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NEW YORE PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

Vol. IX. FEBRUARY, 1905. No. 2.

REPORT FOR JANUARY.

REFERENCE DEPARTMENT.

During the month of January there were received at the Library, by purchase, 752 volumes and 460 pamphlets; by gift, 3, or 4 volumes and 3,494 pamphlets; and by exchange, 179 volumes and 6, 191 pamphlets, making a total of 3,945 volumes and 5,343 pamphlets.

There were catalogued 2,818 volumes and 3,888 pamphlets, for which were written 8,308 cards, in addition to which 3,493 slips were written for, and 13,777 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 Exhibition at the Lenox, during the month:

LENox ASTOR. TOTAL No. of readers and visitors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,990 14,316 19,306 No. of readers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I,993 14,316 16,309 No. of readers, desk applicants. . . . . . . . . . . . . I, 203 14,630 15,833 No. of volumes consulted by desk applicants. . 5,725 49,692 55, 4 I 7 Daily average of readers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 572 651 Number of visitors to Print Exhibition, etc.. 3, 20I

CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT.

The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Montgomery's “Leading Facts of American History,” McMurry's “Elements of General Method,” and Clement’s “Handbook of Modern Japan"; (adult fiction): Thurston's “The Masquerader,” Caine's “The Prodigal Son,” and London's “The Sea Wolf”; (juvenile fiction): “Alcott’s “Little Women,” Wiggin's “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” and Dodgson's “Alice in Wonderland.”

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CIRCULATION STATISTICS FOR JANUARY.

circulation. | *...* -- - New - volumes branches. registra- accesso lo tions. adults. total. sioned. MANHATTAN. East Broadway, 33, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,365 1,277 536 2,261 2,982 97 CHATHAM SQuare. EAST BROADWAY, 197, ... . . . . . . . . . . 22,673 3,994 812 44 Educational Alliance Building. ELDRIDGE STREET, 184. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,965 1,850 234 2, 161 5,536 39 Bond STREET, 49. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IO,432 8II 220 2,718 4,091 7o 8th St., 135 Second Ave.,............ 16,866 975 329 3,639 5,739 36 OTT ENDoRFER. Ioth St., 331 East,.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,77o 2,862 765 I,525 2,377 2O6 Tompkins SQUARE. 22d St., 230 East, .................. 2,524 II Epiphany. 13th St., 251 West,.................|| 11,403 1,511 163 2,164 2,316 31 Jackson SQUARE. 23d St., 130 West,......... . . . . . . . . . IO, OI5 3,059 | I99 26 Muhlenberg. 34TH STREET, 215 East. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 130 2,775 || I24 34 4oth St., 5ol West,................. 4,220 93 St. RAPHAEL. 42d St., 226 West,... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,834 2, 186 296 56 George Bruce. 50th St., 123 East, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,330 548 9I 24I 548 Cathedral. . 51st St., 463 West, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 6, 112 189 178 SACRED HEARt. 59TH STREET, 113 East............. | 12,562 I,452 174 3,928 3,963 74 67TH STREET, 328 East. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,480 737 1, 181 I66 I66 1,908 69th St., 190 Amsterdam Ave., ...... | 7,408 1,357 I59 I,594 2,852 322 Riverside. TRAVELLING LIBRARIEs. . . . . . . . . . . . 38,211 673 76th St., 538 East, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Io,634 I,543 293 77 442 25 Webster. 79th St., 222-224 East,.............. | 22,293 2,327 344 2,919 6,318 66 Yorkville. 82d St., 2279 Broadway, . . . . . . . . . . . . | Io,692 2,58o I62 59 St. AGNEs. 86th St., 536 AMSTERDAM Ave..... ..|| 11,045 635 2I4 I,221 2,306 91st St., 121 West, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6oo 5 1,360 2,328 I5 Blind. Iooth St., 206 West, . . . . . . . . . . . 15,289 2,095 213 25 Blooming DALE. IIoth St., 174 East, ........ - - - - - - - - 17,272 2,087 421 I,922 1,922 29 AGUILaR. 123d St., 32 West,........... - - - - - - - I2,591 443 307 1,961 2,498 139 HARLEM LIBRARY. 125TH STREET, 22.4 East. . . . . . . . - - - - I3, 192 2,298 225 I,430 1,802 I43 156th St., 922 St. Nicholas Ave.,..... 7,999 1,746 I2O 59 Washington Heights. RICHMOND. Tottenville, 137 Johnson Ave. . . . . 2,169 45 I 65 | 244 -Totals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..., 347,076 41,788 7,934 || 31,287 || 48, 186 4,420

