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CITY OF BOSTOIT. 



City Document No, 76. 



TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE 
TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1876. 

Public Library, June 30, 1876. 

His Honor Samuel O. Cobb, Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — I have the honor to transmit to you, herewith, the 
Twenty-fourth 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. 

In conformity with the requirements of the ordinance con- 
cerning the Public Library, the Trustees have the honor 
to present to the City Council their twenty-fourth Annual 

REPORT; 

being the seventh made under the last ordinance, and in- 
cluding the results ot administration for the year endino- on 
the 3()th of April last. "" 

There are also submitted herewith the reports of the 
Superintendent, and of the Examining Committee. 

The report of the Superintendent is necessarily the history 
of the Lii)iary for the year. All the manifold details attend- 
ing Its proper management, the tabulated results of the 
various Lil)rary work, and the statistics necessary to ensure 
an intelligent comprehension of the development and the 
uses of tlie Central Library as well as of the Branches are to 
be found cither in his main report or in the important series of 
its appendixes. It also contains a full statement, as required 
by the ordinance, of the receipts and expenditures of the in- 
stitution. This collection of tables increases in value year by 
year, as they show most significantly the progress of the 
Library from its small beginning to the close of the last year. 



2 City Document No. 76. 

No one can understand or appreciate its relations to the great 
constituency which it serves, without a careful examination of 
these tabular statements. 

The Examining Committee for the present year consists of 
Causten Browne, Esq., George B. Chase, Esq., Henry G. 
Denny, Esq., George H. Gay, M.D., Rt. Eev. Benjamin H. 
Paddock, D.D., with Richard Frothingham, Esq., of the 
Board of Trustees, as chairman. The report is from the 
hand of George B. Chase, Esq., and presents for consideration 
a wider range of topics than has previously been offered hy 
similar committees for the action of the City Council and of 
the Trustees. Among the more important changes recom- 
mended to the notice of the City Government, are the tenure 
of office of the Trustees elected at large ; the necessity for more 
convenient and suitable arrangements for the Library and its 
visitors, to be obtained by additional structures on the adja- 
cent lots of land ; the obvious requirement of some scientific 
attention to the proper ventilation of the whole building ; the 
establishment of cabinets (Taisance for both sexes. Upon 
these points of additional room, the attention of the City 
Council is asked later in the present report. With regard to 
the ventilation, it is hoped that the plans of a new addition 
to the Central Library to be offered for approval during the 
present financial year will include some scheme which may 
be sufficient. It must be remembered, in this connection, 
that the present imperfection not only poisons the attendants 
in service in the lower hall, but also destro3S the books of 
the upper hall — through the gradual and insidious absorp- 
tions of injurious gases by the leather of the bindings. 

The remarks of the committee relative to the character of 
the fiction suitable for general circulation meet the entire 
approbation of the Board. They set forth the principles 
under which the Trustees design that all purchases shall be 
made. Much of 'the more popular fiction read by adults is 
without moral or educational purposes. In books expressly 
written for the young there is for the most part, among recent 
authors, a larger stimulus given or intended. 13ut no 
supervision of the Trustees can stand in the place of a 
parent or guardian, who should always see that the books 
selected by the young for their own edification are suitable 
to their character and intellectual development. While the 
reading of books relating to history, biography or travel, or 
tj other educational subjects, receives, on account of the sub- 
jects, no special comment or notice, works of imagination, 
however unsuited to the youthful requirements, and having, 
nevertheless, a quicker, more direct, and more pleasur- 
able effect on chaiacter and aim, it is feared, do not receive 



Public Library. 3 

the attention of those to whom formntion of character is 
responsibly entrusted at all in proportion to the im- 
portance of the results contemplated, or perhaps dimly 
outlined. 

In the report of the last year the Trustees asked the atten- 
tion of the City Council to the necessity of a prospective en- 
largement of the Boylston-street building, by the erection 
of a suitable addition to it upon the estate adjacent, purchased 
for that purpose by the city in the year 1872. They also 
proposed to present suitable plans for this improvement pre- 
vious to the preparation of the appropriation bill ibr the 
present year. But, in consequence of the depressed financial 
condition of the community, it was deemed best to await a 
more prosperous season before calling for such a considerable 
expenditure as would secure the fire-proof structure needed 
for the Library extension. 

During the year, however, the needs of the institution 
were so pressing for the catalogue department, that an ex- 
tension of two stories was made behind the Bates-Hall floor, 
giving two rooms 45 X 16 feet, and relieving the floor and 
galleries of the blocking and confusion caused by insutficiency 
of room. This addition is of wood, covered with sheet iron. 
To it should be added iron or steel shutters, to make it 
tolerably safe from any neighboring fire. 

This structure is not of such a character as would have 
been afforded by the proposed extension on Boylston street, 
and will, at least, it is to be hoped, serve only a temporary 
purpose. The collection of books is now of such great 
pecuniary value, that simply as a matter of money the city 
cannot afford to run any risks with it that prudence can 
avoid. 

It is hoped that plans will be submitted early next year 
to the Council, after they have been approved by the 
Board, for such an edifice as the proximate wants of the 
institution require. 

It is also our duty to renew the statements of the last re- 
port relative to the rooms occupied by the South Boston 
Branch — the most numerously frequented of all the Branches. 
It is for the City Coimcil to consider whether it shall pro- 
vide the requisite accommodations by leasing other rooms 
in the building now occupied, or elsewhere, or to set aside 
suitable halls in some structure, either at present owned by 
the city or hereafter to be erected. 

In offering the usual brief summary of the condition and 
uses of the institution, it is most gratifying to exhilMt the 
figures which indicate a remarkable progress derived from the 



4 City Document No. 76. 

incrensed appreciation of its value on the part of the whole 
community. 

The Central Library in Boylston street contains 234,350 
vols. ; the six Branches, 63,525 vols. ; makins; a total of 
297,875 vols., an increase for the year of 20,957 vols. 

Ihe Libraries were open 306 days in the year. Of the 
great reference collection in the Bates Hall, there were used 
114,329 books. The Lower Hall distril)utcd to borrowers 
and for hall use 348,842 vols. From the six Branches there 
were issued 484,450 vols. The following table shows the 
number of books in each of the popular Libraries and their 
average use : — 





No. of vols. 


Circulation. 


Average use. 


Lower Hall, Boylston st., 


35,152 


348,842 


9.9 


East Boston Branch, 


9,037 


90,987 


10.06 


South " " 


7,288 


115,530 


16.3 


Eoxbnry, " 


10,707 


101,297 


9.4 


Clmrlestown, " 


17,394 


85,815 


4.93 


Brighton, " 


11,911 


24.805 


2.08 


Dorchester, " 


7,106 


66,016 


9.29 



The low averages of Charlestown and Brighton are in a 
some degiee due to the magnitude of their Libraries in 
proportion to their population, and in the case of the former 
it is nndoubtedly affocted by the distance of the institntion 
from the centre of the population of the district. It is, 
however, principally owing to the fact, that, as independent 
Libraries before annexation, the}'- had gathered a large 
number of documents and other books, w'hich swelled the 
aggreizatc of their voliuncs without increasing the stock of 
p()l)idar books. 

Of this aiTirrefrate use of 947,621 vols., there is first 
noticeable the great percentage of increase over the previous 
year, amountingto 189,204 vols., or 25 percent., — which is 
imexampled in the statistics of our circulation. The largest de- 
livery on any one day swelled from (),074 in the last year to 
8,035 vols, in 1875-76, showing the still more striking ad- 
vance ot 32 per cent. Of this latter use, 107,217 books were 
from the Boylston-strect Library, and 81,987 books from the 
six Branches, — showing that the foundation ofthe.se accessories 
has not only benetited the districts where they were estab- 
lished, but has had no ellect in diniinishiug the cxti-nt of the 
issues of the greater Library in the city })roper. Indeed, 
increased activity in reading was the general result through- 
out the whole constituency supplied or assisted by the 
institution. 



Public Library. 5 

111 this connection we may exnmine the registration of the 
ap[)licants for Library privileges, with a view to ascertain the 
probable nnmbe-r of readers who have created the gi-eat 
demand, already shown, upon the resources of the Library for 
the year 1875-76. The whole number now registered who 
have liberty to take books for home use is 97,388 persons ; of 
these the Superintendent of the Library, after an examina- 
tion of the cards in use, estimates that fully three-fourths 
made use of the Library. Applying the figures to the use of 
the Branches, we obtain some most surprising results. For 
East Boston, 7,250 cards; for South Boston, 7,807; for 
Roxbury, 6,390; for Dorchester, 2,426, have been issued. 
Deducting twenty-five per cent, from these amounts, we have 
17,905 persons, who used in the aggregate 373,830 vols., or 
over 20 vols, per borrower, per annum. But, with the 
more recent Branches, it is probable that a larger proportion 
of the cards are in active use. 

The reading-rooms of the Libraries were open for 358 days. 
317,308 visitors made use of 400,452 periodicals. It will be 
noticed by the tables that the Sunday attendance in the 
Branches is nearly stationary, — and it is a question whether 
the advantages of use in more than one are equivalent to the 
expense of maintenance. But, with the reading-room 
in Boylston street, in which the city is required, under 
the terms of Mr. Bates's donation, to provide at least one 
hundred chairs, it is probable that an enlargement of the 
accommodations would effect a consideralde increase in the 
Sunday readers. Even at the present time, in the more 
crowded hours, the overflow of the reading-room takes 
refuge in the darker delivery room of the lower Library. 

The classification of the reading from the popuLir Libraries 
is substantially unchanged from the previous year. In the 
use of fiction and juveniles the Branches still are in advance 
in percentage over the Lower Ilall collection in the city 
proper. 

It is most gratifying to the Trustees to continue to acknowl- 
edge the liberality and the attention of the donors of books 
and pamphlets. The aggregate number of volumes pre- 
sented since the opening of the Library, without enumerat- 
ing the purchases from the income of trust funds given to 
the city for the use of the institution, has amounted to 
107,016, — more than one-third of the contents of the 
Lil)raries. 

To those who are disposed to contribute to the usefulness 
of the collections, either by the gift of books or of funds to 
be used for their purchase, the classiftcation of books now in 



6 City Document No. 76. 

the Library will prove of great assistance as indicating the 
departments which may be built up with advantage. 

But of the donations for the year the most valuable, 
(its worth being derived greatly from its historical as- 
sociations), was the gift to the City of Boston, by fifty of our 
fellow-citizens, of the gold medal presented to Washington, 
by Congress, in commemoration of the Evacuation of Boston 
by the British troops on the 17th of March, 1776. The 
condition was affixed by the donors that it should be forever 
de])osited in the Public Library. 

From the great use and circulation, amounting to 947,621 
volinnes, only 100, or 1 in 9,476, were missing from the 
shelves at the close of the year, as issues not yet recovered. 
Of these 96 belonged to the Central Library, and 4 to the 
Branches. From the aggi-egate circulation of 307,648 vols, 
from the South Boston, Eoxbury, Brighton, and Dorchester 
Branches not a book was missing, — an unexampled fact in the 
annals of free lending Libraries. In the circulation of 90,987 
volumes from East Boston, but one book was reported as 
unfound. Of the 96 belonging to the Boylstou-street Library, 
a portion will undoubtedly be returned. These figures amply 
sustain the principle first advanced on behalf of this Librar}^, 
that an enormous use of books can be permitted Avith but 
trifling loss, and without pecuniary guaranty from borrowers. 

One other department of the institution has attained such 
prominence as to deserve particular mention. Its Bindery, 
under charge of Mr. F. P. Hathaway, not only disposes of 
the great variety of binding and repairs, arising out of the 
necessary wear of the books circulated in such great numbers, 
but also produces sjiecimens of fine workmanship, of which 
any similar establishment might well be proud. The vol- 
umes sent to the Centennial Exhibition, comprising the docu- 
mentary history and catalogues of the Library, are deposited 
in the Massachusetts Educational Department, and have 
excited much interest and admiration. 

In conformity Avith the expressed desire of the City 
Council, that all departments of the government shall be 
conducted for the present year with the strictest economy 
practicable, a reduction of sixty-five hundred dollars was made 
by the Trustees in their estimates of the sums needed under 
the diflferent items of expenditure. Notwithstanding the in- 
creasing use of books, and the consequent large demand 
upon the resources of the institution, it is hoped that the 
appropriation will be sutticient. Every efl^ort consistent with 
the Avelfare of the Library will be made to keep its expenses 
within its limits. 

In concluding what has proved to be but a continuous 



Public Library. 7 

annual narration of the success of an institution founded for 
the purpose of supplying every class in the community 
with the reading suited to its respective cultivation, the 
Trustees cannot but congratulate the City Council upon the 
great progress indicated by the documents accompanying 
this report. The whole movement is onward and forward. 
In no year has so large an amount of administrative work 
been accomplished, as during this year's service. With the 
largest popular Library yet collected and placed within the 
reach of readers and students, it is a most satisfactory result 
of its organization that no individual, to the knowledge of 
the Trustees, has yet asked for reasonable help without 
receiving it, or without being met by efforts to afford it. 

WILLIAM W. GREENOUGH, 
JOHN T. CLARK, 
RICHARD FROTHINGHAM, 
SAMUEL A. GREEN, 
CURTIS GUILD, 
GEORGE S. HILLARD, 
WESTON LEWIS. 
BENJAMIN POPE, 
GEORGE PUTNAM, 



City Docuiment No. 76. 



[A.] 

EEPORT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE, 



CONSISTING OF 



Causten Beowne, Esq., George B. Chase, Esq., Henry 
G. Denny, Esq., George H. Gay, M. D., the Right 
Reverend Benjamin H. Paddock, D. D., with the Hon. 
Richard Frothingham, of the Trustees, as Chairman. 

