Author Archives: Vincent Golden

About Vincent Golden

Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals, American Antiquarian Society

The Acquisitions Table: New-York Clipper

New-York Clipper (New York, NY).  Apr. 13, 1863 – Apr. 8, 1865. At a recent book fair, AAS was offered two bound volumes of this extremely rare sporting and entertainment periodical.  It began in 1853 as a periodical covering sporting events.  By the time of the Civil War the New-York Clipper included coverage of the theatrical ...

The Bachelors’ Journal

AAS has a strong collection of American periodicals dating back to the 1740s, which often focused on a particular subject or advocacy.  Scattered throughout the stacks are serials focusing on topics such as religion, agriculture, temperance, crafts, abolitionism, vegetarianism, reform, anti-masonry, art, or women. There is one periodical that is unlike any other in the collection, ...

Timing Redux

The Past is Present posting for April 8th about timing told of a volume of a periodical that got away from AAS despite the urging of Marcus McCorison.  This was the National Magazine published in Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C. in 1799-1800 by James Lyon.  He was a Vermont printer who fled the state.  Mr. ...

One-hit Wonders

The American Antiquarian Society has a large number of periodicals and newspapers of which only a single issue was printed before they folded.  There are a variety of reasons for why this might be.  Sometimes issue no. 1 is really a prospectus trying to generate interest and subscribers, but failing in this mission.  Often it ...

Timing

In show business timing is everything.  It is the same at the American Antiquarian Society.  Sometimes you acquire a piece when a researcher is here and it is just what he or she needs.  Other times you acquire an item and you think it would have been perfect for that person that was here the ...

The Acquisitions Table: Aspinwall Courier

Aspinwall Courier.  Aspinwall, Panama. In the 1850s, Aspinwall (today known as Cólon) was founded as one of the end points of the Panama Railroad, which spanned the isthmus for and provided part of the route to and from the California gold rush regions.  This paper was edited by Frederic E. Foster and printed in English for ...

Adopt-a-Book 2013: Romney and Obama, 1844 style

On Friday, April 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the American Antiquarian Society will be hosting our 6th Annual Adopt-A-Book event. This event is an important fundraiser for the curatorial team at the Society, and monies raised will go towards future acquisitions of books, prints, newspapers, manuscripts, and children’s literature. Below are examples of two ...

The Acquisitions Table: The Clay Tribune

The Clay Tribune (New York).  May 4 – Nov. 2, 1844. 23 issues. This file combined with the issues already owned by AAS gives us one of three known complete files of this campaign newspaper.  It was published by Horace Greeley as a separate political issue of the daily and weekly Tribune.  Greeley greatly admired Henry ...

When I Say AAS You Think…Chocolate?

Each year at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, AAS has a booth on Cultural Row (booths given to local libraries to promote themselves).  When regular visitors to the fair walk by our booth, they usually think one thing.  Chocolate!  Early on we had a dish with small candy bars or other chocolate confectionery delights ...

The Acquisitions Table: Southern Rights

Southern Rights (Jacksonville, FL).  Oct. 4, 1862. When Brigadier General J.M. Brannan took over Jacksonville, FL, his troops found standing type in the newspaper office and pied it.  Later some of them took a proof sheet of the Oct. 4, 1862 copy and added an extra paragraph at the end and printed up some copies “for ...

The Acquisitions Table: The Other Side

The Other Side (Bloomington, IL).  Apr. 14, 1868.  Vol. 1, no. 4. This is a campaign newspaper printed in broadside format.  It was a Republican paper edited by C.F. Merriman, a long-time newspaper editor of this town.  Though stating it was to be published daily, output was irregular, and it claimed a circulation of 2,000.  The ...