Hall Collection. 

IV. Extf.nt 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. 

XL Funds and Dokations. 

XII. Circulation. 

XIII. Registration of Applicants. 

XIV. Books Recommended. Use of British Patents. 
XV. Bates Hall Reading. 

XVI. Lower Hall Reading. ^ 

XVII. East Boston Reading. 

XVIII. South Boston Reading. 

XIX.- RoxBURY 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 Bindeet. 



PUBLIC LIBKAET. 



33 



APPEISTDIX I. 

EXTENT OF THE LIBRARY, BY YEARS. 



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Note. — The aggregate of pamphlets " added from the beginning " includes many since bound, singly or in groups 
(■which arc now counted among volumes), and a very large number of duplicates, -which arc thrown out and put among 
the pamphlets hold for exchange. 



34 



CITY DOCDIMENT. 



■No. 69. 



APPENDIX II. 



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





Tears. 


Increase, 
(i^ci after 1861.) 


Gifts. 


Puchases, In- 

cludiiii; thoae 
charged to funds. 


Fellowes 
Athcnaj- 


Donors, 
exclud- 




Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


JPamph. 


Vols. 


anony- 
mous. 


1 . 






1S52-53 


9,088 


961 


4,000 


961 


5,688 


. . . 










75 


2. 






1853-54 


6,533 


2,980 


2,152 


2,989 


4,381 


. . . 










105 


3. 






1854-55 


6,396 


2,557 


2,663 


2,468 


3,733 


89 










153 


4. 






1855-56 


5,463 


5,879 


1,865 


5,330 


3,598 


549 










126 


5. 






1856-57 


6,816 


3,667 


1,686 


3,646 


5,130 


21 










132 


6. 






1857-58 


*35,955 


1,885 


30,214 


1,885 


5,741 


. . . 










381 


7. 






1858-59 


7,192 


1,317 


3,405 


1,317 


3,787 












247 


8. 






1859-60 


6,989 


1,452 


3,744 


1,452 


3,245 












207 


9. 






1860-61 


116,943 


6,674 


12,299 


6,656 


4,649 


18 










242 


10. 






1861-62 


7,391 


1,493 


1,274 


1,493 


6,117 


. . . 










234 


11. 






1802-63 


5,529 


2,169 


829 


1,958 


4,700 


212 










194 


12. 






1863-64 


6,226 


2,939 


1,081 


2,772 


5,145 


167 










219 


13. 






1864-65 


6,082 


1,516 


804 


1,026 


5,178 


490 










328 


14. 






1865-66 


7,662 


4,013 


1,476 


3,342 


6,286 


671 










336 


15. 






1866-67 


5,303 


7,877 


1,465 


7,769 


7,732 


108 










300 


16. 






1867-68 


7,673 


2,811 


1,554 


2,513 


6,390 


298 










342 


17. 






1863-69 


8,685 


13,923 


2,138 


10,984 


6,531 


2,939 










649 


18. 






1869-70 


7,775 


18,593 


1,643 


10,228 


6,129 


3,365 










666 


19, 






1870-71 


§18,099 


14,076 


9,750 


10,805 


8,349 


4,171 










604 


20. 






1871-72 


||13,708 


10,637 


4,349 


5,831 


9,350 


4,806 










610 


21. 






1872-73 


14,644 


11,770 


3,933 


8,060 


10,705 


3,710» 


865 


601 


22. 






1873-7^ 


51,094 


22,475 


4,783 


17,138 


18,671 


5,337 


1,330 


739 



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

t Of these, 11,721 were the Parker bequest. 

X Includes pamphlets added both by purchase and exchange, as taken from the Accession 
Catalogue. The large number, of recent years, has been ocasioned by the sj'stematic 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 
Libraiy, but form a part of the Roxhury Branch by agreement. 

Note. The increase of this year includes the totals of the libraries at Charleatown and 
Brighton; and also, under purchases, the Barton Library, 12.057 vols. 



PUBLIC LIBRABY. 



35 



APPEISTDIX in. 

EXTENT OF THE BATES HALL COLLECTION IN VOLUMES. 



The Gen'I Library . 

Patent Library . . 

Bowditch Library* 

Parker Library* . . 

Prince Library . . 

Tickaor Library . . 

Barton Library . . 

Entered on the Ac- 
cession Catalogue, 
but not yet located 



Condemned . . . 
Total .... 



iSGr. 



87,658 



2,542 

tll,907 

1,952 



105,737 




105,737 



1SG8. 



93,553 



2,542 
11,907 
1,952 



1,327 



111,281 




111,281 



1869. 



101,428 



2,542 
11,907 
1,952 



117,969 



117,967 



isro. 



107,724 



2,542 

11,907 

1,952 



124,419 




124,419 



isri. 



115,232 



2,542 
11,907 
tl,970 

3,774 



361 



135,786 




135,786 



1873. 



121,709 



2,542 
11,907 

1,970 
§3,907 



142,686 
1 



142,685 



1873. 



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



149,482 
5 



149,477 



1874. 



131,560 
||2,323 
2,542 
11,907 
1,970 
3,907 
**12,057 

187 



166,453 




166,453 



*See Appendix IS. 

t Including 1S6 duplicates, which are boxed and stored in the basement. 

} Including IS vols, of MSS. 

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

|] Divided into 1,981 volumes for the English; 143 volumes for the American; and 199 
volumes for the French specifications and drawings. Included before 1873 in the General 
Library. Now in charge of a special Curator. 

** This is as near as can be ascertained before locating them. 

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 are a trifle in excess of what an actual count would indicate. 



36 



CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 



APPEOT)IX lY. 

EXTENT OF THE LOWER HALL COLLECTION. 





1867. 


1868. 


1869. 


isro. 


1871. 


1873. 


1873. 


1874. 


Reported the preced- 




25,199 


26,606 
2,469 


28,723 
1,417 


29,909 
2,780 


30,574 

2,614 


31,827 

1,799 

33,626 

1 

342 

678 


32,005 


Addcd during the 




2,003 


1,465 








Total 




27,202 
339 


29,075 
93 


30,140 
19 


32,689 

23 

859 

1,233 


33,188 

7 

535 

819 


34,070 


Books transferred to 




6 


Books transferred to 




166 


Condemned during 




2J7 


259 


212 


1,308 








Total left . . . 


*25,199 


26,006 


28,723 


29,909 


30,574 


31,827 


32,605 


32,596 



♦Actual count. 
Note. — There have heen since the last actual count in 1807, over a hundred volumes irre- 
coverably lost in the Lower Ilall. Perhaps an cc^ual number are to be classed as " unac- 
counted for," but may reappear. 

APPEISTDIX Y. 

SALE DUPLICATES AND ODD VOLUMES. 

{2rot including the Parker dvpUcates, or a large lot of odd and imperfect volumes of books, 
not likely to have the missing volumes su]/pUed, wldch are boxed up at intervals.) 





1867. 


1868. 


1869. 


1870. 


1871. 


1872. 


1873. 


1874. 


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 


8,183 
1,641 


Disposed of ... . 


5,669 
523 


6,150 
345 


6,652 
54G 


6,549 
304 


234 


7,950 
636 


8,689 
506 


9,824 
1334 


Total 


5,145 


5,805 


6,106 


6,245 


*6,954 


*7,314 


*8,183 


9,400 



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

t Being 282 volumes parted with on exchange account; and 52 withdrawn for Branches. 

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



PUBLIC LnJKAET. 



37 



appe:n^dix yi. 

INCEEASE OF THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS. 





1868. 


1869. 


ISTO. 


1871. 


1873. 


1873. 


1874. 




Gain in located books 
(App.VUl.) . . . . 

Of tlicse not located at 
last Report 

Added and located . . 
Added and not located 

Total gain 


6,297 
1,678 


7,475 
1,327 


6,290 
140 


7,508 
294 


10,384 
4,135 


6,622 
651 


6,198 
829 


1 

« ■ 


4,619 
l,o27 


6,148 
140 


6,156 

294 


7.214 

4,135 


6,249 
651 


5,971 

829 


5,369 
*12,244 


Cq 


5,94G 


6,288 
2 


6,450 


11,349 


6,900 
1 


6,800 
5 


i7,6ia 




. Net gain 












5,946 


6,290 


6,450 


11,349 


6,899 


6,795 


17,613 



Gain in located books . 

Lcs3 transfers and cou- 

denincd books . . . . 



Net gain 



2,003 
690 


2,469 
352 


1,417 
231 


2,780 
2,115 


2,614 
1,361 


1,799 
1,021 


1,407 


.2,117 


1,186 


665 


1,253 


778 



1,465 

1,480 



15 

(loss) t 



J. 














254 


101 


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1^ 












254 


101 





























1,375 
606 


1,641 














334 


ill 

•^ iNctgain 














659 


301 


139 


149 


360 


869 


1,307 











5,936 


881 
60 


621 
97 


664 










143 


M^ iNetgain 


















5,936 


831 


524 


621 

























8S5 
76 

809 


850 














217 


^ .Net gain 






















4,365 


633 















* Includes 12,057 (close estimate) of the Barton books, and 187 other volumes. 

t The condemnations have been large for the year, the transfers few; but their combined 
excess over the gains, which are exceptionally small on account of the few books published 
in this country, shows, for the first time, an absolute loss for the year. 



