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The number of volumes catalogued was 30,335, and of pamphlets 33,044.
There are now on the shelves of the Astor and LENOX branches of the Library, available for readers, 696,365 volumes and 268,712 pamphlets. These with the 570,789 volumes in the circulation department give a total of 1,535,866 pieces in the whole system.
The total number of readers and visitors during the calendar year was 210,065; the number of desk applicants was 180,782, and the number of volumes consulted by these desk applicants was 802,874, as shown by the following table:
1,743.75 volumes per reader, 2.07. Astor day and evening: total...
1,127.41 volumes per reader, 5.54. Astor and LENOX: total.....
180,782 monthly average.
15,065.16 volumes per reader, 4.44.
In 1905 the total amounted to 160,172 desk applicants and 677,946 volumes, an average of 13, 346.83 desk applicants and 56.495.5 volumes per month, each reader using an average of 4.23 volumes. Increase of 1906 over 1905 amounted to 20,610 desk applicants and 124,928 volumes.
During the calendar year ending December 31, 1906, the Circulation Department (36 branches) circulated for home use 4,973,078 volumes; the number of readers consulting books from the shelves was 632, 182; the adult reading-room attendance was 512,847, the total of such attendance being 807,289; the number of volumes accessioned was 96,770, giving a total of 570,789 on the shelves.
During the year four new circulation branches were opened, three of which provided new buildings for already existing branches, and one a new branch for the lower West side—the Hudson PARK branch at 66 Le Roy Street, opened on January 26. The new building for MUHLENBERG was opened at 209 West 23d Street on February 19, for St. AGNES at 444 Amsterdam Avenue on March 26, and for WEBSTER at 1465 Avenue A on October 24.
The assembly rooms of the Hudson PARK, TOMPKINS SQUARE, 125TH STREET, and TREMONT branches were used experimentally by the Board of Education for the spring season of the evening free lectures; these same four branches have been used for the same purpose since the beginning of the winter courses, in all cases the Library remaining open for half an hour after the lecture to enable the hearers to withdraw books should they so desire.
Among the books received during the month may be mentioned those from the American Philosophical Society, volume i of its “Record of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin,” at Philadelphia, April 17-20, 1906; from the University Library of Breslau, 5 volumes and 72 pamphlets, dissertations for degrees, etc.; from Theodore L. De Vinne, his “Practice of typography," 4 volumes; from Mrs. Henry Winthrop Gray, a copy of the report of the trial of Prof. John W. Webster for the murder of Dr. George Parkman, Nov. 23, 1849; from the Universitäts Bibliothek of Jena, 10 volumes and 89 pamphlets, being dissertations for degrees; from Lady Meux, her elaborate issue of the Ethiopic text and translation into English of the life and miracles of Takla Hâymânôt (1905); from Daniel F. Cohalan “Annals of the Four Masters," edited by John O'Donovan, Dublin, 1851, 7 volumes.
At the Lenox branch the exhibition of photographs of Italian paintings, selected from the A. A. Hopkins Collection, remained on view, as did also the exhibit of etchings by Adolphe Lalauze. At the Astor branch the exhibition of plates and text from the “Etcher" (1881) remained unchanged, as did also the print exhibits at the various circulation branches.
Picture bulletins and temporary collections of books on special shelves at the circulation branches were as follows:
EAST BROADWAY, Books on Japan, Music and musicians, Visits from St. Nicholas, Whittier; RivingTON STREET, Indoor games; Hudson Park, Henry D. Thoreau, Western life, College sports; BOND STREET, Spain, Constantinople, Foods; TOMPKINS SQUARE, Snow; JACKSON SQUARE, Story hour; MUHLENBERG, Railroads, Sports; GEORGE BRUCE, Sea stories, Manhattan new and old, The drama, The horse; 67TH STREET, Santa Claus and his workshop, North American Indians, Hiawatha; RIVERSIDE, Babyhood, Tales of the sea, Indians, Animal friends, Sports for women, Dutch boys and girls; St. Agnes, Automobile stories; 96TH STREET, Buildings in New York, Reading lists; BLOOMINGDALE, A British liner, His Majesty's navy; 125TH STREET, Volcanoes, Child labor, College and school, Coal and coal mining; Mott Haven, Michael Angelo, Some great explorers; TREMONT, Colonial customs, Constitution, Dewey in Manila, Dickens, Friendship of books, Hague tribunal, Home life in the Philippine Islands, In the days of Elizabeth, Monroe Doctrine, Panama Canal, Winter; Port RichMOND, Polar regions; TOTTENVILLE, Reproduction of famous pictures of Madonna and child.
