February 2016 Webinar Schedule

This month we are hosting three free webinars on two topics:

Frank Leslie’s Weekly

February 17th, Wednesday, 10am EST
February 18th, Thursday, 1pm EST

This 30-minute webinar will trace America’s development in the 19th and early 20th centuries through this complete collection of the nation’s first illustrated weekly. It will highlight every phase of the evolution of American popular culture over 70 years. In addition, the webinar will illustrate how the Weekly chronicles the nation heading into the catastrophic conflict between North and South, postwar industrial growth and the rise of cities, and the movement westward. By unlocking the immediate past scholars can better understand the events leading to our present day concerns and issues.

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Use of Primary Sources and Interface/Searchability

February 24th, Wednesday, 10am EST

This 30-minute presentation will focus on the importance of using primary sources and how to locate those documents that will provide the best opportunities for reference librarians, faculty and students to “dig into the past” and discover the essential history that defines our society.

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January Webinars

January Webinar Registration is Open

Learn how our databases can help your organization by attending a free webinar presentation. Learn about the latest content developments in our collections of 18th and 19th century books, periodicals, and newspapers.

This month we are hosting four thirty-minute webinars on two topics:

American County Histories

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 at 10am EST
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 1pm EST

Black History/Abolition Collections

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 10am EST
Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 1pm EST

It’s a great idea to have multiple attendees participate so they can experience it first-hand and discuss next steps as a team.

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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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The Men Who Made Europe’s Great War

One hundred and two years ago today, in response to an act of terrorism, Austria-Hungary lit the fuse that set-off the powder keg of political tension and saber-rattling  in Europe. On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and within a fortnight most of the European continent was at war.

This article from Frank Leslie’s Weekly highlights the leaders involved in the “greatest war in history.” The article outlines the chronology of the beginning of the war.

Foreign correspondents working for Frank Leslie’s Weekly were embedded in each belligerent nation’s capital, with the armies in camp, and in the front line trenches of both sides. Their news reports provided an unprecedented look at total war in words and photography.  The American public snapped-up copies of Leslie’s Weekly’s reporting on the progress of the war, the divisive issue of America’s neutrality, and the economic consequences of the war.

A Topographical Review of the Decisive Battles and Important Events of the European War from 1914 to 1917

A Topographical Review of the Decisive Battles and Important Events of the European War
from 1914 to 1917

The Men Who Made Europe’s Great War

“Going to the Front in Motor Buses” - Frank Leslie’s Weekly, September 10, 1914

“Going to the Front in Motor Buses” – Frank Leslie’s Weekly, September 10, 1914

All Europe was convulsed by the peremptory demands made by the Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary on Servia as a result of the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand. It was generally assumed that Germany was behind Austria. Servia, determining that it was not consistent with her honor to meet Austria’s demands, gave an unsatisfactory reply and looked to Russia to defend her.

The Czar accepted the implied challenge of Austria and Germany, and the efforts of Great Britain and France to avert war were unsuccessful. The responsibility may justly be placed upon the three war lords of Europe, the only Emperors in the civilized world whose power approaches that of absolute monarchs. Austria declared war against Servia on July 28th.

On August 1st, Germany declared war on Russia, alleging the mobilization of Russian troops on the German frontier. Immediately Germany marched through neutral states upon France, Russia’s ally, with three armies.

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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Eating Advice from a Mother to a Daughter

(The Revolution – March 1868) – In trying to impress upon you the advantage of a sound body, I would speak of diet as being chief of all hygienic means. It is absurd to expect a healthful balance of mind and body, without good, farinaceous food, at regular hours. Cake and highly seasoned dishes render the stomach irritable and the whole system feverish. Children fed on dainties can never grow robust. A craving for stimulants is thus induced and that is not confined to boys. Girls manifest this depraved condition of the digestive apparatus in other ways than in a love of tippling, but with effects nearly as baleful. Condiments of every kind or highly concentrated food, as in cake and sweetmeats, tax every force of the system to digest, and draw the life-forces from the extremities, leaving them unduly sensitive. The outposts undefended, disease creeps in and attacks the citadel.

The life-forces need to be preserved in perfect equilibrium to keep you growing as beautifully as a plant grows. That takes into its thousand stomachs, or cells, only what it needs to nourish its own life.

Plain food builds up the system in just the same way. The wonderful work of growth goes on unconsciously, in sleep or awake; all we have to do is to supply the right nutriment and we build up, as the plant builds, cell by cell. Each tiny particle attracts its kindred particle, and is deposited wherever a useless atom has been removed.