On behalf of the Examining Committee, the undersigned 
has the honor to 

REPORT, 

in accordance with the provisions of the sixth section of 
the City Ordinance, by which the Public Lilmiry is governed, 
which requires that the Trustees shall annually appoint a com- 
mittee consisting of live citizens, who, with a member of the 
Board of Trustees as their chairman, shall examine the Li- 
brary, and thereupon prepare, and submit to the Board, a 
report upon its condition. 

The committee, all members present, held their fii'st meet- 
ing on Monday, May 19th, when the Superintendent read to 
them his own annual report, and gave them such explana- 
tions upon its various topics as were desired. After discus- 
sion it was determined that the several members of the 
committee should visit the LibrarN' from time to time, as 
might be convenient to them, and submit, at stated meetings, 
the results of their personal inquiries and observation upon 
the details of its administration, and the condition of its 
several de|)artments. 

The connnittce acknowledge with pleasure the courtesy of 
their chairman, Hon, Richard Frothingham, who presided at 
their meetings, and aided them by his counsels and sugges- 
tions ; and of the officers of the Library, especially of the 
Superintendent, who gave them full information, and showed 
the most thoi'ougli and minute acquaintance with all the de- 
tails of the great organization of which he is the head. 

The committee examined with care the building of the 
Central Library, upon Boylston street, and that of the Fel- 
lowes Athenanun, which contains the Roxbury Branch, — 
the hitest in design, as it is the best arranged, of all the 
Branch Libraries. 



Public Library^ 9 

The Central Building, although often criticised and defec- 
tive in its original plan, has been made, through somewhat 
expensive alterations and enlargements, fairly suitable to the 
present requirements of sucii a structure. The decoration 
in color of the walls and ceiling of the Bates Hall largely 
increased that architectural etfect, to obtain which, in its 
construction, so great a sacrifice was made of the space other- 
wise required for the quick handling and delivering of books. 

The new Aving affords, upon each floor, convenient rooms, 
spacious, well-lighted, and suited to the uses to which they 
are put. The committee, however, feel constrained to ex- 
press their disapproval of the gallery recently throwai across 
the rear of the building, upon a level with the floor of the 
Bates Hall. While the question of expense is one which 
should never be otherwise than carefully considered in the 
construction of public buildings, there should be no question 
of incurring it whenever the safety of valuable property, the 
loss of which would be irreparal)le, is at stake. 

Our citizens and tax-payers are not disposed to grumble 
at the City Council's appropriations for the Library. On the 
contrary, they rejoice and take pride in the rapid development 
of the institution, which a Avise liberality has permitted. 
They would be glad, therefore, to see each addition to the 
central building of such a character as would connnand the 
cordial approval of the educated classes, and of all Avho bring 
special knowledge to bear upon the sul)ject of their criticism. 
AVhile the committee are assured that the new gallery is safer 
from destruction by fire, in the event of a conflagration among 
the buildings in the rear of the Liln-ary estate than its ap- 
pearance Avould warrant, it is not absolutely safe ; neither is 
it the safest structure which could have been devised for the 
purpose, and which could have been had at the additional cost 
of three or four thousand dollars. The most complete col- 
lection of United States Documents extant is, of all depart- 
ments in the Library, so placed as to be nearest to this gal- 
lery. An injury to this collection — not its loss — might 
be one that neither time nor money could make good. 

The connnittee, after separate investigation by its mem- 
bers, fotmd themselves to be imanimously of opinion, that 
the safety of some of the collections in the basement, the 
comfort and convenience of the public who use the Library, 
and of the oflScials who serve it, require that an additional 
wing, upon the east side or end of the Library, should be 
built as soon as the necessary plans of construction can be 
thoroughly brought out and matured. 

There is, besides, no proper place, either for the arrange- 
ment of the bound volumes of newspapers, or for their exam- 



10 City Document No. 76. 

illation, Theyarekeptinthe same out-of-the-way, half-lighted, 
damp and dingy basement in which they have been for several 
years stored, notwithstandingthe fact that previous committees 
have called attention to their situation. These valuable vol- 
umes of reference and historic source are there kept, because 
there is no other place for them. The situation is discredita- 
ble, and justifies the committee in asking for a large and 
well-lighted room for their use. 

The lavatories and retiring-rooms for the large number of 
women employed in the building are inadequate. The 
cleanliness of the present contracted closets is a favorable in- 
dication of neat habits and innate refinement in those who use 
them. They are insufficient, however, for the increased 
number of the Library staff. 

Urinals should also be provided for the use of all visitors, 
of both sexes, to the Library; and, in order to maintain 
them in a proper state of cleanliness, should be placed under 
the especial care of paid attendants. Every Library of the 
first class in Europe affords similar provision for the wants 
of its frequenters. A greater obligation than exists in the 
Old World lies upon the authorities of our city to maintain 
such accommodations ; for, in European cities, public struc- 
tures, conveniently situated, and, where recently built, unob- 
trusive and neat in appearance, abound for the use of all 
classes. Here, in New England, so strong are the fetters of 
a past provincialism, that the reader at the Library, if obliged 
to leave the building, hardly knows now where to turn for 
relief. 

The want of ventilation in the Lower Hall has attracted 
the attention of the committee, as it has that of others who 
have preceded it. The defective ventilation of the Upper 
Hall, though never so troublesome as in the stories below, 
was strongly indicated to the committee by the decayed bind- 
ings of long rows of books, on the higher tiers of the alcoves, 
due, as the data upon the subject furnished by the Superin- 
tendent clearly show, to the vitiated qualities of the air which 
penetrate the different kinds of skin used for the backs of 
books, and destroy their bindings, in a few years, by a sort 
of dry rot. The yearly charges for rebinding are, from this 
cause alone, largely increased. The committee, while aware 
that the pecuniary loss thus incurred is of minor importance 
in comparison with the physical injury sustained by the em- 
ployes or readers in the building, feel sensil)ly that, upon 
this subject, they can speak only in the way of suggestion. 
They venture to express their belief that an advantage might 
be gained I)y a consideration of some plan, by which a com- 
mittee of men of science, from among the many in our neigh- 



Public Library. 11 

borliood, who feel a strong interest and pride in the Librar}^ 
might be fcjrmed to consider and act upon the whole subject of 
ventilation, with authority from the City Council and the 
Trustees to make such experiments as should seem to them 
desirable. In view of the future growth of the Library, the 
committee feel that their fellow-citizens would view with satis- 
faction the purchase, by the city, of the estates which sur- 
round the central building. The Library should ultimately 
stand upon a square lot, accessible from two opposite sides, 
and open upon all. 

The number of books has increased during the year from 
277,000 to 298,000. This increase represents in itself a 
Library of respectable size. It is gratifying to find that 
so large a proportion of this gain has come from gifts which 
represent so many different sources of interest in the Library 
and such wide-spread regard for its development. While 
the collections, as a whole, render the Library strong in 
many, indeed most, departments of literature, it is still some- 
what deficient in the large and expensive works upon the arts 
and sciences which are occasionally published, and which, if 
not of recent date, are sometimes offered for sale by the dis- 
persion of European collections. No book should be too 
expensive for acquisition by the City of Boston, if it be worth, 
in the estimation of the Trustees of the Library, the money 
necessary to secure it. While books of extraordinai-y value 
may be beyond the means of private collectors, they should 
always be within the properly elastic limits of a city appro- 
priation. The agents of the Library should be therefore 
authorized to report at once upon the opportunities that may 
from time to time occur, of purchasing works of the highest 
class in typographical execution. 

The collections of current newspapers, documents, broad- 
sides, and handbills, which illustrate historic epochs or 
passing events of interest and importance, constitute already 
a valuable department in the Library. Within the past year 
its resources have been readily appreciated by writers for the 
press, and others who have found in its old documents, 
books and papers, and in the bulletins of the Library Staff, 
the best illustration of events a century ago. The fore- 
thought of the Superintendent, in his arrangements to secure 
extensive collections from all the States of the Union, which 
will serve, hereafter, as records of what is done or said 
during the Centennial period, and in especial relation to it, is 
worthy of separate and distinct mention. His methods and 
energy in this work will secure to the Library in a few years 
an abundance of material for the use of the future historian, 



12 City Document No. 76. 

such as has never hitherto been put at the command of any 
writer upon historical sul)jects. 

The books of the Library are in good order, except, as has 
been :dready mentioned, in some of the upper tiers of shelv- 
ing, where there are many which require rebinding. The 
Bindery upon tlie lower floor is hardly larse enough to secure 
the most expeditious and economical work. Tlie committee 
were gratified to find, however, that in this department, as 
in every other, the order and system of the Library service 
were maintained, and that the quality of the various styles 
of work done in the Bindery was good. 

The committee beg to suggest to the Trustees the possi- 
bility of a more systematic and thorough supervision of the 
nature and character of all works of the imagination, in prose 
and poetry, which come within the term of light reading. 
No book, immoral and impure in tone, written to excite the 
imagination of the young, or to pander to the depraved 
tastes of the vicious classes, which exist in every great capital 
of the world, should be allowed upon the shelves for general 
circulation. While such books have never been deliberately 
permitted to pass to and fro over the counter, no sutficieut 
provision seems to have been made in former years for inquiry 
into the character of all such ])roductions, especially of the 
French school of fiction. It often happens, even among the 
worst writers of the Parisian type, while they have written 
much that is vile, that some of their productions are good and 
without alloy of evil. The impure Av^orks of such authors 
should be placed, as now, under restriction, while their other 
productions should be so shelved as to be read}' for imme- 
diate delivery when applied for. The course here recom- 
mended has been, for a long time, to a certain extent carried 
out. A more systematic and vigilant inquiry into the char- 
acter of each volume of this class of literature, either by 
correspondence or otherwise, might be easily established 
with beneficial results. 

The administration of the Library seems, to your commit- 
tee, its most creditable feature. It is believed that, in this 
respect, it stands in the front rank of similar institutions. 
The discipline of its service is excellent. Punctuality in 
attendance is attained and enforced by a s^'stem of daily 
registry which has, for so long a time, proved eflective to 
this end. The work of the staff in all its branches is well 
and thoroughly done. Its method of accounts, subordinated 
somewhat to the system maintained at the City Treasury, 
is simple, clear, and correct. The delivery of books is, per- 
haps, as rapid as can be obtained without adding very greatly 
to the annual expense of m:iiuteuauce, and the committee 



Public Library. 13 

find the best proof of its efEcieiic}" in the fact that nearly a 
niihion of volumes were asked for and delivered during the 
year. The tables which accompany the Superintendent's report 
are, however, so full as to prechide the necessity of any illus- 
tration here of the methods and active work of the Library, of 
the efficiency of which it is sufiicient to say that the com- 
mittee were very strongly impressed. 

The singular success which has attended the growth and 
administration of the Public Library is largely due to the 
steady and conservative character of its management, by 
which no sudden change has ever yet been made in the char- 
acter and composition of the Board of Trustees, leading, as 
such occurrences almost invariably do, to rash innovations 
and bold experiments by ill-advised and inexperienced, 
though doubtless well-intentioned men. The possibility of 
any such change should be carefully guarded against in the 
provisions of the Cit}' Ordinance which relates to the Library. 
By the present regulations the terms of oflSce of two Trustees 
at large expire each year. The three Trustees who sit at 
the Board as the direct representatives of the City Govern- 
ment are elected for a service of a single 3'ear. The oppor- 
tunity, therefore, is now afforded from year to year to make 
a radical change in the character of the Board, by the election 
to it of a majority of its numbers hostile to its existent pol- 
icy. In the conduct of an institution so large as the Public 
Library has now become, the possibility of a conflict of 
opinion in the Board of Trustees will be at once admitted, 
carrying with it the hazard of a violent change in its adminis- 
tration. The committee are, therefore, of the opinion that 
the ordinance would be wisely modified by a new provision 
which should retire only one of the Trustees at large in each 
year. By such an amendment it would require a period of 
at least twelve months to remove from office a majority of 
the Board, thus doing away Avith the summary method of 
election, by which the character and composition of this im- 
portant body might be changed, as at present, in a night. 

The progress of cataloguing the books of the Library dur- 
ing the year, both in the style and character of the work, iu 
this the most important of all the departments of the Libra- 
ry, has been entirely satisfactory. The committee Avere 
especially impressed by the admirable illustrations of bibli- 
ographical research aflbrded by the notes upon the catalogue 
of the Barton Library, now in preparation. The Shake- 
spearian notes, published in the monthly reports, have 
everywhere attracted the attention, as they have earned the 
warm commendation, of scholars. 

The Library, through its various publications, catalogues, 



14 City Document No. 76. 

bulletins, and notes, exercises a strong and healthful influ- 
ence upon the mental training of the large and increasing 
numbers who apply for books at its distributing points. 

This influence is a distinct factor in the work of education 
and the diffiision of knowledge, wdiich the committee are 
glad to record has been from the foundation of the Library, 
hardly a quarter of a century since, the aim of the city which 
has so liberally provided for it, and of the Trustees who have 
so well and faithfully guided and controlled it. 

In conclusion, the committee have only to record their 
gratification and pride in the institution, upon which, as 
citizens of Boston, they have been called to report. 

For the Committee, 

GEORGE B. CHASE. 



Public Library. 15 



[B.] 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. 

To the Trustees : — 

Gentlemen, — I herewith present my ninth annual re- 
port, and referring you to the appendixes for the body of 
the information which you have a right to expect, I shall 
touch here such points as need further elucidation. 

