Thursday, July 21, 2011

The David Library at SHEAR 2011

From July 14-17, 2011, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic met at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. The David Library played a major role in this conference, ranging from funding several receptions to sending a delegation of fellows and staff down each day to organizing and presenting a panel on the intersection of race, identity, and politics in the Early Republic. Throughout the conference, David Library Fellow Rachel Herrmann, of the University of Texas at Austin, and I provided twitter updates on the panels we attended, testing out a new approach for taking the conference to a wider audience. Professor W. Caleb McDaniel of Rice University has been kind enough to gather these and other tweets from the conference and post them online. So if you missed SHEAR 2011, you can get an idea of what went on by visiting:

The Official Twitter Record of SHEAR 2011


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Collection Guide: Early Engagements of the American Revolution

David Library Summer Intern Billy Griffith, an undergraduate history concentrator at Shepherd University, continues his series of guides to the Library's book collection with this installment on volumes relating to the early battles and engagements of the Revolution. This list should serve as an excellent starting point for those individuals who are beginning to read about the Revolution, as well as for seasoned researchers interested in the Library's holdings beyond our microfilm collection. The numbers above each entry are the call numbers for that title.


Selected Readings of the Early Engagements of the Revolutionary War

by Billy Griffith

* Lexington and Concord: April 19, 1775

* Capture of Fort Ticonderoga: May 10, 1775

* Battle of Bunker Hill: June 17, 1775

* Siege of Boston: April 1775- March 1776

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Swain Report Special: War Office 28, Regimental HQ Papers, Installment 7

In this latest installment of his continuing series, David Swain completes his entries covering Reel 6 of these War Office 28 microfilm records from the British National Archives. This section includes correspondence from several vital posts along the British defensive line in southern Canada, as well as documents from the German regiments who comprised a significant portion of that Colony's garrison, but remain overlooked in the wake of the British defeat at Saratoga. Once again, David is improving our ability to make the Library's collections easier for patrons to use and opening up largely untapped sources for future historical scholarship.


28.8 Three Rivers, Sorel, Germans; Carleton Isle, Cataraqui, Oswego (Reel 6—second part)

Summary contents:

* Trois Rivières, returns, 1776: 26 documents; documents 1 through 26; printed page numbers 1 through 64

* Sorel, letters and papers, 1778-1781: 25 documents; documents 27 through 51; printed page numbers 65 through 123

* Germans, letters from field officers, 1781: 18 documents; documents 52 through 69; printed page numbers 124 through 176

* Trois Rivières, letters from officers commanding, 1779-1782: 7 documents; documents 70 through 76; printed page numbers 177 through 201

* Sorel, letters from the officers commanding, 1779-1783: 35 documents; documents 77 through 111; printed page numbers 202 through 292

* Carleton Island, Cataraqui, Oswego, letters from officers commanding, 1779-1783: 52 documents; documents 112 through 163; printed page numbers 293 through 416

* Germans, letters from field officers, 1783: 18 documents; documents 164 through 181; printed page numbers 417 through 467