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Present City Library Building, Boston

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Title:
Present City Library Building, Boston
Description:
"Mr. Champney, the artist, has presented us here with an accurate representation of the present City Library building in Mason Street, showing also the rear of the new Boston Theatre. This library was instituted in 1852, and the reading-room connected with it was opened to the public on the 20th of March, and for the circulation of books for home use on the 2d of May, 1854. The plan of the trustees embraces a reading-room and circulating library. The reading-room is furnished with files of all the leading American, and several of the foreign journals and reviews, while the public have access at all times to works of reference. The library is most admirably classified and catalogued on a system by which the librarian and his assistants can find any book in their possession at a few moments' notice. The plan of the catalogue system adopted here, originated with Dr. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, one of the trustees. There are now over 17,000 volumes in the library, and it is confidently anticipated that fourteen years hence, the number will be increased to 100,000."
Artist:
Champney, Benjamin, 1817-1907
Date:
1855
Format:
Prints
Genre:
line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
GC002: Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Subjects:
libraries (rooms)
reading rooms
theaters (buildings)
streetscapes
exterior views
Mason Street (Boston, Mass.)
Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, 1810-1874
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Extent:
1 engraving on newsprint
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Identifier:
198655
Call #:
GC002.01.MA.3800.006