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Boston Public Library

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Historical note

Chapter 52 of the Acts of 1848 authorized the City of Boston to establish a public library. The first trustees were appointed under an ordinance passed October 14, 1852. The trustees of the Public Library, five in number, are appointed by the Mayor for a term of five years. The trustees serve without compensation. The original library building on Boylston Street was opened to the public in September of 1858 and closed in January of 1895. The Central Library building (McKim Building) in Copley Square first opened on March 11, 1895. The addition to the Central Library (Johnson Building) opened on December 12, 1972. The Library is maintained by an annual appropriation made to the Trustees by the City Government. The Boston Public Library operates 24 branch libraries.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Boston Public Library annual reports and publications

 Series — Publications: PB 016
Identifier: 2900.001
Scope and Contents

Includes annual reports of the Library Department for 1967 and 1985-1986, statistical reports from 1954 and 1957, proceedings of the dedication of the Library building in 1858, a history of the Library from 1911, works published by the Library and other miscellaneous publications. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: 1858-1991

Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 1961 January 25

 Item — Box: P-15
Identifier: 0244002_015_002
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Photographs in this series were removed from a photograph album found in the Mayor John F. Collins records, memorabilia series. They show various buildings and projects that were built during the Collins administration.

Dates: 1961 January 25

Boston's branch library system, 1955

 Item — Publications: PB 027
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Annual reports and other publications produced by the Planning Board. Includes publications documenting urban renewal, zoning, capital improvements, transportation and public buildings. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: 1955

Old Roslindale Library, 1962 March 26

 Item — Box: P-15
Identifier: 0244002_015_053
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Photographs in this series were removed from a photograph album found in the Mayor John F. Collins records, memorabilia series. They show various buildings and projects that were built during the Collins administration.

Dates: 1962 March 26

Proceedings at the dedication of the building for the Public Library of the City of Boston, January 1, 1858., 1858

 Item — Volume: 3
Scope and Contents note

Addresses by Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, Mayor Alexander H. Rice, Hon. Edward Everett, etc., and plates of Bates Hall, with three plans.

Dates: 1858

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Roslindale (Boston, Mass.) 1