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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, January I, 1850. Sir: I have the honor to transmit to you, in compliance with the duty assigned me, the following report upon the public libraries of the United States, prepared in accordance with the plan of rendering the Smithsonian institution a centre of bibliographical knowledge. I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant, C. O.JEWETT, Librarian of the Smitlisonian Institution. To Joseph Henry, LL. D., Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. PRELIMINARY REMARKS. Books constitute a large element of the intellectual wealth of a nation. On the shelves of publishers and venders they are an indication of existing demand, and an earnest of usefulness. Nor are they idle even there. The shops of booksellers have, from early times; been the favorite resorts of men of letters. Their contents are, for ptirposes of reference, more accessible than those of most libraries. Collections of books for private libraries are also of'great public interest. The proprietor of each derives from it his own means of teaching the public. Not only so; private collections are generally made for specific purposes, and are--each in some particular branch of knowledge-- as complete as the means of the proprietor will allow. The learning, bibliographical skill, and resources of the collector have been limited to some one object, and that he has pursued to its utmost extent. He has thus formed a complete library in one department. The aggregation of such libraries would constitute a complete universal library. These collections generally become, sooner or later, parts of public collections: such is commonly the wish of the scholars who form them. Therefore, the community may be allowed to watch--so far as they...
    Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
    Primary CategoryLanguage Arts & Disciplines/General
    Publisher ImprintTheclassics.Us

    Notices of Public Libraries in the United States of America

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