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Resources for American Studies: Issue 54, August 2002


Resources for American Studies: Issue 54, August 2002


  1. BAAS Library and Resources Sub-Committee Meeting February 2002
  2. Salem Witch Trials
  3. The Joseph N. Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana
  4. The Massachusetts Historical Society Manuscripts Collection
  5. New Publications
  6. Useful Websites
  7. Forthcoming Events
  8. Journal Offer

BAAS Library and Resources Sub-Committee Meeting February 2002

Minutes of the Committee Meeting held at the British Library, St. Pancras, London, 5 February 2002

Mr R J Bennett (British Library, Boston Spa), Secretary
Miss A Cowden (University of London)
Ms L Crawley (JRULM), Treasurer.
Prof. P Davies (BAAS)
Dr K Halliwell (National Library of Scotland)
Mr D G Heyes (British Library, London)
Ms J Hoare (Cambridge University Library)
Ms C Hodkinson (JRULM)
Mr I Ralston (John Moores University, Liverpool)
Dr I Wallace (JRULM), Chair

1. Apologies
Ms K Bateman (USIS Reference Centre)
Ms J Kemble (Eccles Centre)

2. Minutes of the previous meeting
(Min. 8) Prof. Davies wished to emphasise that the list of institutions was not exhaustive, but represented the major institutions only. He confirmed that he will follow up the action. ACTION PD

The minutes were signed as a correct record.

3. Matters arising
It was pointed out that the introduction to the Newsletter still contained reference to an “annual conference”. This should be deleted. ACTION DH

Seminar, June 2001: Review
Dr Wallace commented that the Seminar had been a success in every way but one, the financial aspect, but equally he felt that this must be balanced against the value of promulgating so much valuable information in the American Studies field. He said it was an impressive contribution, raising awareness of the range of material available in electronic form. Miss Hoare added that, as a newcomer, she had found the day very informative.

Dr Wallace thanked Mr Bennett for his tenacity in trying to obtain the discount on the venue costs.

Miss Cowden commented that the low numbers probably reflected the fact that it was a difficult time of year for many people. This needs to be borne in mind for any future seminars – mid-term, e.g. November, was suggested.

It was generally felt that the committee should consider further events to extend the committee’s outreach, but Prof. Davies commented that the theme needs to be new and “sexy”. Other locations should be considered. Mr Ralston suggested approaching library schools within the universities to try and extend the target audience.

Dr Wallace, Miss Hoare, Mr Heyes and Mr Ralston all volunteered to form a working party to plan a future event, with Mr Heyes as ad-hoc Secretary. Dr Wallace agreed to arrange a preliminary meeting before the next committee meeting. ACTION IRW

4. Treasurer’s report
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Turning to the statements of accounts: in brief, on the income side, we have carried forward an opening balance of £2343.36 from the last meeting of the 19th June 2001. Added to this is £300 from the payment of twelve registration fees at £25 each for the June seminar held last year. On the credit side we have also received payments of £250 from the Gale Group and £250 from NewsBank for seminar sponsorship. Thompson Henry has also paid £50 for the insertion of a flyer in the delegates’ pack at the seminar.

The total figure on the expenditure side is £1646.68. This covers the cost of issue number 52 of the ASLN Newsletter priced at £183.74 and issue number 53 of the Newsletter priced at £202.86. It also incorporates the equipment and catering expenses for the seminar priced at £1124.28 and also £137.80 for speakers’ expenses.

We have only one outstanding invoice of £25 for one registration fee for attendance at the seminar.

The balance in hand is currently £1544.68. As on previous occasions, the sum of £463.68 remains earmarked for the Newspaper Project, so that £1081.00 signifies the uncommitted balance in hand.

In terms of the seminar, BLARS made a loss of £558.58. Hire venue, speaker costs and equipment and catering charges came to a total of £1755.58 whilst we received a sum of £1168 from sponsorship and registration fees.

Lisa Crawley
Hon. Treasurer BAAS LARS, 5th February 2002.

