The Providence Athenaeum was founded as "The Athenaeum" in 1836 as an independent, member-supported library open to the public. Its progenitors were two earlier libraries: The Providence Library Company, founded in 1753, the Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1831, it became "The Providence Athenaeum" by amendment to its charter in 1850. In 1753, a group of private citizens started The Providence Library Company to gain access to a collection of books that they could not afford individually. Members paid a small subscription fee to the library to purchase books which all members could share. Stephen Hopkins, signatory of the Declaration of Independence, was a leading member of the early organization. Many of the early books had to be purchased from England. In 1758, a fire destroyed the majority of the first collection of books, which were housed at the Providence court house. 71 of the 345 titles held by the Providence Library Company were in circulation at the time of the fire and survived. The surviving volumes now make up the Founders' Collection.
Brown University moved to Providence in 1770, the library offered students the use of its books. In 1836, the Providence Library Company merged with the Providence Atheneum, the merged organization became known as the Providence Athenaeum. On December 23, 1848, Sarah Helen Whitman broke off her relationship with Edgar Allan Poe in the building. Author H. P. Lovecraft was not a member of the library. In 1838, the current Greek Revival building was completed on Benefit Street by Philadelphia architect William Strickland. A three-story addition was completed in 1914, designed by architect Norman Isham; this addition housed the Children's Library until 1979, now holds the Reference Room. In 1979, a second addition was added by architect Warren Platner to house the Sayles Gorham Children's Library; the building is decorated with artwork including: A large 18th-century copy of Gilbert Stuart's famous Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, painted by an unknown artist A small painting titled The Hours by Edward Malbone A bronze bust of H. P. Lovecraft Marble busts of Athenaeum dignitariesIn front of the library is the Richmond Fountain, a Gothic Revival water fountain dating to 1873, designed by Ware & Van Brunt.
The inscription on the fountain reads "Come hither every one that thirsteth". After falling into disrepair, the fountain was restored to working order in 2018. Today, it continues to operate as an member-supported library, it hosts many cultural events for both adults and children, one of the most famous being its salon speaker series, launched in 2006. In addition to the books available for circulation, the Special Collections of the Philbrick rare book room holds texts dating back to the library's Colonial Era origins: Founder's Collection: 70 of 345 volumes from the Providence Library Company's original collection survived the fire of Christmas Eve, 1758; the majority of these remain in the collection. Archives: The institutional records of the library, starting with the foundation of the Providence Library Company in 1753. Holder Borden Bowen Collection: Holder Borden Bowen donation of about 2,000 volumes on "folklore, memoirs, 17th and 18th century travel and exploration, many examples of fine printing and binding" Pamphlet Collection: Focused on the 19th century, it includes "anti-slavery and temperance tracts, Civil War items, materials related to the Indian Rights Association of Philadelphia, many others topics such as early shipwrecks, funeral orations, feminism and state organizations, etc.
The collection has yet to be catalogued." Smithsonian Institution Publications: Materials from the library's time as a depository for the United States Government Printing Office Old Juveniles: A collection of nearly 3,000 volumes by late 19th and early 20th-century British and American artists. Old Fiction: "This collection includes rare editions of books by famous authors including Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and Louisa May Alcott. There are many works printed in Providence and Boston in the 19th century and a large collection of women writers from the same period. There are many thousand titles in the collection and most are accessible via the on-line catalogue." Costume Collection: "Comprising about 200 volumes, the costume collection contains 19th and 20th century works on European costume design." Roycroft Collection: "There are 300 items from the press of the Roycrofters that flourished in East Aurora, NY from 1895 to 1915. The Roycroft design was inspired by a mix of commercial interest and the arts-and crafts movement."
Travel and Exploration:" The travel and exploration collection contains c.2500 titles ranging from Ptolemy's Cosmographia, to the Description de l'Egypte commissioned by Napoleon, to early 20th century tour guides. The collection is strong in 18th and 19th century works." Natural History Collection: "There are many important scientific works in the collection ranging from ornithology to horticulture to the physical sciences. A printed catalogue on the natural history collections is available for sale." Robert Burns: "Presented to the Athenaeum in 1920, the Burns collection numbers some 450 volumes. Among the early editions in the collection are the first Edinburgh, the first London and the second American, as well as several early imprints of individual poems and songs. There are bibliographies and miscellaneous literature relating to Burns." Book Arts: "The library has many books that are notable for their excellence of design. There are examples of the development of books from the middle ages to the modern day.
