This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains a wealth of manuscript materials by Americans both famous and obscure. For April’s “AHMC of the Month,” we turn to someone from the latter category: amateur astronomer James H. Gardiner (approximately 1845-1889) of Newburgh, N.Y.
In a letter to James Wells from March 12, 1863, a teenage Gardiner reproduces an article from a local newspaper that describes his discovery of a comet that he observed...Read More
Peace on earth and good will to men may be in short supply, but there is no time like Christmas to appreciate that nowadays advertising is everywhere. Billboards, newspapers, magazines, television, the Internet, cell phones . . . advertisers will try any means available to get consumers to buy their products. So it’s hardly surprising to find 19th century advertisers taking advantage of one of the earliest forms of mass media: sheet music.
In the year...Read More
This post is by Rebecca Grabie, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
The art of bookbinding is the art of creating in the reader, by the composition of the covers of a book, the state of mind desired by the author of the book. It is an art of the book-lover, not of the printer, publisher, bookbinder, or author. It is to express the sentiment of the author as it is viewed by the book-lover.” Henri Pène du...Read More
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