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December 29, 2009

The Antiquarian Library: Worcester, Mass.


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THE ANTIQUARIAN LIBRARY: Worcester, Mass.

     One of my goals for our September, 2008, trek from Newport, Rhode Island to Lamoine Beach, Maine, was to visit the Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.

     Monte was impressed at the Antiquarian Society building. with its ease of access and the street signs with hearts on them.

     On to the Antiquarian Society. We were required to show the staff two forms of ID, one with a picture, and to fill out two forms, prior to gaining entry. We also had to be working on a specific project. My project—researching material for a historical journal article and a historical romance novel, both on land post-American Revolution land speculators—qualified. I had also received material from the library when I began my research.

     Lockers were provided lockers to store materials not allowed in the library proper—wallets, bags etc. No pens, either. Only pencils.

     Once inside staff members kept correcting my behavior—I had to keep the document manuscript FLAT on the table, I couldn’t set the book holder on my lap. One neat thing: they have “page holders” to keep pages flat while reading or typing. A new craft idea.

     After lunch, we participated in a Wednesday afternoon tour, into the stacks, the microfilming room, saw a printing press. They had much original material I already researched, but was able to pick up new information. They didn’t have a couple items I thought they would have.

     I was disappointed I wasn’t allowed to take one particular photograph, which I would have submitted to a local newspaper. While we were in the microfilming room, the staff member was copying a Washington County newspaper.

     All in all it was an interesting experience that provided me with material that enhanced my journal article and will be helpful in my novel writing.

     Local accomodations were satisfactory. Monte was dissatisfied with the poor motel we stayed at outside Worcester, so he made other arrangements for the second night at a closer motel.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Madame Rosalie de la Val: A Character Sketch

DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

THE AMAZING BEAVER

Compagnie du Scioto Meeting at Café le Procope: Novel #3A

The French military in America during the American Revolution Part 1

The French military in America during the American Revolution Part 1

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1 Comment »

  1. This is really fascinating.I would like to see more on this.

    Comment by Gabriella Gick — December 11, 2010 @ 8:36 pm | Reply


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