This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
Like it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is upon us. With all the advertisements for expensive jewelry, bountiful bouquets and fine dining, one might overlook the significance of a good old fashioned Valentine. Yep, a card can hold just as much meaning as a giant teddy bear and in the age of text messaging and emails, a handwritten note certainly adds a personal touch to the...Read More
This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscript Department.
Archival collections from the Revolutionary War period are thick with stories of soldiers and generals, their battles won and lost. Although less evident, collections of this era also contain documentation of what President Obama recently described as the “nation’s original sin,”[i] i.e. the institution of slavery. I recently examined the papers of Horatio Gates (1728-1806), a general in the Continental Army, who defeated the British at the...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
What to do if you are a leader of a political party and you fear that your party’s presumptive nominee for the presidency thoroughly lacks the temperament for the office? If he is erratic, animated by “disgusting egotism,” “distempered jealousy,” and “ungovernable indiscretion”? Or that he simply has such “great and intrinsic defects in his character, which unfit him for the office of Chief...Read More
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