Pamphlet Volumes, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

This isn’t ‘Pennsylvania-related’ except that it is an extract from a 96 page pamphlet in our collection “Pamphlet Volumes”.  Back in the day, our predecessors at the State Library bound pamphlets together in order to give them more physical stability and a shelf location.  The cataloging they did then never made it into our online catalog.  So most of these pamphlets are currently un-discoverable.  We’re slowly making our way through them, however, and doing the cataloging work.

An interesting thing about the cataloging is that many of the items we find are not described in OCLC’s WorldCat database before we get to them.  And, probably related to that, it is surprising to note the number of researchers who contact us about access to a specific pamphlet just months after it finally makes it into our catalog.  It’s very gratifying.

More about that later, perhaps.  Right now, however, an extract from  Iowa: the home for immigrants : being a treatise on the resources of Iowa, and giving useful information with regard to the state, for the benefit of immigrants and others. Published by order of the Iowa Board of Immigration. (Des Moines : Mills & Co., 1870), pages 71-72, [call number PV 857, no. 15]:

“If anyone who proposes to come West, and especially to Iowa, expects to be obliged to settle own among a set of unsophisticated ignoramuses, perhaps he may as well get rid of that illusion before coming.  Our people are principally educated, energetic, and wide-awake people from other parts of the Union, and from the Old World. … Among our periodicals are several publications of high standing and wide reputation, especially those devoted to our agricultural, horticultural, and stock-raising interests.  … The people of Iowa are a reading and educated people, although some of her men of professional and scientific attainments may be holding the plow or wielding the axe, and her most accomplished women busily engaged with the cares of the household.  Many of the latter are as competent to write a treatise on some abstruse subject, requiring thought and research, as they are to discharge the duties incumbent upon them in the kitchen, the nursery, or the drawing-room.  What other woman in America has attained the reputation of Mrs. Ellen S. Tupper, of Brighton, Iowa, as a writer on bee-culture?  Indeed, Iowa is not behind any of the Eastern States in the general intelligence of her people, while some of her eminent scholars have already attained enviable reputations.”

As I said, not especially Pennsylvania-related, but I have family in Iowa and this is for them.

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