Three Bits of Advice from Godey’s Lady’s Book

Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine contained long short stories, plays, recipes, craft patterns, fashion plates, poems, and other items. These three bits of advice for their readers’ families appeared in the June 1866 issue as people were pulling their lives back together after the Civil War.


It is often said of persons, in a complimentary way, that they are sociable, meaning that they are friendly and talkative; but it depends somewhat on the character of a person’s speech, as well as its quantity, whether his acquaintance is desirable or not. Persons may be ever so well meaning, but if their conversation is only of the prevailing sickness, or the last horrible murder in the papers, unless you incline particularly to such kind of entertainment, they will be likely to prove dull companions in the end.

Or if an acquaintance is simply prosy, and talks with as dignified an air as if he fancied himself to be delivering a lecture on some moral subject, without any of the familiar language which makes intercourse with friends so charming, you will be as likely to go to sleep during his discourse as you would in a railway carriage while it is in motion, and wake up when he stopped. Or, if your caller should happen to be one full of his or her own petty cares, who will treat you to a history of all their little vexations, you will soon become tired, or irritable, or both; but no matter, you must hear all their plans for the present and future, whether you will or not. Sometimes, too, from this kind of sociable people, you will hear nothing but bits of flying gossip about people you are not at all interested in.

But when a friend enters about your own stamp, and you cannot speak without calling up a response from his mind; when your ideas and experiences correspond, and you heart grows lighter with the friendly interchange of thought, you are enjoying one of the highest pleasures of social intercourse. Such hours need not be counted among the vanishing pleasures, for the recollection of them is agreeable to both ever after.


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Stop by to see us at ALA Annual 2016

Stop by Booth #612 and Check Out the New and
Exciting Things at  Accessible Archives
June 24-27, 2016

We look forward to seeing you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida later this month.  You can find Accessible Archives in the Exhibit Hall, with our exclusive sales and marketing agent, Unlimited Priorities, at booth number 612 in the West Building of the Orange County Convention center, near the Gaming Pavilion.

There are lots of new and exciting things going on at Accessible Archives. Iris Hanney, Peter Stevens, and Bob Lester would love to get together with you and bring you up to date.

We will be unveiling our new Faceted Search Screen at ALA. In addition, preview all of the Accessible Archives interface enhancements. These changes are the result of an exhaustive survey, customer interviews, and feedback from our Advisory Board. Stop by and take a look!

Please contact us for an appointment or just drop by and ask about our interface enhancements and special offers!

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1884 Politics in Frank Leslie’s Weekly

Frank Leslie’s Weekly inserted politics and the good and bad of political campaigning into American life. One area of particular interest were the various presidential campaigns. Frank Leslie’s provided illustrations of candidates, the antics of political followers, and political conventions and other gatherings. News articles, commentary, illustrations, and later photographs capture the enthusiasm of the various political campaigns and documented the issues, arguments, and opposing viewpoints of the political parties.

The article here relates to the “filth” of the Presidential Campaign of 1884. The campaign was marred by exceptional political acrimony and personal invective by both major parties and their followers. 1884 saw the first viable woman presidential candidate, Belva Lockwood, and a variety of Prohibition party candidates.  

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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June Webinars

Webinar: American Independence Day in the 19th Century

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 10am EDT
Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1pm EDT

From bonfire competitions, to horse racing, to parades, this webinar will trace the development of Independence Day festivities in the 19th Century. From newspapers to print, various Accessible Archives collections provide unique highlights on the evolution of July 4th celebrations in American popular culture.

Sign-up and checkout – various entries on the issue of slavery and the meaning of Independence Day, the honoring of military veterans — particularly after the Civil War, state and local celebrations,  and the use of July 4th celebrations by politicians to advance their causes and campaigns.

The diverse primary source materials contained in Accessible Archives’ databases provide broad views across 200 years of American history and the culture of the 18th and 19th centuries through full-text searches and digital images. Accessible Archives collections permit users to spend more time exploring documents and less time searching for them.

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Sketch of the Fourth Missouri Infantry’s Departure from Jefferson Barracks

Missouri’s Participation in Various Military Conflicts during the 19th Century

Missouri has a storied 19th Century military history — from the War of 1812 to the American Civil War to the Spanish American War, Missourians answered the call for volunteers.  Outside of these major conflicts, Missourians also participated in a variety of territorial and regional conflicts during the 19th century — Native American conflicts, safeguarding expeditions westward, border wars, and conflicts over religious and temperance beliefs.

The Missouri county histories in Accessible Archives’ American County Histories digital collection provide vivid portraits of people, places and events, putting Missouri’s state and local history into current context with the examination of military, political,  demographic, social, economic, and cultural transformations.

State and local history are an essential part of the American history curricula in high schools, community colleges, and universities. Accessible Archives’ American County Histories provide an everyday connection to history for students and researchers.

American County Histories are among the most comprehensive sources of local and regional history available. Their emphasis on ordinary people and the commonplace event make them important in the study of American history and culture.


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