Join us at ALA Annual 2015!

AC15_WereExhibitingWe hope to see you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.  You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth number 2107 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall  near the Post Office and the What’s Cooking @ ALA Stage.

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the conference. The Exhibit Hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.

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Find us at booth #2107 in the South Hall


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An Appeal from the Daughters of New Orleans

A Newspaper Perspective in our Civil War Collection contains major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.

This item appeared in the June 11, 1862 issue of The Charleston Mercury shortly after the capture of New Orleans (April 25 – May 1, 1862).

An Appeal from the Daughters of New Orleans

We need not commend to the attention of our readers the following simple, touching, beautiful appeal of the lovely daughters of New Orleans. We could add nothing to its melting pathos. ‘Every soldier of the South’who reads it, will pant for an opportunity to avenge the wrongs and insults so touchingly portrayed.


We turn to you in mute agony! Behold our wrongs! Fathers! husbands! brothers! sons! We know these bitter, burning wrongs will be fully avenged – never did Southern woman appeal in vain for protection from insult!

But, for the sakes of our sisters throughout the South, with tears we implore you not to surrender your cities, consideration of the defenceless women and children.’Do not leave your women to the mercy of this merciless foe! Would it not have been better for New Orleans to have been laid in ruins, and we buried beneath the mass, than that we should so priceless a boon that, for the preservation of it, no sacrifice is too great?

Ah no! ah no! Rather let us died with you, or our Fathers! Rather, like Virginians, plunge your own swords into our breasts, saying ‘This is all we can give our daughter!’

-The Daughters of New Orleans
New Orleans, May 24, 1862.

Part I of our Civil War collection, A Newspaper Perspective, contains articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.


Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The Charleston Mercury
Date: June 11, 1862
Title: An Appeal from the Daughters of New Orleans.

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Camp Sherman News - Notes from Stage and Film

Camp Sherman News: Notes from Film & Stageland

On April 6, 1917 the United States formally declared war on Germany and entered World War I. Less than two months later, the nation was in a race to prepare the infrastructure and people to fight the war. In June of 1917, Chillicothe, Ohio, in south-central Ohio, underwent a transformation that was becoming a familiar scene around the country. The Army decided to build one of the large training cantonments it required to train and mobilize men for the war effort on the northern edge of Chillicothe. In a matter of only a few months during the summer of 1917, the bucolic serenity of the Chillicothe area was dramatically transformed when over two thousand buildings were erected on land that was coveted for farming and where prehistoric Indians constructed large ceremonial earthen mounds.

This sprawling military complex that quadrupled the population of Chillicothe would become known as Camp Sherman.

Source: Camp Sherman, Ohio’s WWI Soldier Factory

Camp Sherman News in our America and World War I:  American Military Camp Newspapers collection offers a closer look at the camp’s activities and the interests of those training there.

This piece of entertainment news ran in the camp newspaper on March 13, 1919.


Gertrude Hoffman played Cleveland last week and, from the reports, we hope she heads in this direction soon. Read this:

Miss Hoffman works along simpler lines this season than in the past, but her act is, perhaps, more pleasing than it was a few seasons ago when she appeared with a wealth of scenery and a supporting company. A Spanish dance, against a background of orange and black, opens her turn; and her “Dance of the Allies” is a number which introduces the filmy draperies and uncovered limbs of yore. Then comes her imitations of Ann Pennington, Addie Foy, Fanny Brice and Bessie McCoy; and, finally, her “Trip to Coney Island rounds out her divertissement. It is all well done, especially the changes made in an open dressing room, with two feminine valets garbed a la Ziegfeld.

“Todd of the Times,” starring Frank Keenan, who plays the role of the city editor of a large newspaper, breaking up a political combine and obtaining the managing editor’s job. Character development, in the screwing of the courage to the sticking point, is well worked out by Mr. Keenan.

