Scope and arrangement
The 135th Street Branch Records document staff activities as they serviced the information needs of the Harlem community. There are eleven ledgers (1905-1935) containing lists of acquisitions, circulation statistics, library card registrations, and fines. There are also annual Children's Room reports from 1922 to 1950. The Correspondence, 1921-1951, includes a folder of correspondence between Ernestine Rose and Franklin F. Hopper, the Chief of the Circulation Department of the New York Public Library, and a file for Dorothy R. Homer, who became the Branch Librarian following Ernestine Rose's retirement in 1942.
The Subject Files, 1919-1951, include two scrapbooks dated 1919 and 1942, files for the Harlem Adult Education Committee, 1932-1937 as well as files dealing with programs, statistics, and routine staff activities. The 1919 scrapbook contains photocopies of photographs of the people and buildings surrounding the 135th Street Branch with commentary by Franklin F. Hopper. (The original scrapbook has been transferred to the Center's Photographs and Prints Division.) The 1942 scrapbook commemorates the May opening of the new Branch building and contains copies of invitation letters from Ernestine Rose to Harlem luminaries, NYPL officials, board members, staff, and supporters of the 135th Street Branch. Also included is a draft of the program for the day, and the addresses given by Thomas B. Dyett, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen's Committee of the 135th Street Branch Library and the guest speaker, journalist Claude Barnett, founder/director of the Associated Negro Press.
The Harlem Adult Education Committee (HAEC), which hosted adult education courses and other public programs at the Branch, is represented through meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports, 1921-1951. Two folders relate specifically to the Art Workshop, which was led initially by the African-American artist/photographer James Lesesne Wells, and later by the artist Charles Alston. There are news clippings about exhibitions, budgets, and articles about its purpose and accomplishments. There is also general information about the HAE program at the Branch.