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Since the conservation team started the Bank of North America project at the end of November, the most noticeable change or difference would be the empty shelves in the vault where the collections have been placed. But this is just the first step,as the photos below will show.
Welcome back to our regular followers and greetings to new ones! This week, we have here a few more of transcripts from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, several months ago, HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War, 1863-1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
The project conservation team has been busy photographing each of the hundreds of volumes in the Bank of North America collection. In the process we have created a sizeable collection of decorated papers present in these volumes, either as endsheets or exterior covering. Most of these were created using a process known as marbling, although some books contain paste papers as well.
Hello readers! Thanks for returning for another round of transcripts from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). Here's a quick recap of this project. HSP recently acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War, 1863-1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
I'm excited to report that HSP has begun work on a new digital history project that will focus on the Underground Railroad.
Over the next year or so, my colleague Rachel Moloshok and I will be creating a prototype for a new web resource that will weave together the 19th-century manuscript journal and published book of William Still, who is known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad."
Erin DeFord is currently an intern in HSP's Digital Center for Americana (DCA). As part of her Digital Collections and Humanities Internship, Erin recently digitized The Mrs. Stacy B. Lloyd papers on the American Red Cross's Allied Prisoners of War Food Packing Service (Collection 3467). Read Erin's thoughts on the collection and check out more images in HSP's Digital Library:
Philadelphia is a city of firsts, including both the first brick house and pianoforte built in the United States, as well as the first published treatise against slavery. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that Philadelphia was also home to the first chartered, national bank. The Bank of North America was initially founded by the Second Continental Congress in 1781 to help fund the expensive Revolutionary War, which was badly in need of money and supplies.