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  1. Alice Poole: Birth: 17 SEP 1855 in So. Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 5 FEB 1919 in Evanston, Cook Co., Illinois

  2. Hellen Poole: Birth: 17 SEP 1855 in So. Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 6 SEP 1856 in So. Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts

  3. ANNA POOLE: Birth: 22 SEP 1857 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 30 OCT 1930 in Winnetka, Cook Co., Illinois

  4. Mary Poole: Birth: 7 APR 1859 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 21 MAY 1932 in Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts

  5. Fanny Poole: Birth: 17 JAN 1862 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 18 AUG 1864 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

  6. Eliza Poole: Birth: 18 DEC 1865 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 26 SEP 1871 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

  7. William Frederick Poole: Birth: 14 JAN 1868 in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Death: 19 SEP 1926 in Canton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts

1. Title:   Memorial Sketch of Dr. William Frederick Poole (Newberry Library, Chicago: 1895)
2. Title:   Williamson, William Landram, William Frederick Poole and the Modern Library Movement (NY & London: Columbia University Press, 1963)
Page:   Pages 1-191.
3. Title:   Miscellaneous
4. Title:   Hurd, Harvey & Robert Sheppard, editors, Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1906)
Page:   Pages 404-412.
5. Title:   Poole, Charles H., Genealogical Records of the Poole Family & Particularly the Descendants of John Poole of Reading.... (1876)
6. Title:   1850 U.S. Census
7. Title:   1860 U.S. Census
8. Title:   1870 U.S. Census
9. Title:   1880 U.S. Census
10. Title:   State Census
11. Title:   City Directory
12. Title:   Massachusetts Vital Records for Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts
13. Title:   Note
14. Title:   Death Information
15. Title:   Cemetery visit
16. Title:   Marriage announcement

a. Note:   e Cotton Mather and Salem Witchcraft Bio from Dave Jarvis: [email protected] "American librarian, bibliographer, and historian. He was librarian of the Boston Athenaeum (1856-69), of the public libraries of Cincinnati (1871-73), and Chicago (1874-87), and of the Newberry Library (1887-94). A pioneer in theories of library administration, he assisted in organizing many libraries, including the Chicago Public Library, the Newberry Library, and the library of the U.S. Naval Academy. A founder of the American Library Association (1876), he was later its president. He compiled the first general index to U.S. periodicals, Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1848), and edited two other editions (1853, 1882). Later editions were edited by W. J. Fletcher; the last appeared in 1907. Among Poole's numerous writings are monographs on American history, including Cotton Mather and Salem Witchcraft (1869) and Anti-Slavery Opinions before 1800 (1873)." ____________________________________ Additional sources: "Memorial Sketch of Dr. William Frederick Poole" By Newberry Library, Chicago, 1895. 34 pages. Looked at it at the New York Public Library in Dec. 1998 and copied by them, as the condition of the book was fragile. Newberry Library: (11/09) In Memoriam William Frederick Poole, Chicago Literary Club, 1894. 26 pages (Note: contains some genealogical information) The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. VI, NY: James T. White & Co., 1896. pgs. 478-479. (Obtained from NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, and is a little different from the book above, also contains a photo.) An updated version of this article was printed in 1967 by University Microfims, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Same biography, same page numbers, but no etching of WFP, and much easier to read.) ---------- Who Was Who in America Historical Volume, 1607-1896, Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Co., Revised Edition, 1967. p. 489. Historical Encyclopedia of IL, ed. by N. Bateman & P. Selby, Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1906. p. 428. Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. XV, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. pp. 66-67 (Obtained from Newberry Library) Two page biography of William Frederick Poole. ---------- The History of Melrose, Elbridge Henry Goss, Pub. by the City of Melrose, 1902. pp. 235, 336, 359, 376-377 and 449. The Melrose Memorial, The Annals of Melrose, Elbridge H. Goss, Privately printed by subscription, 1868. pp. 89, 126, 131, 220 and 284. William Frederick Poole and The New England Clergy by Z. Swift Holbrook, delivered to the Essex County Institute, Jan. 1, 1900. 21 pages (Donation of his portrait was presented.) The Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. LXXII (72), 1936, Salem, MA Portraits in the Essex Institute #237--William F. Poole pp. 79-80 (Description of portrait and biography.) ---------- "Upper Ashuelot" A History of Keene, NH by the Keene History Committee (Nashua Library) p. 75. "Edward Poole established himself in this trade (watch repairing and jewelry business) about 1835, and was the first in town to advertise 'Loco Foco' or friction matches. Poole became a mechanic of rare ability and conducted some of the first local experiments in photography. Working with him for a time was a relative from Massachusetts, William Frederick Poole, who later became a noted librarian and founder of Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, the forerunner of the modern periodical index." ---------- Puritan Paths from Naumkeag to Piscataqua, by the Dodges, Newburyport Press, Inc., 1963. pp. 151-152. "Salem has the distinction of being first in furnishing two requisites for writers. (1) The factory of the Dixon American Graphite Company was first located in Salem producing lead pencils. (2) The town was the birthplace of William Frederick Poole born in the West Precinct, or Peabody in 1821. Although his education was hampered by financial straits he finished college at Yale at the age of twenty-eight after intervals of teaching school. He had been an assistant to the librarian at Yale and from him received the idea of using separate slips of paper to set up an index of material in books and magazines, such as would be useful information for students in their class work or debating. This was in 1848 and perceiving the value of a more comprehensive index, he expanded the project in 1853 to a really large edition. Both soon proved their value to readers and students on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting as librarian in Salem he went on the the famous Athenaeum for an extended period, after which his work took him to several places in the West to start new libraries, a line of endeavor in which he became recognized as a specialist. During these years he was a popular lecturer and a writer of marked ability. His real ambition seems to have been to write history, but up to his death in 1894, his great service to education was his compiling of an index of ideas both new and old." ---------- Chronicles of Danvers, MA 1632-1923 by Harriet S. Tapley, The Danvers Historical Society, Danvers, 1923. p. 162. "A gift of $20,000 to the town was also included, for the erection and maintenance of a library and lecture hall. Thus cam George Peabody's first large gift to the town of Danvers. The building designated was erected the next year in the south part of the town on Main street, and named 'The Peabody Institute.' It was under the management of a committee chosen from both parts of the town. They were: Eben King, Joseph S. Black, William L. Weston, Aaron F. Clark, Francis Baker, Joseph Poor, Elijah W. Upton, Miles Osborn, Joseph Osgood, Eben Sutton, Robert S. Daniels, Samuel P. Fowler, William F. Poole, the latter the author of Poole's 'Index of Literature.'" ---------- Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois 1814-1879 by Franklin W. Scott, Pub. by Illinois State Historical Library, 1910. p. 124. "OWL, October, 1874- ---(?) : A literary monthly devoted to library news, brief and terse, often unrestrained and enthusiastic. Book notices, and other items of literary interest including essays by W. F. Poole, designed to impress upon his readers his belief that good fiction should occupy a large place in public libraries, gave the paper good standing. It was edited by W. F. Poole, and published by W. B. Keen, Cooke, and Company, of whose book business the OWL seems to have been more or less the hand-maiden. Vol. 1 consists of fourteen numbers ; vol. 2 begins with January, 1876." ---------- Misc. articles (4) regarding Cincinnati Library & Wm. F. Poole, these obtained from The Public Library of Cincinnati (Feb. 21, 1999). Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Cook County Edition, Vol. 1, Edited by Newton Bateman & Paul Selby. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1905. Article about The Newberry Lbrary. Pp. 723-724. ____________________ Rolls of Membership of the New England Historic Genealogical Society 1844-1891, Boston Printed for the Society 1892 Page 122. 1 February, 1882. "William Frederick Poole, Evanston, Ill. . A.M., LL.D." Fact sheet from the American Historical Association, listing past presidents. WFP held the office from 1887-1888. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 15, April-July 1922 Pub. by Illinois State Historical Society. pg. 725. "Chicago Public Library Observes Fiftieth Anniversary. 'The committee put the books in the water tank library, the one fireproof place in town, and opened the reading room to the public on New Year's Day, 1873, with Dr. William Frederick Poole, author of Poole's index as the first librarian. The following May circulation of books for home use was started and the first year 88,632 books were loaned out, and the exact number of volumes on the shelves was 17,355." ---------- Obituary Records of Graduates of Yale University, Deceased during the Academical Year ending in June, 1894 Pages 225-226. Record of the Graduated Members of the Class of 1849, of Yale College, 1849-1894. Pages 85-88 ______________ The Chicago Public Library Origins and Backgrounds by Gwladys Spencer, The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, Illinois 1943 Page 242 "A brief distinguishing quality, he (Willcox) thought, lay in its directive form that described concisely 'how to start a free public library, how to manage it when started, and how to provide it with necessary funds.'" But he was desirous of the opinions of others who might be capable, especially because of positions and experience, of evaluating its practicability; and he therefore sought the judgment of three such leading men of the day. He solicited appraisals from Justin Winsor, superintendent of the Boston Public Library, from William F. Poole, librarian of the Cincinnati Public Library, and from William T. Harris, superintendent of schools in St. Louis. Winsor and Poole were two of the most aggressive, original-minded, competent, and influential library leaders in the United States." Page 243. "Poole's estimated would issue from one who was also a professional librarian but whose experience had been derived from the Middle West as well as from the East--one who was particularly alert to problems of library legislation in varying localities, who also, like Winsor, was an administrator of a metropolitan free public library but whose library operated in the Middle West and under a very dissimilar plan, that of control through the local board of education." Also listed on Pages 352. Page 353 "At the next board session in November, Hoyner reported that arrangements had been completed with Poole so that he would come to his new post January 1, 1874, at a salary of $4,000. The directors felt that they had indeed been fortunate in procuring the services of a man whose already acknowledged high position in his profession and repute throughout the whole country for successful administration and promotion would give added prestige to the new institution. His acceptance tacitly promised to Chicago a well-rounded development for the new free public library, of which the city soon had reason to be proud. His inauguration of the loan service--Poole spent the first few months of his incumbency in selecting new titles to be ordered on a large scale, especially for general reading, and in preparations for opening a loan service." Written about in Chicago Public Library pamphlet. The Chicago Public Library: The Historical Development of an Urban Library, June 1 - September 21, 1985 Pages 1, 9, 26. Page 1. "On January 1, 1873, The Chicago Public Library opened its doors for the first time in a structure that had been an iron water storage tank at LaSalle and Adams Streets, and housed a collection of 3,157 volumes. William Frederick Poole, a distinguished librarian who had worked in Cincinnati and Boston, was recruited to guide the development of the new Chicago Public Library. The eminent Dr. Poole worked with the library for 14 years, and shaped its development as an outstanding institution." Page 9. "The early years of The Chicago Public Library were dominated by the strong and vital leadership of the head librarian, William Frederick Poole, one of the foremost leaders in the library world. On October 24, 1873, the Board of The Chicago Public Library elected Dr. Poole Librarian. Before coming to Chicago, Dr. Poole had distinguished himself as a library administrator in Boston and Cincinnati. In fact, under his leadership as Librarian, the Cincinnati Public Library quickly rose to challenge the Boston Public Library for pre-eminence in the field. During the planning stages of The Chicago Public Library from 1872 through 1873, Dr. Poole was sought out by the Library Board to advise them on organizational structure. William Frederick Poole build up in the next fourteen years a library for Chicago 'whose resources, completeness and bibliographic equipment were scarcely equalled among the public libraries of the country.' In 1887 Dr. Poole resigned his post at The Chicago Public Library to organize The Newberry Library of Chicago. Poole's early concentration was on building a large collection for loan purposes. On May 1, 1874, circulation service was first initiated with 17,355 books on the shelves, 13,000 of which could circulate; the remaining volumes were reference works. The first book issued by The Chicago Public Library was Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's School Days, the borrower was Thomas Hoyne, President of the Library Board, and the issue slip was filled out by William Frederick Poole." Remarkable Chapters 115 Years of Collecting by the Chicago Public Library, Oct. 8, 1987 - Jan. 30, 1988
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