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WILLIAM W. APPLETON.
JOHN L. CADWALADER.
H. VAN RENSSELAER KENNEDY.
JOHN S. KENNEDY.
LEWIS CASS LEDYARD.
SETH LOW, Mayor of the City of New York, ex officio.
EDWARD M. GROUT, Comptroller of the City of New York, ex officio.
President, Hon. JOHN BIGELOW, LL.D.
First Vice-President, Rt. Rev. HENRY C. POTTER, D.D., LL.D.
Secretary, CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL, Esq., 40 Lafayette Place.
Lafayette Place, 40. (ASTOR.)
HENRY C. POTTER.
GEORGE L. RIVES.
CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL.
GEORGE W. SMITH.
Fifth Avenue, 890. (LENOX.)
East Broadway, 31. (CHATHAM SQUARE.)
7th Street. 106 Avenue C.
8th Street. 135 Second Avenue. (OTTENDORFER.)
Near 8th Avenue. (JACKSON SQUARE.)
13th Street, 251 West.
Bet. Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. (BLIND LIBRARY.)
91st Street, 121 West. 100th Street, 206 West. 110th Street, 174 East. 125th Street, 218 East.
156th Street, 922 St. Nicholas Avenue. (WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.)
During the month of November there were received at the Library, by purchase, 674 volumes and 392 pamphlets; by gift, 940 volumes and 2,711 pamphlets, and by exchange 56 volumes and 135 pamphlets; making a total of 1,670 volumes and 3,238 pamphlets.
There were catalogued 2,844 volumes and 2,662 pamphlets, for which were written 12,629 cards, in addition to which 2,054 slips were written for, and 12,550 cards received from, the copying machine.
The following table shows the number of readers, and the number of volumes consulted, in both the Astor and Lenox Branches of the Library, also the number of visitors to the Print Exhibit at the Lenox, during the month:
The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Quick's "Essays on Educational Reformers," Longfellow's Poems, Riis's "How the Other Half Lives"; (in adult fiction) Chambers's "Maids of Paradise," London's "Call of the Wild," Ward's "Lady Rose's Daughter"; (in juvenile fiction) Alcott's "Little Women," Lang's "Blue Fairy Tales," Hawthorne's "Tanglewood Tales."
The second of the Carnegie branch libraries was opened November 2, at 31 East Broadway, giving a new building for the Chatham Square branch formerly at 22 East Broadway; a description of the building, with floor plans and elevation, was given in the Bulletin for October, 1902. At the opening addresses were made by the presiding officer Hon. Jacob A. Cantor, President of the Borough of Manhattan, A. E. Bostwick, chief of the circulation department, and Hon. Samuel E. Greenbaum on behalf of the board of trustees.
The important gifts of the month were as follows: From Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, in recognition of courtesies extended by the Library and under the instructions of the author, copies of volumes 1 and 2 of John Boyd Thacher's "Christopher Columbus," New York, 1903; also for the same reason, from Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. a copy of their edition de luxe of John Fiske's "Dutch and Quaker Colonies," 2 volumes, 1903; from General James Grant Wilson, 7 folio scrap books, containing mounted biographical notices of Americans gathered in connection with his editorial work on Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography; from the Secretary of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal, 5 volumes, including 2 atlases, and I pamphlet, being the case of the United States before the Tribunal, together with the Decision, signed October 20, 1903; from S. P. Avery, 14 volumes, including 5 volumes of "Gallery of Fashion," 1799-1830, 24 pamphlets and 4 prints; from Hon. Joseph H. Choate, a copy of his "The supreme court of the United States, Its place in the Constitution;" from Balbino Davalos, 2 volumes and 1 pamphlet; from the Evening Post, 62 volumes and 82 pamphlets; from Grace Church, 9 volumes of year books; from Herman C. Hoskier, a copy of his "Full account and collation of the Greek Cursive Codex Evangelium 604. . . in the British Museum," London, 1895; from Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, a copy of his "Parsees at the Court of Akbar, and "Dastur Meherjee Rânâ," Bombay, 1903; from Dr. Attilio Nardecchia, 82 volumes of the diamond edition of the Italian poets; from Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, 43 volumes and 3 pamphlets, Irish works relating to the history, poetry and literature of Ireland; 'from Victor H. Paltsits, a copy of his "Bibliography of the 'works of Father Louis Hennepin," one of twenty-five copies reprinted from Hennepin's "A New Discovery," edited by R. G. Thwaites, published by A. C. McClurg & . Company, Chicago, 1903; from Miss L. L. Schuyler, 44 volumes, 361 pamphlets, 3 maps and a large number of newspapers, including publications of the United States Sanitary Commission, reports of charitable institutions, etc; from Philip Schuyler, a copy of the "Life of General Philip Schuyler," by Bayard Tuckerman, New York, 1903; from Mrs. Simon Sterne, "The life and public services of Simon Sterne," by John Foord, London, 1903, also a bust of the late Simon Sterne in bronze by Victor D. Brenner; and from Thomas Windsor, 9 volumes and 67 pamphlets, a collection of reports of English charitable societies, etc.
