- 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.
which the Bernard C. Manor Archives has stored in an acid free box along with several other pages containing circulation records, a board meeting, and recorded fines. There are no books from this library in the archives.
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.
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.