What better way to ring in the new year (okay, we’re a couple of weeks late) than with a roundup of exciting new acquisitions from the second half of 2011? All of these amazing resources will be available for researchers in the Rubenstein Library in 2012 and for years to come!
Powell Expedition Photograph Album: A remarkable album of 539 photographs taken during John Wesley Powell’s Second Expedition along the Colorado River in 1871-75 by John K. Hillers, E. O. Beaman, and James Fennemore. The photographs include landscapes of the Western states and documentary photographs of Native Americans, especially the Paiute tribe. Part of the Archive of Documentary Arts. Look for more information on this album in the Biblio-file column in the January-February 2012 Duke Magazine.
- Emancipation Proclamation broadside: An early (1864), illustrated, and very rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation from the “Land of Lincoln.” This broadside features a portrait of Lincoln and idealized representations of soldiers and the Union. Part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African-American History and Culture.
- Irene Sickel Sims Diary: This diary was kept in 1916-17 by the assistant advertising manager and chief of copy for a Marshall Field’s department store. Sims records her meetings with other advertisers, her work at Marshall Field’s, and her personal life. For more information, see the article “Diary of an Ad Woman” in the latest issue of Front & Center, the newsletter of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History.
Philip Turner Papers: Documents from the life and career of Dr. Philip Turner (1740-1815), Surgeon General for the Eastern Department of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The manuscript collection contains correspondence, medical returns, printed materials, records from northeastern field and city hospitals, and ledgers documenting Turner’s career as a surgeon in private practice, in the Continental Army, and in the United States Army. Part of the History of Medicine Collections. More information about this important collection of early American medical history is coming soon!
- The Door in the Wall, And Other Stories, by H. G. Wells: This 1911 limited edition of Wells’s science fiction and fantasy stories features stunning photogravure illustrations by the vorticist photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn.
- Third Wave Foundation Records: Documentation of a national foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, with a focus on reproductive health and justice, from the 1990s to the present day. Part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture..