Lapas attēli



songster (Baltimore, 1794), National songster (Hagerstown, 1814), four Ephrata hymn books (ca. 1750) partly handilluminated.

The most important purchase of the year was that of the famous Albert Schatz collection in Rostock of more than 12,000 (principally opera) librettos, of which about 500 belong to the seventeenth and more than 4,000 to the eighteenth century. The comprehensiveness of this collection is astonishing, the presence of such coveted treasures as the Dafne and Euridice librettos of 1600 appearing to be a matter of course. It is too soon to attempt an adequate description, though the use of the collection is made possible by an excellent catalogue compiled by Mr. Albert Schatz himself. It has not yet been decided whether the Library of Congress shall publish this catalogue, or one based thereon incorporating the several thousand (principally English and American) librettos already in the Library and happily supplementing (for instance, by the Longe collection of minor English dramatists) the Schatz collection. Having become the custodian of a collection of such acknowledged importance to musical historians, the Library of Congress necessarily desires to make the contents of the Schatz collection accessible to scholars as soon as possible and to take up Mr. Schatz's labors where age compelled him to rest after forty-two years of enthusiastic, patient, and expert collecting

To permit for the first time a fairly comprehensive review of the Music Division's present resources and partly in honor of the convention of the Music Teachers' National Association at Washington in December, 1908, a collection of old and modern music and books on music was exhibited in the main Exhibition Halls of the Library of Congress. A brief description may be found in the Proceedings of the M.T.N.A., 1908, appended to an address by the Chief of the Music Division, to which address those seeking quasi-official information on the "methods, policies, and resources" of the Music Division are referred.

The Catalogue of Dramatic Music, 1908, has not as yet been followed by other catalogues of the Music Division's special collections. Instead, the Chief of the Division, acting on instructions received in December, 1907, compiled an elaborate "Report on the Star Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, America, and Yankee Doodle," finished and printed in this fiscal year, but not published until the latter part of the calendar year 1909.


(From the report of the Chief, Mr. Guittard) The following comparative table, covering six fiscal years, shows the accessions of serials from various sources:

[blocks in formation]

During the past fiscal year there were sent to the bindery from the Periodical Division 7,393 volumes of periodicals and 3,514 volumes of newspapers, making a total of 10,907 volumes, or an average of 909 volumes per month.

Notable additions to our files of Richmond and Charleston war papers were made by purchase. While in no case have we absolutely complete files of these papers, most of them were so nearly completed as to justify binding them in permanent form. They are bound in a style similar to that used for our eighteenth century papers, each issue being

12721-09 -4

mounted on a guard and the volume so arranged that missing numbers can be inserted without difficulty whenever secured. Another important accession was by the transfer from the War Department of a large number of papers published in Porto Rico and the Philippines during and shortly after the Spanish-American war. These files were strong where ours were weak, in the first few years of American occupation. The combination of the two secures to us a collection of extreme interest and value. One item worthy of special mention is an almost complete file of El Heraldo de la Revolucion, the organ of the Aguinaldo government at Malolos.

A Check list of eighteenth century newspapers is nearly ready to print.




(From the report of the Chief, Mr. Parsons) The increase of the collection of prints has been: By copyright, 13,736; by purchase, 6,438; by transfer, 1,968; by gift, 1,326; by exchange, 1; total, 23,469. The collection of prints now numbers 305,084. Among the gifts of the year were the following: From Mrs. H. Carrington Bolton, Washington, D. C.:

381 engraved portraits; 805 portraits of scientists

in extra-illustrated edition of Poggendorf's

“Biographisch-literarisches Handwörterbuch." From the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.:

Paintings in their collection. 17 photographs.
From the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston,

26 book-plates.
From Mr. F. D. Millet, Washington, D. C.:

7 bronze army service and merit medals.

[ocr errors]

From Mr. J. B. Millet, Boston, Mass.:

Collection of 163 engravings.
From Mrs. David Murray, New Brunswick, N. J.:

268 original drawings by Japanese artists.
From Mr. A. J. Parsons, Washington, D. C.:

65 lithographs.
From Miss J. Scudder, New York City:

10 photographs of her sculptural works.
From Mr. James D. Smillie, New York City:

13 original engravings.
From Mr. G. W. V. Smith, Springfield, Mass.:

160 photographs of his art collection.
From the Society of iconophiles, New York City:

12 photogravures. (Picturesque New York.)
From the University Art Shop, Evanston, Ill. :

12 lithographs of architectural subjects by Jules

From Mr. Henry Winslow, New York City:

18 original etchings, and 9 original etchings of C. H.

White, New York City. Especial mention and acknowledgment must be made of another gift of signal interest and value, though received since the close of the last fiscal year. It is that by the Italian Government of a set of the copper-plate engravings forming the Regia Calcografia of Italy. As listed in the published catalogue of the Calcografia this comprises nearly 2,500 items. Of these all but 746 have already (October 15) been received. The gift was made "in acknowledgment of the generous action of the American Congress and Nation in behalf of the sufferers from the earthquake."

A similar generosity on the part of France and of Germany had already endowed the Library with sets of the prints issued by the Government Calcographies of those countries, and the Library is now, therefore, rich in the possession of three superb collections which are so important to the student of art.

[blocks in formation]

The will of Mrs. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, of Washington, D. C., whose death by a lamentable accident occurred on October 20, 1909, contained the following bequest:

“For the purpose of adding to the Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection of engravings heretofore given by me to the United States of America and now in the Library of Congress, I give and bequeath to the trustee hereinafter named, the American Security and Trust Company, its successors and assigns, the sum of twenty thousand dollars, to be set apart out of my real estate, stocks, bonds, or other securities, and to be invested and held by it upon the following trust, viz: To pay over during each year the net income therefrom to the Librarian of Congress, said income so paid over as above to be used exclusively for the purpose of engravings and etchings to be added to said 'Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection.'

“If any lawful or binding arrangement or contract can be made whereby the United States of America will be bound to pay interest on said investment at an annual rate of not less than four per cent, to be perpetually used for additions to said collection, I then further direct that my said trustee, the American Security and Trust Company, shall thereupon turn over and deliver the entire principal of said fund to the Treasurer of the United

States upon that condition and for that purpose.” The Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection, already a rich one, will thus gain further enrichment by continuing additions.

The most important purchases of the year have been:

(a) Collection of 4,200 photographs of paintings in collections at Dusseldorf, Frankfort, Brugge, and Madrid; of subjects in Egyptian, English, and Swiss architecture, and of sculpture in the British Museum.

(b) Facsimile reproductions (25) of the works of the old and modern masters published by the Medici Society of London.



« iepriekšējāTurpināt »