Tuesday, April 29, 2014
[LIB11010] Worthington Chauncey Ford (February 15, 1858 – March 7, 1941) was an American historian and editor of a number of collections of documents from early American history. He served in a variety of government positions: first, as the chief of the Bureau of Statistics for the U.S. Department of State, from 1885–1889, then at the U.S. Department of Treasury, 1893–1898, then as chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress from 1902-1908. He also served as Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University from 1917-1922. [Wikipedia]
[LIB11007] In 1955 Jorge Luis Borges was appointed director of the National Public Library and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. By the late 1950s, he had become completely blind.
Monday, April 28, 2014
[LIB11007] Resident Albert Fearing built the Town's first public library in 1869. Destroyed by fire in 1879, the original building was replaced in 1880 by a wooden structure in Hingham Center which served the Town until the current building opened in 1966. [Website]
[LIB11003] According to documents found in our Local History Database, the public library dates
back to 1865, when a group of Janesville business men formed the Young Men's Association, to furnish entertainment and education. They commenced the acquisition of a library which was circulated among the members at a small cost per year. The library then was located in the Lappin Building, called the post office building, at the end of Milwaukee Street bridge. [Wesbite]
[LIB10999] Maria Bissell Hotchkiss and Bruce Price will forever be a part of Sharon history and be a part of the Historic Town Green. The former donated the library in 1893 and the latter was the prominent New York architect whom she chose to design the building. [Website]
Friday, April 25, 2014
[LIB10997] This is an original 1906 halftone print of the general reading room in the Los Angeles Public Library.
[LIB10994] A beautifully detailed, original architectural plan of the Free Library in Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, England. From the American Architect and Building News, July 12, 1890.
[LIB10992] - 1906 Print, Original Los Angeles Public Library, Book Sections Fiction and Juvenile. This is an original 1906 halftone print of the Fiction and Juvenile section of the Los Angeles Public Library.
[LIB10991] - A 1906 Ad showing the Los Gatos, California, Library. Advertisement for Santa Clara Realty. This is an original 1906 black and white print ad encouraging travel, tourism and residency in Los Gatos, California in Santa Clara County. This ad features the town's library building at the time.
The founding of the city of Los Gatos dates back to the mid-1850s when James Alexander Forbes set up a flour mill named Forbes Mill. The city became officially incorporated in 1887.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
[LIB10988] In 1870, General Sylvanus Thayer made a proposition to the Town of Braintree for the construction of a fireproof building to be used as the public library. He asked the town to contribute $10,000, the remainder to be given by him. General Thayer died before plans could be worked out, but the executors of his will carried out the General’s wishes. $20,000 was used for the erection of the building, and $10,000 was also left by General Thayer to provide a permanent fund for the upkeep of the library.
The library was dedicated June 4, 1874, and was opened to the public in September of that year serving as the town library for 79 years, and is now the home of the Braintree Water Department.
[LIB10986] Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886), a native of Louisiana, created an architectural style of his own, ‘Richardsonian Romanesque’ characterized by a massive, solid stone appearance contrasted with squat towers, Romanesque arches, recessed entrances and bands of windows. This building was built posthumously, in 1889, from an enlarged design he had submitted for the Hoyt Memorial Library in East Saginaw, Michigan. The stone used on this construction is Massachusetts sandstone. The Seal of New Orleans has been carved over the entrance. Inside, the reading room is a grandly scaled circular room with a massive hooded fireplace and an intricate dome-like hammerbeam ceiling carved with wolves.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
[LIB10983] The Rumford Public Library was established in 1903 with a grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and designed by John Calvin Stevens. A large addition was completed in 1969. Today, the library building is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the town’s center for children’s activities, cultural pursuits, reading and research. [Website]