Among the important gifts of the month was a collection of 1,224 prompt books bequeathed to the library by the late George Becks. Mr. Becks, who died in St. Louis in May, 1904, was born in Manchester, England, came to this country at the age of 19, and played for many years in stock and travelling companies, such as Niblo's, Laura Keene's, Booth's, Mrs. Lander's, and others; his collection comprises mainly the English and American theatre of the 19th century, but includes as well a number of classical plays of earlier date.

From the Century Association were received 480 volumes of the Mercure de France, which had been presented to the Century some years ago by Hon. John Bigelow; as these numbers added to the library file would make a fairly complete set from 1717 to 1820, the transfer was made by the Century with Mr. Bigelow's consent.

Other gifts came from Benjamin Adams, a copy of Henry R. Stiles' “ IIistory of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut,” 1904, 2 vols.; from the National Board of Education of Argentine Republic, through Miss Ernestina Lopez, 13 volumes and 39 pamphlets, being text-books used in the schools of the Argentine Republic; from the Hoffaegermester of Denmark, Carl Bech, 47 volumes and 18 pamphlets, publications of the Samvirkende Danske Landboforeningers; from the Bibliotheca e Museu da Marinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2 volumes of its catalogue, 1904; from the Imperial Maritime Customs Department of China, 53 volumes and 130 pamphlets, being reports on the trade at the treaty ports in China, and reports on the trade, navigation, industries, etc., of ports open to foreign commerce in China and Corea, the whole covering the period of about the last 40 years, etc.; from the Colonial Order of the Acorn, “Views of Early New York,” being six views of the city engraved by E. D. French from the Vanderdonck, Meurs-Montanus, Seutter, Burgis, Russell, Rollinson originals, with text by six members of the order, privately printed, 1904; from the Timothy Bigelow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, its “List of Soldiers in the War of the Revolution from Worcester, Mass.,” 1902, and “A Book of Beverages” published by the Chapter in 1904; from the Mayors of Italian cities, 7o volumes, being publications of local Municipal Councils; from Miss Josephine E. Hodgdon, 26 volumes and 35 pamphlets, publications of the National Educational Association; from the India Office, 127 volumes and 27 pamphlets, being administration reports, census reports, etc.; from the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, a volume descriptive of the New York Subway, its construction and equipment; from John S. Kennedy, a copy of the “Bibliorum SS. Graecorum Codex Vaticanus 1209 (Cod. B.), denuo phototypice expressus iussu cura Praesidum Bybliothecae Vaticanae, pars altera Testamentum Novum ” (Milan: U. Hoepli, 1904), being v. 4 of the “Codices e Vaticanis Selecti,” No. 81 of 100 copies printed; from Hon. W. P. Letchworth, 1 volume, “Poets and Poetry of Buffalo,” edited by James N. Johnston, 1904; from the Town Clerk of London, 1 volume, “Calendar of Letter Books... Letter Book F, circa 1337–1352,” London, 1904; from Miss Margaret C. Marsh, two collections of musical scores and vocal music, comprising 405 pieces, published in the United States, most of them between 1830 and 1860; from the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores of Mexico, 36 volumes, “Le Mexique au début du XXe Siècle,” par MM. Prince Roland Bonaparte, Léon Bourgeois, Jules Claretie and others, and