In addition to her written report, Ms Crawley reported that the BAAS Treasurer had informed her that the balance at 11 January 2002 was £1,121.14. She said she would follow this up. ACTION LC

Dr Wallace thanked Ms Crawley for her continuing work.

5. Report from Projects Sub-Committee

Newspaper Project

US Newspaper Holdings in UK & Irish Libraries

A lot of work has been done in this list since the last BAAS L&RS meeting, mainly with the help of an Italian student, Francesca Bettelli, on placement at the National Library of Scotland for five months. Extensive holdings information has been added to the list, including the holdings of the Rothermere Institute, University of Oxford (information supplied by John Pinfold), and the holdings of Cambridge University Library (information supplied by Jayne Hoare).

In the case of the latter, a total of 107 pages of titles, with approximately 12 titles per page, were submitted. As it turned out, this list contained all pre-1900 American periodicals as well as newspapers, so decisions have had to be made about which titles to include and which to exclude. In order to avoid getting bogged down in the notoriously difficult area of newspaper definition, we decided if in doubt to include the titles in the list. In order to complete the project, verification of bibliographical detail has been kept to the minimum, except in a few cases of obvious error or inconsistency. Online access to newspapers has been ignored, and of course much may have changed since the project began (the BL retention policy, for example). It is hoped that suitable disclaimers can be added to an appended introduction.

As a result of the additions, the list has now grown to approximately 110 pages with approximately 23 titles per page (the original BL publication totalled approximately 60 pages). Most (about 90 per cent) of the Cambridge University Library information has now been added. There only remains the information on the John Rylands University Library Manchester holdings, which should be received shortly (from Lisa Crawley).

There still remains the question of changing the word file into a database, which would presumably introduce the possibility of searching by title, place of publication, state, and possibly by library (one of the original intentions of the project was to offer the information organised by state). There are obvious advantages here, as all we can offer as a text file is, I think, the possibility of an alphabetical browse facility by title. This might be something the subcommittee would like to consider using the outstanding funding for, if the work involved could not be undertaken by Dick Ellis or someone else from BAAS.

Another question to consider is the production of printed versions of the list, or even publication (presumably with sponsorship).

It is gratifying to report that the project is reaching a stage of ‘closure’, and it should be possible to submit the final listing to the BAAS website within the next few months.

Dr Wallace enquired as to the timescale for completion. Dr Halliwell thought there was a couple of months’ work yet to do.

Format: Electronic was preferred, although it was felt that there was great PR value in having a print version – perhaps printed on demand. A sponsor would be needed for this, and the US Embassy was suggested. It was agreed that the database should first be mounted on the BAAS website, left for a year for corrections and feedback to be received, and then approach the Embassy with a properly costed project.

Dr Wallace commented that it was pleasing to see the project approaching a satisfactory conclusion, and expressed his thanks to Dr Halliwell for all his work.

Dr Halliwell informed the committee that he would be unable to continue serving on the Projects Sub-committee once the Newspaper project was complete. Dr Wallace approved this.

6. Newsletter
Mr Heyes reported that issue No. 53 was produced in January. He reiterated his plea for contributions, e.g. recent acquisitions, reviews, holdings, websites, etc.
Dr Wallace thanked Mr Heyes for his continuing editorial work on the Newsletter.

Following the withdrawal of British Library support for mailing, the question of the financing of the Newsletter was discussed.

Prof. Davies commented that the Newsletter was well produced and the costs for printing and for distribution were reasonable.

There was some confusion as to the advertising revenue, and it was agreed that this should be better tracked in future.

