Thursday, June 23, 2011

Collection Guide: Readings on the French and Indian War

As part of his summer internship here at the David Library, William "Billy" Griffith of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has created an annotated finding guide to the books and pamphlets in the Library's collections relating to the French and Indian War. Despite the specificity of the Institution's title, the Library's collection embrace the full period of 1750-1800, containing a wealth of material on the French and Indian War as well as the conflicts of the Early Republic. Thanks to Billy's efforts with the new finding aid, our holdings for the early half of our period should now be much easier to access.The titles are arranged by subject, with the call number of each volume appearing above its title.


The David Library of the American Revolution
Selected Readings on the French and Indian War

* General Histories

* Battles and Campaigns
         - Jumonville Glen/ Fort Necessity 1754
         - Braddock’s March/ Battle of the Monongahela 1755
         - Crown Point Expedition/ Battle of Lake George 1755
         - Fort Bull 1756
         - Siege of Fort William Henry 1757
         - Siege of Louisbourg 1758
         - Battle of Ticonderoga (Carillon) 1758
         - Forbes Expedition to Fort Duquesne 1758
         - Battle of Quebec 1759
         - Treaty of Paris 1763

* British, Provincial, and French Land and Naval Forces/ Native Americans

* People
       - Amherst, Jeffrey
       - Braddock, Edward
       - Forbes, John
       - Hendrick, Chief
       - Johnson, William
       - Loudoun, Lord
       - Montcalm, Louis- Joseph
       - Rogers, Robert
       - Shirley, William
       - Washington, George
       - Wolfe, James

* Journals, Correspondence, Papers, etc

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Patron's Perspective: Staff Ride of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign

In December 2010, the David Library introduced a new program into its regular schedule: the "staff ride" battlefield tour. Our initial tour covers the surviving sites and marching routes of the Trenton-Princeton or "Ten Crucial Days" Campaign of December 1776-January 1777. Library Patron Dennis Waters attended our May 21st staff ride and was kind enough to send along some detailed comments that provide great insights into the experience of the staff ride. We've chosen to present the highlights of his report at the top: please see "below the fold" for the full text of his report. Our thanks go out to Dennis and all the other members of the David Library Family who have made this program a great success!


"Over the years I have read most of the books on the subject and visited...most of the sites. But I knew my knowledge fell short, and so I grabbed the chance to spend a day touring the sites with a group organized by the David Library and led by Feinstone Scholar in Residence Will Tatum."

"The preparation makes...[the staff ride] more than just another battlefield tour and the tour makes...[it] more than just another lecture about a battle. The David Library prepared us by mailing an advance packet of maps and transcripts of eyewitness accounts from their collection."

"The lunch place was Bill’s Olde Tavern...which was standing on the site when Washington and his men passed by. My fellow staff-riders were a good group and it was nice to have a chance to get to know some of them a little better."

"Will literally marched us across the battlefield, showing us the positions of the British and Continental forces and how the rolling terrain affected the course of the battle. This exercise really showcased the benefits of the staff ride concept, and I came away with a much greater appreciation of what had transpired there."

"...the DLAR Staff Ride was a great outing and worth every penny."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Volunteering at the David Library: One Student's Perspective

 Over this past winter, local high school student Chad Hogan volunteered on Saturdays here at the Library, aiding in a variety of routine operations. He has provided an account of his experience, which we hope will encourage other interested students to approach us about volunteer opportunities. The David Library is happy to support individuals with an interest in history who wish to learn more about our operations.

 Volunteering at the David Library

by Chad Hogan

I came to the library in the early days of December 2010. I started my first day at library anxiously, not knowing much of what I’d be doing but my interest and love of history propelled me past my anxiousness. On the first day, Mrs. Ludwig presented me with an array of jobs to get started. It ranged from shelving books and microfilm to sorting through primary sources. The work was interesting and important to the functioning of the library. Each day that I worked at the David Library, I gained a greater appreciation for the important work that is done at the library and the history that is preserved for that era of the United States. We are very fortunate to live in an area that contains so many important aspects of early American History. The unique contribution that the library makes to the area makes me feel very proud to be part of it. After a week, my jobs turned to sorting through many vertical files and making copies of pensions in microfilm. The jobs were definitely interesting and invoked a stronger passion for history. Although I was the volunteer, the library contributed much more to my life than I could imagine and I am grateful for that.

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