In my report a year ago I mentioned the necessity of a 
new delivery counter in the Bates Hall, suited to the 
increased circulation of that department, which has gone 
during the year as high as 877 volumes a day. A plan of 
what was desired was furnished to the City Architect, who 
made the working drawings, and the counter was put in 
place in February, and during the interval since that date, 
it has proved, both under heavy and light work, to be well 
adapted to the requirements. The old circular counter, re- 
moved to the other end of the hall, and placed under the 
supervision of an attendant, serves a useful end as a desk for 
the consultation of the reference books. 

The posts of the new counter were left hollow, to enclose 
the columns which were to become the supports of an ex- 
tension of the Parker Gallery, which was needed to give 
increased space for the work done in that section of the 
building. As mentioned in my last report, the City Archi- 
tect took in hand the designing of this extension, and his 
plan having been approved by the Trustees, it was laid 
before the authorities at City Hall ; but delays, which it was 
impossible for the Library to prevent, pushed the decision 
of the question beyond the life of that municipal govern- 
ment, and carried it before that of the present year. The 
plan was changed under the direction of the Committee on 
Public Buildings to an 'outside gallery of two stories, upon 
which work began on the first of April, and it is now in prog- 
ress. This delay of a year has perplexed the work in a critical 
department of the Library, and caused physical detriments to 
the attendants. A few years since a similar external gallery, 
to be built of iron, was planned for the relief of the Patent 
Room ; but the enlargement of the south-west tower took the 
place of such extension. The present addition is built of 
wood, covered on the outside with galvanized iron. There 
were reasons, it is well understood, and for which, doubtless, 



16 City Document No. 76. 

the times must be held responsible, which necessitated the 
employment of combustible' material in constructing an 
a^jpcndage to a building which is held to be in good 
measure fire-proof, if not so beyond a peradventure. It is 
to be regretted, however, that the necessity existed ; and it 
is also, I think, apparent that the main building cannot 
maintain that security from the external assaults of fire, 
which it is thought has been given it, at considerable ex- 
pense, since the great fire of 1872, unless steel shutters are 
put upon the new outer windows, and there exist the means 
of shutting off the new gallery^ at all points by double iron 
doors, to be closed every night. It is much to be hoped 
that no time will be lost before so precious a collection as 
the building now contains is again as efiectually guarded as 
before from the dangers of fire. 

The space which this new structure gives is much greater 
than the other plan provided for, and is so far an important 
gain. The new Card Catalogue Room will be ample for the 
work to l)e done in it for some years. The lower room on 
the level of the main floor, l)eside furnishing some oflicial 
quarters, will provide what is much needed, a Study Room, 
where inquirers pursuing protracted investigations, or re- 
quiring a large number of volumes, can have the accommo- 
dations which are necessary. "Work of this kind by readers 
is now almost impossible at the tal)les in tiie Bates Hall, on 
account of the great increase in the number of ordinary 
readers. 

The pressure of frequenters has also resulted during the 
year in a partial rearrangement of the Lower Delivery 
Room. The "Indicator," which had fallen behind in its 
usefulness, has been removed, without detriment. The 
separate counters have been brought together to economize 
space, and a [)ortion of the floor railed off to prevent the 
monopolizing occupation of the whole area by boys, at certain 
hours when they of necessity pre[)onderate among the visitors. 
The result has been that a much larger delivery than was 
ever before known has been maintained with far less fiictiou 
than has been experienctd for manyyears. 

I must again, as I have in previous years, refer to the 
great need of better and larger space for the newspa[)er 
collection, and for the duplicates held for exchange, as well 
as for suitable toilet-rooms, adapted to the use of the large 
number of attendants, of both sexes, now employed. The 
present niake-shilts are not creditable. I have often com- 
mented upon the restraints upon the Library's usefulness, 
which come from the insufficient accommodations of the 
Lower Delivery Room and the Periodical Reading Room. 



Public Library. 17 

By a vote of the Trustees, asking the City Government 
to allow plans to be made for a further'extension of the main 
building, so as to cover the Richardson estate, steps are 
already taken, which, it is hoped, will lead to a remedy 
of these defects in our internal arrangements, and will 
provide the further accommodations, in other respects, which 
will be demanded by necessity before long. Under this 
mutual agreement of the Trustees and the City Government, 
the City Architect and myself are now engaged in making 
plans to meet such wants, which will probably be in shape 
for consideration during the year. 

There is no immediate need of further accommodation at 
anj'' of the Branches, except at South Boston, and at the 
expiration of the present lease, if not before, it will become 
necessary to consider whether the most-used of all the 
Branches should longer be restricted to quarters, never con- 
venient, and now wholly inadequate. 

The enlargement of our system by offshoots from the 
Branches has brought another kind of accommodation into 
use. 

The neighborhood of the Lower Mills of Dorchester had a 
population of about 3,000, without convenient library facili- 
ties, as the tax of a car-fiire to and from the Dorchester 
Branch operated to prevent any considerable use of it by the 
residents of this neighborhood. Through the kindly attention 
of the Rev. H. G. Spaulding, of that village, an arrange- 
ment was made with the proprietors of a circulating library, 
'by which some 2,500 volumes were turned over to the Dor- 
chester Branch, on condition that a delivery of that Branch 
should be established at the Lower Mills. The plan was to 
be tried for one year, now nearly expired, and if the working 
of the new system proved mutually satisfactory, the books 
and a small fund were to become the property of the Library, 
for the beneiit of the Dorchester Branch, and the delivery 
was to pass out of an experimental stage into a fixed part of 
the Library system. There seems no reason why the results 
should not be considered satisfactory to the Trustees, as the 
following figures will show : — 



18 



City Document No. 76. 



Lower Mills 


Slip sent to 


Books received from 


L.Mills. 


L. Mills. 


Delivery. 


Dor. Br. 


Cent. Lib, 


Dor. Br. 


Cent. Lib. 


Registra- 
tion. 


Sales of Catalogues 
and fines. 


May 


236 

546 

774 

779 

876 

911 

948 

1,124 

1,102 

1,223 

852 


2 
25 
24 
21 
16 

9 

3 

32 
17 
18 


215 
498 
692 
694 
820 
779 
813 
977 
995 
1,063 
958 


14 

22 

14 

11 

5 

3 

2 

24 

14 

23 


48 
68 
56 
27 
33 
21 
18 
25 
21 
23 
8 




June 


$2.26 
5 64 


August 

September 

October 

November 

December 

January 

February 

March 

April 


4.90 
2.28 
3.42 
2.30 
3.16 
2.92 
2.20 
4.46 
5.58 






Totals 


9,371 


167 


8,504 


132 


348 


$39.12 



In order to give the experiment a fair start, with as little 
burden of expense as possible, ]\Ir. J. C. Talbot kindly 
offered the use of a small building adjacent to his store, and 
during three hours in the latter part of the day an attendant 
has been present there to record the applications of those who 
desire to be registered as users of the Library, to take orders" 
for books, and to deliver the books when received ; an express 
box passing daily to and from the Dorchester Branch, and 
communication being had also, through that Branch, wnth the 
Central Library. The necessary delay of twenty-four hours 
between the application for books and their receipt, and the 
consequent double visit required by the borrower, of course 
operate to render the use of the Library, in this way, more 
troublesome than by direct application where the books are 
deposited ; but, notwithstanding, it seems to be a convenience 
readily availed of in the absence of the dirccter method ; and 
the initial experience has been such as to warrant, in my 
judgment, the recognition of the delivery system as a proper 
development in the line of our further usefulness. 

It was thought that our next Branch would be established 
at Jamaica Plain, where a large population were eager for 
it, and where the city already possesses, in Curtis Hall, a 
convenient building, which could be devoted to this use. A 
year or two since overtures had been made, on the part of the 
Trustees of the Eliot Fund, — an endowment for educational 



Public Library. 19 

purposes, — looking to the conversion of that trust for the pur- 
poses of such a Branch ; but legal difficulties were found in the 
way, which would require a legislative enactment, and the 
project was dropped. The decision may not, however, be 
beyond revision, and it is to be hoped that the way may be 
made clear during the year, by which the Branch for Jamaica 
Plain may be started, when the time comes, under something 
like the same favorai)le circumstances which attended the 
junction of the Roxbury Branch and the Fellowes Athenaeum. 

Meanwhile, in a response to a petition from citizens of 
Jamaica Plain, asking for increased Library facilities, the 
question of establishing in that region a second delivery was 
considered, and a favorable decision having been reached, 
the preparations for such a subsidiary adjunct of the Roxbury 
Branch are in progress, and the new machinery will probably 
be in motion before the present report is made. For this 
purpose, a very eligible room, formerly occupied by the 
Treasurer of the town of West Roxbury, in the lower south- 
west corner of Curtis Hall, has been put at our disposal by 
the Superintendent of Public Buildings. 

The financial exigencies of the past year have had their 
efiect upon our monetary resources for the coming year. 
Notwithstanding the increased business of every department 
the appropriation now to our credit is less than we began 
the last year with ; and the figuring has been, I fear, too 
close for a wholly satisfactory administration. The allowance 
with which we begin the year's work is as follows : — 

Binding. City appropriation 
Books and periodicals. City appropriation . 
" << Balance with Barings 

(^London) . 
" " Balance with Flilgel 

(Leipsic) 
*' " Balance with Riano 

{Madrid) . 
" " Income from funds . 

Catalogue. City appropriation . 
" Ticknor appropriation 

Fuel. City appropriation . 

Furniture. " *' 

Gas. " «< . . . 

Expense, etc. " '* 

Printing and stationery. City appropriation 
Salaries. << " 

Transportation, etc. *' '* 



15,000 00 


10,000 


00 


5,860 


76 


945 


00 


467 


25 


6,300 


00 


5,000 


00 


1,846 


31 


4,000 


00 


2,000 


00 


5,000 


00 


3,000 


00 


5,500 


00 


69,500 


00 


2,500 


00 


$126,919 


23 



20 City Document No. 7G. 

Of the nhove sum $111,500 is the reguhir appropriation by 
the City Council. The total available for books and periodi- 
cals is $23,573.01, beside the income of the Fellowes Fund, 
on account of which there has been spent in the two years 
last past something short of $4,000. 

There have been some chansjes in the investments of the 
Library funds, as will be seen b}'' Appendix XXV. The 
financial statement for the past year appears in Appendix 
XXIV. 

The Catalogue Department has issued the quarterly Bul- 
letins, as usual, during the year, the number for October, 
1875, completing the second volume, which began with the 
number for January, 1872. The bibliographical notes, which 
of late have made a distinguishing feature, have been con- 
tinued, and an effort to meet the interest arising from the 
Centennial period led to the printing in that for July, 1875, 
of a paper on the Literature of the battle of Bunker Hill, with 
its antecedents and results, which covered the interval from 
the commotion over the application for writs of assistance in 
1761 to the evacuation of Boston by the royal troops in 
March, 1776. This article was afterwards reprinted in the 
volume published by the city as a memorial of the celebration 
of the 17th of June, 1875. In the number of the Bulletin 
for January, 1876, the literature of 1776 was reviewed ; and 
it is contemplated to prepare similar annual reviews as long 
as the Centennial period lasts. 

Certain topics supposed to have some general interest have 
also been made the subject of similar treatment, and the 
patrons of the Library are indebted to Colonel Ware, the 
keeper of Bates Hall, for articles of this kind on architecture, 
music, costume, ornament, autographs, etc. In the number 
for January, 1876, the office secretary, Mr. F. B. Perkins, 
])egan a check-list of American local history, which is not 
confined to what the Library already possesses, and which for 
completeness is intended to be much more satisfactory than 
any similar list heretofore produced. It serves a double 
purpose of showing wdiat the Library already has on its 
shelves, and the gaps needing to be filled. 

Beside the catalogue work proper of the bulletins and of 
the card catalogues, there have been two important pieces of 
work begun during the year : — 

First. The printing of the Ticknor Catalogue, which has 
been going forward slowly on account of other work, is now 
in type, well on in the letter C. This progress has enabled 
us to establish an agency in Madrid for the purchase of books 
in accordance with the terms of Mr. Ticknor's bequest. Each 
sheet as printed is sent to our agent, showing what the 



Public Library. 21 

Library already possesses of the authors so far enumerated, 
thus affording direction in buying which could not easily have 
been given earlier. Arrangements have been made with 
Seiior Don Juan F. Riaiio to conduct this agency, and the 
selection of this agent had the countenance of Mr. Ticknor's 
old friend, the well-known Spanish scholar, Don Pascual de 
Gayangos. Invoices from the agency have already arrived. 

Second. The cataloguing of the Barton collection has been 
pushed forward through perhaps a third of the volumes of the 
Shakespearian portion of it. This Library has been re- 
arranged in its new room, under the charge of Mr. Knapp, 
and is at present available in every way for reference. The 
bibliographical Shakespearian notes have been continued as 
before in the Superintendent's monthly reports. 

Of the less critical work in the Catalogue Department for 
the year, there has been a new supplement printed to the 
Dorchester Branch Catalogue, and a new edition of the list 
of books in foreign languages in the Lower Hall. 

A second edition of the Catalogue of the Roxbury Branch 
is now in the press. It will make an octavo, double-columned 
volume of about 300 pages, and will afford, when completed, 
the opportunity of testing at a Branch the efficacy of notes 
for readers in elevating the character of the reading, as it will 
be supplied with helps similar to those which were given in 
the Lower Hall Catalogue of History, Biography, and Travel, 
and which have had such marked effect in the Central Library. 
The notes for the Roxbury Catalogue are of more confined 
scope than the others, since the collection of books is so ; but it 
is hoped that they are on-that account perhaps better suited to 
a general public. There have been several partial imitations 
of these notes in the catalogues of other libraries ; but in only 
one, that of the Public Library at Quincy, Mass., has the 
method been carried out systematically and with approximate 
completeness. The results in that Lil)rary have been similarly 
for the good of the readers as in this Library, and its notes 
have served as a check-list in the preparation of those in the 
Roxbury Catalogue. 

