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Into the Archives!

  • Posted on: 18 July 2019
  • By: Heather Adkins

A donation turned preservation project…


General John A. Logan
Born February 9th 1826, Died December 26, 1886
Kurz & Allison 76&78 Wabash Ave., Chicago
Donated by Kathryn Smith

 

Into the Archives!

  • Posted on: 2 April 2019
  • By: Heather Adkins

In Special Collections, we get donations of all shapes and sizes. Books, papers, artifacts – they all come to us, and we make them available for researchers. Sometimes, though, it is the things we don’t get to keep that really intrigue us.

Into the Archives!

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: Heather Adkins

“It’s out of paper!” You scream in terror as your printer (leisurely printing your homework), grinds to a stop. You look around, but there is no extra paper to be found. These days, a simple run to the office supply store can solve your paper needs. However, paper has not always been as accessible.

In the 19th Century, letter-writing was a surprisingly expensive task. Producing paper was not cheap, and buying quality paper came at a cost. Early in the century, postmasters began charging for distance traveled and the weight of paper. Combine the price of paper with the budding idea of paying for postage – writing to loved-ones suddenly became a line item in the family budget. This added expense led many to find ways to save on paper.