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Goodrich's British Eloquence.
The periodicals subscribed for by the college and received the past year are the following:
The American Agriculturist.
The following periodicals have been furnished free of charge by the donors pamed: From PUBLISHERS:
The Prairie Farmer.
The Western Farmer.
The Advocate of Peace.
The Patent Office Gazette.
The Religious Magazine.
The Christian Register. From W. S. GEORGE, Lansing:
The Manufacturer and Builder. From W. C. CALVERT, Jackson:
The People's Champion.
The New York Evening Post.
Hearth and Home.
The Literary World.
The following list includes the periodicals already ordered for 1875, as mentioned above :
The Country Gentleman.
Some valuable additions to the library have come by favor of various donors as follows: From U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT :
Finance Report, 1873; U.S. Coast Survey, 1870. From DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, U.S:
Report, 1872 ; Monthly Report, 1874. From the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION: Contributions to Knowledge, Vol. XIX; Miscellaneous Collections, Vols. X.,
XI., XII.; Reports, 1871, 1872. From REAR ADMIRAL B. F. SANDS:
Meteorological Observations, U. S. N. From the SECRETARY OF STATE, Michigan : Statistics of Michigan, 1870; Laws of Michigan, 1873, vols. 2 and 3; Joint
Documents, 1872, vols. 1, 2, and 3; Abstract of Reports of Sheriffs, 1873; Report of State Board of Health, 1873; Report of Board of Agriculture,
1872; Public and Local Acts, 1874. From STATE LIBRARIAN: State Geological Survey, vol. 1; Statutes at Large, U. S. 1872–3; Michigan
Law Reports, Post, 3; Catalogue of State Library, 1873.
Geological Survey, vols. 1 and 2, and Atlas.
. From the SECRETARY OF THE STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY:
Sundry foreign pamphlets.
Report, 1873, two copies.
The Manufacturer and Builder, 1871, 1872, and 1873, all bound. From the PEABODY ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, of Salem, Mass:
Sixth Report of Trustees, 1873. From PROF. E. W. HILGARD, the author, pamphlets as follows: Geology and Agriculture of Mississippi, 1858; Geology and Agriculture of
Mississippi, 1860; Geology of the Delta of the Mississippi ; Progressive
Analysis of Soils.
Geological Report of Illinois, vol. 5.
Newspaper Directory, 1873. From F. A. HORTON, Agent:
Tuttle’s History of Michigan.
Worcester's Quarto Dictionary.
Agriculture of Maine, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873.
The Farmer's Book, Dickerson. From SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST TRACT SOCIETY: Autobiography of Joseph Bates; The United States in Prophecy; Religious
Amendment to United States Constitution ; Life Incidents, White; His
tory of the Sabbath. From E. W. BOSWELL, Secretary :
Transactions Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1873. From JACKSON FIRE CLAY COMPANY:
Hints on Drainage. From Prof. M. MILES:
Observations on the Genus Unio, Vol. XIII. From Prof. R. C. KEDZIE : Report of State Board of Health, 1873; Transactions of State Medical Soci
ety, 1874; Shadows from the Walls of Death. From Prof. W. J. BEAL: Hans Breitman's “In Church," etc.; Transactions Mass. Hort. Soc., 1873;
Catalogue of Library of Mass. Hort. Soc.; Schedule of Prizes Mass. Hort.
Catalogues of books, of seeds, of cattle, and of implements.
Catalogues of the current year.
Through the Secretary of the college the Library has received copies of agricultural reports of those States with which he has been able to effect an exchange.
The furniture added bas been only a cover for the central table, and four photographs of college grounds and buildings, framed and hung. The alumni of the college have deposited in the library an oil painting representing, in a group, the class of 1861, the first graduates.
Considerable work has been accomplished in assorting the accumulated stock of newspapers and pamphlets, but more still remains to be done. There is also needed a thorough revision of the catalogue of the library. A catalogue of authors it may be advisable to undertake in the coming spring, if other duties of the librarian will allow his giving it sufficient oversight. A full catalogue of subjects is desirable, and should be begun as soon as proper help can be secured to prepare it.
The necessities of the library in the way of enlargement, I need not dwell upon. They are especially apparent in standard literature and general history, but many of the special sciences are lacking in notable works of reference. The professors have been able to add efficiency to what we have by supplementing it with their private collections. Some additional shelving is needed, especially for newspaper files; and pamphlet cases would very much facilitate the use of a valuable part of the library now almost entirely overlooked.
The library now contains about three thousand five hundred volumes, aside from newspaper files, of which about four hundred have been added during the year past." Its total value can be estimated only, and that somewhat roughly, since many of the books are not quoted in the market, though almost above value where they are. A low estimate of the several classes of works brings the whole to about seven thousand dollars. Respectfully submitted.
GEO. T. FAIRCHILD, Librarian.