When the note intended for that catalogue under the head 
of England had been prepared, it was decided to print it 
separately, with large type, on broadside sheets, for posting 
in the Lower Hall and at the several Branches. For this 
purpose blank spaces were left after the titles, to be filled 
for each department with the shelf-numbers of such of the 
Ixjoks named as might be in it. At the present writing 
these sheets have been posted in the several Libraries, and 
other sets have been bound up and made p.ccessible as the 
ordinary catalogues are. The plan seems to promise well 



22 City Document No. 76. 

for success, and the results will be carefully looked for. As 
they were equally adapted to all Libraries havino^ the books, 
copies of these notes have been sent to various Libraries in 
this country and in England, with a request to be apprised 
of the eflects they may produce, as it seemed desirable to com- 
pare results here with those in other places. There has 
already been call for other lists similarly prepared ; but the 
expense of printing may not be justified the present year. 

The work upon the newspaper catalogue has been kept up 
to date, and, as subsidiary helps, a record has been made 
of files which are preserved in the Libraries of the Athenfeum 
and of the Historical Society, partly to guide the inquiries 
of persons seeking beyond what we have, and partly to pre- 
vent increasing our collection by the purchase of bulky 
accessions, when other accessible Libraries can supply what 
is wanted. This, with a chronological index to our files, 
which shows at a glance all newspapers covering a particular 
year, puts our Library in a position to be ordinarily of as 
much service to the searcher of newspapers as any other 
Library, perhaps, in the country, though its collection of 
newspapers is surpassed in extent by that of the Boston 
Athenaeum, the Library of Congress, the American Antiqua- 
rian Society, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. 
Our news}>aper collection now numbers about 3,000 volumes. 

The card catalogues have, as before, come in for a large 
share of the work, which is out of sight to the public. In 
the official catalogue the cards have all now been reduced to 
the size in use since the adoption of the printed system. 
The Avork in connection with this catalogue, which has been 
done Avith much disadvantage, will hereafter be more easily 
performed in the new room for the cases, which is now in 
process of erection. 

Up to the 4th of August the printed broadside sheets 
were continued, and cut up into nearly 2,000 titles, from 22 
sheets of over 80 titles each, all of which were more or less 
duplicated for cross-references. At this time a change was 
made, by which it was calculated that half the cost 
and half the delay would be saved. The titles Avere written 
with prepared ink, 20 to a sheet, and by a new process the 
autograph Avas transferred ui)on either a lithographer's 
stone or a gelatine plate, from Avhich impressions Avere taken 
with ordinary printers' ink upon the necessary number of 
sheets of Bristol board. These being cut up by a machine 
were converted at once, Avithout the labor of dissecting and 
pasting sheets, into curds ready for the cataloirue, so far as 
the main entries are concerned, and only needing the in- 
scription of the cross-reference heading for the others. Of 



Public Library. 23 

this kind 250 different sheets, with 20 titles to the sheet, 
have been used, averagino; about 11 duplicates to each sheet. 
Beside this, 17 sheets of conglomerate pamphlet titles have 
been cut up. In this way 55,683 cards have been distributed 
during the year, beside 15,662 cards, upon which titles have 
been pasted from the printed catalogues of the Central 
Library, in accordance with the plan explained last year of 
embodying in the card catalogue on the floor of the Bates 
Hall, the titles of every book in the Central Library. The 
total shows the large number of 71,345 cards thus deposited 
in this catalogue during the year. 

The cataloguing of the Lower Hall, for index purposes 
in that hall, and the cataloguing of the several Branches, has 
gone on as usual, and is not included in the foregoing 
enumeration of cards. 

There is pressing need of new printed catalogues for the 
East Boston, South Boston and the Charlestown Branches ; 
but the narrowness of our appropriation iiardly renders it 
possible to provide them the present year. Meanwhile brief 
title manuscript lists of all the books added to these Branches 
since the printing of their respective catalogues have been 
written off on sheets, which have been posted in the respec- 
tive Branches, affording a convenient finding-list to be used 
on the spot. 

The large demand has used up the third edition of the 
" Hand-book for Readers," and a new one — the fourth — was 
issued in March, 1876, bringing down the affairs of the 
Library to the date of issue. 

The list of benefactors in Appendix XI, still shows that we 
receive the gratifying consideration of our friends. Among 
the most important acts of this kind for the year has been the 
expressed intention of the Hon. Henry L. Pierce, our repre- 
sentative in Congress, to fill the deficiency in our American 
Patent Records, between the old and the new series, which 
could only be done by the purchase of the larger kind of 
drawings and specifications which are not distributed to 
Libraries. Owing to delays in the Patent Ofiice these vol- 
umes have not yet been received. 

Just upon the eve of his last visit to Europe, the Hon. 
Robert C. Winthrop suggested to me the making of efforts 
to secure for the city the gold medal which was given to 
Washington to commemorate the evacuation of the town by 
the British troops in 1776. Through a gentleman in Wash- 
ington it was learned that the medal could be had at an out- 
lay of $10,000, but on reporting the facts to the Board, in 
February, 1875, the price was deemed too high for the 
accomplishment of the purchase, and the negotiations were 



24 City Document No. 76. 

carried no further. Later, on Mr. Wiuthrop's return from 
Europe, they were resumed, as explained in the memorial 
volume, published by the city, containing the account of the 
celebration of the 17th of March, 1876, where the document- 
ary vouchers of its authenticity and the original subscription 
list for its purchase have been printed. These, with the 
medal itself, were delivered by the Maj^or to the President of 
the Trustees, the day following the celebration, and were 
deposited in the Library the same day. 

In the exposition at Philadelphia the Library will exhibit 
its Catalogues, its Documentary History, and a volume 
showing its blanks of administration, making fifteen volumes 
in all, and bound in a variety of styles, in the Library 
bindery. They form a part of the show made under the 
auspices of State Board of Education. 

An arrangement has been made with Mr. E. F. Hovey, of 
Philadelphia, to collect for the Library all the printed matter 
fit to be preserved as a memorial of the Centennial Celebra- 
tion. 

In conclusion, I must refer you to the following tables as 
indicating in many respects the ascendency which the institu- 
tion still maintains among American Libraries. Its three hun- 
dred thousand volumes still rank it with the most extensive. 
Its circulation of nearly a million issues show^s an increase of 
twenty-five per cent, over last year, and presents an aggre- 
gate of figures unapproached except at a great distance. The 
loss of one hundred volumes from this immense number of 
issues indicates that on the average nearly ten thousand 
volumes can be delivered with almost entire immunity from 
loss, while supplying the wants of a community of three hun- 
dred and fifty thousand souls ; where the sections are of a 
population more homogeneous, as is the case with the local 
communities dependent upon our Branches, the issues which 
may maintain this freedom from depredation can be reckoned 
by even hundreds of thousands. I beg to commend to your 
attention these and other deductions from the tables of the 
Appendix. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JUSTIN WINSOR, 

Superintendent. 

May 5, 187C. 



APPENDIXES 



TO THE 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



1876. 



LIST OF APPENDIXES. 



I. Extent of the Library (by Years). 

II. Yearly Increase by Purchase and Donation. 

III. Extent of the Bates Hall Collection. 

IV. Extent of the Lower Hall Collection. 
V. Sale Duplicates and Odd Volumes. 

VI. Increase of the several Departments. 

VII. Increase from Newly Published Books. 

VIII. Volumes Located in Bates Hall. 

IX. Bates Hall Classifications. 

X. Lower Hall Classifications. 

XI. Funds and Donations. 

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. Brighton Reading. 

XXI. Dorchester Reading. 

XXII. Periodical Reading Rooms. 

XXin. Losses and Delinquents. 

XXIV. Financial Statement. 

XXV. Library Funds. 

XXVI. Library Service. 

XXVII. Report on the Examination of the Shelves. 

XXVIII. Work in the Library Bindery. 



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Public Library. 
APPEl^DIX I. 

EXTENT OF THE LIBRARY BY YEARS. 



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which are thrown out and put among the pamphlets held for exchange. 



28 



City Document No. 7<>. 



APPEl^DIX II. 

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

Note. — The increase of volumes is not the sum of those added hy gift and purchase, 
etc., because lost and condemned books are deducted. 





Years. 


Increase. 
{Net after 1861.) 


Gifts. 


Purchases, in- 
cluding those 
charged to funds 
and added by 
exchange. 


Fellowes 

Atheoae- 
um.f 


Donors, 
exclud- 
ing 
anony- 


















mous. 




Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


Pamph. 


Vols. 


*Pamph. 


Vols. 




1 . 




1852-53 


9,688 


961 


4,000 


961 


5,688 








75 


2 . 






1853-54 


6,533 


2,989 


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 


6,330 


3,598 


549 






126 


5. 






1856-57 


6,816 


3,667 


1,686 


3,646 


5,130 


21 






132 


6. 






1857-68 


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 


16,948 


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 . 






1862-63 


6,529 


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 


6,303 


7,877 


1,465 


7,769 


7,732 


108 






300 


16. 






1867-68 


7,673 


2,811 


1,654 


2,51.3 


6,396 


298 






342 


17 . 






1868-69 


8,685 


13,923 


2,138 


10,984 


6,531 


2,939 






649 


18. 






1869-70 


7,775 


13,693 


1,643 


10,228 


6,129 


3,365 






666 


19. 






1870-71 


18,099 


14,976 


9,750 


10,805 


8,349 


4,171 






604 


20. 






1871-72 


13,708 


10,637 


4,349 


5,831 


9.359 


4,806 






610 


21 . 






1872-73 


14,644 


11,770 


3,939 


8,060 


10,705 


3,710 


865 


601 


22. 






1873-74 


51,094 


22,475 


4,783 


17,138 


18,671 


5,337 


1.330 


739 


23. 






1874-75 


16,372 


16,293 


4.169 


15,899 


17,080 


394 


572 


1,091 


24. 






1875-76 


20,955 


30,732 


6,749 


5,891 


15,206 


24,841 


759 


694 



* Includes pamphlets added both by purchase and exchange, as taken from the Accession 
Catalogue. 

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

(6) Of theincreaiii!, 24,618 were the Bates gift. 

(9) Of the incre.'ise, 11,721 were the Parker bequest. 

(19) 3,774 volumes of the Ticknor bequest, and 2.682 from the Sumner Library Associk- 
tion, are included In the increase. 

(20) 1,471 volumes from the Mattapan Literary Association are included in the increase. 
(22) The increase of this year includes the totals of the libraries at Charlestown and 

Brighton, and also, under purchases, the Barton Library. 

(24) The purchases of this year include thirty volumes to replace books in the Bates 
Hall long lost. The great accession of pamphlets came from the purchase of duplicates 
from Harvard College library. 



Public Library. 



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30 



City Document No. 76. 



APPEIsTDIX lY. 

EXTENT OF THE LOWER HALL COLLECTION. 





1867 


1868 


1869 


1870 


1871 


1872 


1873 


1874 


1875 


1876 


Reported the pre- 
ceding year . . 

Added during the 




25,199 
2,003 


26,606 
2,469 


28,723 
1,417 


29,909 
2,780 


30,574 
2,614 


31,827 
1,799 


32,605 
1,465 


32,596 
3,385 


33,395 
3,570 








Total .... 

Books transferred 
to Bates Hall . 

Books transferred 




27,202 
339 


29,075 
93 


30,140 
19 


32,689 

23 

859 

1,233 


33,188 

7 

535 

819 


33,626 

1 

342 

678 


34,070 

6 

166 

1,308 


35,981 

37 

10 

2,539 


36,965 
394 


Condemned dur- 
ing the year . 


■ * ■ 


257 


259 


212 


1,419 


Total left . . 


♦25,199 


26,606 


28,723 


29,909 


30,574 


31,827 


32,605 


32,596 


33,395 


35,152 



* Actual count. 

Note. — There have been, since the last actual count in 1867, between one and two hundred 
volumes irrecoverably lost in the Lower Hall. Perhaps an equal number are to he classed as 
• unaccounted for," but may reappear. 



APPENDIX Y. 

SALE DUPLICATES AND ODD VOLUMES. 

(2^ot including the Parker duplicates, or a large lot of odd and imperfect volumes of books, not 
likely to have the misting volumes supplied, which are boxed up at intervals.) 





1867 


1868 


1869 


1870 


1871 


1872 


1873 


1874 


1875 


1876 


Number at begin- 
ning 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 


9,490 
1,234 


9,938 
1,902 


Disposed of . . . 


5,669 
523 


6,150 
345 


6,652 
546 


6,549 
304 


234 


7,950 
636 


8,689 
506 


9,824 
334 


10,724 
786 


11,840 
t519 


Total .... 


5,146 


5,805 


6,106 


6,245 


*6,954 


*7,314 


*8,183 


9,490 


9,938 


* 11,321 



* This number is by an actual count of the serviceable volumes now arranged in our Duplicate 
Room ; and it includes one hundred .and fifty-eight volumes of newspapers. 

t Of these 491 were parted with on exchange account, and the others transferred to different 
departments of the Library. 

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



Public Library. 



31 



APPENDIX YI. 



INCREASE OF THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS. 





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19 


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'Gain in located books 
(App. VIIIO . . • . 

