New York Society Library's first charging ledger now available online
With funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, New York City's oldest library (founded 1754) has digitized and transcribed its earliest surviving charging ledger, which documents the borrowing history of its membership from July 1789 to April 1792.
The 500 or so New York Society Library members whose reading habits are represented in these circulation records include physicians, members of the clergy, lawyers, and merchants, and a number of women. Among the notable readers are George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Jay, and DeWitt Clinton.
The ledger is searchable by borrower name, by book title, and by author. For more information, see:
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