Wrapping up 2007

This isn’t a serious statistical report for the calendar year.  It’s more of a simple summary of some of the recent research activity here.

Researchers coming to the Rare Collections Library during 2007 included several unaffiliated researchers, as well as scholars from:

  •  City of Harrisburg
  • Clarion University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission
  • Temple University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Office of the Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • Tufts University
  • Widener School of Law
  • Millersville University
  • Cooley Law School (Michigan)
  • Kutztown University

 Other researchers came to us over the telephone and via email from across Pennsylvania, but also from as far away as northern Illinois (Northwestern University) and California.  Sometimes those distant researchers just needed a citation checked, but sometimes we did scanning or photocopying for them. 

What kinds of subjects were researched here this year?  The topics written in on registration forms this year included the following:

  •  Religious symbolism in traditional Pennsylvania German folk art;
  • 18th century frontier journeys;
  • Effect of the Whiskey Rebellion on murder laws in Pennsylvania;
  • Dorothea Dix;
  • Lewis and Clark expedition;
  • Hiester Clymer;
  • Pennsylvania railroads;
  • Development of the legal profession;
  • Fort Wagner;
  • Pennsylvania in the Cold War;
  • Abraham Lincoln;
  • 20th century amateur minstrelry;
  • Steelton, Pennsylvania;
  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • Negro suffrage;
  • Nineteenth century lexicography;
  • Historic book bindings

Tours of our facility were taken, for the most part, by citizens of the Commonwealth.  And, actually, I think that this year most of the tours were conducted for elected officials who wanted to have their visits recorded for broadcast on their websites and local cable channels.  As a result, I had a number of people stop me to say “I saw you on tv the other night.”

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