Of these not located at 
last Report 

Added and located . . 
Added and not located 

Total gain 


6,297 
1,678 


7,475 
1,327 


6,296 
140 


7,508 
294 


10,384 
4,135 


6,622 
651 


6,198 
829 


6,564 

187 


9,227 




4,619 
1,327 


6,148 
140 


6.156 
294 


7,214 
4,135 


6,249 
651 


5,971 
829 


5,369 
*12,244 


6,377 


9,227 
591 


^ 


5,946 


6,288 
2 

6,290 


6,450 


11,349 


6,900 
1 


6,800 
5 


17,613 


6,377 
3 


9,818 
2 




.Net gain 












5,946 


6,45.0 


11,349 


6,899 


6,795 


17,613 


6,374 


9,816 



~ ("Gain in located books . 
j« Less transfers and con- 
^ J demned books . . . 


2,003 
596 


2,469 
352 


1,417 
231 


2,780 
2,115 


2,614 
1,361 


1,799 
1,021 


1,465 
1,480 


3,385 
2,586 


3,570 
1,813 


8 

S [Net gain 


1,407 


2,117 


1,186 


665 


1,253 


778 


15 

(l088)t 


799 


1,757 















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101 


402 


335 
















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101 


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335 





























1,375 
506 


1,641 
334 


1,234 

786 


1,902 














519 


ll-! 














§■(3 1 

(^ [Net gain 


659 


301 


139 


149 


360 


869 


1,307 


448 


1,383 











5,936 


881 
50 


621 
97 


664 
143 


915 
334 


917 










273 


^11 


















5,936 


831 


. 524 


521 


581 


644 





















1 


885 
76 


850 
217 


1,359 
644 


1,261 
495 














4M 

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4,365 


809 


633 


715 


766 















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

•f The condemnations have been large for the j'ear, 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. 



32 



City Document No. 7G. 



APPEIS'DIX Yl.—Coyitinued. 





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4 


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26 


1,296 
46 


1,299 
163 
















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3,750 
865 


1,043 
1,330 


1,250 
572 


1,136 


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759 


(Net gain.) 














1 












4,615 


2,373 


1,822 


1,895 



















< 


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15,932 
144 


1,305 
403 


1,004 


8 














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902 


704 


6 


















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12 


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405 


469 



















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3,179 
32 


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3,905 


3,147 


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. . . 












Duplicates reserved for 
this Branch 



24 



19 



39 





^Batee Hall gain .... 
Lower Hall gain .... 
Newspaper Koom gain 
Duplieate Koom gain . 


5.946 
1,407 


6,290 
2,117 


6,450 
1,186 


11.349 
665 


6,899 
1,253 


6,795 
778 
254 
869 
624 
809 

3,750 

865 


19,271 

(loss) 15 

101 

1,307 

521 

633 

1,043 

1.330 

15,788 

11,037 

54 

24 


6..374 
799 
402 
448 
581 
715 

1,250 

572 

902 

405 

3,905 

19 


9,816 

1,757 

335 




659 


301 


139 


149 
5,936 


360 

831 

4,365 


1,383 
644 


« 










766 














1,136 




Fellowes AthenEeum 












759 
















704 


















469 


F^ 
















3,147 
39 




















Total gain 


















8,012 


8,708 


7,775 


18,099 


13,708 


14,644 


51,094 


16,372 


20,955 



Public Library. 



33 



APPEOT)IX YII. 

INCREASE FROM NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS. 







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ao 

H 


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H 




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British imprint . . ( 
English Books with / 

American imprint . jj 
English Books with i 

Continental imprint ) 

Foreign books 

Duplicates of either 1 

class, when not in- ! 


635 
1,154 

104 

539 

07 


708 

1,445 

100 
673 


625 
1,455 

80 

789 

447 


811 
1,411 

50 

487 

248 


899 

2,206 

48 
561 

480 


1,096 
3,642 

115 

891 


1,389 

4,301 

291 
1,064 


1,294 
3,807 

125 

858 


1,533 

7,365 

375 

767 


2,830 
10,501 

316 

1,858 


cliulod in the other [ 
items J 












Total 


2,529 


2,926 


3,396 


3,007 


4,194 


5,744 


7,045 


6,084 


10,040 


15,505 



APPENDIX YIII. 

VOLUMES LOCATED IN BATES HALL, BY MONTHS. 



May . . . 
June . . . 
July . • . 
August . . 
September 
October . . 
November 
December. 
January . 
February . 
March . . 
April . . . 



Total , 



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



7,475 



347 
833 
697 
763 
632 
834 
633 
382 
1,175 



6,296 



727 
480 
462 
520 
378 
546 
695 
905 
427 
706 
1,001 
C61 



7,508 



455 
464 
291 
518 
511 
295 
*4,52S 
651 
611 
724 
788 
t598 



10,384 



584 
584 
631 
554 
457 
520 
489 
646 
658 
456 
551 
492 



6,622 



357 
527* 
839 
405 
436 
414 
377 
507 
665 
594 
472 
605 



383 
477 
713 
560 
622 
590 
722 
758 
427 
349 
419 
544 



830 
845 
829 
566 

1,036 
602 
925 
567 
579 
645 
752 

1,0.0 



9,226 



Pamphlet volumes ■ 
arranged by the I 
Curator 



* 3,876 are books of the Ticknor Library, then assigned to permanent places. 

t Includes 31 vols, of the Ticknor MSB. 

Note. — These monthly figures are tlie results of the tables made out year by year, like 
the one constituting Appendix VI for 1S69. The figures for May, June, and July, 1868-69, 
should follow those for April of the same year. They were misplaced to adapt the table to 
a change of the Library year. 

Patiiphletn. — During the year the Curator of pamphlets has continued the arrangement of 
all the loose pamphlets by subjects, etc., in the Cabinet Room; and such as were duplicates 
and not nee<led have been arranged in adjacent apartments. 

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Public Library. 



37 



APPEOTDIX XI. 



DONATIONS MAY 1, 1875, TO APRIL 30, 1876. 



Donors (excluding anonymous), 
Volumes, .... 
Pamphlets, .... 



694 

5,749 
5,891 



Note. — The income of the Lihrnry Funds is expended for hooks, which are credited 
yearly to the respective founders. See Appendix XXIII. 



DONORS. 


Vols. 


Pphs. 


Abbott Academy, Andover, 




1 


Adams, Hon. Charles F., 




4 




Allen, Edward G., London, ..... 






34 


Alward, D. R., Auburn, N. Y. 






4 


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, . 




1 




American Association for the Advancement of Science 








Salem, ......... 




1 




American Baptist Missionary Association, . 




1 




American Bible Society, ...... 




3 


6 


American Coniiregational Union, .... 






2 


American Institute of Mining Engineers, Easton, Pa., 




1 




American Museum of Natural History, N'ew York City, 






1 


American Pharmaceutical Association, Philadelphia, Pa. 




1 




American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pa., . 




1 




American Pomological Society, 






3 


American Society of Civil Engineers, New York City, 






1 


Anonymous, 1 broadside, 117 newspapers, . 




49 


92 


Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 






1 


Appleton, William S., ^ 




23 


530 


Apprentices Library Company, Philadelphia, Pa., . 






1 


Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigen 








Females, New York City, ..... 






1 


Astor Library, New York City, . 








3 


Asylum at Walnut Hill, Hartford, Conn., . 








1 


Babbidge, Rev. Charles, Pepperell, 








4 


Bagley, Hon. Jolin J., Lansing, Mich,, 






2 


2 


Baird, Henry C, Philadelphia, Pa., . 








8 


Baker, Benj. F., Brookline, 






1 




Baker, N. B., Des Moines, Iowa, 






1 




Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers, 






2 


4 


Balfour, David M., . 






38 




Baltimore, 3Id., School Commissioners, 






2 




Barber, Rev. George W., Milwaukee, Wis., 








1 


Barclay, James J., Philadelphia, Pa., 








5 


Barker, Mrs. A. A., 






1 




Barker, Edward T., . 








4 




Barlow, S. L. M., New York City, 








2 




Barnard, James M., . 










24 


Barnes, Loring B., 










1 


Batchelder, ^amnel,^ Cambridge, 










1 


Bates, Phineas, Jr., . 






18 




Bell, Hon. Charles H., Exeter, N H 








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38 



City Document No. 76. 




Bell, William, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, . 

Benedict, Miss, Providence, R. /., . 

Benedict, G. G., Burli^igton, Vt., . 

Bentley, John H., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Beverly Puhlic Library, ..... 

Billings, John S., M. D., Washington, D. C, . 

Birmingham, England, Pree Libraries Committee, 

Bishop, Henry E., 

Black, James W., 4 photographs, 
Blatchford, John S., 4 broadsides. 
Blood, Hon. Hiram A., Fiichburg, 
Bogart, Hon. William H., Albany, N. Y., . 
Bolton, England, Free Library and Museum, . 
Bosson, George T., ...... 

Boston, City of, ....... 

Board of Fire Commissioners, 

Board of Trade, ..... 

Gas Light Company, .... 

Society for Medical Observation, 2 broadsides, 

newspaper, .... 

Society of Medical Sciences, 

University, 



Boston and Lowell Railroad Corporation, . 

Boutwfll, Ilcn. George S., Groton, . 

Bowditch, Henry I., M. D., 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me., 

Bradford, Duncan, ...... 

Bradford, George P., . 

Bradlee, Rev. Caleb D., 18 broadsides, 9 letters, 109 

papers, a lot of autographs, .... 
Bradlee, J. Putnam, 5 maps, .... 
Brewer, Thomas M., 3/. D., .... 
Briggs, Daniel B., Lansing, Mich., 
Brigham, Charles B., M. 1)., San Francisco, Cat., 
Brigham, Rev. Charles H., An?i Arbor, Mich., . 
Brigham, William T., . • . 

Bright, Henry A., Liverpool, England, 
Biitisli Museum, London, ..... 
Brooklini' Public Library, ..... 
Brooks, Alfred A., 1 broadside, 1 newspaper, 
Brooks, CharU's T., Neuyort, R. I., . 
Brown, Buckniinstcr, M. D., . 
Brown, Francis IL, M. D., 1 broadside, 
Brown, Mrs. John Carter, Providence, R. L, 
Brown, Gen. John M., Falmonth, Me., 
Brown, Samuel W., Providence, R. L, 
Brown, William, Monireal, .... 

Brown University, Providence, R. L, 
Brunn, Dr. Chr., Copenhagen, .... 
Buffalo, N. Y., Board of Trade, 

Historical Society, ..... 

Bullock, Hon. Alexander H , Worcester, 
Bunker Hill Monument Association, a plan, 

circulars, ....... 

Burdge, F., New York City, .... 

Burli'v District Lending Library', Leeds, England, 
Burlingame, Ifon. John, ..... 

Burns, Mrs. Eliza B.. New York City, 

Burr, Fearing, and George Lincoln, Hingham, . 

Burroughs, Rev. Henry, ..... 

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



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79 



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California Institute for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, Oak 

land, Cal., .... 
Carpenter, Harvey, 15 broadsides. 
Garret, Jose F., . 
Cartee, Cornelius S., M. Z?., 
Carter, Samuel C, Amherst, 
Central Ohio Hospital for tlie Insane, Glenwood 
Chadwick, James R.,'7)/. 7?., 
Chambers, George E., Philadelphia, Pa., . 
Chambrun, Marquis Adolphe L. de, Washingto) 
Champney, J. Wells, ..... 
Chapman, Mrs. Maria W., Weymouth, 658 newspapers, 
Chicago, III., Public Library, 
Chicopee Library Committee, 
Children's Hospital, ..... 
Childs, George W., Philadelphia, Pa., 
Christern, F. W., New York City, 
Christian Register Association, . 
Citizens' Free Library, Halifax, N. S., 
Claflin, Ethan C, Blilford, 
Clark, Henry G., M. D., . 
Clark, Samuel, Northboro', 
Clarke, Rev. James F., Samokov, Bulgaria 
Clarke, Robert, Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Clarke Institution for Deaf Mutes, Northampton 
Clockmakers' Company, London, 
Cobb, Hon. Samuel C, . 
Cobb, Stephen S., Lansing, 3Iich., . 
Cobden Club, London, .... 

Coburn, E. N., 

Codman, John T., M. D., . 

Colby University, Waterville, Me., 

College of William and Mary, Williamsburgh, 

Columbia College, New York City, . 

Concord Public Library, .... 

Connecticut, State of, .... 

Medical Society, New Haven, 

Conway, John D., Laivrence, 

Cook, Son and Jenkins, New York City, 

Cooper Union, New York City, . 

Cope, Prof. Edward D., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Corson, Prof. Hiram, Ithaca, NY.,. 

Getting, Benjamin E., M. D., 

Coyner, John M., Salt Lake City, 1 broadside, 

Grichton Royal Institution for Lunatics, Dumfr 

land, ....... 

Crosby, John L., Bangor, 3Ie., . 

Curtis, Daniel S., Newport, R. /., 

Curtis, Thomas B., M. D., ... 

Gushing, Rev. J. N., 

Cutter, Abram E., 

Cutter, Ephraim, M. D., Cambridge, 

Daily Graphic Company, New York City, 1 paper 

engravings. 
Dale, William J., M. D., . 
Dall, Mrs. Caroline H., 
Daly, Charles P., LL. D., New York 
Dana Library, Cambridgeport, . 
Davis, Miss Elizabeth, 
Dayton, Ohio, Public Library, . 
Dedham Public Library, 
Denham, Edward, New Bedford, 



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Donnet, William H., 


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Dennison, Miss E. F., 


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Detroit, J/Vc/i., Board of Education, 




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Devens, I/on. diaries, Jr., Worcester, .... 


1 




Dexter, George, Cambridge, 




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Dexter, .John T., Philadelphia, Pa., 


1 




Dillaway, Charles K., ....... 


2 




Dobson, Mrs. J. W., 


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Doliber, Thomas, ........ 


6 


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Donnelly, Ignatius, Saint Paul, Minn., .... 


