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"Boston's Special Libraries" by R. L. Power, Librarian, College of Business Administration, Boston University. This interesting compilation describes in 138 pages sixty-six special libraries of Greater Boston. It treats "only of business and of the more unusual types of specialized collections . . . No attempt has been made to include institutional, public or private libraries of general nature."
Most of the articles appeared in various publications, principally the Boston University News. They are based on personal visits, mostly by Mr. Power himself and, therefore, the information is well up to date. The arrangement is alphabetical and there is an index referring to the libraries and to various of their subjects. The biography of six pages at the end is decidedly worth while. As a whole, the undertaking is something that should be perpetuated with yearly revision.
Suppose, for instance, you want to know where to look in the vicinity of Boston for publications on acoustics; you would find that library No. 48, the New England Conservatory of Music, has works on "musical history, harmony, acoustics, general literature and special literature on the piano, organ and vocal music." A few statements like thisof greater or less extent on the sixty-six different libraries makes it an exceedingly useful reference book of "where to look" in this vicinity.
From a Stone & Webster standpoint, we note the following in the index, cement, chemical engineering, corporation law, gasoline engineering, lumbering, mathematics, patents, physics, statistics, textiles, and of course many titles that are more strictly under the caption of "engineering."
It is a little misleading, where the bare index entry entitled "Arizona" leads us to library No. 45, to find that it has to do only with the cotton fields of Arizona and not with general statistics; but we must not take a microscope to find fault with a publication that is a pioneer of its kind and has a large field of usefulness just as it is.
Published by Prentice-Hall, Inc., N. Y.
"The Wooden Shipbuilding Industry" makes practically a monograph about a hundred pages long of the Canada Lumberman and Wood-Worker for November. It is the librarian's delight thus to have a technical journal give its entire issue to a single subject. We are filing this as a book and in all probability it will be appreciated for reference.
LIBRARY OF STONE & WEBSTER
(10) Civil Engineering
Reinforced concrete wall footings and column footings . . . Bulletin
Power estimates from stream flow and rainfall data. D. M. Wood.
Looking squarely at the water power problem. H. J. Pierce. Seattle,
Financial safety in water power development including a description
Engineering of power plants. R. H. Fernald and G. A. Orrok.
(20) Electrical Engineering
The J. E. Aldred lectures on engineering practice, 1916-17. Balti-
Central station voltages, Oct. 1, 1916... General Electric Co. 146p,
Proceedings of the National Electric Light Association, 40th con-
Report of Proceedings of 14th convention of International Brother-
Municipal electric lighting plants in cities over 30,000 population:
(30) Mechanical, (40) Mining Engineering
Handbook for heating and ventilating engineers . . . J. D. Hoffman.
Mineral resources of the United States, 1915. Part 1: Metals.
(48) Gas Engineering
Condensed report "recovery of toluol from gas works"... American
Gas chemists handbook. Compiled by Technical Committee..
Street railway employment in the United States. Bulletin... U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Whole No. 204. April, 1917. Wash., 1917. 1131p, 6x9. *6899.B204
Proceedings and reports of the 15th biennial convention of Amalgamated Association of street and electric railway employees of America... Prov., R. I. . . . 9/10-17/17. 184p, 6x9. *6949.1917
Charts combining earnings, capitalizations and quotations on
Materials of corporation finance. C. W. Gerstenberg. 2d ed. New
Cost accounting, theory and practice. J. L. Nicholson. New York,
War tax: a complete analysis . . . Compiled . . . E. D. Moore. San
War revenue bill, enacted 10/3/17 . . . U. S. Congress. . . 46p, 6x9.
Trading with the Enemy Act: with report on the Act submitted to
Financial statistics of states, 1916. Bureau of Census. Wash., 1917.
Annual review of foreign commerce of the United States, 1913.
Census of manufactures, 1914: Ala., Del., Tex., Wis. United States
The world's food supply. November, 1917, issue of The Annals of
Quest of the long staple cotton. W. I. Bullard. [c1917] 31p, 51x7}. *0293.B872
(90) Sources of Information
Thomas' Register of American Manufacturers . . . Thomas Publish-
The Franklin Institute Yearbook, 1917. Philadelphia. 130p, 6x9. *1800. F85.093
Handbook of composition . . . E. C. Woolley. Boston [c1907] 239p,
Columbus, Ga.: A growing, prosperous city. Industrial Index,
Selected list of books on commerce, industries and natural resources
Publications written or edited by John Cotton Dana, Librarian,
Postage rates: stations and branches of Boston Postal District...
Sperling's Journal: a monthly publication. Oct., 1917 in library
Esperanto, an instrument of peace. G. W. Lee. [In Advocate of
Esperanto and why we need it. B. Long. London, 1917. 29p, 4x6.
Oneness in library work. G. W. Lee. 4 typewritten sheets. 84x11. *085.L51on
The business library as an investment. P. H. Nystrom. [Reprinted from Special Libraries, Sept., 1917.] unp. 31x6. *085.N999 Miscellaneous
The substitution of other materials for wood. . . U. S. Department of Agriculture . . . Report No. 117. Wash., 1917. 78p, 6x9. *6880.R117
Women's work in war time. W. I. Bullard. Boston [c1917]. 85p, 5x7. *0293.B872
627 How to prepare a report . . H. B. Gill. 11 typewritten sheets, 8x10. *0291.G41
Tenth annual report of the Public Service Commission, 2d district, State of New York, for year ended 12/31/16. Albany, 1917. 1035p, 6x9. *1705.1916. vol. 1