other publications; from the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund of New York City, 16 volumes of their “Proceedings,” 1844 to 1902; from James W. T. Scott, 12o numbers of the “Public Ledger" of Philadelphia, 1876; from Charles Scribner's Sons, 32 volumes and 7 pamphlets; and from the Unione Italiana Tramways Elettrici, Genova, Italy, 1 volume and 2 pamphlets of their publications. At the recent sale of duplicates from the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania the library secured five folio volumes of Votes of the Pennsylvania House, printed by Franklin between 1731 and 1757, two separate acts of Pennsylvania forbidding swearing, and regulating Sabbath observance, printed by T. Bradford in 1794, and seventeen Federal financial and naval documents, folio and octavo, printed between 1798 and 18o3. At the LeNox Branch the exhibition of etchings by Félix Bracquemond and Robert F. Blum was continued, as was also the exhibition of Japanese prints. In addition, etchings by the late R. Swain Gifford were placed on view on the lower floor, where the Century Company's gift of prepared wood blocks, half-tone plates and electrotypes was also exhibited. At the Astor the plates illustrating anniversaries and holidays were continued. At the Tompkins SQUARE Branch the print room exhibition of plates from Maudsley's “Ornamental Arts of Japan" was continued, as were the exhibitions of the Racinet costume plates at the 125th Street Branch and the plates from Wilkie's Gallery at the CHATHAM SQUARE Branch. At the 67th Street Branch the Hollyer etchings were exhibited and at the Yorkville Branch the Racinet costume plates for the period after the 16th century. At the Circulation branches the picture bulletins and temporary collections of books on special shelves (many being selected with reference to the Free Lectures of the Board of Education) were as follows: CHATHAM SQUARE, Socrates, Imperial Berlin, Lessing, Victor Hugo, Schiller, Carlyle, Goethe, Tolstoi, Heine; EAST BROADw AY, Famous men and women born in January, Paul Revere, Robert Burns, Famous musicians, Victor Hugo, Socrates, St. Francis of Assisi, Lessing, Schiller, Beethoven, Goethe, Heine, Emerson, Carlyle, Tolstoi, Germany, Ethics; ELDRIDGE STREET, Famous men and women born in January, Paul Revere, Asiatic geography, North American geography, Shakespeare, Nathan Hale, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln; Bond STREET, Japanese-Russian War, Lincoln, New books, Texas, St. Louis Exposition, Ballads, Wireless telephony, Radium; Ottendorfer, First aid to the injured, Cairo, Constantinople, St. Petersburg, Vienna; ToMPKINS SQUARE, Famous men and women born in January, Egypt, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln; JAckson SQUARE, United States navy, Musical novels, Beaconsfield, Abraham Lincoln, New books; MUHLENBERG, Castles and palaces of England, Westminster Abbey, Scotland, Wales, St. Louis Exposition, Songs of Moore, Agricultural wonders of the Louisiana Purchase, Ballads, Texas, Patriotic Songs, Beyond the Mississippi, Music; Thirty-fourth STREET, Literature, Art, Natural Science, South America; BRUCE, Music; CATHEdRAL, Washington, Louisa M. Alcott, Hawthorne; Fifty-NINTH STREET, New Amsterdam and New York, 1609–1903, Famous men and women born in January, Russia; Sixty-seveNTH STREET, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Whittier, Louisa M. Alcott, Little people of other lands, Hiawatha, Stories about animals, Cover designs for children's books; Riverside, English critics; WEBSTER, Music; St. AGNES, India, Magnetism, Spain of to-day and the Alhambra, Electricity, Ceylon, Dynamical Electricity, Japan Korea and Manchuria, France, Sea Stories; AMSTERDAM Avenue, Robert Burns, New Books; Blooming DALE, Commerce, South America; AGUILAR, Famous men and women born in January, A day with animals in Bronx and Central parks, Japan, China, Syria, India, Russia, Siberia, Mexico, American history, Washington, Lincoln, Jackson, Jefferson, Nathan Hale, Physiology, Art; HARLEM LIBRARY, New books, Great novels as given by Stoddard in his “Evolution of the English Novel”; ONE HUNDRED AND Twenty-FIFTH STREET, Costume, Domestic Economy, Stories of Russia; WASHINGToN HEIGHTs, Studies of European Life, Spain, Spanish America, Gulf and river of St. Lawrence, Literary and historic shrines of Boston and vicinity, Emerson, City of Washington, Era of Discovery; Tottenville, Negro problem, South America, Coal, Photography.

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