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Present City Library Building, Boston

GC002.01.MA.3800.006 (RS98086)

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."

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1855
Physical Description
1 engraving on newsprint
Dimensions
5x 9.5(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Prints and Engravings Collection number: PR301
GUSN
198655
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.3800.006

Record details

Originator
Champney, Benjamin, 1817-1907 (Artist)
Other People
Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, 1810-1874
Descriptive Terms
exterior views
libraries (rooms)
reading rooms
streetscapes
theaters (buildings)
Material Type
line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)
Subjects
Mason Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.)
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Places or Streets: G-N
Physical Access Restrictions
Good

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