Checkers & Whist

The Haynes Checkers Collection

The Hanes Checkers Collection came to the Library by bequest in 1923. Mr. Edward B. Hanes of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, formed one of the largest collections of books on checkers ever assembled. There are some 560 volumes in the collection, the earliest of which is dated 1572. The collection contains books on checkers in many languages, a number of scarce periodicals and several scrapbooks of newspaper clippings of checkers games.

The Barney Whist Collection

A collection of 500 books on whist, the card game from which bridge evolved, was given to the Library in 1917 by the widow of Mr. Walter Hammond Barney, a lawyer and avid whist player. Mr. Barney participated in local and national whist tournaments, and his collection contains many reports of these tournaments as well as a few obscure whist periodicals. The collection is thought to be the only one of its kind in America.