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The minute statistics of the Shelf Division, as prepared by Mr. William G. T. Roffe, the officer in charge, are to be seen in Appendix IV.

The net increase of the Central Library for the year was 19,204 volumes, and the total number of volumes on January 31, 1903, was 654,705. The total number of volumes in the Central Library and branches was 835,904.


A statement as to the publications of the Library during the past year is taken from the report of Mr. Lindsay Swift, Editor of the publications of the Library.

Publications for 1902–1903. Date of issue. Pages. Edition. Price. Monthly Bulletins. . . . . . . . . . 1st of each month, 496 *5,000 Free. Annual List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1, 1903, 213 4,000 $ .05 Branch Finding List. . . . . . . . . September, 1902, 148 6,000 .05 Historical Manuscripts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 250 For exchange.

During the past year, the Lowell Institute, through the Curator, Professor William T. Sedgwick, has furnished for publication in the Bulletin selected lists of works illustrative of the lectures in course of delivery before the Institute. In every case the lecturer has made the list himself, and it has then been put into shape with no expense to the Library. These lists, though brief, and certainly in no case exhaustive, have a certain stamp of authority which they would fail to have if they emanated solely from the Library. They are as follows:

The Parthenon, by Mr. Edward Robinson; The expansion of Russia, by Professor Archibald Cary Coolidge; American literature in the Nineteenth Century, by Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson ; Some problems of modern physiology, by Dr. Henry Pickering Bowditch; Great Englishmen of the Sixteenth Century, by Sidney Lee, Litt.D., of London.

Other matter aside from the regular display of new titles has appeared in the Bulletin, namely, the AEsthetic development of cities (list illustrative of a course of free lectures in this Library, March–May, 1902); The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail (explanation of the paintings by Edwin A. Abbey, R. A.); Supplementary list of text-books used in the public schools of Boston, and Programme of exhibitions by the Fine Arts Department at the Central Library.

...” edition of the Bulletin in June, July, August, and September was 4,000 per nnOnth.

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