Prof. Davies reiterated BAAS’s support for the Newsletter, but suggested that a report showing costs and projected revenue be put together and presented to the BAAS Executive with a formal request for support. ACTION LC/RB/IRW

The Sub-committee agreed that the Newsletter should continue to be published in print format, and that The British Library at Boston Spa should continue to distribute it (but on a charged basis). Dr Wallace agreed that he, Ms Crawley and Mr Bennett should put together the current scale of charges for discussion at the next meeting. ACTION IRW/LC/RB

7. Sub-Committee membership
Dr Wallace stated that it was incumbent on the sub-committee to review its membership at the February meeting, as this was formerly the date of the AGM. Prof. Davies mentioned that the Library and Resources Sub-committee has a unique relationship with BAAS, since (a) it is normally expected that sub-committee members must all be members of BAAS; (b)L&RSC has the right to choose its own chair-person, whereas all other sub-committees’ chairs are chosen by the BAAS Executive. The chair of each sub-committee automatically becomes a member of the BAAS Executive. As it is compulsory for all officers of sub-committees to be members of BAAS, it was recommended that Ms Crawley and Mr Bennett ensure that they are. ACTION LC/RB

Chair of the Sub-committee: Dr Wallace pointed out again that he retired in September 2000, and that he was only currently acting as Chair, pending the selection of a successor. He stated that he was willing to continue for one more meeting and convene the meeting after that, but that he felt it was not in the committee’s interests for him to continue after that. This was agreed.

All members of the sub-committee were strongly encouraged to offer themselves as chair. ACTION ALL

Ms Crawley and Mr Bennett confirmed that they were prepared to continue as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

9. Date of next meeting
The next meeting will be held on 18 June 2002, again at the British Library, St. Pancras. ACTION RB

10. Any other business
1. Dr Wallace asked Mr Bennett to produce an up-to-date listing of sub-committee members’s adresses. ACTION RB

2. Mr Bennett was asked to send a list of the sub-committee members to the BAAS Secretary, Jenel Virden ACTION RB

3. Prof. Davies recommended to the sub-committee the BAAS Annual Conference, to be held this year on 5 – 8 April at the Rothermere Institute.

The British Library were thanked for their hospitality.

Salem Witch Trials

By Professor Benjamin C. Ray, Project Director.

The Salem witchcraft events began in late February 1692 and lasted through April, 1693. All told, at least twenty-five people died: nineteen were executed by hanging, one was tortured to death, and at least five died in jail due to harsh conditions. Over 160 people were accused of witchcraft, most were jailed, and many deprived of property and legal rights. Accused persons lived in the town of Salem and Salem Village (now Danvers) and in two dozen other towns in eastern Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nearly fifty people confessed to witchcraft, most to save themselves from immediate trial. Hundreds of other people in the Bay Colony — neighbours, relatives, jurors, ministers, and magistrates — were caught up in the legal proceedings of the trials. In October 1692, Governor William Phips ended the special witchcraft court in Salem. Accusations soon abated and eventually stopped. In January, the new Superior Court of Judicature began to try the remaining cases and eventually cleared the jails. After the Salem trials, no one was convicted of witchcraft in New England. During the Salem trials, more people were accused and executed than in all the previous witchcraft trials in New England. In 1711, the courts of Massachusetts Bay began to make monetary restitution to the families of those who were jailed. The names of some of those condemned and executed were cleared; and the process of clearing names of the condemned from the court records continues today.

The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription project consists of an electronic collection of primary source materials relating to the Salem witch trials and a new transcription of the court records. The transcription project is supervised by Professor Bernard Rosenthal of the University of Binghamton, who together with a team of scholars, is undertaking a new transcription of the original court records, to be published by Cambridge University Press under the title Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt.

All the main events of the witchcraft trials are documented in the Archive’s collections of primary resources. These resources include court records, contemporary books, and record books, as well as images of the original court documents, indexed according to various archival collections. Users of the Archive may search the court records, contemporary books and letters for names of people involved, aided by a list of notable people and by a large alphabetical list of everyone mentioned in the court documents.

The Archive’s collection of historical maps of Salem Village, Salem, and Andover show the locations of the houses of many of the people involved in the trials. The Regional Accusations Map displays the chronology of the accusations from February through November 1692 and shows the spread of the accusations across the towns of Massachusetts Bay. The Salem Village Accusations Map shows the day-by-day accusations during the month of March, 1692. It also displays the names of the accusers and the accused, and their household locations, as recorded in the court documents. The Archive’s collection of literary works includes works by Hawthorne, Longfellow, Whittier, and Freeman.

