To the President of the University:

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith my annual report on the University Library for the year ending June 30th, 1906.

The following table shows the additions made during the year to the various collections forming the University Library and its total present extent. It seems proper that the Barnes Reference Library (the gift of the late Alfred C. Barnes, for the use of the Cornell University Christian Association) for the increase of which the University has received from his children an endowment fund of $5000, should be included among the collections making up the University Library, and it is therefore included in the statistics of this year, as follows:

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Of the accessions to the general Library, numberiøg 10,719 volumes, 3,401 volumes were gifts. In the accessions to the general Library are included 303 volumes added to the various seminary and department collections. Of the additions to the Law Library, numbering this year 1,860 volumes, 130 volumes were gifts, as were also 28 volumes of the additions to the Flower Library and 20 volumes of the additions to the Stimson Hall Library.

Among the more important gifts of the year mention may be made of the following: from the estate of Heber R. Bishop the magnificent privately printed work, entitled Investigations and Studies in Jade, describing and illustrating the Bishop Collection in the Metropolitan Museum ; from Mrs. Dean Sage her husband's sumptuous work, The Restigouche and its Salmon Fishing, and the privately printed catalogue of his rich collection of books on Angling ; from Professor J. M. Hart six portfolios containing the literary corresponence of his father, John S. Hart ; from the Mexican ambassador at Washington, J. D. Casasus, a set of his works ; from Madame J. J. Clamageran of Paris, a set of her husband's works ; from the trustees of the late Dr. James Young, a copy of Bibliotheca Chemica, an elaborate catalogue of the alchemical and chemical books in his collection; from the American Poland China Breeders' Association a complete set of the Association Record. During the year the Library received from ex-President White 40 volumes; from Theodore Stanton, of the class of '76, 620 volumes; from H. J. Messenger of the class of '80, 32 volumes. To yourself and to Professors Burr, Comstock, Crane, Hart, Hewett, Huffcut, Irvine, Willcox and Woodruff the Library is also indebted for many valuable volumes. From the National and various State governments the usual supply of public documents has been received. rom the cities of Chicago and New York we have received large collections of their municipal documents and from many other cities their current documents. From the English, Canadian, and Australian Patent Offices we have received their valuable publications. For the gifts here mentioned and for the many minor gifts received during the year prompt acknowledgment of our thanks has been made to the respective donors.

Among the more important purchases made from the income of the Sage Endowment Fund may be noted: facsimiles of the famous Vienna Codex of Dioscorides, and of the Vatican Codex 1209 of the New Testament; Walton's Biblia Polyglotta ; Weale's Analecta Liturgica ; Clermont-Ganneau's Études d'Archéologie Orientale ; MussArnolt's Dictionary of the Assyrian Language; Audsley's Art of Organbuilding; Williamson's History of Portrait Miniatures; the Collection Moliéresque ; the first edition of Pope's Homer's Iliad ; The York edition of Sterne's Works; Batsch's Elenchus Fungorum ; Corda's Mucédinées d'Europe ; a large collection of the works of modern Portuguese and Spanish authors, including also such sets as the Poetas Españoles, Libros de Antaño, Colección de Escritores Castellanos, the publications of the Sociedad de Bibliófilos Andaluces, and the Memorias de la Academia Española. The purchases of the year also include complete sets of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association, National Magazine, Overland Monthly, United States Magazine and Democratic Review, The Dome, La Bibliofilia, Arbeiten aus dem Kaiserlichen Gesundheits-Amte, Jahrbuch der Kæniglich preussichen Kunstsammlungen, Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palernio, Mississippi Historical Society's Collections, the Ithaca Chronicle 1835-1845 and Ithaca Daily Chronicle 1846–50; and the following important sets have been completed : Archiv für experimentale Pathologie, Archivio Storico Italiano, Bankers' Magazine, Publications of the Palestine Exploration Fund, Recueil de travaux relatifs à la philologie Egyptienne et Assyrienne, and the Scientific American, new series.

