Who Writes Like That?

Refelection on the Earth, Penmanship Exercise, Joseph Franks, 1793Recently a colleague was looking through handwritten catalog cards and remarked, Who writes like that today?  His comment reminded me of the penmanship handbooks and scrapbooks we hold in the Phillips Library collection.  So, I went into the vault and pulled three volumes of penmanship samples from our Essex County manuscript collection, which had been completed by students in the Salem schools in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  Jennifer Hornsby, the Assistant Archivist, and I enjoyed a pleasant morning looking through the volumes, marveling at the many beautiful examples of this lost art.

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What Do Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mary Mapes Dodge, and Elsie Leslie Have in Common? Our Juvenile Collection Provides the Answer

Frances Hodson Burnett, Mary Mapes Dodge, Elsie LeslieOne of my favorite collections in the Phillips Library is the juvenile collection.  Having taught Child Development, which included discussions on the importance of books in a child’s life, I was excited to learn about the collection and have spent many an afternoon exploring its depth.  Most of the titles were published in the mid-19th century and are structured around the moral themes of the time.  Many children’s classics are included along with a fascinating collection of juvenile periodicals.

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I Became a Patron – Lucy Larcom and The Lowell Offering Inspires Quilt Design

I started working at the Phillips Library in December, 2006.  In 2007, the New England Quilt Museum announced a juried exhibition that would honor the City of Lowell, Massachusetts and commemorate the museum’s 20th anniversary.  Entitled, Lowell Inside and Out, the exhibition would display quilts inspired by Lowell, its historic buildings, its canals, and its textile history.

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