The Archive also contains educational information, such as biographical profiles, a collection of images containing portraits of notable people involved in the trials, pictures of important historic sites, and published illustrations taken from 19th and early 20th century literary and historical works. As well as a searchable database of information about people, social groups, events, structures, and bibliography the Archive will also contain some of the classic scholarly studies such as, Charles Upham’s Witchcraft in Salem Village, and Sidney Perley’s History of Salem.

The project draws heavily upon the manuscript and rare book collections of several participating libraries, archives, and historical societies such as the Boston Public Library and the Peabody Essex Museum. Funding has been provided by several foundation grants and the computing centre at the University of Virginia provides ongoing technological support.

For more information please see

The Joseph N. Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana

By Dr Kathleen Toomey, McGill University Library.

Lincoln North is the virtual home to one of the most unusual research collections housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Division, of McGill University Library. In 1986, Dr. Joseph N. Nathanson (1895-1989) donated to his alma mater, the contents of his eclectic Abraham Lincoln collection. For almost fifty years, Dr. Nathanson avidly collected Lincolniana from his base in Ithaca, New York where he taught Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cornell University for five decades. The collection comprises approximately, four thousand items including books, pamphlets, prints, manuscripts, and ephemera.

The website at comprises two sections: the collection and a virtual exhibition. In the case of the collection, students and researchers can now search the bibliographic records of the Nathanson Lincoln pamphlet collection and selected images of title pages.

Joseph Nathanson was born in New York City on April 24, 1895, the son of Benjamin Nathanson and Fanny Bach. His father died when he was an infant, and left the family in such dire straits that his widow had to rely on the New York Jewish Community to inter him according to the prescribed rites. His mother remarried a rabbi from Ottawa, Ontario. Her situation was so desperate that she could only afford to bring Joseph with her to her Ottawa home, his siblings being “adopted” by members of the family.

In his early teens, Joseph determined to become a physician and to earn his tuition fees, he translated documents for newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe in Ottawa. In time, he accumulated some $600 – enough to get him into his chosen medical school – McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Joe’s story is the epitome of the American dream – literally – from rags to riches. He recounts his days as a student at McGill – so destitute, that had it not been for the kindness of a Baptist minister turned professor, who invited him to his home every weekend for a least two solid meals, he would have starved to death.

After graduating from McGill, he returned to Ottawa where he married Harriet Dover. He practised medicine there for four years after which he moved to New York City where he became an obstetrician and gynaecologist as well as a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Cornell University Medical School. In time, he established himself on New York’s Park Avenue as a renowned physician. He had two children – a son Bernard, and a daughter, Marion – and it was in his role as father that Dr. Joe first became aware of Abraham Lincoln.

“Daddy,” Marion said one day, “I have to write an essay on Abraham Lincoln. Can you help me?” Unperturbed by her father’s solution that she use the school library collection, she opted for papa’s insights. Unfamiliar with Abraham Lincoln’s life story, Dr. Joe went to his favourite bookstore, and purchased Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg, as he has recounted inside the cover of the monograph itself. This is “The first Lincoln item which I purchased in 1937, and started me on the road to become a collector of Lincolniana, and a student and great admirer of the beloved martyred Abraham Lincoln. I purchased this volume in order to assist my darling daughter, Marion Enid Nathanson with writing a composition on Abraham Lincoln. She was then a little girl, charming, vivacious and with beautiful blue eyes, seven and one-half years of age.” What followed was an unrelenting quest to acquire monographs, pamphlets, memorabilia, sculptures and prints, which lasted for the rest of his life.

The collection accumulated by Dr. Nathanson numbers some 3500 monographs, in forty languages, including 1050 pamphlets, several periodical runs, including Lincoln Lore and the Lincoln Herald, over 250 images of Lincoln, some serious, some rather defamatory, several paintings, at least 30 sculptures, smaller items such as mourning badges, medals, memorabilia, etc., complete sets of Lincoln motif china, and chairs from Lincoln’s office and home.