The 2014 EuroV8 Series was the first and only season of the EuroV8 Series, a series formed using the machinery from the Superstars Series, which folded after the 2013 season. The series was re-branded by the Associazione Team Top Car for the 2014 season. Three drivers went into the final round at Hockenheim with a chance of winning the drivers' championship title. Audi Sport Italia/SMR driver Tomáš Kostka went into the event with a two-point championship lead over Nicola Baldan of the Roma Racing Team, while Solaris Motorsport's Francesco Sini was in contention, thirteen points in arrears of Kostka's lead. Kostka extended his lead by adding the pole position point to his tally, but after an eventful race, it was Sini who prevailed. Sini won the race with an extra point for fastest lap, while Kostka finished down in fourth place after contact with Sini's team-mate Giovanni Berton and Diego Romanini – breaking a halfshaft and causing a puncture – which gave Sini the title by one point. Baldan had been eliminated from contention after being involved in a first lap incident with Team BMW Dinamic team-mates Max Mugelli and Niccolò Mercatali.
Sini and Kostka shared the most wins during the season with three each, while Baldan only won once, at Mugello. Mercatali won at Mugello, with the only other driver to win a race during the season being Eddie Cheever III, who won both races at the season opening round at Monza. Despite only competing at that event, Cheever was the winner of the Under-25 trophy by a single point from Jonathan Giacon; the teams' championship went to Audi Sport Italia/SMR, as Kostka was supported by four podium finishes for team-mates Davide Stancheris, Ermanno Dionisio and Emanuele Zonzini. Dionisio accrued the most points in the trophy for gentleman drivers, finishing 11 points clear of Leonardo Baccarelli, while the Speedy Trophy for most fastest laps went to Kostka, with 4; the championship will be contested over ten races to be held at six circuits in Italy, the Czech Republic and Germany. Scoring system † – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 50% of the race distance.
The 2012–13 Golden State Warriors season was the 67th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association, the 51st anniversary of their time in the San Francisco Bay Area. The team finished with a record of 47-35, finished the season as the number-six seed, clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2007; the team had a winning record for the first time since 2008. This season included the first playoff series victory for the first time since 2007, as most of the squad experienced postseason play for the first time; the season began a still-active streak of 7 straight winning records. The Warriors had four draft picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, a decisive draft year, vital for a potential future for the team; the picks included Harrison Barnes with the 7th pick, Festus Ezeli with the 30th pick, Draymond Green with the 35th pick, Ognjen Kuzmic with the 52nd pick. With Brandon Rush and his season-ending injury, Barnes was placed in the starting lineup and became crucial in bringing the team back to the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Another injury mid-season from Andrew Bogut affected the team with the lack of a true center for a majority of the season. Notable highlights from the season included Stephen Curry breaking the record for three-point field goals made in a single season with 272, thus eclipsing Ray Allen's then-seven-year-old record of 269 made, Curry and Klay Thompson's rise to NBA dominance as one of the greatest three-point-shooting duos in history, coining the term "Splash Brothers" for their abilities to shoot beyond the arc in record-breaking numbers. A seven-game Eastern Conference road trip featured a 6-1 record, including a close win against the defending champion Miami Heat. David Lee was named as an All-Star in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, thus became the first Warrior since Latrell Sprewell in 1997 to be named an All-Star. Lee led the league in double-doubles; the Warriors returned to the playoffs for the first time in six years. After a 4-2 series win against the number-three seed Denver Nuggets in the first round, the Warriors won a playoff series for the first time since 2007.
In the Conference Semifinal, the Warriors faced. Curry scored 44 points in a double-overtime loss in Game 1, but the team pulled off a 100-91 Game 2 win, the first Warriors victory, playoff or regular season, in San Antonio since February 1997, to tie the series at one game apiece. However, despite the willingness to fight, the inexperience and youth of the Warrior squad resulted in defeat as the Warriors lost to the eventual Western Conference Champion Spurs in six games