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Hudson Center Library
Art. 1. This Society shall be called the Librarian Society of Hudson Centre Library
Art 2 The Officers of this Society shall consist of a President, two Vice Presidents. a
^recording Secretary, Treasurer & Librarian otherwise on who shall be chosen annually by ballot
& shall perform the duties usually devolving on similar officers of similar Societies.
Art 3. The members of this Society shall consist of those who subscribe this Constitution & pay an equal share of the Society’s expenses. And no person Shall shall be admitted as a member hereafter, unless recommended by Some member, & voted in at some of the Societie’s regular Meetings. or fifty cents
Art 4. No Book shall have a place in the Library but such^ as contain throughout sound sentiments. ably written & having a pure moral tendency & having ^been previously examined & recommended, as such, by a committee appointed for that purpose
Art 5. The officers of this Society shall constitute a board of Managers whose duty it shall be to manage
the concerns of the Society, provide a place ^ appoint the time of meeting, & give due notice of the same
Art 8. Any alteration or amendment of this Constitution may be made at any regular Meeting of the Society if two thirds of the members present & vote unanimously in favor
6 There shall be an Annual election of officers which shall take place on the 2d Tuesday in November at such place as the managers think proper
7 No member of this association shall hold more than one book to a share at a time nor more than four weeks at a time and shall be held responsible for all injuries any book may receive while in their hands under a penalty of six cents per week
Adopted this 20th day of June A.D. 1856
Eli Hamblet, Secretary
Parley’s Cabinet Library
v. 1. Famous men of modern times.
v. 2. Famous men of ancient times.
v. 3. Curiosities of human nature.
v. 4. Lives of benefactors.
v. 5. Lives of celebrated American Indians.
v. 6. Lives of celebrated women.
v. 7. Lights and shadows of American history.
v. 8. Lights and shadows of European history.
v. 9. Lights and shadows of Asiatic history.
v. 10. Lights and shadows African history.
v. 11. History of the Indians of North and South American.
v. 12. Manners, customs, and antiquities of the Indians of North and South America.
v. 13. Glance at the physical sciences or the wonder of nature in earth, air, and sky.
v. 14. Wonders of geology.
v. 15. Illustrative anecdotes of the animal kingdom.
v. 16. Glance at philosophy, mental, moral, and social.
v. 17. Literature ancient and modern, with specimens.
v. 18. Enterprise, industry, and art of man …
v. 19. Manners and customs of the principal nations of the globe.
v. 20. The world and its inhabitants.
- Formed 1856
- June 20, 1856 – adopted Constitution
- Purchased Parley’s Cabinet Library
- Housed at home of Eli Hamblet
The society, Hudson Center Library, was formed in 1856 by David B. Andrews, J.O. Dane, Benjamin Dean, James Emery, Daniel M. Greeley, Reuben Greeley, Eli Hamblet, George W. Haselton, William F. Lewis, Bartlett Pease, Alvan Smith, David O. Smith, Jefferson Smith, Benjamin F. Sprague and Job D. Thomas. On June 20 of the same year they adopted a constitution.
As subscribers they provided funds to purchase Parley’s Cabinet Library, authored by Samuel G. Goodrich, also known as Peter Parley, (titles below) as well as two other unknown books. When not loaned out these books were housed in the home of Eli Hamblet, the secretary, treasurer and librarian of HCL.
It is surmised that the society was dissolved since there was no activity recorded after 1860.