Thursday, September 13, 2012

Americana; recent acquisitions, antiquarian and ephemera

William T. Keogh's Superbly Staged, Splendidly Cast, First Production of 'The Queen of Chinatown' by Joseph Jarrow. Academy of Music, February 26, Opium, Chinatown. [New York] : [s.l.], [1899]

"Every day new and wonder." By Lorenzo Delos Reyes.[Los Angeles? 1930?]

Vietnam- Who profits? Who pays? : Black people pay - twice !! ... Inferior medical care- the Black Panther Party wants people to be able to get good, free health care. Boston : Black Panther Party, Peoples Free Health Center, 1970.

We "Belong" to the Brotherhood Youth and Race Question / Olivia P. Stokes and Winburn T. Thomas. New York : Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, 1946.

The case against Dillingham. Palo Alto, Calif. : Grass Roots, [197-?]

International Seafarers' Federation. Minutes of the International Seafarers' Conference, Feb. 22nd to Mar. 3rd 1919 : together with minutes of an open Seafarers' Conference. London, [1919?]

Sarabia, Elizabeth D.T. Mexico from the inside : another letter from Mme. Sarabia. Boston : Massachusetts Branch of the Womam's Peace Party, 1916.

Shall the Chinese Exclusion Act be repealed ? / B.A. Garside and Burges Brown. New York : Citizen's Committee to Repeal Chinese Exclusion, 1943.

Chinese drug stores in America. By Stewart Culin. [Philadelphia? 1887] "Reprinted from the Journal of Pharmacy, December, 1887."

Lee, Chin. A Chinese art which tells : of monkey sun with his magic club ... of a sauce that takes eight years to age, of bird's nest and shark fins, of calories and vitamines, of ways of cooking scores of Chinese dishes and of a number of other things. [New York] : [Chin Lee], 1928.

American Antiquarian Society databases

In yesterday's New York Times, Edward Rothstein contributed an interesting review of a new exhibit at the Grolier Club highlighting the bicentennial of the American Antiquarian Society. As noted in the article, many of the Society's collections have been digitized and Stanford has acquired access to these rich databases, listed below. They offer rich insight into American history, literature, and culture from the Colonial period through Reconstruction.

Early American Imprints, Series I, Evans (1639-1800)
Early American Imprints, Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)

America's historical newspapers: featuring Early American newspapers, 1690-1922

American Broadsides and Ephemera

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (1691-1877)

The AAS has also published The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History by Philip F. Gura, as well as a supplementary website; as the site notes, "the Society digitized and made available in high-resolution the images and descriptions from the text. Not merely a list of illustrations, this site provides links to inventories and catalog records while also establishing additional contexts for viewing these important items."

The image of the Charleston Mercury accompanying this post is taken from the AAS website, which provides a detailed account of its provenance:

"Considered to be the first Confederate imprint, this broadside announced to the public the declaration, on December 20, 1860, that South Carolina would secede from the United States. This sheet was removed from a wall in Charleston by the popular Boston-born author Caroline Howard Gilman (1794-1888), who had moved permanently to Charleston following her marriage to the Rev. Samuel Gilman. Gilman mailed the broadside to her daughter Eliza in Salem, Massachusetts. Eliza in turn presented the document to American Antiquarian Society (AAS) member Nathaniel Paine who, heeding the Society’s call to preserve all printed material relating to the unsettling national events, passed the broadside along to AAS."

Stanford users can also access the broadside via the American Broadsides and Ephemera database.