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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
ASTOR LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
VOLUME VII. NUMBER 3
REPORT FOR FEBRUARY
SAMUEL G. HOWE ON HIS IMPRISONMENT IN BERLIN, 1832 .
PRINCIPAL ACCESSIONS IN FEBRUARY
WILLIAM W. APPLETON.
SAMUEL P. AVERY.
JOHN L. CADWALADER.
ANDREW H. GREEN.
H. VAN RENSSELAER KENNEDY.
JOHN S. KENNEDY.
LEWIS CASS LEDYARD.
ALEXANDER E. ORR.
HENRY C. POTTER.
GEORGE L. RIVES.
CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL.
GEORGE W. SMITH.
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.
Second Vice-President, JOHN S. KENNEDY, Esq.
Secretary, CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL, Esq., 40 Lafayette Place.
Lafayette Place, 40. (ASTOR.)
Fifth Avenue, 890. (LENOX.)
East Broadway, 22. (CHATHAM SQUARE.)
East Broadway, 197. (Educational Alliance Building.)
7th Street. 106 Avenue C.
8th Street. 135 Second Avenue. (OTTENDORFER.)
(JACKSON SQUARE.) Near 6th Avenue. (MUHLENBERG.) Between 2d and 3d Avenues.
13th Street, 251 West.
Near 8th Avenue.
23d Street, 130 West.
34th Street, 215 East.
42d Street, 226 West.
59th Street, 113 East.
65th Street, 116 West.
Near 7th Avenue. (GEORGE BRUCE. Dept. headquarters.)
Near Broadway. (RIVERSIDE.)
79th Street, 222-224 East. Near 3d Avenue. (YORKVILLE.)
82d Street. 2279 Broadway. (ST. AGNES.)
91st Street, 121 West. Bet. Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. (BLIND LIBRARY.) Near Broadway. (BLOOMINGDALE. TRAVELLING LIBRARIES.) Near 3d Avenue. (AGUILAR.)
100th Street, 206 West.
110th Street, 174 East.
125th Street, 218 East.
156th Street, 922 St. Nicholas Avenue. (WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.)
During the month of February there were received at the Library, by purchase, 418 volumes and 1,053 pamphlets; by gift, 1,980 volumes and 7,299 pamphlets; and by exchange, 65 volumes and 3,793 pamphlets.
There were catalogued 4,920 volumes and 2,745 pamphlets, for which were written 9,874 cards, in addition to which 3,097 slips were written for, and 19,069 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 Department at the Lenox, during the month:
No. of readers and visitors.
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No. of volumes consulted by desk applicants.
Number of visitors to Print Exhibit, etc... .
The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Hale's "Memories of a Hundred Years," Lorimer's "Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to his Son," Brookings's "Briefs for Debate"; (adult fiction) Wister's "The Virginian," Hough's "The Mississippi Bubble," Crawford's "Cecilia "; (juvenile fiction) Kipling's "Just-So Stories," Barbour's "Behind the Line," Alcott's "Little Women."
On February 21, the New York Free Circulating Library for the Blind was consolidated with the New York Public Library; at the time of consolidation it had on its shelves 1,649 volumes and 492 pieces of music, issuing in the fiscal year 1902-1903, 8,543 volumes (of which 7,689 were books and 854 music) for home use.
The Aguilar Free Library consolidated on 28 February; at the time it had on its shelves 87,790 volumes, and had issued during the fiscal year, November 1, 1901, to October 31, 1902, 757,217 volumes for home use, 80,396 volumes for use in its reading rooms, and had had 439,429 visitors to its reading rooms.
The important gifts of the month were: From the Baden " Ministerium der Justiz, des Kultus, und Unterrichts," of their confidential documents, 2 volumes and 3 pamphlets; from the Bahais Board of Counsel, 1 volume, The Bahai Proofs; from Hon. John Bigelow, a copy of the second edition of his "Mystery of Sleep"; from E. L. Burlingame, 46 volumes of Government documents; from Mrs. H. A. Clarkson, 154 volumes and 11 pamphlets, chiefly Government documents and school books; from the Costa Rican Ministro de Gobernacion, Policia y Fomento, 17 numbers of La Gaceta; from the Burgomaster of Czernowitz, Austria, I volume and 3 pamphlets, city documents; from Dr. Wolcott Gibbs, 2 volumes, the records of the Metropolitan Fair and of the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair, held under the auspices of the Sanitary Commission; from the Burgomaster of Haarlem, 21 volumes of the "Verslag "; from Archer M. Huntington, 3 volumes and 2 pamphlets, facsimile reprints of early Spanish works; from Howard Mansfield, 51 etchings, given to complete the collection in the Avery prints, of works by Charles Storm van 's Gravesande; from Mrs. L. G. Meyer, 9 volumes and 2 pamphlets, fashion magazines; from S. Weir Mitchell, his address on Washington before the
University of Pennsylvania; from the Publishers' Weekly, a miscellaneous collection, 71 volumes and 174 pamphlets; from Miss Ruth Putnam, 18 prints; from the Railroad Gazette, 1,170 volumes and 5,008 pamphlets; from Mrs. Washington A. Roebling, two copies for the Lenox and the Astor Branches of the "Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Yorktown, New York" (561 pp.), printed for private circulation in an edition of 300 copies; from Frederick Sheldon, 6 volumes and 2 maps; from George W. Smith, 11 volumes and 11 maps; from the Society of Lincoln's Inn, 1 volume, the "Black Books," Vol. 4; from Mr. Tuck, a copy of the autobiographical memoir of Amos Tuck; from Mr. Valentine, a copy of "Mosaïze Historie der Hebreeuwse Kerke" (Amsterdam, 1700, 4 vols. fo); from Philip Harwood Vernon, 23 volumes, the American edition of the New Edinburgh Encyclopædia, 1825; from Parry Parker Ward, a copy of his privately printed "Life of Dr. Isaac Blowers Ward and of his Wife Ann Vines" (thirty-five copies printed); and from many of the Grand Lodges and Encampments of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Assemblies of Rebekahs a large number of their reports, etc.
At the Lenox Branch was opened, on February 21, an exhibition of world-maps from the earliest periods to about 1600 A.D.; during the month was continued the exhibition of etchings of Millet, Rousseau, and Daubigny; while at the Astor Branch the display of plates was changed to a selection from "Der Moderne Styl" and "Der Kunstschatz."
At the Circulation branches the picture bulletins were as follows: BOND STREET: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington; OTTENDORFER: With the Poets, Ada Ellen Bayly; BRUCE: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, The Drama; HARLEM: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington; MUHLENBURG: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington; BLOOMINGDALE: Washington, Edna Lyall; CHATHAM SQUARE: Washington, Lincoln, Longfellow, and Lowell; ST. AGNES: Lincoln; WASHINGTON HEIGHTS: Lincoln, Washington.