In avoiding stimulating food, you avoid undue brain excitement and unhealthy imagination and give no room to brooding thoughts of an unreal life, from which come trains of evils that have ruined thousands of lovely girls. Late suppors and rich delicacies create a thirst for novel-reading to a great extent. Fiction has its use, but also its great abuse. Yellow-covered literature would be less eagerly sought if our tables were not loaded with nerve-exciting viands. Real life palls upon the taste, home becomes monotonous, and daily duties irksome, while the day-dreamer roams in enchanted lands.

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Newspapers Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily, The Revolution, and the National Citizen and Ballot Box.


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Talbot County

The Indians in Talbot County

Although prior to 1652, there were many Indian settlements, as still indicated by their banks of oyster shells, on points along the shores of the Choptank, Chester and Tred Avon rivers, it was in this year, being eight years prior to the founding of Talbot county, that a treaty was made with them, which is the first of which any record has been preserved and by which all of their lands on the Eastern Shore, north of the Choptank river, were ceded to the English.

This treaty was made at the river Severn, where the city of Annapolis was later located, and, tradition says, it was held under the old tulip-popular tree, still standing on the campus of St. John’s College. This treaty may be found, at length, in the appendix to Bozman’s History of Maryland, in which it is stated a blank occurs in the first article. A critical examination of the old council book will, however, convince any person familiar with the peculiar chirography of that time, that there is no blank in it, and that the word that Bozman says, in another place, is illegible, is in reality the word trees. The first article is as follows:

Article of peace and friendship treated and agreed upon the 5th day of July, 1652, between the English nation in the province of Maryland, on the one part, and the Indian nation of Susquesahanough on the other part, as followeth:

First, that the English nation shall have, hold and enjoy to them, their heirs and assigns, forever, all the land lying from the Patuxent river unto Palmer’s Island, on the Western side of the Bay of Chesepiake, and from Choptank river to the north east branch which lyes to the northward of Elks river, on the Eastern side of the said baye, with all the islands, rivers, creeks, tres, fish, fowle, deer, elke, and whatsoever else to the same belonging, excepting the Isle of Kent and Palmer’s Island, which belong to Capt. Clayborne. But, never the less it shall be lawful for the aforesaid English or Indians to build a house or forte for trade or any such like use or occasion at any tyme upon Palmers’ Island.


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The Barbaric Laws of Ohio in 1837

The ILLEGAL enactments of Ohio, are extremely oppressive to her colored population. – These LAWS were made by our Western Fathers, in the reign of wolves and bears.*  They are vestiges of backwoods barbarism, and never were intended for this enlightened day.

The first settlers passed them, merely to guard themselves against too great an ingress of worn-out slaves, set free from Kentucky and other slave states. They intended them, merely, as a protection, for the time being, that would be superseded by civilization and education. The axe and the hoe, before which the western forests have fled, should long since, have come in contact with all these unequal, unrighteous, and injurious laws.

The state legislature has been memorialized several times on the subject. The voice of the people has called, LOUDLY, for the repeal of the oppressive code, yet the members have stuck to it, with the same KIND of tenacity, that the Haytians do, to the usages of their fathers, in working their oxen by their horns. They have no other good reason. OUR FATHERS MADE THESE LAWS, and we must not BREAK THEM, is the VERY BEST apology, that possibly can be made, for their existence in this light and liberal age.

For the benefit of such of our readers, as are not acquainted with the disabilities to which our brethren in Ohio are subjected, we will mention a few of them. They exist, under a clause, of the old constitution of the state, in which colored men are denied a residence in the State, without bonds and freehold security, for good behaviour, and as an indemnity against their ever becoming a public charge. They are denied the right of suffrage, and of giving testimony against a white man, in any case, or any circumstances whatever. (more…)

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Haitian Revolution

News from the Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution, was a successful anti-slavery and anti-colonial insurrection that took place in the former French colony of Saint Domingue that lasted from 1791 until 1804. It impacted the institution of slavery throughout the Americas. Self-liberated slaves destroyed slavery at home, fought to preserve their freedom, and with the collaboration of mulattoes, founded the sovereign state of Haiti. It led to the greatest slave uprising since Spartacus, who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Roman Republic nearly 1,900 years prior.

The Haitian Revolution was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state free from slavery and ruled by non-whites and former captives.

News of the revolution was carried in newspapers in the newly founded United States. This item appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 2, 1792 by way of Boston.

News from the West Indies

Boston, April 19, 1792

Since our last, several vessels have arrived from Port-au Prince, all of which bring the most gloomy accounts of the situation of that island; the distresses of which appear to be owing, not more to the revolt and devastation of the slaves , than to the enmity prevailing among the freemen, and the want of subordination to any government.

About the 13th of March, the negroes attacked the town of Leogane – set fire to the plantations on the plain, and were joined by the negroes thereon, who had till then been in quiet servitude: after much fighting and burning, the negroes retreated. Many were killed on both sides – the lowest number, including all parties and colours, is stated at 1000.


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