While on the subject of Broadway beauties it may not be amiss to record the fact that Kay, Laurel, who has decorated many an edition of Mister Ziegfeld’s Follies, has joined the filmers. She is making her debut in a leading role in the next Rex Beach picture, to be turned out by Goldwyn in the newly acquired Culver City studio relinquished by Triangle.

Miss Ethel Barrymore’s success in “The Off Chance” has been such that her sponsors have arranged for her the longest tour of her career. She will play all the way across the continent this spring, visiting the Pacific Coast for the first time since 1911, when she was seen there in “Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire.”

America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.

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What Shall we do with the Freedmen?


This is a question which is often discussed. We see it in our papers, and hear it frequently in conversation; but, if the North were more familiar with the state of affairs at the South, the question would much oftener be, “What shall we do with the white men, now that they have no slaves to take care of them?” The prevalent idea, that the masters of the South were intelligent, capable men, who, though unjust and cruel, still exercised a provident supervision over the wants of their slaves,—clothing and feeding them,— while the negroes, on the contrary, were unthinking, unthrifty, dull machines, is false.

The negro’s wants were few; and, such as they were, he was fully capable of supplying them, if not interfered with. With the change from slavery to freedom, he will doubtless discover new wants, the most pressing of which is that of education, which it is our duty to supply; but there is little ground of any apprehension that the slaves of the South, as a mass, are to suffer, by being deprived of their former masters, or that they will need charitable support.

Who built the huts in which they have been living? Who raised the corn upon which they have fed? Who wove the homespun stuffs with which they have been clothed? Will it be more difficult to obtain these things now that they work for themselves alone, than when they gave a large share of the products of their labor to their master?

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s African American Newspapers Collection. This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

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World War I: English for Americans in the Making

Classes Operated by the YMCA

The English for foreigner classes that are being operated throughout the division is one phase of a difficult phase of a difficult and strange process of assimilation and fusion of many races of men in a difficult time. Few men quite realize how very near the liberty of Europe lies to the hearts of a considerable part of our army— men drawn from every subject nation of Europe. It is fortunate that the United States has gone on record as standing for the liberation of the peoples of East and Southeast Europe. A surprising number of men from foreign countries have already become loyal, self-sacrificing soldiers in America’s cause, even though they do not yet understand our language.

America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.

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Americas Greatest Soldier

General Pershing: America’s Greatest Soldier (1919)

John J. “Blackjack” Pershing (1860-1948) was promoted to General of the Armies during World War I, the highest rank ever held in the United States Army. With nearly two million men under his command, Pershing was responsible for more troops than any commander in American history. Further, he helped keep American forces independent, despite repeated European requests to put American troops under foreign command. In his later career, he was key in formulating the plan that would become our Interstate Highway System.

This profile ran in Frank Leslie’s Weekly on January 4, 1919.

America’s Greatest Soldier (1919)

By Thomas F. Logan

General Pershing’s happy star has been ascendent throughout the period of his service in France. No stain of criticism or glaring error mars his scutcheon. His record of achievement as Commanding Officer of the American Expeditionary Force in France has been unusual in that from its beginning until today there were no untoward events or reverses to impair the feeling of almost awed confidence with which he is regarded by the American people. Pershing came through clean. He has a tremendously hard record to live up to.

Pershing did not avoid mistakes by avoiding decisions. He struck and struck hard for his own ideas. His aggressive personality and confidence in his own estimate of one phase of the military situation in France turned the tide of battle against Germany. That phase was the morale and fighting ability of the American troops. The French generals , even Marshal Foch, it is said, did not believe the American forces were sufficiently trained to be relied upon in a vital way, even as reserves. They were deferring such reliance upon the Americans shortly before the second battle of the Marne. Pershing believed otherwise. He challenged their doubts. He staked his own military reputation and the reputation of the American armies in the war upon the ability of his troops to deliver. By his own faith and forcefulness he imposed his own estimate upon the Allied supreme command. The result was the appeal to the Americans to save the Allied cause at the second battle of the Marne.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

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