A Floating Glimpse at the Gardner Family Papers

Photograph of unknown Gardner family member, undated

Hilary Streifer, Assistant Manuscript Processor, wrote the following post about a collection she recently processed.

The Gardner Family papers is a collection that focuses on three generations of one branch of the Gardner family—a prominent mercantile and shipping family in Salem, Massachusetts, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  The collection documents their vast land holdings, as well as their merchant and shipping businesses beginning with John Gardner (1736-1816), and including his sons, Richard Gardner (1774-1836), and John Gardner (1771-1847); and John (1771-1847) and his sons, John Gardner (1796-1870), Thomas W. Gardner (1798-1845), Samuel Gardner (1800-1856), and Henry Gardner (1809-1890).  Read more

Exciting New Library Acquisitions for August

Image from diary of Le Minh Truong, 1973-1974

The Phillips Library has recently acquired some rare and interesting items for its manuscript collection. Here is a sampling of a few of those gems.

North Vietnamese Diary and Photo Album

North Vietnamese Diary and Photo Album by Le Minh Truong, 1973-1974

This handwritten diary and photo album by North Vietnamese war correspondent and photographer Le Minh Truong (1930-2012), documents his journey along the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam to Saigon between 1973 and 1974. Read more

Walt Whitman at the Phillips Library

PortraitRecently, when I was searching the shelves for the latest reading room display of Summer Reading Books, I discovered several volumes of Walt Whitman poetry.  Two of the original owners of our books on Whitman lived in the late 1800s.  A side-by-side comparison of these owners’ copies shows that they had vastly different experiences with Whitman’s poems.  The first reader physically removed dozens of pages from his own book, and the second went out of her way to republish and promote the poet’s work. Read more