In addition there were bulletins on Christmas at twenty-two branches, on new books at seven branches, on the new year at five branches, on December birthdays of celebrated men and women at two branches, and on winter at two branches.
The collection of menus, formed largely by Miss Frank E. Buttolph, amounted at the close of 1906 to 15,194 pieces. Of this total 3,305 represent American daily bills of fare, priced; 363 belong to the group of foreign dailies; 239 were issued by railroads, and 5,041 for Atlantic and Pacific steamers. Among menus for special occasions 1,026 are classified as complimentary banquets, and 388 as military and naval banquets, and 337 as menus for national events. Patriotic societies number 393, and social clubs 534; commercial organizations number 616, and school and colleges 255.
At the meeting of the Board of Trustees held on January 9, 1907, the following minute on the services of Philip Schuyler was unanimously adopted :
“Philip SCHUYLER died suddenly, as the result of a railway accident, on November 29, 1906. He was essentially and by inheritance a distinguished citizen of New York. His ancestry was remarkable and distinguished on both sides. Major-General Philip Schuyler of the Continental Army and a Senator of the United States was his great-grandfather, as was Alexander Hamilton upon his mother's side. He was entitled from such progenitors to the possession of unusual qualities and to become himself in turn a marked American.
“Mr. Schuyler was born in the City of New York, on June 20, 1836. He spent some years at Harvard at the Lawrence Scientific School, afterwards attended scientific lectures for some time in Berlin, and subsequently entered upon the study of the law.
“The breaking out of the war, however, put a definite end to thoughts of a civil life, and he soon sought to place at the service of his country the training he had acquired in the Seventh Regiment, and in April, 1861, in response to the call of the President, marched as a private with his company for the protection of Washington.
“Toward the close of this temporary service he promptly sought service in the regular army, and his commission, signed by Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Cameron, then Secretary of War, as a First Lieutenant in the Fourteenth Regiment of Infantry, bears date August 17, 1861. In the service of the United States, with the pertinacity which distinguished him in life, he clung to the particular service in which he had enlisted, and remaining with his regiment or on the staff, served through the war as a regular, always faithful and distinguished, becoming Captain July 1, 1864, and Brevet-Major in the Army of the United States, April 9, 1865,—" for gallant and meritorious services during the recent operations resulting in the fall of Richmond, Virginia, and the surrender of the insurgent army under General R. E. Lee"-after which he retired from the service. It is not possible here to refer at length to his army record, which is a part of the history of the country.
“He brought into exercise in private life the same qualities which distinguished him as a soldier. He was capable, public-spirited and efficient, with liking and capacity for public affairs, and with temperament and manner making him a charming co-worker and companion. He was able to accomplish results by gentle insistence and kindly interest where others might fail, and in the effort he endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact.
“He became a Trustee of the Astor Library on February 14, 1894, and a Trustee of the New York Public Library on its formation, and was a most enlightened, useful and attractive member of the Board. He bore his full share of service on various committees and always with the same efficiency and in the same spirit.
“This minute cannot assume to deal with his personal qualities, his capacity for friendship, his charming social spirit, his sweet conception of the character of a host and of a friend. He has left nothing but kindly recollections, with thankfulness for his services and respect for his memory."
LIST OF WORKS IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY RELATING
TO MUHAMMADAN LAW.
Prepared by Miss I. A. Pratt under direction of Dr. Richard Gottheil.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Ahlwardt (W.) Die Jurisprudenz. (In his: Verzeichniss der arabischen Handschriften der königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin. Berlin, 188799. Bd. 4, pp. 1-372.)