The unique item held by McGill is surgeon Charles Sabin Taft’s Diary. In this small notebook the twenty-three year-old surgeon in charge of the Signal Corps Camp of Insurrection at Red Hill, Georgetown, recorded his account of Lincoln’s wounding at the Ford Theatre, where he too was in attendance, and continues into the early hours of April 15th, 1865, when the President breathed his last. According to one researcher, “even though Surgeon Taft’s recollections have been published many times”, he had not been able to locate any publication that gave these notes verbatim. “They are more complete than anything I’ve yet seen and they contain a few surprises”.

Although there are many great collections of Lincolniana housed in the United States, most notably the Library of Congress, in Canada the Joseph N. Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana shines as a unique and valuable resource for those interested in American history and culture.

The Massachusetts Historical Society Manuscripts Collection

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is a major research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artefacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. A few examples include correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, such as her famous “remember the ladies” letter; manuscript copies of the Declaration of Independence by both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams; and the pen that Abraham Lincoln used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. However, the true strength of the collection lies in how millions of pages of manuscript documents and diaries “weave together” as primary sources for the study of the entire course of American history right up to the present.

The Historical Society has wonderful and in some instances very large collections of other research materials, such as books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, and photographs. While the MHS is not a museum, it nonetheless also owns works of art and historical artefacts. Many of these items came to the Society along with collections of personal papers; all are here to support research on the manuscript collections.

However, the library is primarily, a manuscript repository. It holds more than 3,200 manuscript collections comprising in excess of 10 million document pages. Personal and family papers constitute the core of the manuscript collection, augmented by institutional and early business records. While the MHS collects documents from all eras up to the present, the bulk of the collection represents the periods from the beginning of European settlement through the early decades of the 20th century.

The manuscript collection is an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of Massachusetts and America through the colonial and early national periods. Manuscript collections cover diverse subjects such as the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; the history of religion, law, medicine, education, diplomacy, international commerce (the China Trade in particular), state and national politics; and Native American, African American, and women’s history. Diaries, orderly books, and thousands of letters document the lives of those who served in the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil Wars. The Society also holds institutional records for churches, schools, clubs, and philanthropic organisations.

Two of the most important MHS manuscript collections are the papers of the Adams family and the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts.

The Historical Society is home to the second largest collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts (primarily his “private” papers) thanks to the generosity of several generations of Jefferson descendants; the Library of Congress holds the largest single collection of Jefferson manuscripts (primarily his “public” papers). In 1898, Jefferson’s great-grandson, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge (1831-1920) of Boston, presented a large number of Jefferson papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society. This material included correspondence (nearly 8,800 pages of both incoming correspondence and Jefferson’s retained copies of outgoing correspondence), manuscript volumes including; Garden Book, Farm Book, almanacs, accounts, law treatises, and the manuscript volume listing the books in Jefferson’s personal library. Coolidge’s son, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge (1863-1912), of Manchester, Massachusetts, obtained additional family manuscripts and made it possible for his son, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III (1893-1959), to donate these Jefferson manuscripts (including architectural drawings and family correspondence) to the MHS in 1937. Twenty years later, in 1957, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III donated another group of manuscripts (additional Jefferson family correspondence) to the MHS.

The Adams Papers Collection was given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by the Adams family in 1956. The papers comprise over a quarter million manuscript pages of the letters and diaries of generations of Adams husbands, wives, and children including John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Adams (1744-1818); John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) and Louisa Catherine Adams (1775-1852); and Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) and Abigail Brooks Adams (1808-1889).

The papers cover every major political development from the 1750s to the 1880s—the events which precipitated the American Revolution and the diplomatic negotiations of peace; the formation of the new government in 1789; the international and internal crises at the end of the century; the founding of a permanent navy; the Louisiana Purchase and the policy of neutrality by embargo; the War of 1812; the establishment of U.S. policy in this hemisphere by the terms of the Monroe Doctrine, largely written by John Quincy Adams; the expansion of the nation to continental proportions, complicated by the slavery issue; the Civil War, both in its military and diplomatic spheres; and the problems of reconstruction and party struggles that followed the war.

