Readex Twitter Feed, 1-7 August 2010

RT @amhistorymuseum: New on our blog: Collecting American science

RT @cliotropic: RT @briandistelberg: Absolutely riveting color photos taken by Farm Security Administration b/w 1939 and 1943:

RT @cliotropic: RT @bancroftlibrary: Alice Ramsey and 3 friends complete the first all-female transcontinental auto trip in 1909

RT @newsweek "A world without physical books is to conceive of a world somehow diminished."

RT @LibraryofCT: Why Books? Nine Reasons to be Optimistic (Digital Book World)

SOCIETY OF EARLY AMERICANISTS announces its Twelfth Annual Essay Competition. Deadline Oct. 1, 2010.

RT @ALALibrary: RT @lorcanD: Paul Courant: economic perspectives on academic libraries. video, audio, slides.  #oclcr

Vast Public Indifference: Lydia Dyar: NOT an Enemy to Her Country

Rare Lincoln Pamphlet Discovered, Highlights at the Wisconsin Historical Society:

Productive Confusion: Using a Quasi-Legal Source in a Women's History Classroom. Project MUSE:

RT @USCLibraries: Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) wanted to be a librarian:

18th-century American Women: London Prints, Printmakers & Macaroni

Early American Criminals: The Race of Johnson Green, Burglar

Readex Twitter Feed, 1-7 August 2010

HMS Titanic and Deepwater Horizon: Lessons of Limited Liability Lost to History

The Titanic (AP)

Nearly a century after the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, scientists are planning to revisit the site of the wreckage in mid-August with today’s most powerful imaging technology. Expedition leaders hope to create a three-dimensional map of the Titanic remains and surrounding area. From a forensic perspective, this upcoming expedition will focus on the decay of the ship’s structure caused by deep ocean currents, salt water and the intense pressure. According to David Gallo, an expedition leader and Woods Hole scientist, the team is “actually treating it like a crime scene."

In a 1912 speech before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Senator Isidor Rayner could not have agreed more with Gallo’s approach. The Committee on Commerce had been directed by (62) S.Res. 283 to investigate the causes of the disaster in its immediate aftermath. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains over 1,100 pages of testimony taken during the investigation by survivors of and eyewitnesses to the Titanic disaster.

From their testimony we discover numerous incidents of potential negligence and overconfidence by Titanic officers and crew that may have contributed to its sinking and the subsequent loss of life. However, it was the lack of recourse for survivors and the families of those who perished that seemed to most anger Rayner.

HMS Titanic and Deepwater Horizon: Lessons of Limited Liability Lost to History

Early American newspaper issue takes $12,300 at auction

Antiques and the Arts Online recently reported the results of a Judaica auction held this past May that included important Americana items. Among the books sold was the first Haggadah printed in America (New York, 1837), which had been part of the Gratz College of Philadelphia’s library for nearly 100 years.
Bringing $12,300 was a June 19, 1790 issue of the Gazette of the United States, which contains this transcript of George Washington's four-paragraph letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Savannah, Georgia.  

From Early American Newspapers, Series 1

Washington’s final paragraph reads:

“May the same wonder-working Deity, who, long since delivering the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, planted them in the promised land—whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an Independent Nation—still continue to water them with the dews of Heaven and make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people, whose God is Jehovah.”

Early American newspaper issue takes $12,300 at auction

Readex Twitter Feed, 23-30 July 2010

The Man Who Sold America - Birth of Modern Advertising - WSJ book review  

A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America -

Let the Decision Fall - 14th amendment. New OUP post by LeeAnna Keith, The Colfax Massacre   

Notes for Bibliophiles: ALMOST as popular (and useful) as the Bible! Almanacs  

The Future of the Academic Library - Inside Higher Ed:  

Most amazing libraries in the world - slideshow - Huffpost

RT @NewsResearch @multcolib purchased the @oregonian digital archives!! You can now access all articles, photo & ads between 1861 & 1972  

Brooklyn Librarians Organize Skill Share Event To Help Job-Hunting Peers:  

The Fate of Early American Blasphemers, or Those Who Challenged God!  

A Library Thomas Jefferson Would Love. Booked -   

Three centuries of reading in America. New online AAS exhibit. A Place of Reading:  

Social history told through our relationship to light. New book by Brox: Brilliant -  

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Boston Honors its First African American Police Officer

Horatio Julius Homer (from the East Boston Times-Free Press)

Last month the City of Boston and Boston Police Department (BPD) corrected history and recognized the service of Horatio Julius Homer — Boston’s first African American police officer.

Margaret Sullivan, the BPD archivist, and Bob Anthony, a Boston police officer, pored through records to reveal that Horatio Homer was appointed to the BPD in 1878 — not 1919 — making him Boston’s first African American police officer.

