Sailing Ship Card Collection Open For Research

Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon

Three examples of advertising cards for clipper ships: Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon.

It is exciting to announce that one of my favorite collections at the Phillips Library, MSS 470 – Sailing Ship Card Collection, 1852-1894, 1918, 1990, is now fully processed and open for research.  Processed with funds from the NHPRC, this collection includes 1,295 cards (1,197 of which are unique), printed in the late 19th century between 1850 and 1900.  Ship owners and shipping lines announced the departure of their ships by means of printed cards instead of advertising in newspapers or via broadsides, as they had previously done.  Read more

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

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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