The Adamses were involved in all these momentous political developments. Yet they were an affectionate family as well as a succession of public figures. In whatever part of the world they found themselves, they corresponded with their wives and husbands, their parents and children, discussing everyday incidents, amusing or annoying, as well as significant issues.

The entire collection is available on microfilm (608 reels), sets of which are in over ninety libraries in the United States and abroad. The Society also sponsors The Adams Papers Editorial Project, which is preparing a comprehensive documentary edition of the papers.

Among the other highlights of the collection are the journal of John Winthrop, Sr., the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; the diary of Salem witchcraft trial judge Samuel Sewall; the family business papers of Paul Revere; documents related to the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first African American regiment raised in the North during the Civil War; and the papers of Massachusetts senators Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), his grandson Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), and Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1985).

Text courtesy of The Massachusetts Historical Society

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New Publications

The first issue of Comparative American Studies: An International Journal will be published by Sage Publications in 2003. It is an exciting new journal that will extend scholarly debates about American Studies beyond the geographical boundaries of the United States, repositioning discussions about American culture explicitly within an international, comparative framework.

The main disciplines covered in the journal will be: literature, film, popular culture, photography and the visual arts. Attention will also be given to history, the social sciences and politics, particularly insofar as these fields impact cultural texts.

We are currently seeking international book reviewers to contribute to the journal. If you are interested please send your contact details and area of speciality, preferably by email to:

Graham Thompson
Review Editor, Comparative American Studies
Department of English
De Montford University
Leicester LE1 9BH

For more information about the journal visit:

The Slave trade. (Canterbury Sources 3)
128 pages, illustrated. ISBN 0950 139246
Price £12.00 (+ £1.75 p&p).
Canterbury Cathedral Library, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH.

The most recent publication in the Canterbury Sources Series is a bibliography of the books and pamphlets on slavery and its abolition held at the Canterbury Cathedral Library. The Slave trade is a welcome expanded revision by David Shaw of the typewritten booklet Slavery compiled by Clare Gatherpole which was originally published in 1988.

The collections at the Canterbury Cathedral Library are formed around the library of Sir Robert Harry Inglis MP (1786-1855) who was a vigorous campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade. The collection dates from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century and includes works from North America.

Fully indexed the book also includes illustrations and a new introduction by David Turley a specialist in American History at the University of Kent.

Useful Websites


Launched in June 2000, this award-winning website,, is the official US portal to all government information and services. On FirstGov one can search 51 million web pages from federal and state governments, District of Columbia, and US territories. Most of theses pages are not available on commercial websites. FirstGov claims to be the most comprehensive website of government anywhere on the internet.


If FirstGov is primarily aimed at American citizens, InfoUSA is the authoritative resource for foreign audiences seeking information about official U.S. policies, American society, culture, and political processes. By organising, and disseminating materials about the United States, Information USA seeks to promote better understanding of the principles and institutions that shape American values.

African American Literature Online

This annotated bibliography is intended to provide “a comprehensive guide to African American Literature during the twentieth century. Here you will find over 75 novels, poems, autobiographies, and essays along with summaries of the selected literature…some significant events of each decade and the literary themes that African American authors were writing about during that decade.”
Created by: dlm.

The Valley Forge Muster Roll

About 30,000 men spent all or part of the winter of 1777-1778 with General Washington at the Valley Forge encampment. This database from the National Park Service attempts to list all those men. In addition to the searchable Muster Roll, this site contains an organisational chart of the Continental Army at Valley Forge and brief biographical information on Washington, his generals, and his aides-de-camp.
Created by: dlm.

Forthcoming Events

Lecture (John M. Olin Programme on Politics, Morality & Citizenship)
Wednesday 3 October
James Q. Wilson – The Marriage Problem
Admission free by registration (tel: 020 7862 8693). Reception to follow.

The Sunny Side of Life: The Carter Family and America’s Music A concert and conference to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Carter Family, the first family of American country music.

