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Abraham Lincoln – Additional Primary Sources

We have quite rightly highlighted primary/secondary sources on whom some consider the finest of our presidents. (He ranks #1 in the C-SPAN Historians Survey of Presidents 2017, a position he has held in the previous iterations of this poll.) We have come across other collections at Brown University that we would like to recommend: “Brown’s Lincoln Broadsides collection comprises an assortment of printed materials intended for broad public distribution in a variety of formats. Within this digital collection you will find, for example: handbills (a single sheet of text intended for wide public distribution), leaftlets (a handbill folded to create multiple leaves), small pamphlets (unbound booklets, typically stapled or sewn), souvenir cards, circulars, broadsheets, brochures.”;

Lincoln Envelopes –  “This collection contains embellished envelopes created during the period surrounding Lincoln’s presidency and the time immediately after his assassination. Many of the envelopes depict Lincoln himself….”;

Lincoln Graphics “…include most of the known photographic images of Lincoln, along with engravings and popular prints by, among other firms, Currier & Ives and Kurz & Allen.”;

Lincoln Manuscripts –  “The Hay Library’s famed collection of manuscripts authored or signed by Lincoln, now comprises nearly 1,100 pieces.”; and

Lincoln Sheet Music “… comprises sheet music from the McLellan Lincoln Collection at the Hay Library written between 1859 and 1923. Music about Lincoln ranges from popular song to compositions for orchestral performance.”


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The American Historical Association on C-SPAN

The AHA held its annual meeting in snowy Washington, D.C. early in January. C-SPAN covered selected sessions and made them available on a permanent basis; previous sessions are also highlighted.

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Inside the General Pencil Company of Jersey City

My writing instrument of choice has always been a pencil; I just like the way it moves across the page as well as its ability to efface my words effortlessly. It also forces me to slow down, to think before I write, to organize my thoughts. The pencil has been used down the years since it was first introduced in the 16th century. Here is a sumptuously photographed article on the General Pencil Company; it has been making pencils for more than 125 years.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: African American Newspapers

Dozens of papers from many states are online; the earliest issues date from 1850. Another great guide is here, courtesy of Marist College.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and U.S. Presidents

To read hundreds of mentions of Dr King by presidents going back to July 5, 1962, please come here. You will find messages, proclamations, press conferences, statements, remarks, and YouTube videos.

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2017 “Year in Review” by American Historians

The Organization of American Historians’ blog Process contains a link-filled examination of the prior year. Entries range from environmental topics to Confederate monuments. It is worth the read to realize how much has occurred this past year. And how historians can act as both advocates and guides.

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Christmas With Samuel Pepys

He can be called by many names and guises: one of the great diarists whose eyewitness accounts of the Great Plague and the London Fire of 1666 are still gripping today; the father of the modern British navy; avid collector of books and manuscripts, among his other accomplishments. Dip into his diary to see how he celebrated/observed Christmas.

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