Friday, January 06, 2012
Senate Finance Committee Room. No. 31.
Page 57 top.
Joseph Gavit avails himself of some fireproof document storage, finally.
Page 32, Mercer and Weiss: "In 1896, Joseph Gavit, the 19-year-old son of an Albany engraver, joined the state library staff as a junior clerk in the shelf section. Some 50 years later, having risen to the position of associate librarian, he retired from state service. For much of his career, he was superintendent of the stacks and was reputed to know personally where every book in the library was to be found. His intricate knowledge of the collections and workings of the library were put to the test in the aftermath of the fire. As the first library employee on the scene, his eyewitness accounts, written in the succeeding months and years, are invaluable in understanding the events of March 29, 1911, and afterward."