38 



CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 



APPENDIX VI, Continued, 





1868. 


1869, 


1870. 


1871. 


18T3. 


187.3. 


1874. 
















3,754 

4 


1,069 
26 


. 














8 

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3,750 
863 


1,043 
1,330 


•s 














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«? 












4,615 


2,373 



















^Gain in located books 
Condemned and lost . 



Net gain , 



15,932 
144 



15,788 



f Gain in located books , 
Condemned and lost . , 



Net gain . 



11,049 
12 



11,037 



^^ 



I Duplicates reserved for 
' this Branch 



54 



^(^ 



Duplicates reserved for 
this Branch 



Bates Ilall gain .... 
Lower Hall gain .... 
Newspaper lloom gain 
Duplicate Room gain . 
E. B. Branch gain . . . 
8. B. Branch gain . . . 
Box. Branch gain . . . 
FeUowes Alhcnasum 

gain 

Chn. Branch gain . . . 
Bri. Bran:;h gain . . . 
Dor. Branch gain . . . 
W. R. Branch gain . . 



Total gain . 



5,946 
1,407 



6,290 
2,117 



8,012 



8,708 



6,450 
1,186 



7,775 



11,349 
665 



149 
5,936 



18,099 



6,899 
1,253 



360 

831 

4,36a 



13,708 



6,795 

778 
254 
869 
524 
809 
3,750 

865 



14,644 



19.271 

(loss) 15 

101 

1,307 

521 

633 

1,043 

1,330 

15,788 

11,037 

54 

24 



51,094 



PUBLIC LIBEAEY. 



39 



APPEOT)IX YII. 

INCREASE FROM NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS. 





1867. 


1868. 


1869. 


1870. 


1871. 


1873. 


1873. 


1874. 


English Books with 
British imprint . . 

English Books with 
American imprint . 

English Books with 
Continental imprint 

Foreign Books. . . . 

Duplicates of cither 
class, when not in- 
cluded in the other 
items 


635 

1,154 

104 
539 

97 


708 

1,445 

100 
673 


625 

1,455 

80 
7S9 

447 


811 

1,411 

50 
487 

248 


899 

2,206 

43 
501 

480 


1,096 
3,642 

115 

891 


1,389 
4,301 

291 

1,064 


1,294 
3,807 

125 

858 








Total 


2,529 


2,926 


3,396 


3,007 


4,194 


5,744 


7,045 


6,084 



APPENDIX yni. 

VOLUMES LOCATED IN BATES HALL, BY MONTHS. 



Months. 


1868-69. 


1869-70. 


1870-71. 


1871-73. 


1873-73. 


1873-74. 


May . . . 


758 




727 


455 


584 


357 


June . . . 


509 




480 


464 


584 


527 


July . . . 


1,037 




462 


291 


631 


839 


August . . 


383 


347 


520 


518 


554 


405 


September 


713 


833 


378 


511 


457 


436 


October . . 


866 


697 


546 


295 


520 


414 


November 


443 


763 


695 


*4,523 


489 


377 


December . 


639 


632 


905 


651 


646 


507 


January . 


625 


834 


427 


611 


658 


665 


February . 


563 


633 


706 


724 


456 


594 


March . . 


521 


382 


1,001 


788 


551 


472 


April . . . 


. . 417 


1,175 


661 


to9S 


492 


605 


Total. . 


7,475 


6,296 


7,508 


10,3S4 


6,622 


6,198 


Pamphlet v 
arranged 


ols. 

by 






385 


554 


206 













Note. — These monthly figures arc the results of tables made out year by year, like the 
one const. tuting Appendix Vj'for 1S69. The ligu'es lor May, June, and July, ]St3S-60, tliould 
follow those -for April of the same year. They were misplaited 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 p.imphlcts has continued the arrangement 
of all the loose pamph'cta by euhjects. etc., in the Cab'net Room; and such as were dupli- 
cates a-ud not needed have been arranged in adjacent opartmenls. 



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* This class, embracing sets lilje Bohn's " Libraries," etc., includes many books, of course, which 
in aminnto clnssilioation. would have been divided among all the previous heads of this tabic. 

Note. — The column of "Condemned books replaced" includes books condemned in previous 
years as well as in the current year. The column " Total added " shows the number of volumes aa put 
upon the shelves, counting as one those bound two volumes iu one, etc. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



43 



APPENDIX XI. 



rUNDS AND DONATIONS, 1873-1874. 

1. Bates, Joshua, London, interest on the fund of 

2. Bigelow, Hon. John P., " 

3. Franklin Club, " 

4. Lawrence, Hon. Abbott, " 

5. Phillips, Hon. Jonathan, " 

6. Pierce, Hon. Henry L., " 

7. Ticknor, George, " 

8. Townsend, Mary P., " 



I the fund of 


$50,000 




1,000 




1,000 




10,000 




30,000 




5,000 




4,000 




4,000 



$105,000 



Note. — The following reinvestments of these funds have occurred during 
the year : — 

1. Bates Fund, City bonds, No. 1727, due April 1, 1894. 

2. Bigelow Fund, City bonds, No. 1726, due April 1, 1894. 

5. Phillips Fund (§10,000 of it), City bonds. No. 1725, due April 1, 1894. 

6. Pierce Fund, City bonds. No. 1567, due January 1, 1894. 

DONATIONS MAY 1, 1873, TO APRIL 30, 1874. 

Donors (excluding anonymous), .... 739 

Volumes, 8,783 

Pamphlets, '17,138 



Abbot, Frof. Ezra, D. D., Cambridge, 
Adams, //o?2. CliarlesF., Quiwci/, 
Addeman, Hon. Joshua M., Providence, R. L, . 
Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, 

Alabama, State of, 

Albany, N. ¥., Young Men's Association, . 

Allen, Lieut. George H., 

Allen, JIfiss Margaret, 

AUibone, S. A., LL. D., Philadelphia, 1 broadside, 
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, . 
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, . 
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 



Vols. 



Pph. 



1 
1 

2 

1 
1 

24 

2 

2 
1 



44 



CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 



Vols. 



American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, Hartford, Ct., 
American Bible Society, New Turk, .... 
American Eoard of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 
American Colonization Society, Washington, D. C, 
American Institute, New Yor%, .... 
American Institute of Mining Engineers, Philadelphia, 
American Iron and Steel Association, Philadelp' 
American Kews Company, New York, 
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 
American Printmg House for the Blind, Louisville, Ky., 
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 
New York, 



American Society of Civil Engineers, New 
American Unitarian Association, 
Amiens, Fiance, Bibliotheque Communale, 
Andovcr, Town of, . 

^Memorial Hall Library, , 

Tlieological Seminary, . 



of periodicals, 2 



Andrews, Jacob R., 

Andrews, Samuel, .... 

Anonymous, 37 newspapers, 44 numbers 

broadsides, ..... 
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 

Appleton, Bh-s., 

Appleton, Nathan, .... 

Appleton, William S., ... 

Arkansas, State of, . . . . 

Ashev Ss. Co., London, 

Attwood, Gilbert & Co., 

Aumcr, Joseph, Munich, Germany, . 

Austin, Arthur W., .... 

Babcock, Bit\ William G., 

Baker, Nathaniel B., Des Moines, Iowa, 

Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers 

Balfour, David M., . 

Baltimore. iVd., School Commissioners, 

Bancroft, J. P., M. D., Concord, N. If., 

Bangor, Me., Library Association, 

Barrows, Horace G., M. D., 

Barry, John, .... 

Barton, Mrs. Cora L., Barrytown, N. 

Batchelder, Samuel, Cambridge, 

Bates, James L., 

Bell, Prof. A. Graham, 

Bellevue Hospital, New York, . 

Benham, Gen. H. W., 

Bennett, Joseph E., Manchester, N. H., 

Bent, Goodnow & Co., 4 newspapers, 

Bethcsda Society, .... 

Beverly Yacht Club, .... 

Bigclow, Horatio K., M. D., 

Bird, Joseph, Watertoivn, . 

Birmingham, England, Free Libraries Committee, 

Boardman, Samuel L., Augusta, Me., 



York 



90 
1 



11 
9 

23 

28 

1 

1 

1 
1 

2 

2 

1 
45 

2 
2 

1 
1 



1 
10 



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45 



Pph. 



1 map, 



Bockus, Charles E., 

Bolton, England, Public Free Library and Museum, 
Boston, City of, . 

Board of Trade, 

City Messenger, 

City Surveyor, 5 maps, . 

Cochituate Water Board, 

Commissioners on Annexation 

Gas Light Company, 

Harbor Commissioners, . 

Superintendent of Printing, 

Boston Art Club, 

Boston Athenffium, 

Boston City Missionary Society, 

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, , 

Boston Port and Seaman's Aid Society, 

Boston Provident Association, 

Boston Society of Natural Uistory, 

Boston University, 

Boston Young Men's Christian Union 

Boston Young Women's Christian Associati 

Both, Carl, M. D., . . . . 

Bouton, J. AV., New York, . 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me., 

Bradford, George P., . 

Bradford, T. G., 

Bradlee, Rev. Caleb D., 4 photographs, 

Bradlee, Nathaniel J., 

Brewer, Thomas M., M. D., 

Brewer and Tileston, .... 

Bridgeman, Alfred, New York, . 

