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American newspaper clipping scrapbook

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0608

Scope and Contents

Composed of 148 pages (some numbered by hand) of newspaper clippings from various American newspapers, with occasional notations and the dates of some articles written in ink, and a hand-inscribed material laid in. Most of the articles date from 1881 to 1899 and encompass a wide variety of subjects. A few interesting clippings include the scandal over Democratic presidential candidateGrover Cleveland's illegitimate child and his relationship with a woman of "intemperate habits"; the unveiling of the Boston monument to the Negro soldiers of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts regiments under the comand of Col. Robert Shaw; the health of Pope Leo XIII and his possible successor; Girard College and the life of Stephen Girard; Confederate assets in Europe; the sale of Washington's letters and relics at auction; the Monroe Doctrine; the consular service of the United States; spirit rappings and seances of the Fox sisters of Rochester; the trial of Professor Briggs for heresy by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church; renovations made to the old State House of Independence Hall; an obituary of the eccentric New York millionaire Joseph Richardson; the life of children in Victorial England; the organizing of a regiment by John Wanamaker for use in the Spanish-American War; and the stopping of the Philadelphia City Hall clock at 1:49pm on New Year's Eve, 1899, because of mechanical problems. Some clippings are illustrated. With a five-leaf index, handwritten in ink, affixed to front pastedown.


  • Creation: 1881-1899

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed at the George Peabody Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

The approximate date of this scrapbook, 1900, derived from the articles, dated from 1881 to 1899. These clippings offer interesting details about this period through the news coverage of everyday events, such as obituaries, court cases, auctions and the unveiling of monuments. They reveal an effort to find a common public memory post-Civil War, the mood during the Spanish-American War and evidences of urbanization and development in the late 19th century due to technological innovations and economic transformations.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 item)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired in December 2012.

Physical Description

Library half leather, rebacked with library cloth, over marbled paper boards, front and back covers pressure-stamped by a now defunct library, spine with paper shelving label and a heavily soiled cloth title label lettered "Scott Scrap Book vol. 4". Binding soiled and worn. Four final leaves loosening. Ex-library, with perforation stamp and library charge pocket. Several leaves chipped. By no means pretty, but interesting to page through, as there was a lively shaping mind in play here.

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Repository Details

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