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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October Webinar Dates Announced

Join us to see what’s new at Accessible Archives! Our archives consist of fascinating documents from the 18th and 19th centuries. We have recently digitized the entire collection of Frank Leslie’s Weekly, a popular publication from the 1800s. Our extensive county history collections are growing monthly. Behind the scenes, we have added search tools to help better target your search to more quickly find the documents you need from our archives.

Genny Jon will be your guide to the Accessible Archives. She will provide an overview of the collection and highlight recent updates to the collections and to our search tools.

Please register in advance to participate in these presentations.

October Dates

Wednesday,October 14 at 9:30 AM EDT
Tuesday, October 20 at 9:30 AM EDT
Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Lieutenant Samuel K. Thompson of Co. C, 54th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiment with unidentified soldiers posed with a Columbiad cannon at an earthwork fort. (1863)

Reception of the Colored Soldiers at Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Nov. 14.

This is a day that will long be remembered by the colored people of the State of Pennsylvania. In view of the large number of colored soldiers who are coming home, many of whom pass through this city, it was determined by the colored people of this city that they should have a fitting reception accorded to them. A committee was at once organized, and Mr. George E. Stevens, one of the original members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, who was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant for bravery at Fort Wagner, was selected to carry the arrangements into execution.

All last evening the streets were fairly alive with the soldiers, and their friends, but there was not the slightest confusion, and nowhere was there to be seen any insubordination. They remembered that all were looking upon them, and conducted themselves in a worthy manner.

Simon Cameron

Simon Cameron

But today was the great epoch. At nine o’clock the procession began to form on State street, north of the Capitol, and by ten o’clock the column was in motion. T. Morris Chester, of this city, acted as chief marshal assisted by a number of aids. They then passed through a number of streets to the residence of General Simon Cameron on Front Street. The line was drawn up in front of his house, when the old patriot appeared and was received with all the honors. He then spoke as follows:

I cannot let this opportunity pass without thanking the African soldiers for the compliment they have paid ate, hat more than all to thank them for the great service which they have been to their country in the terrible rebellion. I never doubted that the people of African descent would play a great part in this struggle, and I am proud to My that all my anticipations have been more than realized. Your services offered in the early part of the war, were refused; but when the struggle became one of life and death, then the country gladly received you, and. thank God, you nobly redeemed all you promised. [Applause.]

Like all other men, you have your destinies in your own hands, and if you continue to conduct yourselves hereafter as you have in this struggle, you will have all the rights you ask for, alt the rights that belong to human beings. [Applause] I can, only say again that I thank you from my heart for all that you have done for your country, and I know the country will hold you in grateful remembrance.

I cannot close without saying that there is at the head of the National Government a greet man, who is able and determined to deal justly with all. I know that with his approval, no State that was in rebellion will be allowed to return to the benefits of the Union, without Brat having a constitutional compact which will prevent slavery in the hind for all time to come; which will make all men equal before the law; which will prescribe no distinction of color on the witness-stand. and in the jury-box; and which will protect the homes and the domestic relations of all men and all women. He will insist too on the repudiation of all debts contracted for the support of the war of the rebellion. Remember, when the war began, there were 4.000,000 of slaves in this country, protected by law. Now all men are made free by the law. Thank God for all this! for He alone has accomplished the work!

William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator was a weekly abolitionist newspaper published in Boston. The paper held true to the founder’s ideals. Garrison was a journalistic crusader who advocated the immediate emancipation of all slaves and gained a national reputation for being one of the most radical of American abolitionists.

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7 New American County History Additions

Our American County Histories Collection continue to grow.  We are happy to announce  seven new volumes are fully searchable.

New Titles

  • HISTORY OF TEXAS – VOLUME 2. — Texas (Browse)

The Browse and/or Search links below are for visitors on networks with institutional access to this collection. Individuals with personal subscriptions must login at to access the Browse and Search features.

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Adams County Ohio Courthouse

Ohio’s Wholesale Vote Selling (1911)

Below is a characteristic photograph of the man who heard the cases of the Adams County voters who sold their franchise at the recent election in Ohio.



This picture was taken in the court-house at West Union, while the judge was fining and disfranchising his neighbors.

It is estimated that the total number of the guilty may reach 3,000. Never before in the history of American politics has there been such wholesale corruption. All classes were included in the list of those indicted. Many threats were made against Judge Blair, but the investigation was sweeping and unsparing.

The judge’s methods in listening to the pleas of the indicted are extremely informal. The judge knows most of the voters in the county by their first names, and the scene in court is rather a social one, but in some ways just as impressive.

“How about it, John, are you guilty?” asks the court.

“I reckon I am, judge,” is the usual reply.

“All right, John, I’ll have to fine you ten dollars, and you can’t vote any more for five years. And I’ll just put a six months’ workhouse sentence on top of that, but I won’t enforce it as long as you behave.”

“All right, judge, you’ve got the goods on me.”

“And say, John, you’ve been keeping liquor in your house and inviting your friends in, haven’t you?” the judge will ask. “You’ll have to cut that out, John. Remember there’s a workhouse sentence hanging over you if you don’t walk straight. Adams County is ‘dry,’ you know.”

“All right, judge, good-bye,” and the culprit pays his fine, walks out and the next case is on.

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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Vices and Evils of Urban Life in San Francisco

In dwelling on the performances of San Francisco after the great disaster of 1906, and in pointing out that material advancement is not dependent on the moral status of a community there is no desire to convey the impression that profit is derived from the pursuit of vicious courses.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.

The parasite never contributes to the growth of the thing on which it fastens, but on the other hand the purest of motives, the best of intentions and the most perfect of laws unaided cannot promote the growth of a city. That depends entirely on the sagacity and energy of its people. Urban expansion is a purely material phenomenon, and whether we like to recognize the fact or not the flower of spirituality seems to grow most luxuriantly in the muck heap of wealth produced in the commercial struggle.

Virtue is the antithesis of vice, and the worst forms of the latter are those which human greed calls into existence. But exaggerated human desire seems as necessary for the preservation of the race as the fertilizing element is to soil productivity. And like the agriculturist who is called upon to deal with the problem of providing for the subsistence of his kind, society must make up its mind that its struggle with parasitic enemies will be incessant. There are times when the horticulturist is compelled to cut down and destroy trees to prevent the spread of some infectious disease, but he rarely extends his precautions to the extirpation of all trees, as he would have to do if he wished to completely eradicate the evil he attacks, an end which could only be accomplished by the destruction of the fertilizers which promote productivity.

Source: Chapter LXVI: The Summing Up of the Achievements after the Fire in San Francisco a History of the Pacific Coast Metropolis – Volume II — American County Histories: California – Upper image is from the book.

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