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Fifth Annual Report of the Archivist of the Hall of Records, FY 1940
Volume 442, Page 21   View pdf image (33K)
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to the very tangible contributions which these girls have made to the Hall
of Records, they have given it an air of youth and freshness unusual in
an archival establishment.

Salaries of all these temporary workers are paid by the Federal
Government, but the cost of such projects is nevertheless large when con-
sidered in terms of the small budget on which the Hall operates. As
sponsor of the Historical Records Survey the Hall contributed more
than $300.00 in supplies to the state office at Baltimore. In addition the
number of cards, folders, boxes, shelves, typewriters and other supplies
consumed at the Hall was far in excess of anything in the past. Nor is the
cost to be reckoned only in the money expended. Careful supervision
of such a large number of workers, all of whom are entirely inexperi-
enced in our kind of work when they arrive, takes a good deal of the
time of the permanent staff. It is our belief, however, that this price
is worth paying and that we shall not regret having assumed such large
financial and supervisory responsibilities.


During the past year a good deal of thought was given to the small
but growing library of printed materials at the Hall. All the printed
books were collected in one place, no matter how they had come into the
Hall. Duplicates and works not appropriate to the small reference
collection which is our goal were sorted out, and where there was no
obligation to keep them, they were given to other public institutions. The
rest were all accessioned where this had not already been done and a
typewritten card catalogue by author, title and subject was prepared.
This catalogue and the library which has been entirely rearranged are
now available to researchers who find such reference works necessary
aids to their research in the original materials.

Prospective donors of printed materials which are not considered
suitable to the Hall of Records have been urged to give their collections
to the Maryland Historical Society or to one of the Baltimore Libraries
which is better prepared to care for miscellaneous collections. It will,
however, be the object of the Hall to increase its collection of reference
works: published records, catalogues, inventories, local histories, and the
like. With that object in mind the following gifts were accepted and
the following purchases made:


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