Brigham, licv. Charles II., Ann Arbor, Mich., 

Brinckle, J. Gordon, Philadelphia, 

Briscoe, John Potter, Nottinghani, England 

British Museum, London, . 

Brookline, Public Library, . 

Brooklyn. N. Y., Mercantile Library, 

Brooks, lion. George M., Concord, . 

Brooks, Rev. William II., Hanover, . 

Brown, Francis II., M. D., 87 numbers of 

Brown, Guy A., Lincoln, Nebraska, . 

Brown, John Coffin Jones, . 

Brown, William, Montreal, 

Brown University, Providence, R. I., 

Buckingham, Charles E., M. D., 

Bugbee, James M., 2 broadsides, 

Bunker Hill Monument Association, . 

Burbank, E. C, Montreal, . 

Burlington, Iowa, L'^niversity, 

Burrall, Frederick A., M. D., New York, 

Burroughs, Rev. Henry, 

Buswcll. E. W., 

Butler, William Allen, New York, 

Butler Hospital for the Insane, Providence, R. L, 



periodicals 



broadside 



30 
1 
1 

17 

9 
1 



1 

10 

1 

2 

3 

1 

1 

2 

10 

10 

1 

1 

1 



2 
4 

16 
1 
2 



48 



CITY DOCUMEN'T. No. 69. 



Vole. 



Pph. 



/., 



California Academy of Natural Sciences, San Francisco, 

Callahan, John P., East Cambridge, . 

Capen, Francis L., . 

Carey, II. C, Philadelphia, 

Carpenter, Mrs. Mary, Bristol, England, 

Cartee, Cornelius S., . 

Caswell, Edward T., jlf. D., Providence, R. 

Cavcrly, Charles, Jr., .... 

Chambers, 3Iiss, 

Chambers, George E., Philadelphia, . 
Chandler, Horace P., 8 numbers of periodicals, 
Chandler, IIo7i. Peleg W., . 
Chandler, Thomas H., 31. D., 233 numbers 

Channing Home, 

Chapman, Alfred T., .... 

Charlestown, Public Library, 

Chase, J. Eastman, .... 

Chase Brothers and Woodward, Rochester, 

Chelsea, School Committee, 

Chicago, 111., Board of Education, , 

Public Library, 

West Side Library, 



N. Y. 



Children's Hospital, 
Christern, F. W., New York, 
Christian Register Association, . 
Chute, James M., 

Cincinnati, Ohio, Mercantile Library, 
Public Library, 



Claghorn, James L., Philadelphia, 

Clapp, David, and Son, 

Clarke, Rev. James Freeman, D. D., . 

Clarke, Miss M. E., . 

Clarke, Eobert & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Clarke, T. W., 

Clement, Mrs. C. E., . 

Cobb, Stephen S., Lansing, Mich., 

Cobden Club, London, 

Coburn, Ethan N., .... 

Coddington and Kingsley, New Yoi-h, 2 numbers 
odical, ...... 

Colby University, Waterville, Me. , 

Collings, Jesse, Birmingham, England 

Columbia College, Nciv York, 

Columbus, Ohio, Public Library, 

Concord, Free Public Library, . 

Concord, N. II., City of, . 

Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 

Cook, Son and Jenkins, New York, . 

Cooper Union, New Yoi'k, . 

Co-operative Publishing Company, Princeton, N. 

Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., 

Cotting, Benjamin E., M. D., 

Craddock, lion. G. W., Frankfort, Ky., 

Curry, lion, W. W., Indianapolis, Ind., 



of periodicals 



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of 



newspapers 



pen 



Haven, 



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2 
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1 

1 
1 
3 
4 
2 
1 
20 



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3 

1 
10 

1 
48 

1 



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1 



2 

2 

1 

18 

2 
1 
1 
1 
616 



1 
13 



PUBLIC LIBEART. 



47 



Vols. 



Pph. 



of pe 



Curtis, Daniel Sargent, 1 Jjroadside, . 
Curtis, Edward, M. Z>., New YorTc, . 
Curtis, George Ticknor, JVeio York, . 
Curtis, Hon. 11. P., Sa7i Francisco, Cat., . 
Cusliing, Hon. Caleb, Washington, D. C, 

Cutter, Abram E., 

Dalton, JohnC, M. D., New York, . 

Davis, Charles E., Jr., 

Davis, Hon. J. C. Bancroft, Washington, D. C, 

Dean, Hon. Benjamin, 

Dean, John Ward, • . 

Deane, Charles, Cambridge, .... 
De Koven, Rev. James, Racine, Wis., . 
Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington, 

Dennet, William II., 

De Peyster, Goi. John "W., New York, 

Derby, George, 31. B., 

Detroit, Mich., Public Library, .... 

Deutschcr Medicinischcr Vcrcin, 

Dexter, Franklin B., Yale College, New Haven, Ct. 

Diilaway, Charles K., 

Dixwell, J. J., 13 broadsides, 7 maps, 138 numbers 

riodicals, 

Dodge, iZet'. John "W. , Yarmouth, 

Dorr, Miss C. B., 

Eaton, Amasa M., Providence, R. L, 

Eaton, S. B., New York, 

Edes, H. H., 1 map, 145 numbers of periodicals, 2 portraits 
Eliot, John Elect, 13 broadsides, 1 map, 
Elliott, Hon. Robert B., Washington, D. C, 

Ellis, 3Hss, 

Ellis, Calvin, M. D., 42 broadsides, 485 nos. of periodicals 

Ellis, Rev. George E., Z>. Z>., . 

Ellis, Rev. Rufus, D. Z>., . 

Emerson, Hoyt. George B., 

Essex Institute, Salem, 

Etting, Frank M., Philadelphia, 

Everett, Rev. O. C, D. B., Cambridge, 

Fallows, Samuel, Madison, Wis., 

Fall River, Public Library, 

Fearing, Hon Albert, Hingham, 

Feininger, Adolph, Columbia, S. C, 

Fette, W. Eliot, . . . . 

Fish, Hon. Hamilton, Washington, D 

Fitchburg Railroad Company, . 

FlUgel, Dr. Felix, Leipzig, Germany, 

Foley, William J 

Foote, Rev. Henry W., 
Forbes, Robert B., Milton, 
Ford, William E., . . . 
Forster, E. J., M. D., 18 numbers of 
Fox, Samuel, 1 newspaper, 
Freke, IL, M. D., Dublin, Ireland, 
French, John H., Burlington, Vt., 



C, 



a periodical, 



1 
1 
2 
4 
1 
4 

10 
3 
1 
2 

1 

4 

11 

20 

7 
3 
7 



85 
1 



1 

6 
3 

7 

1 
1 

5G 

4 
1 



37 
1 



424 

7 
1 
1 

626 

19 

8 

1 

287 

1 

158 

2 
1 



40 
129 



3 

32 



43 



CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 



Vols. 



French, Jonathan, 1 newspaper, 

Frothingham, Hon. Richard, 

Gage, Rev. William L., Hartford, Ct., 

Galvin, Rev. Edward Ilsley, 

Gaskoin, George, London, . 

Gassett, Edward, .... 

Gassett, 3Irs. L., 

General Theological Library, 

Georgia Historical Society, 

Gibbs, Charles N., Nashville, Tenn., . 

Giles, Alfred E., ^ijde Park, 

Gilman, Arthur, Camhridge, 

Gilman, D. C, Oakland, Cal., . 

Ginn Brothers, 

Ginness, Charles, . . 
Globe Publishing Company, 
Goeje, Prof. M. J. de, Leyden, . 
Goodnow Library, Sudbury, 

Gray, Edward, 

Great Britain, Commissioner of Patents, 

Green, J. Orne, M. D., 

Green, Samuel A., M. D., 1 number of a periodical 

Greener, Richard T., Washington, D. C. 

Greenough, William W., 80 broadsides, 

Griffin, Appleton P. C 

Grinnell, James S., Washington, D. C, 

Griswold, A. W., New York, 

Hamel, Thomas S., Quebec, 

Hamm, Miss Helen G., . 

Hannah, George, Brooklyn, N. Y., . 

Harding, W. P., Chelsea, 86 numbers of a periodical 

Harris, Thomas, 1G4 numbers of a periodical, 

Harris, William T., St. Louis, Mo., . 

Harrison, T. L., Albany, N. Y., 

Hart, Charles H., Philadeljjhia, 

Hartford, Ct., Retreat for the Insane, 

• ■ Young Men's Institute, . 



Hartt, Prof. Charles F., Ithaca, N. Y., 
Harvard University, Cambridge, 

Museum of Comparative Zoology, 

Peabody Museum 



Hasldns, Rev. David G., Cambridge, . 

Haskins, David G., Jr., Camhridge, . 

Haughton, Rev. Samuel, D. D., Dublin, Ireland 

Haverford College, Montgomery County, Pa., 

Hawkins, Dexter A., Neiv York, 

Hay ward, J. McLean, M. D., . 

Health Reform Institute, Battle Creek, Mich., 

lleingcn, Karl, 

Herald Publishing Company, Los Angelas, Cal. 

Herschel, Clemens, 

Hildreth, A., 

Ilillard, Hon. George S., . 
Hilles, Nathan, Frankford, Pa., 



37 
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13 



3 

3 

75 



PUBLIC LI33RAEY. 



