Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Brookfield Social Library Collection, 1805-1848

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Brookfield Social Library collection
Creator: Brookfield Social Library
Inclusive dates: 1805-1848
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Brookfield Social Library collection is made up of records compiled by the library's members between 1805 and 1848, including a portion of its constitution, meeting minutes, and accounts from book sales.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3160.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Brookfield Social Library collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The Brookfield Social Library of Brookfield, New York, was founded prior to 1805. The library operated on a subscription-based model, with its holdings of just over 500 volumes compiled from members' donations.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Brookfield Social Library collection contains 82 pages of records compiled by the library's members between 1805 and 1848, including a portion of its constitution, meeting minutes, and accounts from book sales.

The first 2 pages contain Articles 6-15 of the Library's constitution, and are followed by 2 pages of signatures; several families, such as the Hoxie and Whitford families, are represented. The signatures are followed by an extensive list of books held by the library, including their prices and catalog numbers, as well as financial records pertaining to books purchased between April 4, 1805 and April 7, 1814. The bulk of the volume (titled "Scrap Book") consists of meeting minutes taken between April 1, 1806, and April 18, 1848, primarily recording administrative resolutions and, occasionally, the results of public book sales. Some entries concern the amount of the librarian's annual compensation, lending policies, and the formation of committees for collection assessment and for the acquisition of new books.

A newspaper clipping describing the "Probable Sad Fate of Sister Wilcox" is pasted onto the inside back cover.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Acquisitions (Libraries)
    • Libraries--New York (State)
    • Madison County (N.Y.)
    • Private libraries--New York (State)
    • Subscription libraries--United States.
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Constitutions.
    • Minutes.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Brookfield Social Library collection,  1805-1848 [series]: