Guide to the Research Collections
The growth of the collections in the broad field of philosophy, psychology, and related subjects is indicated by the following:
|1854||Astor Library||1,500 volumes1
|1921||New York Public Library||19,158|
In 1852-53, the Astor Library acquired a philosophical and miscellaneous collection of between 4,000 and 5,000 pieces. The Bancroft collection, purchased by the Lenox Library in 1894, was strong in the field of German philosophy. Among gifts bearing directly on this field is the James Black temperance collection presented in 1917 by the National Temperance Society. In 1948-49 the library received the Clarence Evans James collection of about 1,000 books and pamphlets chiefly on astrology, but also including nineteenth-century works on occultism, theosophy, and similar subjects. Other important gifts and acquisitions bearing indirectly on these areas are discussed below.