Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Acquisitions Table: Grigg, Elliot & Co. List of Books

Trade List of Books Published by Grigg, Elliot & Co….Philadelphia, s.n., 1847. This broadside listing titles for sale by the Philadelphia book publisher Grigg, Elliot & Co., includes details about their stock of poetry, medical texts, and school books. The Society has a large collection of Philadelphia bookseller and book publisher catalogues and sale ...

The Acquisitions Table: Ruth Chenery

Davis, Caroline E. Kelly.  Ruth Chenery.  Boston: Henry Hoyt, ca. 1867. This comic frontispiece captures the embarrassment of young Ruth Chenery; the well-intentioned young woman made a pudding only to discover that she had used a cracked and hopelessly damaged dish, and she receives a sound scolding from her maiden Aunt Keziah.  The struggle of high-spirited ...

Baron Lecture: Patricia Limerick Reflects Upon “The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West”

Patricia Nelson Limerick, A Western American historian at the University of Colorado, will deliver the ninth annual Baron Lecture on October 25 at 7 p.m. This lecture is named after Robert C. Baron, past AAS chairman and president of Fulcrum Publishing in Denver. This lecture invites a distinguished AAS member who has written a ...

Helen Keller’s Handwritten History Now Open to View Online

For the first time ever, the extensive 1880s-era correspondence between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan and Sullivan’s mentor at Perkins School for the Blind, Michael Anagnos, are available online. An unusual collaboration between the American Antiquarian Society and Perkins (www.perkinsarchives.org) harnesses the power of social media to create a revealing new online exhibit that ...

The Acquisitions Table: Jonathan Huse Papers

Huse, Jonathan, Papers, 1795-1842. Jonathan Huse (1767-1853) was born in Methuen, Massachusetts and was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1788.  In 1795 he became minister of the Congregational church in Warren, Maine.  In the late 1820s a growing number of members of his congregation became interested in Hopkinsianism and a movement began to form a second ...

In Pursuit of Grolier

The American Antiquarian Society is somewhat of a rare bird in the way we exhibit our holdings. On the one hand, the fact that we have virtually no display space means that materials are lent for other institutions to display; on the other hand, we’re just itching to show off our collections. So when the ...

Old worlds

"Poetry, as well as History, has consecrated the achievements of Columbus.  But we must leave, for the present, to History and Poetry the pleasing task of dwelling on individual characters.  The appropriate researches of the Antiquary aim at objects less exposed to ordinary notice, yet illustrative often of the interests of nations."  So said William ...