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Kaysville’s YMMIA Library

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 03, 2013

Booklists were a regular feature in early Keepa days, but we haven’t had one for a while. Here’s the catalog of the library assembled by the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association of Kaysville (uh, “Kay’sville”). No date is given on the printed list, but spot checking some of the titles leads me to believe this library dates to the earliest YMMIA days, probably the late 1870s or early 1880s. I haven’t found anything published more recently than the late 1860s, although, of course, some of the titles are classics that could have appeared in many editions at later dates.

Not to yawn at their choices, but the list does smack of the “improvement” emphasis of MIA, no?

Catalogue, Y.M.M.I.A., Library.

Kay’sville, Davis County, U.T.

No. . Title.

1 . . Josephus.
2 . . Rollins’ Ancient History. vols. 1 & 2.
3 . . Rollins’ Ancient History. vols. 3 & 4.
4 . . Stephen’s Travels in Central America. vol. 1.
5 . . Stephen’s Travels in Central America. vol. 2.
6 . . Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History. vol. 1.
7 . . Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History. vol. 2.
8 . . Good Health Library.
9 . . Wonders of the World.
10 . Western World.
11 . Specimens of English Literature.
12 . The Young Mechanic.
13 . The Speakers Garland. vol. 1.
14 . The Speakers Garland. vol. 2.
15 . The Speakers Garland. vol. 3.
16 . Plutarch’s Lives. vol. 1.
17 . Plutarch’s Lives. vol. 2.
18 . Plutarch’s Lives. vol. 3.
19 . Plutarch’s Lives. vol. 4.
20 . Life of Horace Greeley.
21 . Chesterfield’s Letters.
22 . Character, by Samuel Smiles.
23 . Cause and Cure of Infidelity.
24 . Smith’s History of Greece.
25 . Merivale’s History of Rome.
26 . Hallam’s History of the Middle Ages.
27 . Student’s History of France.
28 . Macauley’s History of England. vol. 1.
29 . Macauley’s History of England. vol. 2.
30 . Macauley’s History of England. vol. 3.
31 . Macauley’s History of England. vol. 4.
32 . Macauley’s History of England. vol. 5.
33 . Longevity.
34 . Jefferson’s Parliamentary Rules.
35 . How to Educate Yourself.
36 . The Telescope.
37 . The Poultry Keeper.
38 . Monsters of the Deep.
39 . Geology. (Steel’s.)
40 . Physiology. (Steel’s.)
41 . Philosophy. (Steel’s.)
42 . Astronomy. (Steel’s.)
43 . Zoology. (Steel’s.)
44 . The Early Roman Empire.
45 . The Roman Triumvirates.
46 . The Athenian Empire.
47 . The Thirty Years War.
48 . The Early Plantagenets.
49 . The Crusades.
50 . ThePuritan Revolution.
51 . John Ploughman’s Talk.
52 . Scientific American Reference Book.
53 . Dodd’s Lectures to Young Men.
54 . The Student’s Speaker.
55 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. A to Bel. vol. 1.
56 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Bel to Chi. vol. 2.
57 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Chi to Ele. vol. 3.
58 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Ele. to Gon. vol. 4.
59 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Goo to Lab. vol. 5.
60 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Lab to Num. vol. 6
61 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Num to Pue. vol. 7.
62 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Pue to Sou. vol. 8.
63 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Sou to Vit. vol. 9.
64 . Chambers’ Encyclopedia. Vit to Zym. vol. 10.
65 . Planters and Farmers Encyclopedia.
66 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 1.
67 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 2.
68 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 3.
69 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 4.
70 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 5.
71 . Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of Rome. vol. 6.
72 . Stansbury’s Expedition to the Great Salt Lake.
73 . Stansbury’s Expedition to the Great Salt Lake. Maps.
74 . The Koran.
75 . Youatt on the Horse.
76 . Todd’s Country Homes.
77 . History of Natural Science.
78 . Practical Chemistry.
79 . The People the Sovereigns. (Monroe.)
80 . Combe’s Constitution of Man.
81 . Curious History of Insects.
82 . Life and Travels of Heroditus, vol. 1.
83 . Life and Travels of Heroditus, vol. 2.
84 . Washington and his Generals.
85 . Life of General Lafayette.
86 . Life of Franklin, vol. 1.
87 . Life of Franklin, vol. 2.
88 . Life of Franklin, vol. 3.
89 . Life and Teachings of Confucius.
90 . Self Help, by Samuel Smiles.
91 . Industrial Biography, by Samuel Smiles.
92 . Brief Biographies, by Samuel Smiles.
93 . Life of George Stephenson, by Samuel Smiles.
94 . The Age of Ann. (History.)
95 . Petroleum and Petroleum Wells.



11 Comments »

  1. Those young folks had access to some pretty heady material.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — December 3, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  2. A little heavy on the history, but the scope is pretty wide.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — December 3, 2013 @ 8:54 am

  3. That last item, Petroleum and Petroleum Wells, looked as if it might be of recent date, so I Googled it. Available online, it’s 114 pages of everything you might have wanted to know about petroleum (in 1865), written by John Herbert Aloysius Bone–no telling whether one of his descendants was a paleontologist given to chasing leopards through the Connecticut woods with Katherine Hepburn.

    Because development of the internal combustion engine didn’t really take off until convenient and inexpensive fuels (like diesel and gasoline) were available, Bone’s description of the uses of petroleum leaves those two out. How different life would be if the main uses of petroleum were for lighting and lubrication and medicines!

    Comment by Mark B. — December 3, 2013 @ 9:22 am

  4. I’ve been working on the history of a family that had something of a problem with fidelity, so I looked up the title “Cause and Cure of Infidelity,” but it’s a theological work and wouldn’t have been of much practical use to the family.

    But if you did spend several years and work your way through this list (starting, of course, with How to Educate Yourself) you’d have the beginnings of a decent 19th-century education.

    Comment by Amy T — December 3, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  5. Having lived in Kaysville through the 1980s, I can say that this put the contents of the actual Kaysville public library to shame (at least then, it may have changed since we moved 20 years ago). Interesting to see the Koran (Qu’ran I guess is the preferred spelling now.) I agree with Amy, this would have served the YMMIA well.

    I looked at that last item, Petroleum Wells, and wondered if it was the lesser known brother of Daniel H. Wells?

    Comment by kevinf — December 3, 2013 @ 10:04 am

  6. Is this the guy you mean, kevinf?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/pete-wells

    Comment by Carol — December 3, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  7. Only two books on religious topics (23, Infidelity; and 74, Koran). Interesting.

    Comment by The Other Clark — December 3, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  8. Very funny, kevin.

    Maybe some intrepid historian will discover that Daniel H’s little brother kept himself pretty well oiled, and we can give him Petroleum as a nickname, even if his parents didn’t.

    Comment by Mark B. — December 3, 2013 @ 10:52 am

  9. Samuel Smiles (apparently his real name) must have been a 19th-Century Stuart Smalley.

    http://snltranscripts.jt.org/91/91asmalley.phtml

    Comment by Grant — December 3, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  10. Practical Chemistry!

    Comment by J. Stapley — December 3, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

  11. #4 Amy,

    Some years back, I heard a retired judge claim that he had once had a woman come before his court and petition for a divorce on grounds of infidelity. On questioning, it came out that the problem was that her husband had become an atheist. She did not wish to remain married to an infidel.

    Comment by Vader — December 3, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

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