Mercantile Library Association, Clinton Hall

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NYPL ID number: 1650725


circa 1830


Eno Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs,The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
The Mercantile Library Association was founded in 1820 by a group of merchants that included men like Jacob Lorillard. Their goal was to instill good habits among the growing number of clerks in the city. In particular, they encouraged book reading, and sponsored lectures.



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