Dr. A. C. White, assistant librarian in charge of classification, reports that the work of this department has gone on regularly and that all ordinary current accessions have been cared for. A scheme of classification for the Icelandic collection has been worked out and Mr. Hermannsson is engaged upon the arrangement of the books in accordance therewith. During the year the press-marks for Russian, Portuguese, modern Spanish and modern Italian literature have been modified in such a way as to provide for any possible future growth of these collections. The press-mark consists of a class number, the initial letter of the author's surname and a simple book-number, not taken from Cutter's author-table but assigned sometimes with its aid. In form such a press-mark does not differ much from the press-marks employed in other sections of the Library. After full comparison of this system with that employed in marking American literature we shall be prepared to modify the call-numbers of other congested sections.

Miss K. Dame, assistant librarian in charge of the Catalogue, reports that during the year 11,656 volumes and pamphlets have been catalogued, including the regular accessions to the general Library, the Flower Library, the Forestry Library and the Stimson Hall Library. For these 16,523 cards have been written and 958 printed cards have been obtained from the Library of Congress. The titles of the books in the May Anti-slavery collection have been incorporated in the general card catalogue, and the Bayard Taylor correspondence, comprising 3,145 letters, has been arranged and listed.

From the President White Library the librarian, Professor Burr, reports that nothing seems worthy of note in the past year except the steady enlargenient of its collections and the progress made by the cataloguers in adding to the general catalogue of the University Library the titles hitherto accessible only through the special catalogues. An exchange of duplicates with the library of the Peabody Institute at Baltimore has brought some material additions to the collection.

Mr. W. H. Austen, assistant librarian in charge of the reference and loan departments, reports that the Library has been open 307 days and 158 evenings during the year. The record of books used in the reading room shows an increase of ten per cent. over last year; the home use record shows a small decrease and the seminary and laboratory records show an increase as will be seen from the figures which follow : REFERENCE AND DEPARTMENT USE

1904-05 1905-06 No. of volumes used in the reading room

71,285 79,258
No. of volumes sent to seminaries --- 3,363 4,073
No. of volumes sent to departments.

4,105 4,402
No. of volumes drawn for home use

21,762 20,726
No. of volumes lent to other libraries


140 Total recorded use.


108,599 The number of volumes on open shelves in the reading rooms and seminary rooms in the Library building was 15,149 and of the constant use made of these books, freely accessible to readers, no record is possible. The number of volumes similarly removed from the stacks and deposited in the various laboratory and department collections in other buildings is now 13,798. The number of volumes reported missing from these collections at the close of the regular inspection this year is 310, distributed as follows: From the open shelves in the reading room.

181 From the seminary rooms.

4 From the department collection in Morse Hall

24 From the department collection in Franklin Hall

16 From the department collections in Sibley College 34


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From the department collection in Sage College------
From the College of Architecture collection ----
From the College of Civil Engineering collection.
From the Veterinary College collections.-



Total -----

310 The number of registered users of the Library given in the following table includes only those who have drawn books for home use: University officers.

330 Students of all classes.

344 Special borrowers.

23 Total

697 Mr. W. W. Ellis, curator of the shelves, reports that the coating of iron paint applied to the stack supports during the summer vacation has greatly improved the stacks. This work involved the removal and replacing of practically every book in the Library. Nevertheless the inventories this year revealed only 225 volumes misplaced, as against 300 last year and 649 the year before. During the winter at times when the stacks were too cold to carry on work in them, a large part of the shelf-list of the Dante collection was rewritten and expanded, and later checked with the books on the shelves In addition, this year Mr. Ellis has taken charge of the new books before they leave the catalogue room, inspecting them for errors in numbers and book-plates, and sorting out those which go to seminaries and departments. This has taken on an arerage from one to two hours daily. While we have had to continue piling up the less used books here, there and everywhere again this year, it is now hoped that some relief is near at hand.

Although the contract made last year for erecting new shelving in the former lecture room called for the completion of the work in September, 1905, so many, so great and, I may add, so inexplicable have been the delays on the part of the contractor that it is not likely that the shelving will be available for our use before September, 1906. Consequently during the whole of the past year the makeshift pro. cess spoken of by Mr. Ellis has gone on causing continual annoyance and inconvenience to the users of the Library. This new shelving, as I have already pointed out, will do no more than provide for the ordinary additions of the next five years and I urgently recommend that in the meantime the necessary plans be matured and measures taken for extending the stack wings of the building.

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