The exhibition of Arundel Society color prints and of Japanese prints at the Lenox has been continued, and in addition an exhibition of etchings of Camille Pissarro was set up. The exhibition at the Astor Branch of plates from "Das Interieur," "Der Moderne Stil," and "Portfolios of Spanish Art" was continued.
At the Circulation branches the picture bulletins and reading lists were as follows: CHATHAM SQUARE, Birds, Hunting, Thanksgiving day, Paris, Art, Music, London, Ethics; EAST BROADWAY, Famous men and women born in November, The first Thanksgiving of the Nation, Thanksgiving day, Louisa M. Alcott, W. C. Bryant, Books for young folks; BOND STREET, New Books; AVENUE C, Thanksgiving day, New books, Famous men and women born in November, Selected list of books on city government and allied topics; OTTENDORFER, Shakespeare's plays, In the musical world, The opera, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, Panama canal, The cliff dwellers, Pennsylvania, Mississippi valley and the south
ern states, City of Washington; JACKSON SQUARE, Edgar Allen Poe, Burns and Scotland, Hawthorne, Ireland, R. W. Emerson, The Netherlands, H. D. Thoreau, The Rhine and Heidelberg, Francis Parkman, France, Spain, Shakespeare, Naples and Pompeii, Florence, New books, Thanksgiving day, Henry Seton Merriman's works; MUHLENBERG, Cardinal Richelieu, Sir Walter Ralegh, Charlemagne, Daniel Webster, British Columbia, Thanksgiving day; THIRTY-FOURTH STREET, Thanksgiving day; GEORGE BRUCE, New books; FIFTY-NINTH STREET, Famous men and women born in November, Greek and Roman history, Thanksgiving day; RIVERSIDE, New books; YORKVILLE, Photography, Prairie, mountain, and shore, Compressed air, Fish and fish culture, Folk songs of Germany, Trees and forestry, Folk songs of Scandinavia and Russia, Where lumber comes from, Hänsel and Gretel, Message of the flowers, Pennsylvania, Poet and peasant, City of Washington, An evening with Tennyson, St. Louis exposition, Robert Browning, Lake Superior copper country, Books and reading, Making of a newspaper, Canada, Mexico, Mechanical flight, Joan of Arc, Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, Thanksgiving day; ST. AGNES, Thanksgiving day, Panama, Heine, Roman art, The Greek theatre, Art during the renaissance, The rise of the drama, Dutch and German cathedrals, English cathedrals, Æschylus; BLOOMINGDALE, Henry Seton Merriman, Thanksgiving day, French and German cathedrals, English cathedrals, Daniel Webster, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln; AGUILAR, Famous men and women born in November, Louisa M. Alcott, Fairy tales, Thanksgiving day, Manchuria, New books, Porto Rico, Arabia, Music, Birds and bird life, Flowers and trees; HARLEM, Thanksgiving day; WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Thanksgiving day, Holland, Newspapers and newspaper makers, France, From mine to mint, Paris, Compressed air.
At the meeting of the trustees of the library held on Wednesday, December 9th, . 1903, being the first meeting of the Board of Trustees since the death of Mr. Andrew H. Green, who was a member of the Board, the following minute was unanimously adopted:
“Andrew H. GREEN, a Trustee of the New York Public Library, died on the thirteenth of November, 1903.
'Mr. Green's life had been largely devoted to the advancement of the material and moral interests of this community.
"His active intellect, broad views, and indomitable courage and determination led to the accomplishment of many important and practical results, where men endowed to a less degree with those high qualities would have failed. They were features of his character which were fully appreciated by all who were brought in contact with him, and made him a recognized power in the community.
"Although he preferred to use his energies and exercise his influence in those ways which are open to the private citizen, occasional demands were made upon him for services in a public capacity which could not well be denied.
"For his services as Comptroller of the city, after the downfall of the Tweed ring, his vigorous assertion in that office of the rights of the city, and his steadfast and grim defense of the public treasury against the horde of plunderers who sought to enforce fraudulent claims against it, his fellow-citizens will always owe him a debt of gratitude.
"To his intelligent and broad-minded advocacy of an adequate system of