Archive: "JFC Harrison" Category

New exhibit exploring Victorian women’s history now open

Victorian women weren’t allowed to vote, and in fact, they were often discouraged from attending public meetings, so they had to find creative ways to influence public policy and advance social causes. One method was organizing a charity bazaar, or “fancy fair,” which sold handicrafts and other items to raise money for a popular cause …

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Historic solar eclipses

Here in Provo, Utah, people are gearing up for the solar eclipse which will be visible in our area on August 21. To add to the festivities, we’ve pulled out a few books (both scientific and literary) about eclipses of past centuries. This small pamphlet was published by astronomer Johann Erich Müller in Greifswald, Germany, …

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Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press

In honor of International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the work of a Victorian woman printer, Emily Faithfull, and her imprint, the Victoria Press. Faithfull was a member of the Society for the Promotion of the Employment of Women, a mid-Victorian social organization which hoped to improve working conditions and employment opportunities for women. …

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The story of Mrs. Beeton

150 years ago today, a young Victorian housewife passed away just eight days after giving birth to her fourth child. Given mortality rates in 19th century England, her death might have been just another statistic, but this woman has come to represent all things domestic in the Victorian era. Isabella Mayson would become a household …

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New Primary Source Databases

The HBLL has recently acquired several databases with primary source content related to British and world history. The database links are live and discoverable on the library’s A-Z database list, and they complement Special Collection holdings: Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History Contains hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from …

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A Halloween post: Victorian parapsychology

There was much interest in spiritualism and occultism in 19th century Great Britain (and in the United States as well). To get in the Halloween “spirit,” we’ve found a few examples of books on spooks, ghosts, and other supernatural beings from the Victorian and J.F.C. Harrison collections to share: Catherine Crowe, The Night Side of …

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New acquisitions: the coronation of Queen Victoria

We’ve featured some of Special Collections’ memorabilia from Queen Victoria’s 1838 coronation previously on this website, but we’ve recently acquired some spectacular items  and want to share! Our first featured item is Peter Parley’s visit to London, during the coronation of Queen Victoria is an 1839 children’s book recounting the coronation as well as the …

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Victorian Women Travelers

Maybe you’ve always wondered what it would have been like to be a 19th-century woman crossing the plains in a pioneer bonnet, skirt, petticoat, and maybe even a corset. But have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be a 19th-century woman traversing the Alps, Palestine, India, West Africa, or even the …

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Love your library, but not your neighbor

Check out today’s edition of The Universe for a story on Victorian Valentines from Special Collections, and stop by the HBLL on Thursday to see reproductions of the featured valentines during Love Your Library Week!

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