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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR LENOx AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

Vol. IX. JANUARY, 1905. No. 1.

At the meeting of the Board of Trustees on January 11, 1905, Mr. Cleveland

H. Dodge was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Samuel P. Avery.

REPORT.
REFERENCE DEPARTMENT.

The following table shows the operations of the Reference Department of the New York Public Library for December, 1904, with the corresponding figures for the last six months, as compared with the corresponding six months of 1903:

Last corresponding
dec. six months six months
1904. 1904. 1903.
No. vols. purchased, accessioned . - - - I, oi6 7,22O 4,990
No. vols. given, -- - - - - I, I Z5 6, 169 6,897
No. pams. purchased, -- - - - - 374 I,373 1,637
No. pams. given, -- - - - - 982 5,647 6,703
No. of vols. actually received by purchase . - I, OO4 5,300 4,346
No. vols. -- -- “gift . - - 895 9,656 5,042
No. pams. -- -- “ purchase - - 635 4,845 2,331
No. pams. -- -- “gift . - 2,980 29,748 I7, 121
No. prints -- -- “ purchase . - 6 I21
No. prints - - -- ‘‘ gifts . - - 34 386 287
No. maps -- -- “ purchase . - 5 I3 49
No. maps -- -- “gift - - I43 496 347
No. vols. received in exchange - - - - 64 804 5oo
No. pams. received in “ . - - - 3, 181 4,905 6,912
No. vols. sent out “ . - - - - 65o I, 582 825
No. pams. sent out “ . - - - - 1,766 3,398 8oo
No. vols. sent to outside binders . - - - 467 2,981 2,326
No. vols. sent to Library binder . - - - 83 389 34I
No. maps mounted by Library binder 4
No. books catalogued - - - - - 2,740 I4,592 16, 133
No. pams. catalogued . - - - - - 3, 160 14,857 15,310
No. cards written - - - - - - 7,693 53,596 7o, oz8
No. slips written for copying machine . - - 3,537 16,622 14,08o
No. cards from copying machine . . . . 16,719 75,076 72,465
No. readers and visitors . - 19,218 92,903 83,322
No. readers - - - - - - . 16,520 78,524
No. readers, desk applicants . - - - . I6,088 74,948 56,659
No. vols. consulted by desk applicants . - . 50,258 254,600 226,690
Daily average of readers - - 634 5OI 45I
No. readers, periodical dept. 2,510 13,699 12,383
Daily average - - 96 87 79
No. periodicals consulted I9,499 103, ool Io:3,921
(No. taken from rack) 3,325 19,884 19,081
No. readers, Russian dept. 1,098 5,044 1,789
(No. works consulted) 2,671 II,390 4,073

During the calendar year ending December 31, 1904, the number of volumes actually received (including exchanges) was 30,884, and of pamphlets, 88,592.

The number of volumes catalogued was 33,356, and of pamphlets, 30,892. The total number of cards written was 121,319.

The total number of readers during the calendar year was 192,522, the number of desk applicants was 151,692, and the number of volumes consulted by these desk applicants was 549,696, not including those used at the free reference shelves.

There are now on the shelves of the Astor and Lenox Branches of the Library, available for readers, 642,895 volumes and 247,357 pamphlets. These with the 445,496 volumes in the circulation department give a total of 1,088,391 volumes and 247,357 pamphlets in the whole system available for readers.

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CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT.

On December 31, 1904, the Cathedral Free Library turned over its real and personal property to the New York Public Library and the Circulation Department took charge of its five branches. In the year just ended it had circulated 343,962 volumes, and at the time of consolidation it had 49,812 volumes on its shelves.

During the calendar year ending December 31, 1904, the Circulation Department (22 branches) circulated for home use 3, 222,491 volumes; the number of readers consulting books from the shelves was 4oo,365; the number of new registrations was 54,996; the number of adult readers was 282,334, total number of readers being 435,542; the number of volumes accessioned was 26,624, giving a total of 395,684 volumes on the shelves. The addition of the former Cathedral branches brings the department total number available to 445,496 volumes, and the total circulation for home use to 3,566,453 volumes.

The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Knox's “Japanese Life in Town and Country,” Lavignac's “Music Dramas of Richard Wagner,” and Ulmann’s “Landmark History of New York"; (adult fiction): Thurston's “The Masquerader,” Wiggin's “The Affair at the Inn,” and Caine’s “The Prodigal Son"; (juvenile fiction): Wiggin's “Birds' Christmas Carol,” Alcott's “Little Women,” and Barbour's “Arrival of Jimpson.”