1 




Dorchester and Milton Circulating Library, 


1922 






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Downing, William, Birmingham, England, 


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2 




Doyle, Hon. Thomas A., Providence, R. /.,... 


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Drake, Samuel A., 2 broadsides, 




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Draper, Frank W., M. D., 


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Duane, William, Philadelphia, Pa., 


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Duiliield, T. Orme, M. D., London, ..... 


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Dundee, Scotland,, Free Library Committee, 




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Dutton. Henry W., Estate of, 


298 


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Dyer, Ezra C, 19 newspapers, ...... 






East St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Mo,, . 




1 


Eaton, Dorman B., New York City, ..... 


1 




Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 




1 


Edes, H. H., 3 maps, 2 prints, 1 package of old business cards, 


2 


2 


Edwards, Miss Susan, 


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Ela, Walter, M. D., 




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Eldridge, Joseph L., 1 l)roadside, ..... 






Eliot, John F., 1 broadside, 1 map, 213 newspapers, . 


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Emerson, Hon. George B., 




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Erie Eailway Company, 




1 


Essex Institute, Salem, 




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Etter, S. M., Springfield, III., 


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Evans, Charles, Indianapolis, Ind., ..... 




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Fagen, Lawrence, . . . . 


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Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia, Pa., 




1 


Fall IJivcr Puljlic Library, 


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3 


Felt, Charles W., Ayer, 




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Fernald, Mrs. Woodbury M., 


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Fink, Albert, Louisville, Ky., 




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Fish, Hon. Hamilton, Washington, D. C, ... 


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Fitchburg Pailroad Company, 




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Flanders, William M., 


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Foard, J. W., San Francisco, Cal., 


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Foley, AVilliam J., 




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Foote, liev. Henry W., 


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Ford, William E., 


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Foster, Edward W., 42 newspapers, 


7 




Franklin County Agricultural Society, .... 




2 


Friends' Free Keading Pooni and Library, Germantoum, 






Pa., '. . . . 




1 


Frost, Hon. Ilufiis S., 


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Frost, Mrs. Samuel, 


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Frothingham, Miss Martha W., 


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Frotliingham, Hon. Kichard, 


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Fuller, Horace B., 


1 




Furness, Horace H., Philadelphia, Pa., .... 


1 




Garrison, Friink J., Cambridge, ID newspapers, . 






Gates, George S., Groton, 


1 




General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, New York 






City, 




2 



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General Tlieological Library, 
Georgetown College, .... 
Germany, Deutsclier Keichstag, . 
Statistisches Bureau, . 
Gerould, Rev. S. L., Ooffstown, N. IL, 
Giles, Rev. Chauncey, 
Globe Publishing Company, 
Goddard, Samuel A., Birmingham, England, 
Godkin, E. L., and Company, JVew York City 

papers, ..... 

Goeje, Prof. M. J. De, Leyden, 
Golding and Company, 
Gomont, H., Paris, France, 
Gooch, Hon. Daniel W., Melrose, 
Goodricli, Prof. John E., Burlington Vt., 
Gospel Book and Tract Depository, . 
Gouge, Henry A., JVew York Citi/, 
Gould, Dr., Benjamin A., Buenos Ayres, 
Gould, S. C, Manches^ter, N. H., 
Great Britain, Commissioner of Patents, 
Green, Miss H. E., . 
Green, Samuel A., M. D., 2 broadsides, 2 newspapers 
Greene, Nathaniel G., 
Greener, Prof. Richard T., Columbia, S. 
Greenough, William W., 1 picture, . 
Griffin, Appleton P. C, 
Griggs, Samuel M., ^Yes^horo, . 
Groton, Town of, ... . 
Haines, Edward B., Sunbury, Pa., . 
Hale, George S., 
Hale, 3Irs. L. A., 
Hamilton, Rev. J. W., 

Hamilton, L. W., and Company, N'ew York City 
Hanim, Mrs. S. A., . . . - . 
Harris, William T., St. Louis, Mo., . 
Hart, Charles H., Philadelphia, Pa., 
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn., . 
Hartranft, Hon J. T., Harrisburg, Pa., 
Hartt, ChnrJes F., Rio de Janeiro, 
Hartwick Seminary, Otsego Co., N. Y., 
Harvard University, Bussey Institution, 

Dental School, 

Library, ..... 

Museum of Comparative Zoology 

Peabody Museum, 



a, 



Haskins, Rev. David G., Cambridge, 

Hawkins, Dexter A., New York City, 

Hawkins, Rush C, New York City, . 

Hawks, J. M., Hyde Park, 

Hayes, Stephen H., . 

Hazen, Rev. Henry A., Billerica, 

Health-Lift Company, New York City, 

Health Reformer Office, Battle Creek, Mich 

Henrard, Maj. Paul, Pai-is, France, . 

Henry, James, M.D., Dalkey, Ireland, 

Hill, G. W., Nyack Turnpike, N. Y, 

Hill, Walter N., Ntwport, R. I., 

Historical Society of Montana, Helena, Montana 

Holt, Ballard, 2d, Atidover, 

Home for Aged Men, .... 

Home for the Friendless, New Haven, Conn., 



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Home for the Mothers, Widows and Daughters of Confed 

erate Soldiers, Charleston, S. C, 
Hooker, Rev. Mr. and 3Irs., 
Hooper, Hon. Samuel, Estate of, 
Hopkinson, Charles H., Groveland, 
Hornell Library Association, HornellsvUle, N. Y., 
Horsford, Prof. E. N., Cambridge, . 
House, Edward H., Tokio, Japan, 
Hove}', Charles H., . 
Howe, George F., West Boylston, 
Howe, George H., ..... 
Hoyt, Col. Albert H., 
Hubbard, Rev. James M., . 
Hunter, Robert, 3f.D., Chicago, III., 
Hunting, Rev. George F., Burlington, Vt., 
lasigi, Joseph A., 

Industrial Aid Society, .... 
. Ingleby, Clement M., LL. D., London, 
Insane Asylum of California, SiocJdon, Cal., 
Institution for the Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes 

JVew York City, .... 
Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 
Iowa Hospital for the Insane, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 
Jackson, Charles C, . 

Jarvis, Edward, M.D., .... 
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., 
Jeffrey, J. K., Cheyenne, Wyoming, . 
Jeffries B. Joy, M.D., 8 broadsides, 3 newspapers, 

Jeffries, Walter L., 

Jenkins, E. Kendall, Andover, . 

Jenks, Charles W., 

Joint Counties Asylum, Carmarthen, England, 

Jones, Maj. Edward J., . 

Jovino, Prnf. Francis de H., Woodstock, Md., 

Kaiserlich-Konigliche Geologische Reichsanstalt, Vienna 

Keasby, A. Q., Newark, N. J., . 

Kelly, R. D., Fremont, Nebraska, 

Kenn;ird, William H., 8 letters, . 

Kentucky Institution for the Education of the Blind, 

isvillc, Ky., ..... 

Kirk, Miss A. M. 

Kiik, John F., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Kloutman, CD., 

Knapp, Prof. H., M. D., New York City, . 

Kneeland, Prof. Samuel, 6 broadsides, 2 maps, 

Koenigliche Oeffentliche Bibliothck, Dresden, 

Ladies' Board of. Missions of the Presbyterian Church 

New York City, . 
Lancaster Library Committee, 
Laval Univcrsit6, Quebec, . 
Lawrence Academy, Groton, 
Lawrence Free Public Library, . 
Lee, Francis II., Salem, 3 broadsides 
Lee and Shepard, 1 map, . 
Leicester Library, 
Leonard, M. Bloomfield, M.D., . 
Lewis, David S., 

Library of the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh 
Lilly, A. T., Florence, 
Lincoln, Arthur, 
Linton, Edward D., . 
Literary and Historical Society, Quebec, 



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Little, Jolin M., 

Little, William, Neivhury, .... 

Little, Brown, and Company, 

Liverpool, England, Free Public Library, . 

Lockwood, Mrs. Hiland, .... 

London Library of the Corporation, . 

Loring, Joseph C, . 

Los Angelos, Cal., Cliamber of Commerce, 

Lossing, Benson J., LL. D., Dover, N. Y., 

Lovell, Leander, Plymouth, 

Lyon, Isaac S., Newark, N. J., . 

McCarthy, Nathaniel J., . 

Mace, Jean, Aisne, France, 

Mackie. William B., M. D., 

McNeill, George E., Camhridgejjort, 

McPhetres, Samuel A., Lowell, . 

Maine, Board of Agriculture, 

State Library, . . _ 

Manchester, England. Public Pree Libraries, 
Manning, J. W., Reading, 3 broadsides. 
Manning, Thomas, 
Marcon, Jules, Cambridge, 
Marthen*, John F., Pittsburgh, Pa., 
Martin, Henry A., 3f. D., . 
Mason, Orion A., Medway, 
Massachusetts, State of, 

Agricultural College, Amherst 

Board of Agriculture, 

Board of Education, 

Board of Health, . 

Board of State Charities, 

Bureau of Statistics of Labor 

College of Pharmacy, 

Electric Medical Society, 

General Hospital, . 

Historical Society, . 

Horticultural Society, . 

Insurance Commissioners, 

School for Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Youth, 

State Library, 

May, 3Iiss Abby W., . 

Meade, Mrs. Michael, 165 newspapers, 

Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco, Cal., 

Medical Society of West Virginia, Newburg, W. Va 

Meehan, William, 11 broadsides, 

Meek, Henry M., Salem, .... 

Melrose Public Library, .... 

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, 

Mercantile Library Association, Baltimore, Md 

Mercantile Library Association, BrooMyn, N. \ 

Mercantile Library Association, San Francisco, Cal. 

Merrill, G. W., Toledo, Ohio, . 

Merrill, Lieut. John P., Washington, D. C, 

Merritt, James L., Scituate, 

Meserve, 3Irs. Charles Y., . 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mw York City, 

Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Micliigan State Library, Lansing, Mich., . 

Middlesex Hospital, London, 

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paid, Minn., 

Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, Mo., . 

Mixter, Calvin S., 



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Mobile, Ala., Board of Trade, . 

Morgan, A. and Son, . 

Morrill, F. Gordon, M.D., . 

Muller, Frederick, Amsterdam, . 

Munsell, Joel, Albany, N. Y., . 

Museum of Fine Arts Committee, 

Mutual Life Insurance Company, New Torh 

Mystic Water Board, 

Nash, Joseph, 

National Association of Wool Manufacturers, 

National UniA^ersity, Washington, D. C, . 

Nelson, William and J. W. Taylor, Leeds, England. 

New Bedford Free Public Library, 

Newcomb, Prof. Simon, Washington, D. C, 

New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, 

New England Society of Orange, N. J., 

New Hampsliire, State of, . 

Antiquarian Society, 

Asylum for the Insane, Concord, 

Historical Society, . 

IMedical Society, 



New Haven Colony Historical Society, 
Newport, England, Free Library, 
Newton Free Library, .... 

New York, City, Board of Education, 

Board of Health, .... 

City Mission and Tract Society, 

Infirmary for Women and Ciiildren, 

New York, Historical Society, 

Produce Exchange, 

New York, State, Chamber of Commerce, . 

Engineer and Surveyor, . 

Library, 



Nichols, Prof. William R., ... 

Norfolk Agricultural Society, 

Norris, J. Parker, Philadelphia, Pa., 

Norton, Mrs. M. A., 

Noycs, Isaac P., Washington, D. C, 

Nye, Gideon, Jr., Canton, China, 

Odd Fellows Library Association, San Francisco 

Odiornc, James C, Framingham, 

Oliio State Library, ..... 

Orplian's Home, and Asylum of the Protestant 

Church, New York City, 
Osgood, Rev. Samuel D. D., New York City, 
Otis, Prof. Charles P., 
Page, Henry A., ...... 

Paine, H. M., Newark, N. J., 
Paine, Nathaniel, Worcester, 
Palfrey, lion. John G., Cambridge, . 
Palmer, Julius A., Jr., .... 

Parker, Cortlandt, Newark, N. J., 
Parker, Col. Francis J., . 

Parker, Mrs T., 

Pascoe, Charles E., 

Patterson, Joseph W., New York City, 
Payne, William H., Adrian, Mich., . 
Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Md., . 
Peabody Institute, Peabody, 
Pearson, Linus E., ..... 
Peirce, Prof. Benjamin, Cambridge, . 
Peloubet, Rev. Francis N., Nntick, 



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Penitent Female's Refuge, ...... 

Pennsylvania Institution for tlie Blind, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Pennsylvania Steel Company, Philadelphia, Pa., 
Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble Minded Children 
Media, Pa., .... 

Peoria, III., Board of Trade, 

Perkins, Charles C, . 

Perkins Institution for the Blind, 

Perry, Thomas S., . 

Perry, .Rev. William S., D. D., Geneva, N. 

Pettee, Benjamin, .... 

Philadelphia Library Company, . 
Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore 

p:iny, 

Phillips, James O. H., London, 

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. E. 

Pierce, Gen. Ebenezer W., Freetown, 

Pierce, Hon. Henry L., . 

Pike, James S., Calais, Me., 

Pioneer and Historical Society of Oregon, Astoria, 

Pollock, Allan, New York City, 

Pond, Hon. Joseph A., 

Poole, Wellington, Wenham, 

Poole, William F., Chicago, 111., 

Poore, Ben. Perley, Washington, D. C, 

Porter, Rev. Edward G., Lexington, . 

Potter, John E. and Co., Philadelphia, Pa 

Prang, L. and Co., .... 

Pratt, Isaac, Jr., .... 

Pray, Lewis G., . 

Price, Thomas W., Philadelphia, Pa., 

Providence, R. I., Athenaeum, . 

