Excerpt from Seventy-Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1926
The Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, organized in l852, are now incorporated under the provisions of Chapter I I4 of the Acts of l878, as amended. The Board for 1852 was a preliminary or ganization; that for 1853 made the first annual report. At first the Board consisted of one alderman and one common - councilman and five citizens at large, until l867, when a revised ordinance made it to consist of one alder man, two common-councilmen and six citizens at large, two of whom retired, unless re-elected, each year, while the members from the City Council were elected yearly. In l878 the organization of the Board was changed to include one alderman, one councilman, and five citizens at large, as before l867; and in 1885, by the provisions of the amended city charter, the representation of the City Government upon the Board by an alderman and a councilman was abolished, leaving the Board as at present, consisting of five citizens at large, appointed by the Mayor, for five - year terms, the term of one member expiring each year. The following citizens at large have been members of the Board since its organization in 1852.
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