4:) 



Hine, C. C, Naw To7-k, 1 raap, 

Hingham, Public Library, .,....- 

Hitchcock, Thomas B., 31. B., 

Hodges, Samuel W., . . . 

Hoffmann, Friedricli, Berlin, Germany, .... 
Holden, William, Mariettci,, O/iz'o, 5 numbers of periodicals, 
Holenshade, James C. C, Ohio Female College, College 

mil, 

Homans, Charles D., M. D., 

Home for Aged Men, 24:5 numbers of periodicals, . .* 

Homes, Henry A., Albany, N. Y., 

Hornell Library Association, Uornellsville, N. Y., . 

Horsford, Prof. E. N., Cambridge, 

Horton, S. Dana, Ciricinnaii, Ohio, ..... 
Howard, A. S., Peabody Institute, Danvers, 

Hubbard, J. W., 

Hubbard, Rev. James M., Cambridge, 1 broadside, . 
Humphreys, Brig. Gen. A. A., Washington, D. C.,. 
Huntley, 3Iiss L. M., South Lancaster, .... 

Huntoon, D. T. V., 

Hyde Park, Public Library, 

Illinois, State of, 

Index Association, ........ 

Indiana Institute for the Elind, Indianapolis, . 
Indianapolis, Public Library, ...... 

Institute of Civil Engineers, Londoji, .... 

Iowa Hospital for the Insane, Mount Pleasant, . 
Iowa Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Council Bluffs, . 
Jackson, 31rs. Charles, 1 map, C>ii numbers of periodicals, . 
Jackson, Henry B., ........ 

James, Thomas P., • • • • • 

Jarvis, Edward, 31. D., 

Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, .... 
Jeffries, B. Joy, 31. D., C3 numbers of periodicals, . 
Jenks, Rev. H. F., Charleston, S. C, 1 newspaper, . 
Jojmson, Hon. Warren, Augusta, 3Ic., .... 

Johnson, William O., 31. D., 

Jones, Benjamin H., Lynn, 

Jones, E. U., 31. D., Taunton, 

Jones, H. W., San Francisco, Cal., 

Joslyn, 3Irs. S. A., 

Joy, A. K. P., 

Kaiserlich-Konigliche Geologische Beichsanstalt, Vienna, 
Kentucky, Adjutant-General's Office, Frankfort, 

Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 

Kcyes, George W., Olivet College, 3Iich., , . . . 

King, Moses, St. Louis, 3Io., 

Kingman, Abncr, ........ 

Kirk, John Foster, Philadelphia, 

Kirkbride, Thomas S., 31. D., PJtiladclphia, 
Knicker])ocker Life Insurance Company, New YorJc, 

Kniglit, Jolm, 

Knox, Hon. .Tohn Jay, Washington, D. C, 
Kongelige, Norske Universitat, Christiania, 



Vols. 


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1 




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50 



CITY DOCUMENT. 



No. G9. 



Vols 



Lamb, Thomas, 

Lancaster, Library Committee, . 
Landretli, David, and Son, Philadelphia, 
Langwortliy, Rev. Isaac P., Chelsea, . 
Lathers, Col. Richard, Charleston, S. C, 
Laurie, liev. Thomas, D. D., Providence, R. I. 
Lawrence, Abbott, 4 numbers of periodicals, 
Lawrence, S. E , and Co., Lawrence, 
Lawrence Academy, Groton, 
Lawrence, Free Public Library, 
Leavitt, George A., and Co., New Yoric, 
Leeds, England, Public Library, 
Leicester, Town of, . 

Public Library, 

Leipzig, Germany, U niversitat, . 



Lepper, A. II., 

Leaner, Sarah, . 

Lewis, lion. George, . 

Lewis, "Weston, . 

Lieber, 3Irs. Francis, New York, 

Ligue de I'Enscignement, Paris, 

Liller, J. E., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 

periodical, . 
Lincoln, Francis H., 
Lincoln, Miss S. W., 43 numbers of periodicals 
Little, Brown and Co., 
Liverpool, England, Free Public Library, 
London, Library of the Corporation, . 
Long Island Bible Society, Jamaica, N. I 
Louisiana State Library, 
Lovering, Prof. Joseph S., Cambridge, 1 
Low, Sampson, and Son, London, 
Lowe, N. ]\I., 1 broadside, 
Lowell, Miss A. C, . 

Lowell, City of, 

Home for Aged Women, 1 number 



Old Residents' Historical Association, 



Lyman, S. Jones, Montreal, 
Lynn, Public Library, 

Second Congregational Society, 

McCleary, Samuel F., 

Mace, Jean, Bcblenheim, France, 

MacKcUar, Thomas, Germantown, Pa., 

McLean, A. M., 40 numbers of periodicals 

Maine, State Library, 

Maisch, John M., Philadelphia, 

Mallalieu, Rev. W. F., 

Manchester, England, Geological Society. 

Public Free Libraries Committee, 

Manchester, N. II., City Library, 

Mann, B. Pickman, Cambridge, 

Mansell, W. A., and Co., London, 

Mansill, Richard, Roclc Island, III., newspaper cuttin 

Maplewood Young Ladies' Institute, Pittsfield, . 



1 number 



photo 



of a 



rapl 



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of 



dical. 



I 
1 
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1 
1 



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1 



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1 

1 
20 



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51 



DONORS. 


Vols. 


Pph. 


Maryland, State of, , 




1 


Mason. Robert M., 




2 




Massacliusetts. St;ite of, , 




24 




Agricultural College, Amherst, 






1 


Board of State Charitieis, 


. 


2 




Biiroiui of Statistics of Labor, 




1 




State Library, .... 






1 


Massachusetts Colonization Society, . 






1 


Massacliusetts General Hospital, 






2 


Massacliusetts Historical Society, 




2 




Massacliusetts Humane Society, 






1 


Massachusetts Medical Society, IG broadsides, . 




1,OOG 


8,999 


Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, . 








May, Miss Abby W., 418 broadsides, 171 newspapers, 6 






numbers of periodicals, ... . . 


31 


1,299 


May, Rev. Samuel, Leicester, Mass., 44: broadsides, . 








84 




Means, Rev. James H., 




1 


Median, William, ........ 




59 


Melrose, Public Library, ....... 




2 


Merriam, Hon. Clinton L., Washington, D. C, 




2 


Merritt. Mrs. S. J. J., 7 numbers of a periodical. 






IMiami University, Oxford, Ohio, ..... 




I 


Michigan State Library, ....... 


23 


8 


Miles, C. E., M. D , 




3 


Miller, E. S., Wading River, L. I., 




1 


Milton, Public Library, 




2 


Milwaukee, Wis., Art Gallery, ...... 




1 


Miner, Rev. Alonzo A., D. D., Tufts College, College Hill, 




7 


Minnesota Historical Society, (S'aiVi^PcJKZ,. 




1 


Minot, Francis, M. D., 


51 




Missouri, Staats-Ackerbau-Behorde, St. Louis, 


1 




Mixter, C. S., 


78 


11 


Mondino, B. S., Biblioteca Nazionale, Palermo, 




3 


Montague, \Y . L., Amherst College, 




1 


Moore, Charles W., 


1 




Morgan, A., and Son, Philadelphia, 


1 




Morgan, Miss A. C, Portsmouth, N. II., . 




5 


Morison, Rev. John H., D. D., Mtlton, .... 




1 


Mwrrell, W. W., Selbij, England, 




1 


Morse, L. Foster, ........ 


1 




Morton, Hon. Ellis W., 




1 


Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Sojith Iladlcy, 




I 


Munroe, William, 8 photographs and 3 heliotypes 






Munroe, William F., M. D 




47 


Munsell, Joel, Alhawj, N. Y. 


5 


15 


Nation, The, Publisher, New York, 172 newspapers, 131 






numbers of periodicals, ...... 


9 


55 


National Association of Wool Manufacturers, . 


2 




National Sunday League, London, 




2 




1 




Free Public Library, ...... 




I 


Newburyport, Public Library 




1 


New ("liiiicii Association, ....... 


1 




New England Cotton Manufacturers' Associatioi 


1, . 




1 



no, 



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DONORS. 


Vols. 


Pph. 


New England Hospital for Women and Children, 




I 


New England Society of Orange, Orange, iV. J., ■ . 




1 


New Hampsliire, State of, ...... . 


4 




New Hampsliire Asylum for the Insane, Concord, 




1 


New Hampshire Historical Society, 




1 


New Jersey, College of, Princeton, 




1 


New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum, Trenton, 


1 


3 


Newton, Free Library, 




4 


Newton Theological Institution, 




I 


Newton, N. J., Library Association, . . 




1 


New York, Citij, Board of Health, 


1 




New York, State of, 




1 


Chamber of Commerce 


2 




Department of Public Instruction, 




4 


Liljrary, ......... 


G 


2 


T , *:,. A 1 




9 






Kegents of the University, 


5 


1 


New York City Mission and Tract Society, 




1 


New York Historical Society, 


3 




New York Lyceum of Natural History, .... 


3 




New York Mercantile Library Association, 




1 


New York .Society for tlie Eeformation of Juvenile Delin- 






quents, . . ' 




4 


New York Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 




1 


New York State Medical Society, 


1 




Nichols, Miss A. A., 1 newspaper, 






Nichols, JUiss A. R. G., Washington, D. C, 




1 


Niciiols, lion. George, Northfield, Vt., . 