CIRCULATION STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER, 1904.

readers in reading circulation. room. new volumes branches. recistra- acceso;|{o}| * | abolis. total. || *. MANHATTAN. East Broadway, 33,............ . . . . 23,033 1,308 504 2, or 6 2,801 IoS CHATHAM SQUARE. EAST BROADway, 197.............. 20,409 || 3,847 7.59 56 ELDRIDGE STREET, 184....... - - - - - - 7,312 1,469 182 I,920 4,946 45 Bond STREET, 49.................. 1o,68o 758 268 2,704 3,941 69 8th St., 135 Second Ave.,............ 16, Ioo I,275 269 3,339 5,527 86 OTT ENDorfer. Ioth St., 331 East,........... ...... 2O,421 3,075 966 I,563 2,506 330 Tompkins SQUARE. 13th St., 251 West,...... .......... Io,451 | 1,28o 158 2,146 2,525 86 Jackson SQUARE. 23d St., 130 West,.................. 9,080 2,926 158 37 Muhlenberg. 34TH STREET, 215 East............. 6,973 || 2,959 99 34 42d St., 226 West,................. 12,003 || 2,255 254 88 George Bruce. 59TH STREET, I.13 East............. 13,126 1,288 234 3,604 3,669 72 65th St., 116 West, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,805 I,51o 165 1,802 3,256 71 Riverside. 69th St., 190 Amsterdam Ave., ...... 26,647 350 Travelling LIBRARIEs. 76TH STREET, 538 East............. 13,701 1, 191 778 75 835 85 79th St., 222-224 East,.............. I7,337 I,573 269 I,979 4,992 I 18 Yorkville. 82d St., 2279 Broadway,............ 9,668 2,803 i21 84 St. AcNEs. 91st St., 121 West, ................. 688 4 Blind. Iooth St., 206 West, ................ I4,459 2,278 183 I,206 2, I45 I39 Blooming DALE. IIoth St., 174 East, ........ - - - - - - - - II,254 705 190 738 738 68 Aguilar. 123d St., 32 West,.................. I2,340 871 296 2,239 2,679 92 HARLEM LIBRARY. 125TH STREET, 224 East..... - - - - - - - I2,790 2,033 224 I,279 1,612 8S 156th St., 922 St. Nicholas Ave.,..... 7,028 1,570 77 45 WashingtoN HEights. RICHMOND. ToTTENville, 137 Johnson Ave..... 1,613 16I 65 2Oo Totals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283,918 || 37,135 6,223 26,610 42, IT2 2,351

Among the gifts received during December were those from the following, viz.: the American Bureau of Shipping, a copy of “Record of American and Foreign Shipping, 1905, ‘American Lloyd's '"; from Bahais Board of Counsel two of their publications; from Charles Currier Beale, a copy of his privately-printed monograph on Marcus T. C. Gould, and from the Willis-Byrom Club (students of shorthand bibliography) one of the three copies set aside for libraries in the United States of the reprint of “Samuel Taylor, angler and stenographer," by Alexander Tremaine Wright, vol. 1; from the Burrows Brothers Company, 2 copies of the History of the United States and its people from their earliest records to the present time,” by Elroy McKendree Avery, 1904; from Messrs. Carrère & Hastings, a copy of the “Group plan of the public buildings of the City of Cleveland,” a report made by Daniel H. Burnham, John M. Carrère, Arnold W. Brunner, of the Board of Supervision, in August, 1903; from James B. Ford, a copy of Arthur H. Clark’s “History of Yachting,” 16oo–1815, New York, 1904; from the Préfet de la Seine, 13 volumes and 5 pamphlets, all official publications; from the President of the Republic of Haiti, 3 volumes, Reports and documents annexed of the Commission of Enquiry and Verification instituted by a resolution of the President of the Republic, 2 1 March, 1903; from Prof. Nobushige Hozumi, Imperial University of Tokio, a copy of his new Japanese civil code, as material for the study of comparative jurisprudence; from Archer M. Huntington, a copy of the facsimile reprint of “La Angelica de Lvys,” Barahona de Soto, pt. 1, Granada, Hugo de Mena, 1586; from the Stadtbibliothek, Köln, 2 volumes and 8 pamphlets, all publications of the Library; from Rudolph Koradi “Katalog der in der Bibliothek und im Archiv befindlicher Bücher der Deutschen Gesellschaft von Pennsylvanien,” Philadelphia, 1879; from Constantin Leber, two of his works, “Die St. Marien-Gemeinde in der Stadt Allegheny, Pa.”, Pittsburg, 1898, and “Souvenir der St. Josephs-Gemeinde zu Johnstown, Pa.", 1900; from the Secretaria de Fomento, Colonizacion e Industria, Mexico, 18 volumes and 1 pamphlet, publications of the Department; from Mrs. Edward C. Post, 18 volumes, a miscellaneous collection; from H. A. Ratterman, his “Nord-Amerikanische Vögel in Liedern für Familien- und Schulgebrauch,” Cincinnati, 1904; from Elihu Root, a copy of “Mr. Theodore M. Davis' excavations, Bibán el Molák,” Westminster, 1904; from Mrs. E. N. Vanderpoel, 6 volumes of early 19th century publications; from Mrs. Frank Wiggins, a copy of “Los Angeles and Vicinity,” issued by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904; and from Thomas Windsor, 13 volumes, chiefly reports made relative to the Universal Exposition of 1878.

