Monthly Archives: September 2011

A slice of 19th century humor

masthead of Ohioan

The Amateur Ohion, published in Cincinnati, in January of 1878, like many amateur newspapers, contains a short humor column.  This little column contains a very odd little joke. It begins: Why is an elephant like a steamboat? We'd love to hear your guesses for the punchline! Send us your comments and we'll reveal the "correct" ...

I Love Hannah Weld

Over the winter, AAS reader Jeanne McDougall spent some time with our Isaiah Thomas manuscript collection.  While searching through the correspondence, she stumbled upon a letter from Hannah Weld to her daughter Mary Weld, who married Isaiah Thomas Jr.  Below, Jeanne describes her encounter with Hannah and Mary.  Jeanne's experience certainly demonstrates the serendipitous nature ...

The Lyceum Comes to AAS

Ever wonder if you were born in the wrong century? If so, imagine it is still those halcyon early days when AAS was a new institution. A time when lyceums were considered viable forms of entertainment. When you could subscribe to attend a series of lectures on a topic and feel your ...

150 years ago this week…

...a young man named Henry L. Joslin, from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was writing home to his mother on September 24th. Henry, born in 1843, was serving in the Civil War and was working picket duty in Poolsville.  In his letter he describes his camp, what guard duty was like, and gives updates about his health, and other young ...

A Lesson to Procrastinators…

One way we add to our manuscript collection is through what staff and readers find within other collections at AAS.  Often we will find letters, notes, or other ephemera interfiled in books, periodicals and newspapers, and often it is deemed best to move this material into the manuscript collection.  These items are fun because, while ...

Shakespeare in the Parlor…and everywhere

As the Prints in the Parlor (PIP) Project begins its last leg of digitization and access to images generated, those of us involved with it find ourselves itching to pull together some of the results into conversation with one another. The reason for this is to show how these book illustrations, sometimes independent of the ...

California Gold

Although the majority of AAS’s manuscript collection is focused on New England, we do have collections that cover other parts of the country.  Our Book Trades Collection and Slavery in the US Collection, for example, have a national scope, and collections such as the Louisiana Collection and the California Papers are focused outside of New ...