Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Life Magazine in Google Books

Last fall Google Books made the Life Magazine photo archive available to the public; last month they published the entire run (over 1860 issues) of Life Magazine covering the period 1936-1972. A post on the Google Books blog provides more details.

Users can browse all issues of Life

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection online--Cornell University Library

The Cornell University Libraries have digitized the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection, a rich collection of material dealing with all aspects of the anti-slavery movement in the United States.

According to the Cornell site,

"Numbering over 10,000 titles, May's pamphlets and leaflets document the anti-slavery struggle at the local, regional, and national levels. Much of the May Anti-Slavery Collection was considered ephemeral or fugitive, and today many of these pamphlets are scarce. Sermons, position papers, offprints, local Anti-Slavery Society newsletters, poetry anthologies, freedmen's testimonies, broadsides, and Anti-Slavery Fair keepsakes all document the social and political implications of the abolitionist movement."

Users may search/browse all of the pamphlets in the collection.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Americana; recent acquisitions--antiquarian, out of print, and ephemera

Taylor, Maria. Memorials of Samuel Bowly. Born March 23, 1802, Died March 23, 1884. Gloucester, England: Printed for private circulation by John Bellows, 1884. Samuel Bowly (1802-1884) Anti-slavery abolitionist, temperance advocate,Quaker. Bowly debated pro-slavery advocates and helped to form the Central Negro Emancipation Committee, vital to bringing about emancipation for slaves in England in 1838. Bowly is most noted for his work in the English temperance movement. [DNB] This title is a collection of testimonials and tributes to Bowly's life created by his daughter, Maria Taylor.

Fowler, William Chauncey. The Sectional Controversy; Or, Passages in the Political History of the United States including the Causes of the War Between the Sections. New York: Charles Scribner, 1863.

Garey, Thomas A. Orange culture in California. By Thos. A. Garey. With an appendix on grape culture,by L.J. Rose. San Francisco, Cal., Pub. for A.T. Garey, printed and sold at the Office of the Pacific Rural Press, c1882.

Jones, Laurence C. The Bottom Rail: Addresses and Papers on the Negro in the lowlands of Mississippi and on Interracial Relations in the South during twenty-five years. New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1935. (With color picture post card of the Piney Woods School mounted on recto of frontispiece, and with two black and white photos of students and staff laid in.)

Kearney, Belle. A Slaveholder's Daughter. St. Louis: St. Louis Christian Advocate Co., 1900. Kearney (1863-1939) was a temperance reformer, suffragist and state
legislator. She was the first woman to be elected to the State Senate of Mississippi.

Andrews, W.H. Footprints of a Regiment: A Recollection of the 1st Georgia Regulars, 1861-1865. Annotated with introduction by Richard M. McMurry. Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1992.

Cater, Douglas John. As It Was: Reminiscences of a Soldier of the Third Texas Cavalry and the Nineteenth Louisiana Infantry. [Austin]: State House PRess, 1990.

DeRosier, Arthur H., Jr. (editor). Through the South with a Union Soldier. Johnson City: The East Tennessee State University Research Advisory Council, 1969.

Guide for the Observance of the Centennial of the Civil War. Washington, DC: The Civil War Centennial Commission, 1960. Executive Director Karl S. Betts and Chairman U.S. Grant 3rd provide the foreword to this guide for how to prepare and stage memorial observances, educational activities, publications, reenactments and other centennial events. Probable sole edition.

Johnson, Warren Barlow. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, being an account of a journey overland from Eureka, Humboldt co., California, to Webster, Worcester co., Mass., with a horse, carriage, cow and dog, by Warren B. Johnson. Webster, Mass., J. Cort, printer, 1887.

Jones, Benjamin Washington. Under the Stars and Bars: A History of the Surry Light Artillery -- Recollections of a Private Soldier in the War Between the States. Introduction and noted by Lee A. Wallace Jr. Maps by Barbara Long. Dayton: Press of Morningside Bookshop, 1975.

Ratchford, J.W. Some Reminiscences of Persons and Incidents of the Civil War. Austin: Shoal Creek Publishers, 1971. Scarce fascimile reproduction of the 1909 edition, of which only four complete copies are known. A remarkable memoir of this Confederate assistant adjutant-general, prefaced by Bluford B. Hestir.

Stewart, William H. A Pair of Blankets: War-Time History in Letters to the Young People of the South. Edited by Benjamin H. Trask. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, [1990]. First of this facsimile edition of the scarce 1911 first edition.