1 




Nichols, Prof. William R., 


1 


4 


iN'ickerson, Miss E. A., . 


23 


177' 


Norcross, Hon. Otis, ........ 




ICO 


Nortliampton, Public Library, ...... 


1 




Nottingham, England, Free Public Library and Museum, 




1 


Nye, Gideon, Jr., Canton, China 


4 




Ny Strom, Jolm W., Philadelphia, 


1 




O'Donnell, II. E., 


3 




Ohio, Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 




1 


04-.. + ^ T :t^»»».. 


12 


24 




Ohio Historical and Philosophical Society, Cincinnati, 


1 




Osgood, Jolm Felt, . . . . . 


7 


• 


Packard, Piof. Alpheus S., D. D., Brunswick, Me., 




1 


Page, Charles D., 5 numbers of periodicals, 


3 


G2 


Page, Henry A., ...•".... 


2 


1 


Palestine Exploration Society, New York,. 




1 


Palmer, Julius A , J/-,, '...... 


2 




Park, Prof. Edwards A., D. D., Andover, 


1 




Paiker, Augustus, ........ 


1 




Parker, Mrs. E. F., 


81 


3 


Parkman, William, ........ 


1 




Patten, 11. W., 


2 




Patterson, Giles J., Chester, S. C, 




1 


Patterson, Gen. Robert, Philadelphia, Pa., 


1 




Peabody Academy of Science, /SaZem, .... 




1 


Peaboiiy Institute, Baltimore, Md., 




1 


Peabody Institute, Danvers, ...... 




4 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



Pph. 



3 broad- 



Peahodv Institute, Peahodi/, 
Pennsylvania, Board of Piililic Charities, 
Pennsj'lvania Institution for the Blind, JPhiladelphia 
Peoria, //?., Board of Trade, 
Perkins, Augustus T., 

Perry, T. S., 

Perry, Rev. William S., Z>. D. Geneva, N. Y. 
sides, ....... 

Peyton, Jolin Lewis, Guernsey, Channel Islands 
Plielps, Francis, ..... 

Philadelphia, Directors of City Trusts, 
Philadelphia Library Company, . 
Pliiladelpliia Oitho]ifedic Hos])ital, 
Philadelpliia Social Science Association, , 

Philbrick, John D., 

Phillips Exeter Acadeniv, Exeter, N. II., 
Pickering, Pro/. Edward C, . 
Pierce, Hon. Henry L., . 

Pittsburg, Fa., Young Men's Mercantile Library, 
Plumnier and Wilder, .... 

Poore, Hon. Ben. Perley, Washington, D. C, 
Potter, Rev. Noah, D. D., Yale College, New Haven 
Potter, Tlinnias Bayley, London, 
Potter, William J., New Bedford, 
Piang. L., and Co., 2 lithographs. 
Pray, Lewis G., 

Preble, Capt. George Henry, U. S. N., 
Prescott, Hon. B. ¥., Concord, JV. II., 
Preston, Edward, London, 
Prohasco, Henry, Cincinnati, Ohio, . 
Providence, R. /., City of, . 
Providence Athenaeum, 
Putnam, Allen, ..... 
Putnam, Rev. George, D. D., . 
Putnam, James J., M. D., 
Quay, Hon. ]\I. S., Ilarris'mrg, Pa., 
Quincy, Hon. Josiali, 4 broadsides, 
Quincy, Josiali Pliillips, Wollaston, . 
Quincy, Town of, ... . 

Public Library, 



/., 



Rapid Writer Association, Andover, 6 numbers 

odical, . . . 

Read, R. L., Lowell, 2(55 numbers of periodicals 
Reading, Public Lilirary, .... 
Reale Istituto Ijomhardo, Milan, 
Rebon(;^as, Dr. Andre, Rio de Janeiro, 
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, R. 
Reed, J. Harris, 
Reed, Reuben, Estate of, . 
Reed. Seth, 2 newspapers, . 
Reiche, Charles, and Brother, 
Reynolds, J., . 

Richardson, Charles A., 270 newspapers, 
Richardson, Hon. William A., Washington, D. C, 
Robbins, Rev. Chandler, D. D., .... 



of a 



peri- 



2 

2 

60 



95 



15 

1 
1 
3 



1 
2 
6 
15 
1 
2 
1 

1 

2 
1 
I 
6 
4 



420 
2 



54 



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rph. 



C, 



Robinson, James R., Cambridge, 
Eoekford, 111., Public Library, . 
Rockwell, Henry E., Washington, D 
Rockwell, Kornce T., 
Rolfe, "William J., Camlridgeport, 
Rowcll, Georjie P., and Co., New York, 
Royal Astronomical Society, London, 
Royal Geogrnjihical Society, Lotidon, 
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 
Royal Society, London, 
Rudersdortf, E., 6 numbers of periodicals, 
Riiss, Eddy and Co., Worcester, . 
Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N. J., 
Sabin, J., and Sons, New York, 
Sabine, John D., Washington, D. C, 
Saint John, N. B., City of, 
St. Louis, Mercantile Library Association, 
Public School Library, . 



St. Stephen's House, 
Salem, City of, . 

North Church and Society, 

Union School, 



Salford, England., Museum and Library, 

Salisbury, Hon Stephen, Worcester, . 

Sands, Rear- Admiral B. F., U. S. Naval Observatory, 

San Francisco, Cul., Mercantile Library Association, 

Odd Fellows Library Association, . 

Sargent, Epes, 

Saunders, Dr. W. Sedgwick, Guildhall Library, London 
Savage, E. H., Chief of Police, .... 

Scliarff, Col. J. Thomas, Baltimore, Md., newspaper cut 

ting, 

Schlegel, Everett and Co., 

Selilesische Blinden-Unterrichts-Anstalt, Breslan, 
Schoenhof and Moeller, ...... 

Scudder, Samuel H., Cambridge, .... 

Searle, F. A., 536 broadsides, 

Sears, David, Estate of, . . . . • . 

Sheffield, England, Committee of Free Public Libraries, 
Sibley, John L., Cambridge, ..... 

Siders, Henry, Hingham, ...... 

Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, Ct., 
Sinnickson, Robert, Trenton, N. J., 4 broadsides, 

Slack, Charles W., 

Slack, Francis, M. D., Cambridge, . 
Slade, Qliadiah, Providence, R. I., , 
Smith, Miss A. Lizzie, ..... 
Smith, Alfred Russell, ..... 
Smith, Hon. Jerome V. C, M. D., New Yo7-Jc City, 
Smitii, John C, Galena, 111., .... 
Smith, Samuel, Worcester. .... 

Smithsonian Institution, Washiitgton, D. C, 
Snider, 1). J., St. Louis, Mo., .... 
Snow, Edwin M., M. D., Providence, R. L, 
Social Law Library, 1 number of a periodical, . 



1 
1 
1 
1 
8 
1 
1 
3 
2 
2 
11 



128 



PUBLIC LIBRAKY. 



55 



Pph. 



Society of Arts, London, .... 
Somerville, Public Library, 
Southboro', Town Clerk, .... 
South Carolina, University of, Culumhia, . 
Soutbgnte, Rev. William S., Annapolis, Md., 
Southwick, Miss, ..... 
Spalding, Rev. George B., Dover, N. IF., . 
Spalding, Rt. Rev. John S., D. D., Erie, Pa., 2 

of a peiiodioiil, ..... 
Springfiehl, City Library Association, 
Squire, .Tolin P., Arlington, 
Stansbury, Charles F., Washington, D. C, 
Staples, S. E., Worcester, .... 
Stevens Institute of Technology, Ilohoken, iV. J. 
Stevenson, J. T., ..... 

Stewart, C. F., Concord, N. U., . 
Stimpson, Charles M., .... 

Stoddard. Charles, Estate of, . 
Stone, Gen. Charles P., Chief of Staff, Cairo, 
Stone, Rev. Edward C, Hartford, Ct., 

Stratton, Henry B. 

Straznickj', Dr. E. R., Ast or Library, New Yo 
Sturtevant, E. Lewis, M. D., South Framingha 
Sumner, Hon. Charles, 1 newspaper, . 
Sykes, Joseph, ...... 

Syracuse, N. Y., Board of Education, 
Taft, Rev. S. H., Humboldt, Iowa, 
Taunton, Public Library, .... 

Tennessee School for the Blind, Nashville, 
Tenney, Rev. E. P., Ashland, ... 
Tenney, Mrs. Harriet A., Lansing, Mich., 

Thayer, Miss C. C, 

Thayer, David. M. D., . . . . 
Thornton, J. Wingate, ... 
Thurmnn, William C, 2 newspapers, 

"Thwing. S. C, 

Tilly, Hon. Samuel L., Lieut. Governor of Nov 
Times Pul)lisliing Company, 

Titus, Charles H., 

Tobey, Hon. Edward S., 222 numbers of period 
Toner, J. M., M. D., Washington, D. C, 
Toohey, J. H., Chelsea, 8 numbers of periodical 
Townsend, Mary Ashle}', Philadtlphia, 
Trumbull, Hon. J. Hammond, Hartford, Ct., 
Tufts College, College Hill, 
Turner, Alfred T., City Auditor, 
Turner, John, M. D., .... 

