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The John G. White Collection, Cleveland Public Library 

The John G. White Collection of Folk-lore, Oriental and 
Mediaeval Literature, and Archaeology, now owned by the Cleve- 
land Public Library, comprises 30,000 volumes and pamphlets, 
with additions at the rate of 2000 or 3000 annually, and is 
available for loan to those interested, whether residents of Cleve- 
land or not. The material is now in order, and a librarian in 
charge. 

The Oriental literature collection is one of the most extensive 
in the country, the Indie languages, Arabic, and Persian being 
particularly notable. Hebrew is not abundant, nor are there 
native editions of Chinese and Japanese texts ; but in the major 
Semitic languages, in Western editions of Chinese and Japanese 
works, and in the other chief Asiatic tongues the amount of 
material is very large. Periodicals are an important feature. 

Much in other portions of the collection will also be of inter- 
est. Folk-lore is to be found here as strongly represented as 
almost anywhere in the country. Fables, proverbs, and gypsy 
lore are notable features, while there are several thousand bal- 
lads. For catalogues of manuscripts in European and Oriental 
libraries, the White collection ranks among the first three or 
four of the United States. Egyptology, Assyriology, archae- 
ology (especially Oriental, that of India deserving particular 
remark), and Oriental history, witchcraft, voyages and travels, 
and ethnology are all strong features, especially Egyptology. 
Mediaeval literature is also a highly important feature. Besides 
the collections of standard publishing societies, most of the 
individual authors of the period are to be found in nearly all 
editions. The critical material on hand is chiefly on the literary 
side, purely linguistic treatises and the philological journals not 
falling, as a rule, within the scope of the collection. But for 
Old French, Old and Middle High German, Anglo-Saxon, Mid- 
dle English, Middle Dutch, etc., and mediaeval romances and 
legends, the material is very large. Lastly, over 140 diiferent 
languages are represented, besides many dialects. 

While no printed lists are in existence, any desired book can 
be found readily, and loans will be gladly made. Applications 
should be made if possible through the library of the institution 
with which the applicant is connected; those not in a position 



432 Brief Notes. 

to comply with this requirement should state their case. The 
period for which books are loaned is ordinarily two weeks, with 
the privilege of renewal for two weeks more ; but other arrange- 
ments may be made if need warrants. All communications 
should be addressed to the Librarian, Public Library, Cleve- 
land, Ohio. 

Gordon W. Thayee. 
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.