Boston Public Library
Trustees’ Collections Committee

Board of Trustees
May 20, 2014



Agenda for Trustees Special Collections Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 8:30 am
Boston Public Library, McKim Building, Commonwealth Salon (1st Floor)

AGENDA

  1. Welcome
    William Stoneman, Committee Chairman

  2. Review and Approval of Minutes February 11, 2014 Meeting (Attachment 1)
    William Stoneman, Committee Chairman

  3. Collections of Distinction
    Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections / Laura Irmscher, Chief of Collections Strategy

    1. Review of Criteria and Existing Collections of Distinction
    2. Review of Future Collections of Distinction Candidates to be Evaluated (Attachment 2)
    3. Review of Collections of Distinction Candidates
      Phase 2 Proposed Collections (Attachment 3)
      VOTED:  “that, the Boston Public Library Trustees Special Collection Committee recommends to the Trustees of the Boston Public Library of the City of Boston, that the Second Phase of Seven (7) Collections of Distinction be Identified as Boston Public Library Collections of Distinction.”

  4. Draft Acquisition Template for Objects or Collections Valued at $10,000 or Above (Attachment 4)
    Laura Irmscher, Chief of Collections Strategy

  5. Review and Approval of New Acquisitions
    Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections

    1. Review and Approval for Purchase of Vlastislav Hofman’s collection of fifteen (15) original stage designs for the production of Hamlet at the National Theatre in Prague. All signed and dated: 1926 (Cost: $25,000) (Attachment 5)
      VOTED:  “that, the Boston Public Library Trustees Special Collection Committee approves the purchase of Vlastislav Hofman’s collection of fifteen (15) original stage designs for the production of Hamlet at the National Theatre in Prague.”
    2. Review and Approval for Purchase of Vlastislav Hofman’s collection of fifteen (15) original stage designs for the production of Hamlet at the National Theatre in Prague. All signed and dated: 1926 (Cost: $25,000) (Attachment 5)
      VOTED:  “that, the Boston Public Library Trustees Special Collection Committee approves the gift from Jeanne Steig of William Steig’s eighty-eight (88) drawings and cartoons”

  6. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
    Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections

  7. Update on Ms Med 203, Mariegola Della Scuola Santa Maria Della Misericordia, Bologna, 1392
    Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections

  8. Proposed Meeting Schedule for 2014-2015
    William Stoneman, Committee Chairman

    • Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
    • All Meetings to be held in McKim Building, Commonwealth Salon

  9. Other Business
    Amy E. Ryan, President

    1. Bromsen Lecture Series Committee

  10. New Business
    William Stoneman, Committee Chairman

  11. Adjournment
    William Stoneman, Committee Chairman