Adopt a Piece of History
Honor a loved one or commemorate a special event with a tribute through our Adopt a Piece of History program. Your gift will be acknowledged via a virtual bookplate. Digital bookplates are flexible and can bear the name of the individual being honored or remembered, as well as the name of the thoughtful donor. Your support strengthens our collections by helping with acquisitions, conservation, digitization and other priorities of the Clements Library.
This digital and commemorative program is a wonderful way to convey your personal commitment to the study history and preservation of past knowledge and voices. Adoptions are an excellent way to commemorate an occasion, celebrate a milestone, or honor a great achievement.
Six Leaves of cyanotype photos, well composed examples of late nineteenth- century amateur photography. Subjects identified in captions.
$250 | Graphics
William McKee’s Reconstruction-era diary provides details about his religious service, interactions with female members of his congregation, family health, and economic concerns. A notable feature of this manuscript is the author’s explicit descriptions of his self-doubt and his dreams.
Rev. William B. McKee Diary, (Silver Spring, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania): March 22, 1869-December 22, 1872.
$350 | Manuscripts
This bible story for children shows heavy wear and several major tears have been mended with sewing thread. It needs careful paper repair and reinforcing of the original Dutch flower paper covers. We would like to document the original condition and retain as much as possible of the contemporary repairs, while making the book safer to handle.
Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité. “Hagar in the Desert: Translated from the French for the Use of Children.” 1790.
$400 | Books, Conservation
This 12-page court document features judicial notes on the court case Spangler v. Packer. Job Packer was tried for the slander of Barbara Spangler by accusing her of bearing a mixed-race child and being a “lewd or abandoned woman.” Providing remarkable detail on one community’s investigation into sexuality, race, and child-bearing, this document uncovers oft-silenced aspects of women’s lives and communal conflict in the early nineteenth century.
$450 | Manuscripts
John Hawks wrote this 6-page letter to his sister while supervising two Port Royal Experiment plantations on St. Helena Island and acting as a substitute supervisor for three others. His description of “The Oaks” plantation includes detailed remarks on the crop production, African American field hands, freed peoples’ desires to own their own farms, the need for “some system of magistracy and police,” and the importance of maintaining schools.
(John) Milton (Hawks) ALS to Lucia E. Fairfield. St. Helena Island, South Carolina, June 21-24, 1863.
$450 | Manuscripts
William Arnold asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer not to remove his royal pension, which was granted to the family after Benedict Arnold’s death. Arnold praised the loyalty of his father and mother to the Crown during the American Revolution and mentioned the “unfavorable influence” their abandonment of the American cause had on the family fortunes.
Wm Fitch Arnold ALS to the Right Hon T. Spring Rice. Little Missenden Abbey, (England), November 29, 1837.
$550 | Manuscripts
Pair of albums related to an African American family in Missouri, ca. 1870s. Family names and inscriptions could link to genealogy and a broader story of post-Civil War African American middle-class life.
$800 | Conservation, Graphics
“Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, supported gratuitously by the citizens of Philadelphia, Pa.”– one of many organizations assisting wounded and exhausted soldiers during the Civil War. These lithographs were likely used as fundraising premiums for the cause.
$850 | Graphics
Richly detailed descriptions of religious revivals in Freeport, Maine, in 1816 form the heart of this collection. Providing first-hand accounts of personal religious convictions as well as church meetings and public lectures, the Townsend family collection is ripe for research into religion and revival in early national America. A ledger and other financial documents give further insight into the family.
John, Joseph, and Alvan Townsend Family Collection, Freeport, Maine, 1802-1893 (bulk 1802-1827). 20 items.
$850 | Manuscripts