Batter Up!

Boston American League Base Ball Club, 1903

Published in Spaulding's Official Base Ball Guide, Edited by Henry Chadwick, 1903

Having grown up rushing home after school at the end of the baseball season to watch such greats as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, watching the World Series is as much of a tradition for me as viewing Wimbledon, the U. S. Open Tennis Championships, and the Kentucky Derby.  So, it’s with both history and interest in baseball, that I have avidly been watching the Boston Red Sox team as they work their way through each of the games of the current World Series.  Read more

Far From Common

Ship caught in dreadful gale, February 11, 1760

On November 12, 2011, an exhibition of items from the Phillips Library opened at the Peabody Essex Museum. Unbound: Highlights from the Phillips Library at PEM displayed more than 30 rare and storied objects from the library’s collection. Items on display gave the museum visitor a “glimpse into historical documents that were acquired for their power to both delight the eye and change the world.

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Civil War Patriotic Envelope Collection Open For Research

American Eagle Responding to the South Carolina Secession

Printed on the back of the envelope: The destruction of the Snake of South Carolina, Nullification and Secession. and all her progeny, by the National Bird.

The Phillips Library was the recipient of a grant from the National Historic Publication and Records Commission (NHPRC), which provided the opportunity to process more than 85 manuscript collections of historic significance.  One of these collections is MM 8, Civil War Patriotic Envelope Collection, which houses more than 9,400 examples of envelopes created to promote the political and social causes of the war, depicting both Union and Confederate perspectives.

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