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THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Washington, D. C., December 6, 1909 Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith my report as Librarian of Congress, for the year ending June 30, 1909. The report of the Superintendent of the Library Building and Grounds (and Disbursing Officer) follows, beginning at page 63.
The death of Doctor Spofford on August 11, 1908, which took from us the service and prestige of the Dean among American librarians, was recorded in my last report; as also the promotion to the Chief Assistant Librarianship of Mr. Appleton P. C. Griffin. The volume there referred to incorporating the addresses at the memorial meeting of November 12, 1908, was subsequently privately printed, under the auspices and chiefly at the expense of the District of Columbia Library Association, in an edition which sufficed for its members and for a limited distribution to institutions and to relatives and intimate friends of Doctor Spofford.
The recent death of another official of the Library who, though a member of the Superintendent's staff, held an office which involved close relations of influence and of service with the Library proper, is mentioned in the report of the Superintendent. This was Dr. George N. French, chief 12721-09