Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, Mass.)
Never underestimate the importance of a sharp pencil at a research library. I’m not sure who is in charge of pencil provisioning at the MHS, but whoever it is deserves a raise. Always sharpened, with fresh erasers, these pencils are also all miraculously the same length. With long and complicated call slips to fill out for each request, the excellence of these pencils becomes even more delightful.
Thanks to friend and MHS colleague Jeremy for the link, and also for being the mastermind behind our pencil-sharpening program!