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Joshua Bates (search for this): chapter 15
d purchasing books for the Library. When Mr. Bates's munificence came, like a great light shiniom November, 1852, till May, 1854. Before Mr. Bates's offer of his first great donation was rece half that elapsed between the first news of Mr. Bates's intentions and the opening of the little lere received two letters to this effect from Mr. Bates, and one from Mr. Everett enclosing what he d unsettled, no time was lost with regard to Mr. Bates's new donations. Mr. Ticknor immediately be preparing the lists that were to be sent to Mr. Bates. These lists, embracing above forty thousansuccessively forwarded, and were approved by Mr. Bates, who had in these matters the invaluable advondon, he remained there three weeks, seeing Mr. Bates constantly, and conferring with him and M. Visive as quiet. In a letter written after Mr. Bates's death, Mr. Ticknor says of him: To me he wonsul of the United States, is our agent and Mr. Bates's, and he has associated with himself Dr. Pi[14 more...]
Justin Winsor (search for this): chapter 15
t little book; but at the end of six months the demand for them had substantially ceased. he did not lose faith in his theory that, the taste for reading once formed, the standard of that taste would rise. He would have rejoiced in the absolute proof produced, since 1873, of the steady gain in the proportion of useful books taken from the Library, after increased facilities had been afforded for their selection, by the admirable annotated Catalogue of works of the higher class prepared by Mr. Winsor. The percentage of increased demand for works of travel, biography, etc., over the increase of general circulation, has continued to be quite remarkable for more than two years, since the publication of this valuable Catalogue. Being now at ease about that which he considered as not only the first, but, in our social condition, the most valuable part of the Library, Mr. Ticknor began to give proof that his instincts as a scholar were only held in abeyance by his judgment as a citize
John Jacob Astor (search for this): chapter 15
rope, in 1835-38, he felt more than ever the inestimable resources furnished by the great libraries to men of intellectual pursuits like himself, especially in Dresden, where he had often twenty or thirty volumes from the Royal Library at his hotel. He therefore watched with interest every symptom of the awakening of public attention in America to this subject, and every promise of opportunity for creating similar institutions. The endowment of a great library in New York, given by Mr. John Jacob Astor, at his death, in 1848, was much talked about; and men of forecast began to say openly that, unless something of a like character were done in Boston, the scientific and literary culture of this part of the country would follow trade and capital to the metropolis, which was thus taking the lead. Still, nothing effectual was done. Among the persons with whom Mr. Ticknor had, of late years, most frequently talked of the matter, Dr. Channing was dead, Mr. Abbott Lawrence had become Min
Edward Everett (search for this): chapter 15
by the following letter, which he wrote to Mr. Everett, in the summer of 1851. A few months beforlishment of a public library. To Hon. Edward Everett. Bellows Falls, Vermont, July 14, 1851know how it strikes you. To this letter Mr. Everett replied as follows:— Cambridge, Julshould be appointed. When, therefore, both Mr. Everett and Mr. Ticknor—the latter greatly to his sairs was cordial and complete; and although Mr. Everett never fully believed in the practical benefmmittee of four to consider their work, and Mr. Everett and Mr. Ticknor were made a sub-committee twhile he never met with obstacles raised by Mr. Everett, who was loyal throughout, yet he was led, by this report,—drawn up by Mr. Ticknor and Mr. Everett,—because he saw the importance to his nativr establishing an agency. In a letter to Mr. Everett he gives an account of some of these earlier experiences. To Hon. E. Everett. Brussels, July 30, 1856, and Bonn, August 4. my dear [14 more.
