Americana

 

 

MacKellar, Thomas. "The dying soldier to his mother." Words by Thos. MacKellar. Music by Wm. U. Butcher. New York: Charles Magnus, [186-?].

 

Eliot, John. The Indian grammar begun... Cambridge [Mass.]: Marmaduke Johnson, 1666.

American anti-slavery almanac for 1844.

 

 

 

 

 

As a library in existence nearly a century and a half, the Watkinson's holdings include all aspects of history and culture in the United States, especially from the 19th century. Some significant highlights are as follows:

American automobile travel through 1940

Bibliographies and background materials, travel accounts, both in print and manuscript, guide books, auto camping literature, and fiction and humor, along with ephmera including tourist literature and maps, documenting American travel before the rise of expressways and the interstate highway system.


Civil War (1861-1865)

Materials date primarily from the 19th century and are broad in scope, comprising ca. 2,000 book-length volumes and ca. 3,000 pamphlets as well as ephemera and a limited number of manuscripts. In additition, there are important holdings relating to events leading up to and following the conflict.

Cultural and social history--selected topics:

Domestic economy. Books and periodicals, chiefly 19th century, about cooking and household management.


Etiquette. Over 1,000 volumes, chiefly 19th century but into the early 20th century, on the subject of etiquette including "How-to" and advice books for men, women, and children.

Health and hygiene. Substantial collection of books, chiefly 19th century, on all aspects of health--health and conventional medicine for the layman, patent medicines, homeopathy and botanical medicine, hydropathy and other cures, phrenology, nutrition, exercise, clothing reform, addictive substances, and mind-body connection. Also scientific treatises.

Indians of North America. Nearly 1,000 ethnographic and linguistic titles, 17th century into the 20th century. Important early imprints and manuscripts. Extensive material from the 19th century relating to languages, including the James Hammond Trumbull manuscript collection and print publications in Indian languages.

Music. Printed materials include 18th- and 19th-century religious and secular works: over 1,000 early psalm books, American tune books, and hymn books, some with manuscript additions; music periodicals; ephemera; 1,100 song sheets; 26,000 pieces of sheet music, 1790s-1950s. Also, for the 20th century, jazz and blues. Manuscripts include: 51 book-form or individual music manuscripts (18th and 19th centuries); Abbe Niles jazz collection; papers of 19th-century Hartford composers Nathan Allen and Henry Wilson; and jazz scrapbooks of George Malcolm Smith.

Slavery and Abolition. Significant holdings, 18th to 19th century, relating to slave trade, slavery in general, anti-slavery movements and abolition, African colonization, arguments (religious and other) for and against slavery, slave narratives. Also, 19th-century anti-slavery periodicals.