This week find us starting a new series of historical letters from the American Catholic Historical Association: the William C. White letters. White (dates of birth and death are unknown) was an Irish Catholic Union soldier from Philadelphia. He began his Civil War service as a volunteer with the 69th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers on August 19, 1861 and served in some of the bloodiest and most important battles of the War – Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. This collection contains letters from White to his parents in Philadelphia, recounting his experiences during the war. Of note are the letterhead stationary used by White; this week only the first few letters are available; check back soon for the next set.
As well a number of new popular culture titles are offered for your study. Especially interesting is: “How to be a detective”- a newly acquired part of the “Ten Cent Handbooks” series- some of the first modern how-to books to have been published in the United States. Finally take a look at a few of the World War I periodicals, newly digitized, such as “Needlework”, “Everyday life”, or “T. P.’s journal for men and women”.
American Catholic Historical Society
William C. White Letters (7 letters added)
Dime Novel and Popular Literature
Dick Darling’s Money, or the Rise of an Office Boy / by a Self-Made Man
How to be a detective (Ten Cent Handbooks)
Happy Days (1 issue added)
T. P.’s journal for men and women (5 issues added)
Needlecraft (1 issue added)
Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
Everyday life (1 issue added: April, 1914)
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Ardmore Chronicle (6 issues from 1914 added)
Independence Seaport Museum
Series LX. Legal Papers (11 added)
Series LXI. Financial Papers (33 added)
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