Berg (L. W. C. van den). •[Bibliography.] (In his: Principles du droit musulman selon les rites d'Abou Hanifah et de Chafi'i. Alger, 1896. 8o. pp. 16-19.)
Bibliothèque Khediviale. Fiqh. (In: Bibliothèque Khediviale, Fihrist al-Kutub [catalogue]. Cairo, 1888–93. 7 v. in 8. 8o. v. 3.)
Blumhardt (J. F.) Muhammadan law. (In his: Catalogue of the Hindustani books in the Library of the India Office. London, 1900. 8°. pp. 36–8.)
Brockelmann (Carl). Al Fiqh. (In his: Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur. Weimar, 1898– 1902. 8°. Bd. 1, pp. 168–188, 372-406; Bd. 2, pp. 78–108, 163–164, 175-176, 185-188, 196-200, 220, 246–248, 264, 310-325, 374-375, 387–390, 403– 406; 411-412, 416-417, 430-438, 460, 485-488, 496.)
Fluegel (Gustav). Rechtswissenschaft. (In his: Die arabischen, persischen und türkischen Handschriften der kaiserlich-königlichen Hofbibliothek zu Wien.
Wien, 1865-67. 4o. Bd. 3, pp. 194267.)
Jurisprudentia. (In : Leiden, Universiteit, Bibliotheek. Catalogus Codicum Orientalium Bib. liothecæ Academiæ Lugduno Batavæ. Lugduni Batavorum, 1851-1877. 8o. v. 4, pp. 103-183.)
Jus canonicum et civile. [Codices ad jurisprudentiam pertinentes.] (In: British Museum. Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium. Pars 2 [et supplementum). Londini, 1846–71. fo. pp. 116– 142, 407-416.)
Lambrecht (E.) Jurisprudence. (In his: Catalogue de la Bibliothèque de l'École des langues orientales vivantes. Tome 1, Paris, 1897. pp. 324340, 449-450.)
Loth (Otto). Law. Principles of jurisprudence. (In his: Catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Library of the India Office. London, 1877. 4°. pp. 51–83.)
Perreimond (Victor). Bibliographie. (In his: De la protection juridique des incapables en droit musulman. Paris, 1903. 8°. pp. 7-12.)
Rieu (Charles). Law. (In his: Supplement to the catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1894. fo. pp. 168–266.)
Slane (William Mac Guckin de). Droit. (In: Bibliothèque nationale. Dept. des manuscrits. Catalogue des manuscrits arabes, 1883–95. fo. pp. 170–218.)
Stewart (Charles). Jurisprudence. (In his: A descriptive catalogue of the Oriental library of the late Tippoo Sultan of Mysore. Cambridge, 1809. 4°. pp. 144-157.)
HISTORY. Houdas (O.) Sahnoun un jurisconsulte musulman du jjje siècle de l'hégire. (In: École des langues orient. viv. Centenaire 1795–1895. Recueil de mémoires. Paris, 1895. fo. pp. 295–304.)
Kazem Beg (Mirza). Notice sur la marche et les progrès de la jurisprudence parmi les sectes orthodoxes musulmanes. (Journal asiatique. 4. ser. v. 15, pp. 158–214. Paris, 1850.)
Mac Donald (Duncan B.) Development of jurisprudence. (In his: Development of Muslim theology, jurisprudence and constitutional theory. New York, 1903. 12°. pp. 65-117.)
Ribera Tarrago (Julian). Origenes del justicia de Aragon. Con un prologo de Francisco Codera. Zaragoza: Tip. de Comas hermanos, 1897. xix, 2 I., 472 pp. 16o. (Coleccion de estudios arabes. v. 2.)
Sachau (Karl Eduard). Zur aeltesten Geschichte des muhammedanischen Rechts. (Kais. Akad. d. Wissensch. Philos.-Hist. Cl. Sitzungsb. Bd. 65, pp. 699-723. Wien, 1870.)
GENERAL WORKS. Abd al-Kadir ibn Muhammad al-Makkawi. Der überfliessende Strom in der Wissenschaft des Erbrechts des Hanefiten und Schafeiten. Arabischer Text... uebersetzt und erlaütert von L, Hirsch. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus, 1891. xiv, 122 pp. 12°.