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The report of Mr. Robert Harvey, chairman of the special committee on marking historical sites, was presented and accepted.
Motion of Chancellor Andrews to appropriate $100 for the use of the committee on historic sites. Carried.
Professor Caldwell moved that $50 be appropriated to pay S. A. Gardiner, balance due on a collection turned over to the Society in 1904. Carried.
On motion of Chancellor Andrews the Secretary was authorized to dispose of the printing material owned by the Society, proceeds to be turned into the treasury.
Mr. H. H. Wilson appeared before the board to discuss the resolution adopted by the Society at the last annual meeting with reference to the purchase of the Furnas collection of Nebraska woods, which resolution had been referred to the board of directors for action. A resolution was offered by Chancellor Andrews as follows: "Resolved, that Professor Wilson has the approval of the board of directors of the Nebraska State Historical Society, in the project for introducing a bill in the legislature to acquire the Furnas collection of Nebraska woods, for the use of the Nebraska State Historical Society.” Adopted.
Motion was made by Professor Caldwell to appoint a committee of three to take into account and report on the value of the Furnas collection of woods. Carried. The President appointed Messrs. Caldwell, Harvey, and Geisthardt as such committee.
On motion of Chancellor Andrews the proposition of the Director of Field Work to secure the restoration “To the state and to its original purposes of block 29 in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, originally known as State Historical Society Block," and to secure an appropriation of $25,000 for the beginning of the foundation for the wing of a building thereon, was approved.
The report of the Treasurer being presented was ordered approved and placed on file.
The bill of the Treasurer for salary and expense, 1906, was approved and a warrant ordered drawn.
On motion of Professor Caldwell the President was requested to invite Gen. A. W. Greeley to deliver an address in Lincoln under the auspices of the Nebraska State Historical Society at some date during the latter part of February or the first part of March.
On motion of the Secretary the meeting adjourned.
C. S. PAINE,
FOR YEAR ENDING JANUARY 16, 1907.
To the Officers and Members of the Nebraska State Historical
Society: I hereby respectfully submit my report as Treasurer for the year ending January 16, 1907.
I am to be charged with the following receipts:
1 00 September 30, exchange collected.
10 1907 January 16, exchange collected.....
15 January 16, 70 membership fees collected as per list annexed....
.$ 62 00 October 10, S. L. Geisthardt, postage and stationery
1 75 October 10, A. E. Sheldon, expenses balance Oklahoma trip....
51 73 October 10, cash, exchange charged.
Balance in National Bank of Commerce,
per check herewith....
I submit herewith bank book duly balanced and vouchers and check to the order of the Society for the balance on hand.
Beginning with July 5, 1906, I have kept a record of all receipts issued on stubs from which the receipts were detached, numbered consecutively. Prior to that time there was no regular system of giving or issuing receipts. Dated this 16th day of January, 1907.
S. L. GEISTHARDT,
Accepted, approved, and ordered placed on file by the Board of Directors, February 1, 1907.
C. S. PAINE,
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.
REPORT OF MUSEUM (OMMITTEE.
To the Erecutive Board, Nebraska State Historical Sociсty:
We find a brief catalogue of the museum ready for the printer and recommend that it be published in connection with the report of the Archeologist. This report has been published in the Agricultural report without expense to the Nebraska State Historical Society heretofore, and we recommend that it hereafter be published by the Society.
We wish to express our approval of your action in setting apart $250 for field expenses for this department.
We believe that the services of a stenographer are necessary, not only to prepare the letters, but to assist in preparing manuscript and elaborating notes which are to be used in the literary work in hand; an average of one hour a day will accomplish the necessary work.
It is impossible to properly preserve the specimens and interest the public unless the dust and dirt be kept out of the whole building; we recommend that this matter be arranged for in some manner so that less of the time of Mr. Blackman be taken for that work and more of his time be devoted to field exploration and arrangement of the specimens in the
The matter of popular lectures throughout the state should have more attention. There is nothing which will better advertise the work and bring the people into closer touch with the Society. To that end we recommend that funds be set aside for the purchase of a stereopticon lantern and equipment, and that lantern slides of the important specimens be made, giving full credit as to ownership or authorship, and thus carry the museum to the people who can not come to the
We feel justified in asking your honorable body to apportion a fair share of the legislative appropriation to this department of the work. The share we are asking for is scarcely one-fifth, and we believe if the members of the Society were to decide the matter they would justify you in expending at least one-fourth on this department. We have confidence that you will see that a just proportion is expended here. We believe that you will not let this important part of the work be handicapped for lack of funds.
E. E. BLACKMAN,
MELVIN R. GILMORE, February 1, 1907.
R. F. GILDER.
REPORT OF THE LIBRARY COMMITTEE.
To the Board of Directors of the Nebraska State Historical
Society: Soon after the appointment of the library committee of the State Historical Society a meeting was held in the Society's rooms. After a thorough inspection of the library it was decided that the one great need was a librarian. There is much valuable material on the shelves, but it is not in such form as to be available. The records are inadequate. While a great deal has been done in the past few months in arranging the books on the shelves there is still much to do. There should be a new accession record, a shelf list from which an inventory can be taken, and a catalogue which will make the contents of the library of easy access. There is doubtless much material duplicated which should be sorted out and listed for exchange. Continuations and sets may be incomplete. But little can be done until a complete catalogue is made.
Now this work of organizing the library may be done in two ways. A temporary librarian may be employed for several months who will plan the work, get it well started, and train some person to carry it on, the person trained to be some one with the natural ability and such knowledge of office work as will fit her to carry a great deal of the work of the Society, the correspondence, etc. In this way some. one would be employed who, by her previous experience, could be an assistant to the Secretary and by her training under the library organizer would have the knowledge of library methods necessary to carry on the work of the library.
An organizer could doubtless be obtained for $75 a month. The future librarian should be employed at the same time to assist in the work and to learn how to carry it on herself.
By the other plan a graduate of a library school could be employed as permanent librarian. Such a person could reorganize the library and gradually assume much of the other work to be done. Under this plan a person of good education