The collection is comprised primarily of Mr. Cole's notes on a variety of tasks performed as the librarian of the Huntington
Library. Mr. Cole's notes include lists of the library's holdings and provide an understanding of the way the Huntington pursued
acquisitions in the early years of the institution.
George Watson Cole (1850-1939) was the first librarian of the Huntington Library, from 1915 until his retirement in 1924.
In 1915, the Henry E. Huntington Library was formally established in New York City, and in 1920 the collection was moved to
its current location in San Marino, California. George Watson Cole was asked to help in the library’s organization and staffing,
and to become its first librarian and bibliographer, coming out of retirement to take the position at the age of 65. Before
he retired Mr. Cole wrote a lengthy report in which he described the Library collections as they had been in 1915, the acquisitions
made between 1915 and 1924, and the holdings as they were in 1924. Mr. Cole is well known for his writings on bibliography
and libraries, and for his expertise in rare books and manuscripts.
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