Manual of Public Libraries, Institutions, and Societies in the United States and British Provinces of North America

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"This work was commenced with the intention of making it merely a continuation of a report prepared by Professor C. C. Jewett in 1850 for the Smithsonian Institution, but the materials which were collected in answer to circulars, contained much information relative to educational and other institutions that the compiler thought too important to be omitted." Includes page of notes and errata, salaries of librarians, and statistical tables of American public libraries.

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