14 April 2014
Week 8.5: The Civil War Book
The book that I’m discussing in this post was, in my opinion, too cool to not have its own blog post. In our last round of photographing, we took photos of a multi-volume work entitled History of the Popes by Leopold Ranke. The book itself didn’t look like much on the outside, as it had been rebound. The interior had the typical St. Ignatius College stamp, just like the ones we’ve found on countless books now. What really set this book apart from the others was the inscription.
Bigger sizes HERE
The inscription reads that the book was taken from the house of a reverend by a Union soldier of the 30th New York regiment who lived in Fairfax Virginia on October 5th, 1861. The name of the soldier himself is rubbed out, but what makes this book even more fascinating is that it was just sitting in the main stacks of the library, available to be checked out by anyone who took the chance to look at it. We just had a piece of Civil War history sitting on our shelves with none the wiser. Without this project, the book may neevr have been discovered or preserved. But don’t go looking for this in Cudahy Library, folks; you’ll be out of luck. After the presentation for the Flickr site launch, I made sure this book got safely into the capable hands of our archivists in special collections.