Friday 11 October – Conference
The conference will explore the Anglo-Celtic roots of traditional American music and the contribution and continuing influence of the Carter Family

Saturday 12 October – Concert
The concert will feature established US bluegrass performers: Janette Carter, Bill Clifton, Hazel Dickens and Mike Seeger

Registration fee applies. Contact the Institute, or see their website: for more information.

In addition, the Institute of United States Studies will be hosting a series of six lectures by Lord Gowrie on American poets, including Robert Lowell and John Berryman. The lectures will take place between October 2002 – February 2003. Contact the Institute for more information tel: 020 7862 8693.

Journal Offer

The New Yorker

The following is a list of the holdings available from the Fashion Research Centre. If any libraries are interested in acquiring these issues please contact the Fashion Research Centre direct at; Fashion Research Centre Library, 4 Circus, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2EW. Tel 01225 477752/54. Or email Gill Huggins:

1948 January – December (bound)
1949 January – December (bound)
1950 January – December (52 issues)
1951 January – December (52 issues)
1952 January – December (52 issues)
1953 January – December (51 issues)
1954 January – December (52 issues)
1955 January – December (51 issues) 19 March – 3 April missing
1956 January – December (52 issues)
1957 January – December (52 issues)
1958 January – December (51 issues) 12 July missing
1959 January – December (52 issues)
1960 January – December (53 issues)
1961 January – December (51 issues) 16 December missing
1962 January – December (52 issues)
1963 January – December (51 issues) 7 December missing
1964 January – December (51 issues) 29 August missing
1965 13 February; 27 March; 3 and 10 April; 8; 15; 22;29 May; 19 and 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July; 7, 14, 21, 28 August; 25 September; 2, 9, 16 October; 6, 13, 20, 27 November; 4, 18, 25 December
1966 12 and 26 February; 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 7 and 14 May
1967 28 January; 21 October
1968 27 July
1969 4, 11, 18, 25 January; 1, 8, 15, 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March; 5, 12, 19, 26 April; 2, 9, 16, 23 August; 13 and 20 September; 18 October
1970 5, 12, 19, 26 September; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7, 14, 21 November

Also available from the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath but available through the Fashion Research Centre:

1980 2 June; 14 July; 10 November
1982 22 March; 10 May; 24 May; 26 July; 23 August; 6 September; 22 November; 6, 13 December.
1983 10, 17, 24 January; 7, 14, February; 21, 28 March; 13 June; 4, 11 July; 22, 29 August; 12 December
1984 Full run apart from following missing editions 1-23 January; 19 March – 2 April; 21 May – 4 June; 16 July – 30 July; 30 July – 13 August; 13 August – 27 August. 27 August – 19 September; 17 September – 1 October; 12 November – 26 November; 3 December – 17 December.
1985 Full run except between 21 January – 4 February; 25 March – 8 April; 24 June – 8 July; 8 July – 22 July; 22 July – 12 August; 30 September – 14 October; 14 October – 4 November; 11 November – 25 November.
1986 Full run except up to 13 January and between 3 February – 24 February; 10 March – 24 March; 14 April – 28 April; 28 April – 10 May; 14 July – 1 August.
1987 Full run except between 23 February – 9 March; 30 March – 13 April; 27 July – 10 August; 19 October – 2 November.
1988 Full run except between 29 February – 21 March; 11 April – 25 April; 11 July – 1 August; 29 August – 12 September.
1989 Full run except between 6 February – 20 February; 27 March – 10 April; 17 April – 1 May; 1 May – 13 June; 13 June – 10 July; 10 July – 24 July; 31 July – 14 August; 21 August – 4 September; 13 November – 27 November; 27 November – 11 December.
1990 Full run except between 19 February – 5 March; 23 July – 6 August; 10 September – 24 September; 1 October to year end..
1992 27 January; 3 – 24 February; 9, 23 March; 6 April – 27 April; 11 May; 8, 15, 29 June; 19 October; 9 November. All other issues missing