At the LENox Branch the exhibition of etchings by Bracquemond and of etchings and drawings by Robert F. Blum was continued during the month. At the Astor the plates illustrating anniversaries connected with well-known men and events and the Japanese and Russian prints relating to the present war were continued.

The print room exhibited at the Tompkins Square Branch a selection of plates from Maudsley's “Ornamental Arts of Japan,” at the ONE HUNDRED AND TwentyFifth Street Branch the first part of the Racinet Costume plates up to the 16th century, and at the CHATH AM SQUARE Branch plates from Wilkie's Gallery.

At the Circulation branches the picture bulletins, reading lists and temporary collections of books on special shelves were as follows: CHATHAM SQUARE, Christmas, Opera, Old Testament Stories; EAST BRoadway, Famous men and women born in December, J. G. Whittier, E. Eggleston, R. Wagner, W. E. Gladstone, Turkey, A winter's reading, Christmas; ELDRIDGE STREET, Famous men and women born in December, Christmas, New books; Bond STREET, Christmas bulletins (2), Cowboy life on the plains, Transportation of the injured, Colds their prevention and treatment, St. Louis Exposition; ToMPKINS SQUARE, Chivalry, House and home, Japan, New York City, Russia, J. G. Whittier; OTTENDoRFER, Christmas, Cairo, Philippines, Colds their prevention and cure, Structure and functions of the healthy human body, Electricity; JAckson SQUARE, Christmas, New books; MUHLENBERG, Christmas, New Year's day, Persia, Syria, Palestine; Thirty-fourth Street, Christmas, New Year's day; BRUCE, Christmas, The Japanese, Fairyland; Fifty-Ninth STREET, Famous men and women born in December, Popular authors of the day, Christmas, New Year's day, Abraham Lincoln, Astronomy, New books; Riverside, New books, Carlyle, English essayists; Seventy-sixth Street, Christmas, Music; Yorkville, Christmas, Opera, New books; St. AGNes, Christmas, William Morris, Parsifal, Opera, P. B. Shelley, Cairo, Morocco, Southern Spain; Blooming DALE, Christmas, In mythland; HARLEM LIBRARY, Christmas bulletins (3), School and College life, English conquest in India, Tea and stamp act, Britain's maritime policy, War of 1812 for commercial power, Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clarke, Fulton, Printing press, Martin Luther, Reign of terror, England made protestant, Hawkins, Drake, Frobisher, Children's crusades, Barbarossa, Confucius, Buddha, Moses, Pyramids; ONE HUNDRED AND Twenty-fifth STREET, Christmas bulletins (2), School and college life; W AshingtoN HEIGHTs, Confucius, Buddha, Moses, Pyramids, Alexander the Great, Lewis and Clarke, Fulton, General Jackson, New Orleans, Morse, The telegraph, Reign of terror, England made protestant, Hawkins, Drake, Frobisher, Invincible Armada and its loss, Sir Walter Raleigh, Trouble with America, Tea and stamp act, Britain's maritime policy, War of 1812 for commercial power, Reform in industrial system, England's emancipation of slaves, Factory act, Locomotive, Land of the Incas, Ancient Peru, Travels in Patagonia, Volcanoes, Typical life in Chile.

Many of these lists were prepared in connection with the Free Lectures of the Board of Education and relate to the subjects of lectures delivered in the neighborhood of the branches at which they are displayed.

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