Boston Athenæum

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Category
Registered Name
Proprietors of the Boston Athenaeum
Tax ID
04-2104852

Overview

The Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. It is also one of a number of membership libraries, for which patrons pay a yearly subscription fee to use Athenæum services. The institution was founded in 1807 by the Anthology Club of Boston, Massachusetts.

Source: Wikipedia

Financials

$9m
Annual Budget
September 2019
+9% Growth
Program Spending
73%
Fundraising Spending
12%
Management Spending
15%

Programs

Library Services - See Schedule O.library Services - the Library Is the Largest Programmatic Activity Ofthe Boston Athenaeum, Serving Approximately 5,000 Members, Theirfamilies, the Scholarly Community, Students, and Other Members of Thepublic. It Is Composed of Two Principal Departments

$2.6m

READER SERVICESAND TECHNICAL SERVICES. READER SERVICES AT THE BOSTON ATHENAEUMCOMPRISES THE PUBLIC DEPARTMENTS THAT OFFER LIBRARY SERVICES. THE HEADOF READER SERVICES AND THE ARCHIVIST/REFERENCE LIBRARIAN WORK AT THEREFERENCE DESK; THEY ANSWER HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS AND RESEARCHERS'QUESTIONS AND ASSIST IN THE USE OF CIRCULATING MATERIALS, SPECIALCOLLECTIONS, ELECTRONIC RESOURCES, AND ONLINE RESEARCH. THOUSANDS OFRARE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED FOR THE 200-300 RESEARCHERS WHO USE THESPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM EVERY YEAR. THE HEAD OF CIRCULATIONAND THE READER SERVICES ASSISTANT MANAGE ACTIVITY AT THE CIRCULATIONDESK, WHERE ROUGHLY 18,000 ITEMS CIRCULATE EACH YEAR. FIVE INTERNSASSIST AT CIRCULATION AND REFERENCE. THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN HELPSYOUNGER MEMBERS USE THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY, AND OFFERS PROGRAMSINCLUDING STORY HOURS AND READING GROUPS, DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FORCHILDREN. NINETEEN DISCUSSION GROUPS AND OVER 150 TOURS OF THE BUILDING ARE ARRANGED BY READER SERVICES EVERY YEAR. THE TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MANAGED BY THE CHIEF TECHNICAL SERVICES LIBRARIAN, ENCOMPASSES THE FUNCTIONS OF ACQUISITIONS, CATALOGING, SERIALS, CONSERVATION, AND DIGITIZATION. THE UNITS OF ACQUISITIONS, CATALOGING, AND SERIALS INCLUDE, AN ACQUISITIONS LIBRARIAN, A SERIALS LIBRARIAN, THREE RARE MATERIALS CATALOG LIBRARIANS, TWO CATALOGING ASSISTANTS, AND THREE INTERNS. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTING, ACQUIRING, ACCESSIONING, INVOICING, CATALOGING, AND PROCESSING APPROXIMATELY 2,700 ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY PER YEAR, INCLUDING BOTH NEW IMPRINTS AND RARE HISTORICAL VOLUMES. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO AUGMENTS APPROXIMATELY 3,000 LEGACY CATALOGING RECORDS PER YEAR.

Special Collections

$2.2m

See schedule o.SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT IS COMPOSED OFTHE CURATORS WHO OVERSEE THE ACQUISITION, MAINTENANCE, AND EXHIBITIONOF RARE BOOKS, ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS, MANUSCRIPTS, MAPS, AND WORKS OF ART.DEPARTMENT STAFF MEMBERS INCLUDE THE CURATOR OF RARE BOOKS ANDMANUSCRIPTS, THE CURATOR OF PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE, THE ASSOCIATECURATOR OF PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE, THE ARCHIVIST,AND THE CURATOR OF PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. THE CURATORS RESEARCHOBJECTS IN THE COLLECTIONS AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM TOTHE SCHOLARLY COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH LECTURES,PUBLICATIONS, AND (IN COOPERATION WITH LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMSAROUND THE COUNTRY) AN ACTIVE LOAN PROGRAM. EACH YEAR, ON SITE, THECURATORS ASSIST HUNDREDS OF ATHENAEUM MEMBERS AND VISITING SCHOLARS INRESEARCHING THE ATHENAEUM'S COLLECTIONS. THE CURATORIAL STAFF MOUNTSTWO OR THREE EXHIBITIONS PER YEAR COVERING A RANGE OF HISTORICAL ANDCONTEMPORARY SUBJECTS. THESE EXHIBITIONS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY GALLERYTALKS, LECTURES, AND SYMPOSIA, ALL OF WHICH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

$793k

Lectures & Concerts - see schedule oLECTURES & CONCERTS - THE LECTURES AND CONCERTS PROGRAM INCLUDESAPPROXIMATELY 100 EVENTS EACH YEAR, SUCH AS AUTHOR TALKS, LECTURES,CONCERTS, CHILDREN'S EVENTS, EXHIBITION RECEPTIONS AND MOVIES. EVENTSTAKE PLACE BOTH IN THE EVENING AND DURING THE DAY AND INCLUDE EVENTSTHAT ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL AS EVENTS FOR ATHENAEUMMEMBERS.

Leadership

John S. Reed President
Charles A. Coolidge III Vice President
Susan B. Weatherbie Vice President
J. Mark Enriquez Treasurer
Gilbert M. Roddy Jr. Assistant Treasurer
David P. Ingram Secretary
Creelea Henderson Pangaro Trustee
Christopher Boudrot Director of Finance
Earl M. Collier Jr. Trustee
John Wigglesworth Everets Trustee
Thomas D. Gill Jr. Trustee
Clarissa C. Hunnewell Trustee
James F. Hunnewell Jr. Trustee
Terrance P. Mcguire Trustee
Carolyn M. Osteen Trustee
Austin V. Shapard Trustee
Timothy W. Diggins Trustee
Arthur B. Page Trustee
Anne C. Bromer Trustee
Maisie Houghton Trustee
Elizabeth H. Owens Trustee
Elizabeth E. Barker Director
David Dearinger Director of Exhibitions
Robert L. West Director of Operations
Source: IRS 990