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SAMUEL P. AVERY.
WILLIAM ALLEN BUTLER.
ANDREW H. GREEN.
H. VAN RENSSELAER KENNEDY.
JOHN S. KENNEDY.
GEORGE L. RIVES.
GEORGE W. SMITH.
CHARLES HOWLAND RUSSELL.
LEWIS CASS LEDYARD.
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President, Hon. JOHN BIGELOW.
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Second Vice-President, JOHN S. KENNEDY, Esq.
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Treasurer, EDWARD KING, Esq., Union Trust Company, 80 Broadway.
HE Astor Building, 40 Lafayette Place, and the Lenox Building, Fifth Avenue and 70th Street, are open daily, excepting on Sundays, Independence Day, Christmas, and New Year, from 9 A. M. until 6 P. M.
The Reading rooms and the Exhibition rooms are free to all persons; but children under the age of fifteen years must be accompanied by an adult.
In the Reading room of each Library Building certain shelves are set apart for books of reference, which readers are allowed to take down and examine at their pleasure. For all other books an application must be made by filling out and signing one of the blanks provided for the purpose.
Published monthly by The New York Public Library, No. 40 Lafayette Place, New York City
Subscription One Dollar a year, single numbers Ten Cents. Subscriptions may be sent to I. Ferris Lockwood, Business
Superintendent, No. 40 Lafayette Place, New York
Entered as second-class matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, January 30, 1897
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
ASTOR LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
Total number of readers...
REPORT FOR NOVEMBER.
During the month of November there were received at the Library by purchase 741 volumes and 163 pamphlets, and by gift 881 volumes and 1,397 pamphlets.
There were catalogued 2,943 volumes and 4,013 pamphlets, for which purpose 18,616 cards and 1,829 slips for the printer were written.
The following table shows the number of readers, and the number of volumes consulted, in both the Astor and Lenox Branches of the Library, during the month:
8,091 309 39,543
The most notable gifts in November were as follows: from S. P. Avery, 14 volumes and 3 pamphlets; American Railway Master Mechanics' Association, 6 volumes; Government of Belgium, 31 volumes of Government documents; Mrs. Daniel G. Brinton, 2 pamphlets; Ceylon, 5 volumes of Government documents; Mrs. Henry Draper, 2 volumes; London County Council, 3 volumes; Department of Matanzas and Santa Clara, 59 pamphlets; New York Tribune, 17 volumes and 43 pamphlets, miscellaneous matter; The Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, I volume; The Netherlands Ministers of Justice and of Finance, I volume each; Department of Porto Rico, 89 pamphlets; the Palisades (New Jersey) Library, 1 volume of addresses, etc., at the opening of the building; G. L. Rives, 13 volumes; Philip Schuyler, 7 pamphlets; the South African Republic, 35 volumes of documents; Miss Emily Tuckerman, a copy of the Royal Bible of 1640-39; and from the Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia, 5 volumes.
Among the important purchases of the month were 60 volumes of the San Francisco Bulletin from 1855 to 1885; 309 volumes of the Atti del Parlamento
Italiano, 1845-93; and 115 volumes of the Gazetta Ufficiale del Regno d'Italia, 1845-94.
The trustees of the New York Public Library have decided to establish a Department of Prints, and a large, well-lighted room in the Lenox Building (which is thoroughly fireproof) is to be fitted up for the proper storage and exhibition of the collection, which will be under the charge of a skilled curator.
It is believed that a good representative collection of prints, in the broadest sense of the term, i. e., as including photographs, lithographs, and all forms of illustration of the graphic arts, will be of special interest and value in this Library, where it can be closely associated with the large collection of the literature of art which has been formed, and where it will also be available for the student of social history and of the manners, customs, costumes, etc., of a particular place or period in connection with the literature of those subjects. Special accommodations for such a department have been provided for in the plans of the new building. The Library already has a large collection of extra-illustrated books, and of engraved portraits, derived from the Lenox, Duyckinck, Stuart, Tilden, Emmet and Ford collections, and also a small collection of separate prints. All of these, together with the collection of the engravings of the late Asher B. Durand, just presented to the Library by his son John Durand, including over 300 pieces, will be placed in this Department of Prints. Some assurances of valuable additions in the near future have already been received, and, in view of the arrangements to be made for the proper care and display of such prints in a thoroughly fireproof building, under the charge of a qualified custodian, the trustees feel justified in soliciting aid in the form of gifts or bequests from all who may be interested in this department of art and literature.