Crinoline a Murderer (1863)

On a recent occasion, Dr. Lankester declared his belief that at least six deaths per month occur in London from burns through the wearing of crinoline, while deaths from machinery are also frequent. At another inquest he said that “deaths from wearing crinoline were now so common that many are never reported in the public journals. If every fatal crinoline accident were reported, the public would know of them, and then crinoline would soon be abandoned.”

The wife of an engineer, Mrs. M.A.B., was on a visit to a friend on Notting Hill when she met her death at the age of twenty-eight. She reached for something over the mantle-piece, and her skirt went into the fire.

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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Burdell Murder - 3

Murder in NYC: Dr. Harvey Burdell

Harvey Burdell was born in 1811. As a young man he first obtained employment  as a compositor and later took up the study of dentistry in his brother John’s office in New York. After mastering the profession he opened his own office adjacent to his brother’s.

Mysterious Murder – Eminent Citizen Assassinated

Dr. Burdell as he appeared in his casket

Dr. Burdell as he appeared in his casket

The terrible tragedy which involved the death of Dr. Burdell has filled the city with alarm and developed a phase of city life more appalling, perhaps, than any previous chapter which has been unfolded to the terrified gaze of our citizens. Dr. Burdell was a gentleman of quiet manners, paid strict attention to his business, and was altogether before the world one of our most respectable citizens, a wealthy, substantial and successful man. We are informed that he was born in Jefferson county, in the State of New York, and was at the time of his death about forty-six years of age.

He has resided, with the exception of a few years, when he was a student in the Pennsylvania Medical College, almost exclusively in this city since he was twelve years old. By the practice of dentistry and other means he worked his way through college, and graduated in medicine when about twenty-one years of age. As soon as he was through his collegiate course of studies he returned to this city and began to practice dentistry with his brother, John Burdell.

Their office was situated at the corner of Chambers street and Broadway, where Stewart’s store now stands. Harvey Burdell remained there with his brother for a number of years, doing a fair business, when a dispute arose between them about some private affairs, on account of which Harvey Burdell removed to the corner of Duane street and Broadway; he conducted his office there for several months and again moved, locating his office at No. 362 Broadway, corner of Franklin street; there he remained seven years, having extensive practice and doing a lucrative business.

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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Accessible Archives Is Attending ER&L 2018 in Austin

Accessible Archives wants to meet with you in the exhibits area at the ER&L Conference in Austin, Texas, March 4-6.  You can find us, with our exclusive sales and marketing agent, Unlimited Priorities, at table number 411, in the AT&T Conference Center.

We would love to get together with you and bring you up to date on our collections and more!

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  • Monday March 5th   – 10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday March 6th  – 10:00am – 6:00pm


ER&L Conference 2018

The goal of the ER&L Conference is to bring together information professionals from libraries and related industries to improve the way we collect, manage, maintain, and make accessible electronic resources in an ever-changing online environment. We do this once a year at an in-person conference. In addition, sessions are recorded and made available online in an online conference. ER&L allows for cross-pollination of ideas across fields of librarianship not often brought together in traditional public services or technical services conferences.

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A Platform for the Labor-Reformers

A Platform for the Labor-Reformers (1870)

After the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, the National Anti-Slavery Standard, continued through 1870 reporting on the advances of the former slave population as well as other progressive movements like Woman Suffrage and Labor Reform. This item ran in the February 19, 1870 issue.

National Anti-Slavery Standard was the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan to spread their movement across the nation with printed materials. Frederick Douglass was a key leader of this society and often addressed meetings at its New York City headquarters.

A Platform for the Labor-Reformers

At a recent Convention in Natick of the Boston Eight-Hour League, Mrs. Rockwood offered the following resolutions:

  • Resolved, That we congratulate the workingmen of Massachusetts on the great success of our first political effort, which has thrown 14,000 vote and elected twenty-five numbers of the Legislature; valuing this not only for its own sake, but because it secures that thorough discussion of our question by the press upon which our success must finally depend.
  • Resolved, That while we consider the currency, the rate of interest, banking and a protective tariff, subjects of great importance to workingmen, and requiring at a proper time the most thorough discussion, we still believe that the shortening of the hours of labor and thus securing leisure for self-improvement, to be the first measure to be pressed, both on its own account and to prepare the way for co-operation—the only thing which will bring capital and labor into right relation.
  • Resolved, That we urge the friends of the cause that, wherever possible, all facts going to prove the practicability and success of co-operation be communicated to the public journals.
  • Resolved, That we pledge ourselves, and urge on our fellow-workingmen, to make such use of leisure for self-improvement by aid of lectures, libraries, schools and debating-societies, as will show our critics we need only a fair chance to make ourselves full sharers in the culture and development that have hitherto distinguished the capitalist classes.
  • Resolved, That we determine, and urge our friends, to resolve, to stand by and carry out the political movement so well begun.
  • Resolved, That we thank the last Legislature for the establishment of the Labor Commission, recognizing the great aid it will be to our cause, and that we ask the present Legislature to enlarge and continue it.
  • Resolved. That we join hands in the determination to ask all the workingmen of the State to help us make Massachusetts the pioneer State in this great cause wrapped up in what, in our judgment, is the success of republican institutions.

This is a practical and sensible platform, and should be received with respect. The resolutions were adopted. Speeches were made by Merssrs. Carruthers of Lynn, Steward, McNeill, Place and Bates, and Mrs. Rockwood, of Boston. A Mr. Jones sent in a suggestive and encouraging letter.

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What has the North to do with Slavery_

What has the North to do with Slavery? (1838)

This an abridged version of an article titled “What has the North to do with Slavery?” that appeared in The Colored American in February, 1838. The Colored American, with Samuel E. Cornish as editor. The new motto was RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTETH A NATION, and the paper was “...designed to be the organ of Colored Americans—to be looked on as their own, and devoted to their interests.

What has the North to do with Slavery?

How often is this question asked by citizens of the free states of this union? Alas, this question is not unfrequently asked, by the professed followers of the holy Jesus. Our heart bleeds within us, when we read of the cruel sufferings, the despair, the brutality and the hopeless miseries, to which millions of our brethren, made of the same blood and by the same God, are subjected in the Southern states of this Republic.

How would the ambassadors of Christ warn the people, and wrestle with God for deliverance from the crying sin?

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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