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PG-258296-18

Trinity College, Hartford (Hartford, CT 06106-3100)
Richard J. Ring (Project Director: April 2017 to December 2017)
Sally S. Dickinson (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Watkinson Library Almanac Preservation

The purchase of preservation-quality supplies to rehouse 1,700 American almanacs, predominantly published in the 19th century. Many are loosely stitched together with no covers, making them too fragile to be handled by researchers. A collecting priority for the library, the almanacs represent American popular science, and once they are rehoused, scholars and students would be able to study them in a variety of disciplinary contexts: environmental history, American literature and print culture, and early American cookery and foodways. A number of current faculty are involved in developing courses focused on the almanacs.

The Watkinson Library at Trinity College, a public research library containing rare books and special collections, contains over 2,000 American almanacs as part of a larger holding of materials that document the history and culture of pre-colonial America through the early 20th century. This collection offers a rich source of information about many aspects of day-to-day American life: astronomical and calendric calculations, astrological predictions, religious and moral advice, science, history, poetry, mathematics and business data, geography, politics, medicine, cooking, weather, and more. The almanacs are not accessible to users because they are susceptible to damage without structural support. Funds from this grant will purchase acid-free, lignin-free, buffered pamphlet binders to house and protect the collection from damage and deterioration. Stabilizing these articles will allow students, professors and the public to use them for research, classroom projects and general viewing.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019