Ohio History Journal

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98 Ohio Arch

98         Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


and employment in the State Library based only upon recognized

qualification and efficient service.

Following this excellent address remarks were made by Hon.

E. O. Randall, reporter of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Secre-

tary of the State Archaeological and Historical Society; Hon.

J. H. Newman, former State Librarian; Mr. John J. Pugh, lib-

brarian of the Columbus Public Library; Miss Olive Jones, li-

brarian of the Ohio State University; Miss Julia W. Merrill,

branch librarian of the Cincinnati Public Library; Mr. Clayton

A. McCleary, State Library Commissioner and Mr. C. Welles

Reeder, reference librarian of the Ohio State University Library.

The addresses and summary of remarks are found on the

following pages.

At the conclusion of the speaking the audience lingered to

partake of refreshments that had been prepared by the ladies

of the Ohio State Library staff.




We are surrounded tonight with treasures of knowledge that are the

collection of a century. These 200,000 volumes represent the intellectual

cravings and ideals of the state.  Its material resources are abounding

on all sides, and their development has been gratifying and phenomenal.

But they are only the secondary element of the state's greatness. The

desire for knowledge is an elemental passion in man. It is the origin of

all progress, and it marks the point where the brute ends and man

begins. For centuries the writings of men have been the vehicles of

knowledge, and through them have come human progress, social develop-

ment and educational advancements. The wider the dissemination of

learning and of scientific and moral information, the happier and safer

is the State. An ignorant democracy is a thing of danger. John Adams

in one of his letters, says  "The preservation of the means of knowledge

among the lowest ranks is more important to the public than all the

property of all the rich men in the country." Doctor Channing, speaking

of libraries, declares that "The diffusion of these silent teachers through

the whole community is to work greater effects than artillery, machinery

or legislation. Its peaceful agency is to supersede stormy revolutions."

A library to accomplish Dr. Channing's ideal should be democratic;

it should contain all branches and sorts of literature, good but variant

to the extreme. It should run the entire gamut of human knowledge.

It should not be for the scientific or learned alone. It should have the