Nightingale (search for this): chapter 15
d. Troubles there were still, but of other kinds; and, although he was a trifle disappointed by the result of an experiment he tried in 1860, to test the popular disposition for reading useful books, He gave the Library fifty copies of Miss Nightingale's Notes on Nursing; twenty copies of Smiles's Self Help; twenty copies of Everett's Life of Washington; ten copies of the Life of Amos Lawrence, a merchant of Boston; twelve copies of the Teacher's Assistant, and some others. For a time many of these kept well in circulation, especially Miss Nightingale's excellent little book; but at the end of six months the demand for them had substantially ceased. he did not lose faith in his theory that, the taste for reading once formed, the standard of that taste would rise. He would have rejoiced in the absolute proof produced, since 1873, of the steady gain in the proportion of useful books taken from the Library, after increased facilities had been afforded for their selection, by the a
Sylvanus Thayer (search for this): chapter 15
uestion remained unsettled, no time was lost with regard to Mr. Bates's new donations. Mr. Ticknor immediately began personally to collect, from men distinguished in special departments, lists of works on their several subjects, which ought to be on the shelves of a great library, thus getting contributions of much consequence from such men as Professors Agassiz, Bond, Cooke, Felton, Hayward, Holmes, Lovering, Pierce, and Dr. John Ware; from Professor W. B. Rogers and Judge Curtis; from Colonel Thayer of the Army and Captain Goldsborough of the Navy; from engineers and architects, clergymen and men of letters. With these, and with all the bibliographical resources they could command, Mr. Ticknor and Mr. Jewett worked, in Mr. Ticknor's library, for more than two months, Mr. Jewett remaining there eight hours a day, preparing the lists that were to be sent to Mr. Bates. These lists, embracing above forty thousand volumes, were successively forwarded, and were approved by Mr. Bates, wh
Louis Agassiz (search for this): chapter 15
ill go, I will do more for the Library at home than I have hitherto done, in order that your absence may be less severely felt. While this question remained unsettled, no time was lost with regard to Mr. Bates's new donations. Mr. Ticknor immediately began personally to collect, from men distinguished in special departments, lists of works on their several subjects, which ought to be on the shelves of a great library, thus getting contributions of much consequence from such men as Professors Agassiz, Bond, Cooke, Felton, Hayward, Holmes, Lovering, Pierce, and Dr. John Ware; from Professor W. B. Rogers and Judge Curtis; from Colonel Thayer of the Army and Captain Goldsborough of the Navy; from engineers and architects, clergymen and men of letters. With these, and with all the bibliographical resources they could command, Mr. Ticknor and Mr. Jewett worked, in Mr. Ticknor's library, for more than two months, Mr. Jewett remaining there eight hours a day, preparing the lists that wer
Commonplace Book (search for this): chapter 15
e to all. An unobtrusive form of occupation which—having already been habitual with Mr. Ticknor on account of his own private purchases—now became incessant, was the reading of trade catalogues of books, for sale at auctions and by booksellers or publishers, piles of which catalogues always lay on his table. On the day when books were first given out Mr. Ticknor passed many hours in watching the process, and recorded the fact that the first taken out was the first volume of Southey's Commonplace Book. In developing his predominant wish and idea, one of the first points he put forward—and he did it in the first report, July, 1852—was that of connecting the Library with the public schools, by granting the privileges of it to those boys and girls who had won the Franklin medal prizes. On his suggestion, the Trustees in their Rules made this to bear a still wider construction, and to admit in addition an equal number of the pupils selected for good conduct by the teachers. Thus th
Amos Lawrence (search for this): chapter 15
nothing more to do so far as this, in his view the most important, part of the institution was concerned. Troubles there were still, but of other kinds; and, although he was a trifle disappointed by the result of an experiment he tried in 1860, to test the popular disposition for reading useful books, He gave the Library fifty copies of Miss Nightingale's Notes on Nursing; twenty copies of Smiles's Self Help; twenty copies of Everett's Life of Washington; ten copies of the Life of Amos Lawrence, a merchant of Boston; twelve copies of the Teacher's Assistant, and some others. For a time many of these kept well in circulation, especially Miss Nightingale's excellent little book; but at the end of six months the demand for them had substantially ceased. he did not lose faith in his theory that, the taste for reading once formed, the standard of that taste would rise. He would have rejoiced in the absolute proof produced, since 1873, of the steady gain in the proportion of useful
Spanish Literature (search for this): chapter 15
Chapter 15: Boston Public Library. its History and Mr. Ticknors connection with it. his great purpose to make it a free Library. his perseverance on this Point. his labors. popular division first provided. Mr. Ticknor's visit to Europe for the interests of the Library, subsequent attention and personal liberality to the higher departments of the collection. For some time after the publication of his History of Spanish Literature, Mr. Ticknor did not take up any new or absorbing occupation, but, at the end of a little more than two years, he was asked—unexpectedly to him—to take part in a work which connected itself with plans and desires that had long been among his favorite speculations, and he soon became profoundly interested, and zealously active in promoting the organization of the Boston Public Library. In the early period of his life, when he returned from Europe in 1819, after enjoying great advantages from the public libraries of the large cities an
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