Forbes Library, Northampton (1894)

Forbes Library

Forbes Library

Judge Charles E. Forbes, who wished to build a library for Northampton, left a bequest which funded the construction of the Forbes Library. Opened in 1894, the Richardsonian Romanesque building was designed by architect William Brocklesby of Hartford. The first Librarian (1894-1903) of Forbes was Charles Ammi Cutter, who had created the Cutter Expansive Classification System when he was Librarian at the Boston Athenaeum. The Forbes Library is also home to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum.

Forbes Library

Forbes Library

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One Response to Forbes Library, Northampton (1894)

  1. A small correction: The shelf classification system Cutter created for the Boston Athenaeum was a precursor, but distinct from, Cutter’s Expansive Classification system, and, in fact, Cutter died before he could finish the complete schedules of the Expansive Classification (which didn’t prevent it from being adopted by many libraries).

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