From the Archives
Many a NYLA member has seen the organization’s President wield the unusual gavel at the annual meeting. Thanks to Mary Redmond at the State Library we now have more information about that gavel. While researching NYLA’s various anniversaries, she found this piece of information from 1965, the year of NYLA’s 75th Anniversary:
The following is from the NYLA Bulletin, Vol. 13 #4, October-December 1965, p. 95
Gavel Presented to NYLA
An historic gavel was brought into use at this meeting. It had been presented to the New York Library Association by the Johnstown Public Library in honor of Sir William Johnson the illustrious founder of our city, who was superintendent of Indian affairs for the whole of British North America and the most influential man of his times in the American colonies.