Putnam, Charles P., M. D., 

Putnam, Rev. George, D. D., 

Putnam, James, Lunenburg, 

Quincy, Miss Eliza S., 

Quincy Public Library, 

Rand, Hon. Caleb, .... 

Rauch, John H., M. D., Cliicago, 111., 

Raymond, Curtis B., . 

Reale Istituto Lombardo, Milan, Italy, 

Reed, J. Harris, .... 

Retreat for the Insane, Hartford, Conn., 

Reynolds, B. M., Lacrosse, Wis., 

Reynolds, Rev. Grindall, Concord, 

Reynolds, Mrs. H. E., 

Rice, Col. Edmund, Cambridge, 

Rice, Roswell, Cambridge, N. Y., Q broadsides, 

Richards, Samuel W., 

Richards, Mrs. Wyatt, 

Richardson, William L., M. D., 

Robins, Edward B., .... 

Robinson, W. F., 

Rochdale, England, Free Public Library 

Rockford, III., Public Library, . 

Rogers, John, ..... 

Rolfe, William J., Cambridge, . 

Rowe, G. H. M., M. D., . 

Royal Astronomical Society, London, 

Royal Geographical Society, London, 

Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 

St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky., 




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St. Lawrence University, Canton, N, Y., . 

St. Marylebone Charity Organization, London 

St. Stephen's House, ..... 

Sanborn, Edward W., .... 

Santa Clara College, Santg. Clara, Cal., . 

Sargent, Charles S., Cambridge, 

Sauveur, Lambert, . . . . 

Savage, Edward H., Chief of Police, 

Sawtelle, I. B., West Town send, 

Schofield, William S., Philadelphia, Pa., . 

Scudder, Samuel H., Cambridge, 

Searle, Frederick A., BrooMine, 

Second Massachusetts Infantry Association, 

Seeley, M. S., Woburn, .... 

Selfridge, Thomas O., 

Seymour, Maj. Gen. T., Fort Preble, Me., 

Shannon, Richard D., Jefferson City, Mo., 

Sheffield, England, Free Public Library and Museum, 

Shore, George A., Dighton, 

Sinnickson, Robert, Trenton, N. J.,2 broadsides, 

Slack, Charles W. and son. 

Smith, Amos D., 3d, 

Smith, Charles C, 

Smith, Samuel, Worcester, 

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C, 

Sneaden, G. Louis, ..... 

Snow, Edwin M., M. P>., . 

Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents 

Yorh City, 

Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children 

New York City, ..... 
Society of Arts, London, .... 
Soldan, Louis F., St. Louis, Mo., 
Solly, Edwin S., St. Louis, Mo., 
Somes, John J., Gloucester, 
Southgate, Rev. William S., Annapolis, Md., 
Soutli Shields, England, Free Library, 
Springfield City Library, .... 
Squier, Hon. E. George, New York City, . 
Stanton, Rev. R. L., D. D., Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Steele, Richard II., D. D., New Brunswick, N. 
Stevens, Mrs. J. A., . 
Stewart, Mrs. A. A., . 

Stewart, C. F., Concord, .... 
Stewart, James H., M. £>., Crawfordsville, Ind 
Stockwell, Stephen N., .... 
Stone, Rev. Edwin M., Providence, R. /., . 

Stowe, William T., 

Streeter, Mrs. CM., 

Stuart, A. II. H., Olympia, Washington Terr 

Sturgis, John H., 

Sturtevant, E. Lewis, M. D., and J. N., South 

ham, ....... 

Suffolk District Medical Society, 

Sumner, Charles A , San Francisco, Cal., . 

Swinney, E. Hazzard, Neiv York City, 

Sj'dney, A^ew South Wales, Free Public Library 

Syracuse, N. Y, Ihiiversity, 

Tennessee School for the Blind, Nashville,. 

Tenney, /lev. E. P., Ashla7id, 44 newspajjers, 

Thayer, Mis.t Caroline C, . . • . 

'I'liayer, Missc.';. and ollicrs. 



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Thomas, Frank H., 
Thompson, Rev. A. C, D. D., 
Thompson, Rev. James W., D. 
Thornton, J. Wingate, 

Thwing, S. C, 

Ticknor, Mrs. George, 

Times Publishing Company, 

Tinkliam, J. G., Somerset, 

Titus, Charles H., .... 

Tobey, Pliineas S., . 

Toner, Joseph M., 31. D., Washington, D 

Towne, William B., Milford, N. H., . 

Tracy, Mrs. F. U., . 

Troy and Greenfield Railroad Company, 

Tudor, Frederick, .... 

Tufts College, Medford, 

Turner, Alfred T., . 

Tiittle, Rev. Joseph F., D. D., Crawfordsville, Ind. 

Tyler, Mrs. John S., . 

Union Tlieological Seminary, New York City, 

United States, Board of Indian Commissioners, 

Bureau of Education, 

Bureau of Navigation, . 

Bureau of Statistics, 

■ Chief of Engineers, 

Chief of Ordnance, 

• Commissioner of Agriculture, 

Department of State, 

Department of the Interior, . 

Department of the Treasury, . 

Department of War, 

Document Department, . 

Library of Congress, 

Light-House Board, 

Military Academy, West Point, iV. 

Naval Observatory, 

Patent Office, .... 

Signal Office, .... 

Surgeon-General's Office, 

Universalist Sabbath School Union, . 

University of California, Berkeley, 

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 

University of South Carolina, Columbia, 

Urbino, S. R., . 

Venezuela, Government of, 

Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 

Vermont State Library, 

Very, Lieut. Edward W., Washington, D. 

Vibbert, Rev. George H., Somerville, 

Vinton, Frederick, Princeton, N. J., 1 broadside, 

Wallace, Capt. William, . 

Walton, E. N., Salem,_ 

Walworth Manufacturing Company, 

Ware, Col. Henry, 1 broadside, . 

Warren, Hon. William F., . 

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va 

Waterston, Rev. Robert C, 

Watertown Free Public Library, 

Watson, Nathaniel, 

Wayland Library Conmiittee, 

Webster, F. C, Canton, . 



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Wells, David A., New YorTi City, 
Welsh, Leroy W., Columbus, Ohio, . 
Western Luoatic Asylum of Virginia, Staunton 
Wheeler, Rev., Charles H., Winchendon, . 
Wheelwright, Edward, .... 
Wheelwright, Mrs. L. 0., .... 
Wheildon, William W., Concord, 3 broadsides 

papers, ..... 

White, Charles S., . 

White, James C, M. D., . 

White, Lyman, ..... 

Whiting, John S., J/. Z>., . 

Whitman, Charles B., 40 newspapers, 

Whitmore, William H., . 

Whitney, Rev. Frederick A., 1 newspaper, 

Whitney, James A., New York City, . 

Whitney, James L., 11 broadsides, 12 newspapers 

Whitney, Prof. Josiah D., Cambridge, 

Whitney, L. P., Cambridge, 

Whitney, Prof. William D., New Haven, Conn 

Whitney and Adams, Springfield, 

Wiglitman, William J., Reading, 

Willard Asylum for the Insane, Waterloo, N. Y. 

Williams, Hon. J. L., Fort Wayne, Ind., . 

Williams, James, Colnmbvs, Ohio, 

Williams College, WiUiamstown, 

Wilson, Frank, Columbus, Ohio, 

Wilson, George B., ..... 

Wilson, J. Ormand, Washington, D. C, . 
Wilson, Gen. James G., New York City, . 
Wilson, John B., 

Winchester Home for Aged Women, . 
Winsor, Justin, ...... 

Winthrop, Hon. Robert C, 2 pliotographs, 
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, 
Wisconsin Institution for the Education of 

Janesville, ...... 

Withington, Moses, Brookline, . 

Woburn Public Library, .... 

Woman's Hospital, Philadelphia, 

Woman's Medical College of the New York 

New York City, 

Wood, C. B., Middleborough, . 
Wood, Rev. F. P., Acton, .... 
AVood, N. G., and Son, .... 
Woodward, Frederick E., .... 
Woodworth, John M., M.D., Washington, D. C, 
Worcester County Musical Association, Wo7-cester. 
Worcester Free Public Library, 
AVorthington, Flanders and Company, 

Wright, Elizur, 

Yale College, New Haven, Conn., 

Yosng Men's Association, Buffalo, N. Y.,. 

Young Men's Benevolent Society, 

Young Men's Christian Association, New York 

Young Men's Christian Association, Wo7-eester, 

Young Men's Christian Union, . 

Young Men's Institute, Hartford, Conn., . 

Young Men's Mercantile Library Association, Cincinnati 

Ohio, 

Y(mng AVomen's Christian Association, 



City, 



the Blind 



Infirmary 



74 

1 
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1 
16 
1 

3 

7 

3 
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11 

26 



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171 



12 



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Issues. 


2 


11 


35,389 


250 


535 


81,281 


281 


606 


82,661 


291 


647 


89,423 


310 


730 


75,570 


383 


693 


149,468 


5S8 


1,335 


151,020 


508 


1,052 


160,877 


587 


1,303 


189,302 


626 


1,517 


138,027 


644 


1,534 


184,035 


664 


1,424 


194,627 


708 


1,464 


193,862 


732 


1,589 


m 208,963 


754 


1,813 


175,727 


630 


1,323 


218,677 


770 


1,498 


210,963 


917 


1,768 


A 322,445 


i/y6o 


g\,%m 


380,343 


1,234 


2,425 


467,855 


1,519 


3,073 


625,442 


2,031 


5,124 


758,417 


2,581 


6,074 


947,621 


3,097 


8,036 


1,140,572 


3,727 


8,348 



Date of 

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Sept. 16 

Feb. 10 

Feb. 23 

Jan. 24 

Feb. 27 

Mar. 5 

Feb. 4 

Feb. 23 

Mar. 1 

Feb. 7 

Feb. 27 

Nov. 19 

Feb. 10 

Feb. 23 

Feb. 1 

Feb. 20 

Feb. 19 

Jan. 28 

Mar. 16 
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7,400 
5,222 
7,463 
10,371 
e 9,763 
13,696 
17,020 
23,203 
25,996 
31,080 
23,159 
28,261 
34,441 
41,721 
54,956 



10,263 
7,124 
11,067 
13,090 
10,438 
11,553 
16,854 
19,702 
21,601 
34,225 
27,092 
31,003 
37,872 
39,016 
59,373 
74,786 



17,663 
12,346 
18,525 
23,461 
20,201 
25,249 
33,874 
42,905 
47,597 
65,206 
50,251 
69,264 
72,313 
80,737 
114,323 
141,618 



a Six months. 
6 Removal of the Library, 
c Ten months. 

d Eleven moutlis (Library not closed for examination). 
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27,832 


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314 
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81 
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24,805 
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63,357 
67,692 


439 
562 
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197 
206 
220 


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4,287 


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Kngraniiqs. — Tlie statistics refer onlyt ■ th" buund volumes, uut to those framed and on the wa Is. 

The Curator shows them every day from 9 to 12. 



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City Document No. 76. 



APPENDIX XY. 

BATES HALL READING. 



Classifications. 



English History, Topogrnpliy, 
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KOXBURY BRANCH AND FELLOWES ATHEN^UM READING. 
Note. — The two sections of this table refer to two diflferent collections of books. 



Rox. Br. 

Class No. 



I. 
II. 
III. 

rv. 

V. 

VI. 

VII. 

vni. 

IX. 



F. A. 

ClasB No. 



I. 

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VI. 

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1,3,5,7 




2,4. . 




6, 8. . 




9,11 . 




10, 12 . 




13, 14 . 




15, 17 . 




16 . . 




18, 19 . 




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50. 54, 59 . 

55, 57 . . . 

51.5.3,65,67 
52, 50 . . 

58 . . . 

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63. 69 . . 

64, 66, 68 



Classes. 



Prose Fiction .... 

Travels 

History 

Juveniles 

Biography 

Periodicals 

Arts, Sciences, Pro- 
fissions 

Poetry and Drama . 

Collected Works and 
Lit. Miscellaneous. 

Books in Foreign 
Languages . . . . 



Total 

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Modern Foreign Lan- 
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Peri:dical8 

Miscellaneous Liter- 
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Theology, Sociology, 
Ktliics" 

Medicine 

Greek and Latin Lan- 
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Fine Arts, Engineer- 
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Mathematics. Natu- 
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Totals 



1874 



O 3 



28,575 
2,623 
1,121 

19,261 
1,351 
1,019 

2 757 
1,219 

724 

55 

58,605 



1.982 

729 
100 



412 
46 



684 
36 



5,691 



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1875 



12 



40,666 
2,555 
1,133 

26,650 
1,583 
1,3.38 

2,815 
1,235 

1,069 

114 



78,858 



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1,073 
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1,598 

28.918 
1,575 
1,785 

2,992 
1,326 



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3,548 

921 

488 

976 

517 
126 



932 
2-50 

1,414 



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BRIGHTON BRANCH READING. 





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1,424 
1,957 

21,043 


84 
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19.532 
1,677 
3,226 


80 
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APPENDIX XXI. 

DORCHESTER BRANCH READING. 





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Poetry, Drama 

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221 

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Art, Sciunces, etc 

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64,487 











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Note. — No classification of the use is pract 'cable, as the books are shelved without 
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66 



City Document No. 76. 



APPENDIX xxyi. 



LIBKAEY SERVICE. 



Name. 



JUSTIN WINSOR 
James L. Whitney 
James M. Hubbard . 
Frederic B. Perkins 
Charles A. Wilson . 
Miss A. P. Call . . . 



Miss A. A. Nichols . 

Frank H. Thomas . 

Total 



Kg 



1868. 

1869. 

1874. 

1874. 

1871. 

1872. 

