The earliest reference to the Old Librarian's Almanack
is found In 1907, when the novelist Edmund Lester Pearson mentioned it in his Boston Evening Transcript
column. It was, he said, a small almanac from 1773 that contained the "opinion and counsel" of a curmudgeonly librarian whose ideas were strikingly non-modern. Two years later, Pearson arranged for the reprinting of the Almanack, and it was favorably reviewed by many newspapers which accepted it as an authentic 18th-Century curiosity. Very few people realized that there was no Old Librarian. Pearson himself had written the Almanack as a joke.