Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Interns Notebook - Bob Fisher

The David Library hosted a number of great interns this summer. Below, Robert Fisher, a history major at Rider University, writes about a number of documents the David Library had in our vault that were not accessible to researchers. Bob helped catalog them. Due to his efforts, researchers can now look at these rare documents, and, as you'll notice in Bob's entry, there is a wealth of information in them.

Patrick Spero

Interns Notebook - Bob Fisher - August 22, 2009

Recently, staff members of the DLAR discovered a folder in the library vault containing drawings from 19th century newspapers such as Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. The drawings remain in excellent condition and show everything from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the Surrender of Cornwallis. They are great sources for conducting memory studies and they provide an inside look at how the Revolutionary War era was viewed and in some instances utilized as propaganda by 19th century Americans.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Welcome to the David Library's new blog, which we will keep updated weekly with items of interest. We also welcome all of our patrons, history enthusiasts, and researchers to submit content for the blog. We're accepting personal stories of using the Library and research results. If you have a research question, we also invite you to post it here so that other researchers might be able to help you find your answer.

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