1868. 
1874. 



Position, Duties, Etc. 



Superintendent and Secretary of the 
Trustees 



Assistant Superintendent and head 
of Catalogue Department .... 

Principal Assistant and second in 
Catalogue Department 

Office Secretary and sub-execntire 
ofUcer 



Despatch Clerk for branch service 
and other expressing 



Assistant Office Secretary and 
catalogue work 



Auditor and Cashier . . 
Superintendent's runner 






James L. Whitney 

James M. Hubbard 

William H. Foster . 
Arthur Mason Knapp 



Jose F. Carret .... 

Mrs. Susan A. Joslyn 

Mrs. A. C. D. Keen . 
Mrs. Eliz. T. Reed . . 

Mrs. Eliz. J. Stevenson 

George W. Meraon . . . 

Joseph D. Brown . • . 

Mrs. R. M. Eastman . . 

Miss Mary E. Joslyn . . 



1869. 

1874. 

1860. 
1875. 

1875. 

1873. 

1872. 
1873. 

1865. 

1875. 
1875. 
1859. 
1871. 



Head of the Department. {See 
Executive Dtpartment) 



Second in the Department. {See 
Executive Department) 



Proof Reader 



Pamphlets, periodicals, and Barton 
and Prince libraries 



Patents, engravings, and Catalogue 
work 



.Assistant in Patent Room.Acoession 
Catalogue, etc 



General Cataloguer 

Assistant Lower Hall and Branch 
Cataloguer 



Newspapers, duplicates, official cat- 
alogue, etc 



Runner 

Runner 

Extra. Documents, etc. 
Extra. Catalogue work 



Public Library. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. — Continued. 



67 



Name. 



Position, Duties, etc. 



E '^ 



sa 



Card Catalogue. 
Miss H. E. Green . . 
Miss Alice M. Por6e . . 
Miss Josephine Hewins 
Miss Emily C. Osgood . 

Total 



1873. 
1866. 
1875. 
1875. 



Curator . 

Assistant , 

Assistant , 
Assistant , 



2 17 



Miss Harriet N. Pike 
Miss Mary A. McGrath . 
Miss E. L. Clarke . . . , 
Miss Ellen Stevenson . . . 
Total 



1867. 
1868. 
1875. 
1869. 



Chief Clerk 
Assistant . . 
Assistant . . 
Assistant . . 



Appleton p. C. Griffin 
Timothy Donovan • . . . 

F. A. M. Stuart 

Annie M. Kennedy . . . . 
Total 



1865. 

1873. 
1875. 
1869. 



Custodian . . , 
B. H. Assistant , 
B. H. Assistant , 
L. H. Assistant . 



Henry Ware . . . 
Miss L. 8. Norton . 
Miss L. F. Knowles 
Alfred Newmarch . 
Thomas Whyte . . 
Frank C. Blaisdell . 
John Cameron . . . 
Richard Ray .... 
Total 



1875. 
1865. 
1867. 
1875. 
1874. 
1876. 
1876. 
1876, 



Keeper 

Delivery Assistant . 
Receiving Assistant 

Runner 

Runner 

Runner 

Runner 

Runner 



Elbridge Bradshaw 
Alfred A. Brooks ... 
Miss Sarah A. Mack . . 
Miss Eliza J. Mack . . . 
Miss Ellen E. Bresnahan 
Miss Ellen F. McCarthy 
Miss Ella Sturmy . . . 
Margaret A. Sheridan . 



1869. 
1875. 
1863. 
1863. 
1869. 
1872. 
1872. 
1875. 



Keeper 

Assistant Keeper . 
Delivery Clerk . . . 
Receiving Clerk . . 
Keeper's Clerk . . . 

Assistant 

Assistant 

Art-Room attendant 



68 



City Document No. 76. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. — Continued. 



Name. 



Mary Connor . . . . , 
Margaret Donovan . . , 
Annie G. Sbea . . . . , 

Margaret Doyle . . . , 
Wm. F. Robinson . . , 
Mies Elizabeth Ross . . 
MisB Caroline E. Poree 

Evening Service. 
Frederic Kyle . . . . , 



Miss Henrietta E. Mack 
Miss Catherine McGrath 
Miss Amelia McGrath . 
Robert B. Ross .... 
Mary N. Burke .... 
Hannah Clifford .... 
Margaret Clifford . . . 
Total 



fd 



1873. 
1874. 
1874. 
1875. 
1872. 
1869. 
1859. 

1874. 

1869. 
1873. 
1869. 
1873. 
1875. 
1876. 
1876. 



Position, Ddties, etc. 



Runner 

Runner 

Runner 

Runner 

Registration and Fine Clerk 

Assistant Clerk, etc 

Reading-Room attendant . . 



Registration Clerk and Sunday 
service 



Delivery Clerk 

Receiving Clerk 

Assistant ......... 

Reading-Room attendant , 

Runner , 

Runner 

Runner 



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sa 



15 



23 



William E. Ford . 
Thomas Collins • . . 
Jerry Sullivan .... 
Extra daily assistants 
Total 



1858. 
1867. 
1874. 



Chief Janitor 
Assistant . . . 
Assistant . .' . 



Frank P. Hathaway 
Andrew M. Blake . . . 

Romeo Cervi 

J. R. Beckett 

Michael J. Healy . . . . 
James Pendergast . . . 
Mrs. M. Wheeler . . • . 
Miss Mary E. Austin . . 
Miss Mary Moriarty . . 
Mrs. 8. E. Bowen . . . 
Total 



1871. 
1870. 
1874. 
1875. 
1875. 
1875. 
1869. 
1874. 
1875. 
1876. 



Foreman , 
Assistant , 
Assistant . 
Assistant . 
Assistant . 
Assistant . 
Sewer . , 
Sewer . , 
Sewer . . 
Sewer . , 



Public Library. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. — Continued. 



69 



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Position, Duties, etc. 


% 

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On time and 
extra service. 
Total 
employed. 1 




Mis8 Sarah C Qodbold 
Miss Mary R. Pray .... 

Miss A. M. "Wing 

Miss Mary E. Cathcart . . 

Ida E. Inman 

Miss Nellie L. Lennon . . 

Addle H. Ghen 

Laura B. Morse 

Abbie M. Keen 

George II. Hosea 

Total 


1871. 
1870. 
1872. 
1870. 
1875. 
1872. 
1876. 
1875. 
1874. 
1873. 




1 
1 
1 
1 


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10 














Miss Alice J. Bragdon 
Miss Abbie Dalton .... 
Miss E. A. Eaton .... 
Miss Emma Davis .... 
Miss Honora McCarthy . 
Miss Esther Hinckley . . 

Miss Lucy Morse 

Mary Watson 

Elizabeth McCarthy . . . 

Joseph Baker 

Total 


1872. 
1875. 
1872. 
1873. 
1872. 
1875. 
1875. 
1873. 
1873. 
1872. 




1 
1 

1 
1 

1 












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8 


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6 








10 














Miss Henrietta C. Price 
Mrs. Julia A. Nye .... 

Miss Clara E. Sanborn . . 
Miss Marietta Goldsmith . 
Margaret E. Blood .... 
Miss Mary Bradley .... 

Mary M. Floden 

Caroline Maxwell .... 

Catharine Cleary 

Elizabeth E. Burns . . . 

Charles R. Curtis 

Total 


1873. 
1873. 

1873. 
1873. 
1872. 
1876. 
1874. 
1876. 
1875. 
1874. 
1873. 




1 

1 
1 
1 
1 

1 








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70 



City Document No. 76. 

LIBRARY SERVICE. — Concluded. 



Name. 



W 



Position, Ddties, etc. 



II 



O S Eh g 



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Dr. CoRNELiDS S. Cart£:e 
Mies Susan Edwards . . . 
Miss 8. M. Eberle .... 

Lilian Davis 

George H. Prescott .... 
Miss Annie E. Eberle . . 
Miss Harriet N. Davis . . 

John P. Jacobs 

Georgiana Davis 

Thomas E. Smith .... 
Total 



1870. 
1869. 
1874. 
1874. 
1875. 
1874. 
1874. 
1875. 
1875. 
1874. 



Librarian 

Desk Assistant 

Reading-Room Assistant . 

Runner 

Sunday service 

Extra assistant 

Extra assistant 

Extra runner 

Extra runner 

Janitor 



Miss Mary E. Brock 
Bridget T. Grailey . , . 
Miss A. J. Wilson . . . 
Charles F. Wheeler . . 
Total 



1875. 
1874. 
1875. 
1875. 



Librarian . . . 
Assistant . . . 
Extra Assistant 
Janitor 



Miss Mary G. Coffin 
Miss Esther R. Whiton . 
Miss Jennie Sheridan . 
Miss M. A. Hill .... 
Edward Davenport • . . 
Total 



1874. 
1874. 
1875. 
1875. 
1875. 



Librarian , 

Assistant 

Extra Assistant 

Agent at Lower Mills Delivery , 
Janitor 



Public Library. 



71 





SUMMARY. 




- 






Regulars. 


Extras. 


Superintendent . 


. 


1 


^ 




Office Secretaries, Despatch Clerk, 








Auditor, and Runner 


. . 


5 






Catalogue Department 


. 


15 


2 


Central Library 


Ordering and Receiving 


Department . 


4 




65 regulars. 


Shelf Department 


. 


4 




1 10 extras. 


B. H. Circulating Department . 


8 




— • 


L. H. Circulating Department, Day, 






75 in all. 


Evening and Sunday 


Service . 


15 


8 




Janitorial Department 


. 


3 






Binding Department . 


• 


10 


t 




East Boston Branch . 




5 


5 1 


3rancliGs. 


South Boston Branch 
Roxbury Branch 


. 


6 

7 


4 
4 


28 regulars. 


Charlestown Branch . 


. . . 


5 


6 


i ^^ \^A.\i\.iXa* 


Brighton Branch 


... 


2 


2 


50 in all. 


Dorchester Branch . 


. 


3 


2 ) 


Totals . 


. 


93 
32 


32 





Grand Total 



125 



AGENCY DEPARTMENT. 



Messrs. Lee and Shepard, Boston. 

Messrs. Little, Brown and Co., and Sampson Low, Marston, Low and 
Searle, Boston and London. 
Mr. Edward G. Allen (for English patents), London. 
Mr. F. W. Christern, and M. Charles Reinwald, New York and Paris. 
Dr. Felix Fliigel, Leipsic. 
Chev. Eugenio Alberi, Florence. 
Senor Don Juan F. Riaiio, Madrid. 



72 



City Document No. 76. 



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Public Library. 73 

The Bates Hall shows a somewhat smaller number miss- 
ing than were reported last year ; and in consideration of 
the increased circulation this seems a gratifying result. The 
serials missing are probably not lost; many of them will 
undoubtedly be found at the binder's, or misplaced with 
other continuations waiting completion in the Ordering 
Department. The pamphlets in boxes are probably misplaced 
in the same way. Of the books reported missing at the last 
examination, eight have reappeared in various wa3's ; two 
missing previous years have also been found. One pamphlet 
reported as missing in 1872 was found among the pamphlets 
in the Curator of Pamphlets department. 

I have also to report that nine pamphlets sent to binder in 
1869 have not appeared on the shelves since that time. 
They may be found, at some future time, to have been bound 
up with other pamphlets on different numbers. 

In the Lower Hall the number missing is less than 
reported last year, although not such a large decrease as 
was hoped for, since it was then thought that the greater 
part of the books missing were condemned, and the records 
being incomplete, could not be accounted for. In view of 
the very large circulation this year, which increases the 
chances of errors in numbering or charging, the result seems 
satisfactory. 

Eight volumes missing last year, and ten volumes missing 
previous years, have been found. Of these one has been 
missing since 1864. 

The reports of the Branches, which appear above, show 
only a small number missing at each. 

The figures given under the Roxbury Branch include 
those of the Fellowes Athenaeum, as follows : — 
At the time of the examination there were 

missing from the shelves . . . . 407 vols. 

Of these were there found, — 

Loaned 371 

At the Binder's 36 

Otherwise accounted for 

407 " 



From the Bates Hall desk one volume has disappeared 
during the year, viz.. Hale. Woman's record. 

From the Central Library Reading Room, the following 
books have disappeared : — 

United States Census. 

Encyclopedia Americana, vol. 12. 

From the Roxbury Branch Reading Room, Hole's '*Bio- 
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graphical Dictioiiaiy," and from the Charlestown Branch 
Keadmg Eoom, Nason's "Gazetteer of Massachusetts," have 
disapjDeared. 

Respectfully submitted, 

APPLETON P. C. GRIFFIN, 

Custodian of the Shelves. 

Public Libkaky, May 23, 1876. 



Public Library. 



75 



appe:ndix XXVIII. 

WORK IN THE LIBRARY BINDERY. 



Character of "Work. 


18T1-3 


isra-s 


1873-4 


1874-5 


1875-6 


Bates Hall books bound and finished . 


2,219 


2,008 


2,635 


2,613 


3,223 


Books of the Lower Hall and Branches 


1,015 


744 


753 


1,508 


7,766 


Books repaired 


396 


430 


492 


444 


959 


Catalogues -wired and covered for pub- 
lic use in Lower Hall and Branches 


490 


437 


287 


1431 




Maps dissected and mounted .... 


47 


28 


91 






Map-volumes and shelf-lists mounted. 


212 
546 


165 
61 


109 
24 


^ 493 


820 




5 
266 


S 
263 


8. 
450 


1,520 




Removable covers for catalogues and 
for paper-covered books 


1,287 


Maps mounted, bound and bordered . 


54 


41 


8 




. . . 


Hours of miscellaneous work .... 


1,842 


2,297 


1,437 


2,436 


2,183 



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