During 2004, more than 2,000 new titles were added to the collection via donation and purchases. These included books, manuscripts and electronic formats.

Many family genealogies were acquired, and more than 200 CD-ROMs were added. The Library’s English genealogy section was expanded with the addition of 100 volumes of the Harleian Society’s pre-colonial vital records, another 50 volumes on Yorkshire, and numerous volumes covering other areas.

Approximately 75 new titles were added to Kentucky, including runs of the “Kentucky Ancestors” and “Kentucky Genealogist” journals. About 50 volumes were added to Tennessee.

The Virginia collection increased by more than 400 titles. More than 50 volumes were added to North Carolina, including: the rare 8-volume 19th century set of “Biographical History of North Carolina” and 10 volumes of “Colonial Records of North Carolina”. The Library acquired runs of “North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal” and “Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society Journal”.

The South Carolina collection grew by more than 20 volumes, including: 3 volumes of “Biography Directory of the South Carolina Senate”, “Biography Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives”, 4 volumes of “South Carolina Deed Abstracts”, “Indexes to South Carolina Wills”, and a run of the journal “South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research”.

More than 15 books were added to Georgia, including the 3-volume set “Georgia State Records from the Colonial Period”, 2-volume set of Steven’s “A History of Georgia”; several on county cemetery and grave records as well as runs of “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and “Georgia Genealogical Quarterly”.

Additionally, more than 25 volumes were added to New Jersey, including expanding its collection of the series “New Jersey Archives”; the 5-volume set “South Jersey Church Records” and the 5-volume set of “Historical and Genealogical Miscellany”.

The Library completed its run of “Pennsylvania Archives”, “Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography”, and “New England Historical and Genealogical Register”.

In Maine, 10 volumes of “Maine Historical Society Quarterly” were added; 15 volumes of the journal “Downeast Ancestry”; 6 volumes to the Library’s collection of “The Maine Genealogist”; and 15 volumes of the periodical “The Second Boat”.

In Connecticut, the Library acquired the few missing volumes to completes its run of “The Connecticut Nutmegger”, including the index; completed its 55-volume set “The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records”; and acquired other vital records.

In Massachusetts, several volumes relating to the Massachusetts Bay Colony were acquired. The Library added 100 new volumes to Maryland, as well as volumes in New York, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico and California. Additionally, the Library purchased more than 200 volumes relating to the American Revolution due in part to the efforts of William Principe in identifying their availability.

In August, 2004 the Society received from the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York a generous donation of several boxes of books. These marvelous books include copies of books that were entered in the New York Society’s Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award program as well as many others.

Many of these books are contemporary publications representing new research about the American Revolution and colonial period, and are a magnificent addition to our collection.

A special book plate has been placed in each volume, and a notation made in our catalog, memorializing the New York Society’s gift.

The Sons of the Revolution Library has been designated by the General Society Sons of the Revolution as an official repository for SR materials and the State societies are encouraged to deposit their current and historical publications there. Several societies did so in 2004.

The Library also broadened its military history collection including emphasis on the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and the Spanish American War.

The Library is grateful for the generous donation by President Emeritus Richard Breithaupt, Jr. of the marvelous 62-volume set “Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States”, comprising the papers of this Civil War veteran’s organization published 1887-1915, and several years of “The Loyal Legion Historical Journal”.

He also donated 20 volumes of “Journal of the Commandery-in-Chief”, the annual report of the Military Order, spanning the years between 1899-1931, complementing the Library’s collection thereby making it nearly complete for this period; and large runs of “Sons of Confederate Veterans” and “SAR” magazines, several years issues of the U. S. Naval Institute’s “Proceedings”, “The Hook”, published by the Tailhook Association, and “Wings of Gold”. The Library also received from Mr. Breithaupt a collection of several hundred photographs of Mexican War and Civil War officers, and other historical photographs, appearing in his book “Aztec Club of 1847, A Sesquicentennial History”, published in 1997.

Mrs. Richard Breithaupt, Sr. donated to the Library several books published by the Daughters of the War of 1812, publications of the Daughters of the Cincinnati, a large run of the “Journal of the United Daughters of the Confederacy” and 12 volumes of “The Columbiad”.

The Library acquired numerous census indexes for the various U. S. censuses, and assorted volumes pertaining to military unit lineages.
An additional $10,290 was spent on book binding and repair.
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