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Brief Notes. 431
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
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-
Gordon W. Thayee.
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.