Tuttle, C. W. 

Tweed, Rrnf. B. F., Medford, . 

Union Theological Seminary, New York, . 

United States, Adjutant-General's Office, . 

Bureau of Education, 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, 

Bureau of Statistics, 

Census Office, .... 



Egypt 



1 numbers 



k, 



a Scotia, 
cals. 



1 

13 



21 
1 



59 



40 
1 



1 

18 



12 
2 
1 
1 
1 

38 



1 

1 
12 

1 
1 
1 
2 
32 
1 



2 

526 
1 
1 



2 
3 
1 
1 

287 
1 
1 
9 



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United States, Chief of OrdViance, .... 

Depaitnient of the Interior, .... 

Department of the Navy, .... 

Department of tlie Post-Offiee, 

Department of State, ..... 

Department of the Treasury, 

Department of War, 40 numbers of a periodical, 

Lil)rary of Congress, ..... 

Naval Observatory, ..... 

Office of the Chief of Engineers, • 

Patent Office, 

Signal Office, ....... 

— '■ Surgeon General's OfBce, 2 numbers of a periodical. 

United States Military Post Library Association, iVew 

York, ........ 

Upham, J. Baxter, 3f. D., . 

Upham, R. F., Worcester, 

Upton, lion. George B., 

Van Amringe, J. H., New York, 
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N. U., 
"Vauchi-z, Emmanuel, Paris, .... 

"Vaughan, W., ....... 

Vermont State Library, Montpelier, . 

Vihbert, Rev. George H., Somerville, 44 broadsides, 

Vinton, Frederic, Princeton, N. J., . 

Virginia, State of, 

Vose, J. T., 

Wallace, Lieut. William, U. S. N., . 
Waltliam, Town of, ..... . 

Waltlier, G. J., 

Warner, Hon. Oliver, Springfield, 

Warren, William F., D. D., 2 broadsides, 113 newsp 

6G numbers of periodicals, .... 

Washliurn, Mrs. Margaret, Frankfort, Me., 
Washington, D. C, Library, .... 

Waterston, Rev R. C, . 

Watertovvn, Free Public Library, . . . 

Weller and Metcalf, Chicago, III., 

Wells, William N., M. D., .... 

Wesleyan University, Ji/«(ifZ?e^-tr;?,, Ct., 
Wet-tern Lunatic Asylum, Staunton, Va., . 
Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, . 
Westford, Town of, ..... . 

West Roxlmry, Town Clerk, .... 

West Sf)ringfiel(l, Town of, . . . . 

West Virginia, State of, .... . 

Wheeler, William A., 2 broadsides, ] map, 1 newspaper, 

Wheihlon, William W., Concord, 1 number of a periodical 

Whipple, Charles K., . 

Whittaker, A. E., San Francisco, Cal., 

AYIiite, Aml)rose H., ...... 

White. .J. C, M. D., 47 numbers of periodicals, 
V/liitcliill, II. R., Carson Cify, Nevada, . 
Whitiiitr, Mrs. William, 22 maps. 



Whitiuore, William H. 



4 

60 
1 

IS 
3 



1 

4 
28 



12 
4 



20 
6 



232 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



57 



a periodical 



Whitney, Rev. F. A 

Whitney, Prof. H. M. Beloit, Wis., .... 

AVhitney, James L., 2 broadsides, 2 numbers of periodicals 

Whitney, Prof. William D., LL. D., New Haven, Ct 

Wilder, Hon. Marshall P., 

Wiles, Alvah T., Zanesville, Ohio, . 

Willcox, E. S., Peoria, III, . . . 

Willey, Henry, New Bedford, . 

Williams, David, Neiv York, 1 number of 

Williams, Henry J., Philadelphia, 

Willia#is, Hon. J. M. S., Cambridge, 

Williams, Major J. Otis, . 

Williams, James, Columbus, Ohio, 

Williams College, Williamstown, 

Wilmington Institute, Wilmington, Del., 

Wilson, Mr., 

AVilson, Vicp- President Henry, Natick, 
Wilson, H. H., Philadelphia, 
Wilson, Col. Henry W., 
Wilson, Hinkle and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio 
Winchester, Caleb T., Middletown, Ct., 
Wing, J. M. and Co., Chicago, 111., . 
Winsor, Justin, ..... 
Winthrop, Hon. Robert C, 8 broadsides and 5 

of periodicals, 
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, 1 broadside, 
Wisconsin Institution for the Education of the Blind 

Janesville, ...... 

Woburn, Library Committee, 

Wolle, H. H., Philadelphia, 

Woods, George, and Co., Cambridge, 

Woodward, R. B., San Francisco, Cal., 

Worcester Young Men's Christian Association, 

Worthington and Flanders, 

Yale College, New Haven. Ct., . 

Young, Rev. Edward J., Cambridge, 



numbers 



10 
1 



Pph. 



1 

5 

177 



JVoie. — The above enumeration includes the gifts to the Fellowes Athenaeum, connected 
with the Roxbury Branch, 



" For Appendix XII., folding sheet, see end of Report." 



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APPEOT)IX XIII. 

REGISTRATION. 



6 


Note. The first registration. 






Third Registration. 






y. 


1854-8, had 17,066 names; the 
second, 1859-67, had 52,829 
names. 






5 


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05 


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CO 


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GO 

H 


05 
H 


i- 

OO 
H 


3 

o 

Eh 




. 


Ceiitral Library . 


12,057 


6,490 


6,577 


7,096 


6,688 


6,670 


8,016 •• 


53,594 






E. B. Branch . , . 








2,320 


993 


826 


1,244 
1,663 


5,383 
4,992 






S. B. Branch . . . 








232 


3,094 


I. 


Applica- 
















3,475 
693 
108 

15,202 


3,475 




tions. 
















693 


















108 




Total 


12,057 


6,490 


6,577 


9,416 


7,913 


10,596 


68,245 






' Central Library . 


2,810 


3,402 


1,904 


3,040 


2,876 


3,419 


3,642 


21,153 




Applica- 
tions sent 
to Police 
(forverifi-- 
cation 
wlien 
needed). 


E. B. Branch . . . 








1,012 


474 


266 
645 


463 

515 

237 

11 



4,863 


2,215 




S. B. Branch . . . 








1,160 


II. 














237 


















11 























,Total 


2,810 


3,462 


1,904 


4,052 


3,350 


4,330 


24,776 






' Central Library . 


233 


202 


179 


241 


267 


288 


287 


1,697 




Cards Re- 
fused 
(mostly 
fur non- 
residency 
or under 
age). 


E. B. Branch . . . 








80 


28 


10 
64 


12 

36 

89 

3 

3 

430 


130 












100 


III. 














89 


















3 


















3 




, Total 


233 


202 


179 


321 


295 


362 


2,022 






' Central Library . 


852 


589 


404 


393 


439 


409 


291 


3,377 




Cards not 

called for 

during the 

year. 


E. B Branch . . . 








117 


151 


93 
179 


90 

65 

17 



1 


451 




.S" B Branch . . 








244 


IV. 














17 























Bri. Branch . . . 














1 






[Total 


852 


583 


404 


510 


590 


681 


894 


4,090 



PUBLIC LIBEAKY. 



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APPENDIX XIII.— Continued. 



REGISTRATION. 



4, 


Note. The first registration, 
1854-8, had 17 C63 names ; the 


Third Registration. 


a 


second, 1859-67, had 52,829 
names. 


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c 

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CO 






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o 




Applica- 
tions Can- 
celled. 
(>ix 
months on^ 

file, and 
one month 
longer 
after no- 
tice.) 

Cards in 
use (de- 
ducting < 
Classes 
III and V.) 










1,215 


264 
82 


196 
45 

82 


245 
40 
106 
17 


414 

7,484 

4,704 
2,673 
2,346* 


1,920 
173 




F. B. Branch . . . 










S. B. Branch . . . 










188 


y 














17 










































Total 








1,215 

30,150 
2,240 


346 

36,307 
3,123 


323 

42,493 
3,S94 
3,180 


2 298 
















E. B. Branch . . . 












S. B. BrancJi . . . 










V7 
































7,320 
tl,378 


















105 

t 




Total 








32,390 


39,430 


49,567 

















* The entire Registration from June 7, 1839, to May 1, 1874, is 7,320, leaving 4 ,974 for de 
removals, and old cards not renewed, in 5 years. 

t During the year an attempt has been made to separate the slips of persons helieved now 
to be using the Library, distinguishing them by the fact of their visiting the libraries during 
the year, and the result, which Is of course but approximate, shows that nearly 40,000 cards 
may be considered alive. 

X Includes 1,273 names registered before annexation. 



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

PiiUnts. — The An erican and French Patents have been placed in an alcove contiguous- to the room of 
the British Patents, and the wliole collection put in charge ot a Curator. No record i.s made of the use of 
either the American or French Patents. 

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



62 



CITY DOCUMENT. No. C9. 



APPEIS^DIX XY. 

BATES HALL READING, 



Classifications. 



English History, Topngrapliy. Bi- 
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rature 

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tory. Topography, Ui' graphy, 
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phy, Travel and Polite Litera- 
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Geography, Biography, etc. . . 

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Theology, Ecclesiastical History, 
Ethics, Education, etc 

Kediciue 

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Economy 

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Miscellaneous Pamphlets, bound. 



