Spring fever was as common 150 years ago as it is now, and for many winter-weary souls, the illustrated seed catalogs that began appearing in that era are still the closest thing to a cure.
Among the many fine examples of early seed catalogs in our collections, my personal favorites were produced by James Vick, a Rochester seedsman who began his career in the printing trade in New York City. Vick was born in Portsmouth, England,...Read More
This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, approximately 60,000 amputations were performed during the Civil War. This equates to approximately three out of every four wartime operations. A large percentage of those soldiers had hand or arms amputated. For those who did not die from trauma, blood loss, or infection as a consequence of the surgery, further challenges to their daily...Read More
That is especially true in this lighthearted note (discovered by our volunteer Carol while re-housing the collection) from Ashcan School painter and printmaker John Sloan, to art collector, critic and patron Albert Eugene Gallatin. It seems his words of apology just could not do justice to his predicament. So, to illustrate the situation, Sloan adds his "thousand words". (For a transcription, see below.)
John Sloan to A.E. Gallatin, November 30, 1915 (A.E. Gallatin Papers)