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regard to completeness and accuracy. It is only by means of the accumulations of the past experiences of the people that the future citizen may hope to avoid repeating past experiments and failures. It is hoped that this little Quarterly may do something to help solve a few of the problems of making a state, and developing its civilization.
The Society has thought best to make the price of the Quarterly just enough to cover cost, believing that in this way, it may receive a much wider circulation than it would otherwise have. Single numbers may be had for fifteen cents, and the four numbers of the year, for bilty cents. The secretary and the librarian, who will be responsible for the appearance and value of this publication for the present, will be glad to have suggestions in regard to plan and matter for publication from all those who are interested in preserving the history of Nebraska.
At the close of May, 1894, the Society had in its accession list 7145 titles. Of these 2127 are bound and 5018 pamphlets. It must always be the case with the library of the Society that it will contain more pamphlets than bound volumes, since the library is built up very largely by exchange with other societies. Very little binding will be done by the Society, except of newspapers, because the phamphlets can be put upon the shelves so easily, neatly, and in accessible form by the use of pamphlet holders. Five hundred of these were purchased by the Society last Autumn. They have proved so serviceable that the necessity for binding is almost done away with.
The new and permanent quarters into which the Society was so fortunate as to move last August, comprise nearly the whole of the basement of the Library building of the State University. To speak more exactly, this is what it will comprise when the building is completed; for only a wing is built. This, however, furnishes ample room for the expansion of the collections of the Society for some time to come. The inside measurement of the room is about fifty-one by seventy-five feet, and twentyeight windows afford plenty of light. A very large vault occupies some of this space. This may be said to be pos-o itively fire proof, although the entire room is practically so, for the only wood connected with the structure is in the window casings and the floor. The latter is laiil upon several inches of solid cement. To make the best possible use of this room by placing here the records of the State, ought certainly to be the laudable ambition of every wide-awake citizen of Nebraska.
In the next number, a list of the newspapers of the State sent regularly to the Society, will be published. Not a paper that reaches the society rooms, is destroyed. It is believed that the Society can take good care of all papers tnat may be sent in, and notice is herewith served upon all editors and publishers that the Quarterly is sent as an exchange for papers. It will not only furnish readable material for subscribers to papers, but it will be a very great help to the Society, if the newspapers of Nebraska will make excerpts from the Quarterly and publish them in their columns. Especially it is desirable that the work of the Society be made public, and to that end the following paragraph is inserted.
A brief summary of the work of the Society is as follows:-(1).--The preservation of matter pertaining to the history of Nebraska.
This involves the filing away of the newspapers published within our borders, the preservation of books and pamphlets that treat of the history, resources, etc., of our State, and the care of all manuscript articles on state, county, or local history, that people can be induced to write. Just as much of the material relating to the history of the State will be published as the funds of the Society will allow. The last appropriation was far from adequate, but it has been made to go as far as possible, bridging the time that must elapse until relief can be had from our next legislature.
(2).-- The collection of relics that relate to our history. Especially it is desirable that Indian relics be gathered, before they become scattered from the State. Much material of this kind now lies in private collections. It is certainly much more desirable that these be in a public and safe place, where they may be seen and studied. If students are to know the history of their own state, the materials for the study of it should be here at the Nebraska State University. The location of the collections
of the Historical Society at the center of the educational system of the State is very fortunate. It should be a greater inducement to citizens to place in the care of the Society valuable relics and historical material.
On the back cover will be found lists of the kinds of material that is being gathered into the Society's rooms for preservation.
Will the newspapers please note the following and mention it: The Society's files of old territorial laws and journals are complete with the following exceptions: House Journal, ist session; Council Journal, 6th session; Council Journal, 7th session; Laws, uith session. Any one having copies of these numbers and generous enough to be willing to part with them, should address the Librarian of the Society, Box 1531, Lincoln.
From time to time there will appear in the Quarterly titles of valuable books which the Society desires to obtain. It is desirable to have in the Society's library not only books pertaining to Nebraska, but also all relating to the West in general. For example, in order to understand the settlement of the West it is necessary to have a number of works on the Indians. Among those that the Society does not have and ought to possess, are Dunbar's and Catlin's works on the Indians.
A very valuable addition to the Archives of the Society would be photographs of all the officers of State and of public men, covering the whole period of the Territory and State. While the accumulation of this material will be slow, there is really no reason why the Society may not eventually complete the collection, if citizens will take hold of the matter in the right way. Any one having photographs of pioneer makers of Nebraska should notify the Librarian. Copies may be made of rare ones, of which the Society can not otherwise get possession. Officers, ex officers, and pioneers are requested to donate enlarged pictures of themselves, framed, with which to adorn the walls of the Society's rooms.