Percentage of Use. 



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is reckoned as nearly as possible and included in the usual divisions, as is indicated in the 
table. See Erplanutions to Appendix IX. 

The want of a Catalogue to the Spanish books of the Ticknor Library has continued to 
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appe:n^dix xyii. 

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APPEOT)IX XYin. 

SOUTH BOSTON BRANCH READING. 

{Shown from slips of Books returned.) 



Class 

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II. 
III. 
IV. 

V. 
VI. 

vn. 
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X. 

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Ranges. 



15, 16 . 

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American History and Bi 
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Foreign History and Biog 
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Professions 

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Arts and Sciences . • . . 

Miscellanies, Collect'ns, etc. 
Periodicals (bound) .... 

Fiction and Juveniles . . . 

Patents 

Foreign Languages . . . 



Totals 



isrs. 


181 


4. 


Books 
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Per- 
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Books 
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Per. 

centage. 


2,604 


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2,974 


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435 


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1,909 


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96,797 




108,864 





The grouping of the classifications is varied a little from that in the tahle for East Boston, 
in order to show the classes of reading in somewhat different relations. 



66 



CITY DOCUMEXT. No. G9. 



APPEOT)IX XIX. 

ROXBURY BRANCH AND FELLOWES ATHENJ5UM READING. 
Note. — The two sections of this tahle, refer to two different collections of books. 



Rox. Br. 

Class No. 



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n. 
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X. 



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II. 

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X. 



Ranges. 



1, 3, 5, 7 

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6, 8. , 
9,11 , 
10, 12 , 
13, 14 , 
15, 17 , 
16 . . 
18, 19 , 
20. . , 



50, 54, 59 
55,57 

51, 53, 65, 
52,56 
58 . 

60 . 

61 . 

62 . 
63,69 
64, 66, 68 



Classes. 



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Travels 

History 

Juveniles 

Biography 

Periodicals 

Arts, Sciences, Professions 

Poetry and Drama 

Collected Works and Lit. Miscellaneous 
Books in Foreign Languages 

Total 

History, Biography, Travels 

Modern Foreign Languages 

Periodicals 

Miscellaneous Literature 

Theology, Sociology, Ethics 

Medicine 

Greek and Lat. Languages and Literature 

Fine Arts, Engineering 

Law, Politics, Government 

Mathematics, Natu. and Applied Science 

Total 



1874. 


Books 
Returned. 


Per- 
centage. 


28,575 


-49 


2,623 


-5 


1,121 


-2 


19,261 


32+ 


1,351 


2+ 


1,019 


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58,605 



1,982 


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729 


13 


160 


2 


661 


12 


412 


7 


46 


1 


262 


5 


684 


12 


36 


1 


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74 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. GO. 

APPENDIX XXni. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. 

JUSTIN WINSOR, Superintendent. 

William A. Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent. 

James L. Whitney, Principal Assistant. 

Edward Capen, Auditor. 

Charles 4-' Wilson, Despatch Clerk. 

Miss A. A. Nichols, Accountant. 

John Barry, Superintendent's Runner. 

CATALOGUE DEPARTMENT. 

William A. Wheelek, 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, Pxtra Work; Mrs. S. A. Joslyn, Miss M. E. Joslyn, 
Assistants ; Miss Margaret Allen, Pamphlets ; Miss A. P.Call, Cataloguer for 
Branches ; Miss H. E. Green, Curator of Public Card Catalogue. 
Miss Alice M. Poree, Miss Maude Ross, Assistants. 

ORDERING AND RECEIVING DEPARTMENT. 

Miss Harriet N. Pike, Chief Clerk. 
Miss M. I. Broolcs, Assistant; Miss Mary A. McGrath (extra), Assistant ; 
Miss Elizabeth J. Stevenson, Newspapers and Duplicates ; Ellen Stevenson, 
Attendant. 

SHELF DEPARTMENT. 

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

BATES HALL DEPARTMENT. 

Joseph Stkes, Keeper. 
Miss L. S. Norton, Miss E. T. Hill, Assistants. 

John Bresnahan, Timothy Donovan, F. II. Thomas, E. M. Thomas, Run- 
ners. 

LOWER HALL DEPARTMENT. 

Elbeidge Bradshaw, Keeper. 

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

Ellen' F. McCarthy, Ella Sturmy, Mary Connors, Margaret Donovan, 
Henrietta E. Mack (extra'), M. A. Mears (extra), Runners. 



PUBLIC LLBRAKT. 75 

W. F. Robinson, Registration Clerh. 
Miss Elizabetli Ross, Assistant Registration Clerh. 
Miss Caroline E. Poree, Reading Room Attendant. 
EvENiXG Service. J. M. W. Pnitt, Registration Clerk ; 



Delivery Clerk; Miss Catharine McGrath, Receiving Clerk; Miss Amelia 
McGratli, Assistant; R. B. Ross, Reading Room Attendant ; Geo. W. Evans, 
Runner. 

Sunday Service. Fred. Kyle, Reading Room Attendant. 

JANITORIAL DEPARTMENT. 

William E. Ford, Janitor. 
Tliomas Collins, Assistant. 

BINDING DEPARTMENT. 

Frank P. Hathaway, Foreman. 
Andrew ]\I. Blake, Mrs. Martha Wheeler, Assistants. 
Note. — The binderies of Jackson and Dale, Jerome Seidensticker, M. M. 
Chick, J, W. Ripley, and G. H. Flattich are also employed. 

EAST BOSTON BRANCH. 

Miss Saraii C. Godbold, Librarian. 

Miss Mary R. Pray, Miss A. M. Wing, Asssistants. 

Mary E. Catlicart, Runner. 

G. H. Hosea, Janitor. 

Misses N. S. Lennon, G. Chilcott, Alice Ellis, and Laura Morse, Substitutes 

and extra Assistants. 

Miss Emma M. Nutter, Sunday Service. 

SOUTH BOSTON BRANCH. 

Mrs. Anna C. D. Keen, Librarian. 

Misses L. Anna Baldwin, E. A. Eaton, A. J. Bragdon, Assistants. 

H. E. McCarthy, Runner. 

Joseph Baker, Janitor. 

Misses E. Watson, M. Webster, Eliz. McCarthy, Emma Davis, and Mary 

Watson, Substitutes and extra Assistants. 

Mrs. L. A. Dunham, Sunday Service. 

ROXBURY BRANCH. 
Miss H. C. Price, Librarian. 
Mrs. Julia A. Nye {also Sunday Service), Miss Marietta Goldsmith, 
Miss Clara E. Sanborn, Assistants. 

Margaret E. Blood, Runner. 
Charles R. Curtis, Janitor. 
Misses Ella Blood, Louisa Floden, Rita Bellows, and Mary Floden, Sub- 
stitutes and extra Assistants. 



76 



CITY DOCUSIENT. No. 69 



CHARLESTOWN BRANCH. 

Dr. Cornelius S. Cartee, Librarian. 

Misses Susan Edwards, S. M. Eberle, Assistants 

Lillian Davis, Runner. 

Thomas E. Smith, Janitor. 

Misses A. M. Stevens, A. E. Eberle, and Howard Doane, Extra Assistants. 

Mr. H. E. Smith, Sunday Service. 

BRIGHTON BRANCH. 

Miss Mart J. Bowker, Librarian, 

Miss C. A. Wentworth, Assistant. B. T. Grailey, Runner. 

Miss K. F. Wellington, Sunday Service. 

AGENCY DEPARTMENT. 

Messrs. Lee and Shcpard, Boston. 

Messrs. Little, Brown and 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 Fliigel, Leipsic. 
Chev. Eugenio Alberi, Florence. 



SUMMARY. 

Regulars. 

Superintendent 1 

Auditor, Accountant, DespatcirClerk, and Runner 4 
Catalogue Department . . . 
Ordering and Receiving Department 

Shelf Department 

B. H. Circulating Department 

L. H. Circulating Department, Day Service . 

L. H. Circulating Department, Evening and 

Sunday Service . 
Janitorial Department 
Binding Department 
East Boston Branch 
South Boston Branch 
Roxbury Branch 
Charlestown Branch 
Brighton Branch . 



Extras. 



Totals 



12 
4 


1 
1 


Central 


Library. 


3 




^ 48 reg'ars 
10 extras. 


7 




12 


2 

6 


58 in all. 


2 






3 


J 




5 


' ^ 


Branches. 


6 


G 


25 reg'ars 


6 


4 


y 20 extras. 


6 
3 


4 
1 


45 in all. 


73 


SO 




30 







Grand Total 



103 



PUBLIC LIBRAKT. 77 



APPEI!^DIX xxiy. 

REPORT ON THE EXAMINATION OF THE LIBRARY, 

To the Superintendent : — 

Sir, — Dii ring the year ending the 30th of April, 1874, 
an examination has been made of the Central Library, and 
the East Boston, South Boston and Roxbury Branches, upon 
Avhich I beg leave to present the following 

REPORT. 

In the Bates Hall there were missing from the shelves 

at the time of examination . . ... 2,621 vols. 

