Author Archives: Tracey Kry

About Tracey Kry

Assistant Curator of Manuscripts and Assistant Reference Librarian, American Antiquarian Society

The Acquisitions Table: Moses Kimball’s Journal

Kimball, Moses. Journal, 1850-1851. Moses Kimball (1809-1895) was an active citizen of Boston throughout the 19th century.  After failed attempts at the newspaper and printing business, Kimball succeeded in the museum business, purchasing and expanding the New England Museum (which had been established by Ethan Allen Greenwood) in 1838, and opening the Boston Museum in ...

The Acquisitions Table: Fitch’s Geography for Beginners

Fitch's Geography for Beginners, [1850-1858]. This handwritten textbook of geography is something of a mystery.  Heavily illustrated with original drawings and images clipped from publications, the text is divided into lessons with topics such as “About Travelling,” “About the Surface of the Earth,” “About Animals,” and “About Trees and Plants.”  The title, Fitch’s Geography… suggests that ...

The Acquisitions Table: The Fairy Grotto

"Aunt Abbie." The Fairy Grotto. [Green Bay, Wisconsin: Advocate Press. Robinson Brothers & Clark, 1877] This charming volume is a true orphan, apparently the sole survivor of its kind.  Printed by the local newspaper in Green Bay, Wisconsin, it presumably was meant to be decorated by the purchaser.  The hand-done illuminations in this copy are only ...

The Acquisitions Table: Lemuel Haynes Sermon

Haynes, Lemuel, “A Sermon Delivered at Rutlan West Parish in Vermont June 1805.” Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) was a highly influential religious and anti-slavery leader.  Among Haynes’s many firsts, he was the first African-American to be ordained to the Christian ministry and the first African-American to receive a college degree (an M.A. from Middlebury in 1804).  After ...

The Acquisitions Table: Notes in College

Downer, David R., “Notes in College,” 1827-1828. David Robinson Downer (1808-1841) was born in Westfield, New Jersey.  He attended Yale College, graduating in 1828, and then entered the Auburn Seminary, eventually becoming minister of the West Presbyterian Church in New York City.  This volume consists of theological notes made by Downer during his senior year at ...

“Another closing year draws nigh…”

It is often hard to find diaries written by young men and boys.  So today I’d like to highlight a great diary kept by a young man, Thomas Whitaker, of Waltham, Massachusetts.  Thomas began recording daily entries in 1874, when he was 17 years old, and the volume continues through 1878.  He filled the entire ...

The Acquisitions Table: Fitch’s Geography for Beginners

Fitch’s Geography for Beginners, ca. 1850-1858. This handwritten textbook of geography is something of a mystery.  Heavily illustrated with original drawings and images clipped from publications, the text is divided into lessons with topics such as “About Travelling,” “About the Surface of the Earth,” “About Animals,” and “About Trees and Plants.”  The title, Fitch’s Geography… suggests ...