Saturday, January 30, 2010

2009-- A Year in Review

Edited by Patrick Spero, Past Historian at the David Library

What's new at the David Library? A lot. Over the course of the past year, the David Library acquired a number of new collections that we hope will be of great interest to our patrons.

Our acquisitions strategy is simple: we search out collections from various archives around the world, and then pay for those collections to be microfilmed and sent to us. Through this strategy, the David Library hopes to be the one-stop shop for research on the era of the American Revolution.

Now that 2009 is over, I'd like to share with you all that we acquired this past year. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let us know.

Henry Knox Diary (Nov. 20, 1775-Jan. 13, 1776)
Henry Knox Bookseller Papers (1771-1775)

Archibald Lochry, Letters (1779-1780)
Edward Shippen Thompson Collections 1684-1941, (1746-1904 bulk)
Brandywine Battlefield Collection, 1777-1815
Edward Hand(Papers (1777-1778)
Jasper Yeates Family Papers, 1726-1830 (bulk 1761-1812)
Burd-Shippen Family Collection. (1704-1900)
Great Britain. Colonial Office. Bahamas. Original correspondence.
Great Britain. Colonial Office. East Florida. Original correspondence.
Great Britain. Colonial Office. West Florida. Original correspondence.
Great Britain. Colonial Office. Georgia. Original correspondence.Great Britain. Colonial Office. Prince Edward Island. Original correspondence.
Great Britain. Colonial Office. Newfoundland. Original correspondence.
Panton-Leslie Papers

In addition, we also received a few reels of film that were added to already existing collections, such as the Colonial Office Records for Quebec that we purchased to fill in the time period of the French and Indian War, and some Admiralty film as well.

Have something you want to share, such as a question, research find, or a personal story about the Library? Email Will Tatum at

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