Of these there were found, — 

■Loaned 939 

At the Binder's 852 

Otherwise accounted for . . . . 800 

2,591 " 

Not at present accounted for, — 

Boolis 27 

Magazines imperfect in box ... 1 

Bates Hall Catalogue .... 1 

29 " 

The usual care has been taken, and persistent search has 
been made for these missing books, but many are without 
doubt misplaced, and can only be found after another exam- 
ination of the alcoves. 

Of the 30 volumes reported missing lastj^ear, 20 have been 
found during the present examination ; showing that in so 
large a Library there is an increasing chance of books being 
returned to the wrong alcoves, and so temporarily missed. 

Five of the pamphlets which were reported missing at the 
first examination in 1869, have been found during the year, 



78 



CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 69. 



as it was then supposed they would be, bound with other 
pamphlets ; also three books which were reported missing in 
1870 have been found. 



In the Lower Hall there were missing from the shelves 



at the time of examination 
Loaned .... 
At the Binder's 
Otherwise accounted for . 

At present not accounted for, 
Fiction .... 
Duplicates of Fiction 
Miscellaneous boolis 



7,395 vols. 



6,304 
206 
853 



7,363 



11 
12 

9 



32 



Three of these missing volumes have been added withiu 
the past year, and cannot be traced since their location ; six 
have been lent during the year, and the remainder have not 
been charged to borrowers, and are not recent accessions. 

Of the volumes reported missing last year, seven have 
been found during the present examination, wrongly num- 
bered ; also there have appeared in their proper places three 
other volumes — one missing in 1871, one missing in 1869, 
and one which was marked on the shelf-list as missing in 
18G7. 

The number of books missing from each alcove is as fol- 
lows : — 



1st alcove 


2 vols. 


14th alcove . 


. 


1 vol 


3d " . 


1 




15th 


u 


. 


1 " 


4th " . 


4 




17th 


ii 


. 


5 " 


7th " . 


1 




18th 


it 


. 


1 " 


8th " . 


1 




Dap's 


of 4th alcove 


2 " 


11th " . 


2 




(( 


7th 


ii. 


8 " 


13th " . 


1 




u 


17th 


u 


2 " 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 79 

At the East Boston Branch there were missing from the 
shelves at the time of examination . . 2,031 vols. 

Loaned 1,745 

At the Binder's 120 

Otherwise accounted for .... 164 

2,029 " 



At present not accounted for, — 

History . 1 

Miscellaneous ...... 1 

— 2 " 

At the Sonth Boston Branch there were missing from the 
shelves at the time of examination , . 2,309 vols. 

Loaned 1,993 

At the Binder's 129 

Otherwise accounted for . . . . 185 

2,307 " 

At present not accounted for, — 

Biography ...... 1 

Juvenile ......* 1 

— 2 " 

At the Roxbnry Branch there were missing from the shelves 
at the time of examination, — 

Fellowes Athenaeum books ..... 293 vols. 
Of these there were found, — 

Loaned ....... 

At the Binder's ..... 

Otherwise accounted for . 

City books 

There were found, — 

Loaned ....... 

At the Binder's 

Otherwise accounted for .... 

At present not accounted for, — 

Fiction 

Juvenile 



289 






3 






1 


293 


u 




2,005 vols. 


1,911 






86 






6 


2,003 


u 


1 






1 


2 


It 



80 CITY DOCUMENT. No. 69. 

I have also to report the following books which have dis- 
appeared from the Bates Hull desk during the past Library 
year : — 

Putnam, Best Reading. 

Pierce. Dickens Dictionary. 

Moore. What to Read. The second copy which has disappeared. 

Irving. Annals of Our Time. 

Webster. Counting House Dictionary. The second copy which 
has disappeared. 

Wheeler. Noted Names of Fiction. The second copy which has 
disappeared. 

Ewald. Last Century of Universal History. 

Encyclopaedia Americana, Vol. 4. 

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

Ewald. Last Century of Universal History. The second copy 
which has disappeared. 

Moore. Encyclopaedia of Music. The third copy which has dis- 
appeared. 

Phillips. Dictionary of Biographical Reference. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. T. BARTON, 

Custodian of the /Shelves. 

Public Libbaet, 15th May, 1874. 



PUBLIC LIBRARY. 



81 



APPEIsTDIX XXY. 

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 mouuted, bound and bordered 

Hours of miscellaneous work 



1871-2. 


1873-3. 


1873-4. 


2,219 


2,008 


2,635 


1,015 


744 


753 


396 


430 


492 


490 


437 


287 


47 


28 


9 


212 


165 


109 


546 


64 


24 


5 


8 


8 


266 


263 


450 


54 


41 


8 


1,842 


2,297 


1,437 



































/ 

1 






(Books 


APPENDIX XII. 

CIRCULATION. 

issued. No account is kept of the great use of books within the 


Library rails 


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i 

i 


Total Ciecllation. 


Bates Hall. 




Lower Uall. 


East Boston Br.vnch. 


6oi;th Boston P ',anch. 


KoxBtjRY Branch. 


Charlestown Branch. 


Brighton Branch. 


Ti-ar. 


Issues. 


1 

>> 


6 >» 

1S2 

,3 


Date of 

last 
column, j 


a 


1 


i 
1 

1 


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a 


1 

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1 

.3 


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1 

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142 
286 
2$4 
283 

197 
254 
297 
274 
283 
215 
280 
275 
273 
277 
279 
2M 
230 
S07 
308 
303 
303 


35,389 
81.281 
32.661 
89.423 
75,570 
149.463 
151.020 
■ 160,877 
180.302 
138.02T 
184.035 
194,627 
183,862 
m 208.963 
175,727 
218,677 
210.963 
A 322,445 
380.343 
467.855 
625,442 


250 
231 
291 
310 
333 
538 
508 
587 
628 
641 
664 
708 
732 
754 
630 
770 
917 
!?965 
1.234 
1,519 
2,031 


535 

606 

647 

730 

693 

1,335 

1,052 

1,303 

1,517 

1,634 

1,421 

1,J64 

1,539 

1.813 

1.323 

1.498 

1,768 

1 1,856 

2.425 

3.073 

5,124 


Sept. 16 1 
Feb. 10 1 
Feb. 23 
Jan. 24 1 
Feb. 27 
Mar. 6 
Feb. 4 j 
Feb. 23 i 
Mar. 1 
Feb. 7 j 
Feb. 27 j 
Nov. 19 
Feb. 10 i 
Feb. 23 
Feb. 1 
Feb. 20 , 
Feb. 19 
Jan. 23 
Mar. 16 
P 


7,400 
6,222 
7,468 
10.371 
e 9,763 
13,696 
17,020 
23,203 
25.996 
31,080 
23,159 
28.261 
34.441 




17,663 
12,346 
18,525 
23,461 
20,201 
25,249 
33,874 
42,905 
47,697 
65,205 
50,251 
59,'J64 
72,313 






35.389 
81,281 
82,661 
89,423 
75,570 
149.463 
151,020 
160,877 
162,639 
125,681 
165,510 
171,166 
173,061 
183,714 
141.863 
175,772 
161,631 
227,579 
248,029 
230.U1 
245,244 


250 

284 

291 

310 

333 

588 

508 

587 

665 

585 
591 
322 
i35 
,62 
Vlf 
319 
703 
741 
M5 
r72 
i22 


535 

606 

647 

730 

693 

1,335 

1,052 

1,303 




















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7,121 
11.057 
13,090 
10,438 
11,653 
16,854 
19,702 
21,601 
34,225 
27,092 
31,003 
37,872 


57 
66 
85 
73 
92 
121 
151 
207 
212 
163 
192 
235 


























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16«6 
1867 
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1871 
1S72 
















































































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1,050 
1,239 
1,385 
1,413 

1,472 
1.443 
1.535 
























































307 
441 
457 
286 
388 
544 






















' : ' 


































1,735 
3,531 
6,217 
7,946 
7.853 


163,366 
231,110 
254,246 
238.057 
253.097 


















1 


































25,151 
74.804 
67,754 
80,771 


(335 
243 

222 
263 


586 
609 
568 

712 


970 

1,042 

458 

330 


26,130 
75,846 
68.212 
81,091 








'l. 










































































101,688 
107,651 


330 
350 


684 
762 


915 


































1874 


108,566 


64,092 


612. 


263 


3,250 


67,342 


32,023 


734 


327 


1,368 


33,391 


9,612 


22S 


83 





9,642 


a SI 
I, K 
V T 
tl E 
e N 


moval 


hs. 

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ODths (Lib 
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if 


/I 

h 
ha 

i 


din 
Den 
ft 
Ills 
3pe 


months, 
ral Librarj 
ie issues at 
sues be ex 
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El 
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gh 


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tda 


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thcle w 

ys. 


exclude 
11 be rec 


d, this footing would be 296.315; and 
ord of 293.710 volumes used at home. 


m See rsport for 1868. 
n IitcUides books borrowed an( 
shown in Appendix XIII. 
The E. B. Branch was open oi 
p lucludcB the largest of each d 


returned the aiime day, 

ly 30,7 days, owing to repai 
cpai'tment on any day, wi 


on white slips, as 

rs on furnace, 
bout regard to its 




being the same day, as in previous entries under this head. 

The daily average of the Lower Hall is on the entire issue for the present year. 

The use of the Koxbury Branch is for 10 months (241 days) ODly ; that of the 
Charlestown and Brighton Branches for 4 mouths only. 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



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