Officer Homer began his police career on December 24, 1878 as a patrolman. There was a two-line reference to his appointment in the "Eastern Massachusetts" column of the December 27, 1878 issue of the Springfield Republican.

From Early American Newspapers, Series 4

In 1895, Homer was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Boston Honors its First African American Police Officer

Readex Twitter Feed, 8-22 July 2010

UK Study Suggests Gen Y Researchers Much Like Peers, Except When It Comes to Libraries:

Explore 20th-century Lat Am history in Foreign Broadcast Information Service: Latin America at SALALM exhibit #salalm55

Preserving the Library in the Digital Age - Benjamin L. Carp, Asst Prof. History, Tufts University

Post: #readex: Announcing the Winners of the 2010 GODORT Silent Auction

RT @FinanceMuseum: Today in 1784 the earliest known advertisement by an American broker appeared in the Massachusetts Centinel. #financehist

Search Latin American Newspapers and related databases at Readex display in Providence at #salalm55 

Feature films about early America listed on SEA website:

The Mince Meat Throwdown - American Antiquarian Society:

Unexpected discovery: Donner Party member carried early Lincoln document on CA journey

RT @LawLibCongress: Librarians know stuff. RT @librarysherpa NPR: Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries

Post: #readex: ETC (Enhancements, Training and Content): Overview and 2010 Update 3

See the world of a mid-19th century American city in amazing detail. Cincinnati Daguerreotype, 1848

Scoundrels & Scandals: Museum of American Finance highlights financial fraud throughout U.S. history.

Readex Twitter Feed, 8-22 July 2010

Announcing the Winners of the 2010 GODORT Silent Auction

Congratulations to Esther Crawford, Rice University, and Michelle McKnelly, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, winners of the 2010 GODORT Silent Auction for the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship. Esther had the winning bid for the seven-day stay in Chester, Vermont, and Michelle won the four-day stay in Naples, Florida. Enjoy the getaways! Over $1,600 was raised to support the Rozkuszka Scholarship, which since 1994 has provided financial assistance to an individual currently working with government documents in a library and completing a master's degree in library science. GODORT and Readex would like to thank all the participants for their support of this worthy cause.

Announcing the Winners of the 2010 GODORT Silent Auction

ETC (Enhancements, Training and Content): Overview and 2010 Update 3

FBIS Central Eurasia Report

ETC (Enhancements, Training and Content) is an ongoing, multifaceted program that provides Readex customers with one-of-a-kind historical content unavailable online elsewhere. In addition, the ETC program ensures the latest and most useful features and functionality, and provides guidance and suggestions for making the most of your Readex collections. ETC also covers online access and storage support.

Emporia Gazette (Kansas) - Sept. 1, 1898

ETC (Enhancements, Training and Content): Overview and 2010 Update 3

Readex Twitter Feed, 1-7 July 2010

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"Local Men Practice Culinary Art on Egg - Fry it on Sidewalk" (in 3 minutes flat) From July 1917

RT @cliotropic: Today in 1865: Mary Surratt, 1st woman executed by US govt, was hanged for alleged role in Lincoln assassination plot ht ...

Post: #readex: Bismarck’s Birthday Verses: The Chicago Latin Version

RT @dancohen: We're trying to figure out how we could get a critical mass of participants to fill out ArchivesWiki ( ...

Support GODORT Scholarship. Silent auction for escapes to Chester, VT or Naples, FL. Ends Monday. Bid here

Searching the digital Seattle Times: Civil Rights Act of 1964:

News will always be important, however we get it. New Haven Register

Readex Twitter Feed, 1-7 July 2010

Bismarck's Birthday Verses: The Chicago Latin Version

From America's Historical Newspapers

When one thinks of Prince Otto von Bismarck, 19th-century Germany’s Iron Chancellor, birthday cakes and greetings do not first come to mind. But they did — at least the birthday greetings — in perhaps an unexpected place and certainly in a most unusual way in a Chicago newspaper in 1874.

On April 1, 1874, Bismarck — still not fully recovered from a serious illness contracted the year before (not nervous exhaustion from overwork in redesigning the European continent but rather a case of gout) — celebrated his 60th birthday in Berlin amid much adulation from the new Germany, his enthusiastic nationalist supporters, and foreign dignitaries. Just a little more than a month later, the Chicago Inter Ocean newspaper published on May 2, 1874 a macaronic poem [i.e. a poem, usually in Latin, interspersed with vernacular words or phrases] celebrating Bismarck’s birthday. It is, I think, a poem which raises at least a couple of questions.


Tot mitto Tibi salutes,

Quot ruras Gallia cutes,

Quot Roma habet clamores,

Hispania magnos rumores;

Quot pia Dania vota

Et russia habet ignota,

Italia marmora clara

(Non omnia Marmora cara),

Bismarck's Birthday Verses: The Chicago Latin Version


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