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  1. Manuscripts Finding the Diamond in the Rough Images courtesy of the St. Louis Mercantile Library @ UMSL unless otherwise noted

  2. Learning how to find them and how to use them can be very enlightening and rewarding Dead ends can come back to life with a little work and creative thinking

  3. What are manuscripts? • Why are they important? • How do I find them? • How do I use them?

  4. What are manuscripts?

  5. Letter written by James Polk

  6. Articles of the Missouri Fur Company

  7. The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865. Volume 1, January 1,1861-April 11, 1862 Courtesy of the Library of Congress

  8. Business Records of Robert Campbell. 1832-1879

  9. Journal of Henry G.A. Caspers. June 13, 1846 - December 1848

  10. Why are they important?

  11. GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap, 1851-52 Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 50 1/4" Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis.  Gift of Nathaniel Phillips, 1890

  12. www.wisconsinhistory.org

  13. How do I find them?

  14. Learn about their life

  15. KARL BODMER Boston Lighthouse Courtesy of The New York Public Library.  www.nypl.org

  16. KARL BODMER Herds of Bisons and Elks on the Upper Missouri Courtesy of The New York Public Library.  www.nypl.org

  17. GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM The County Election, 1852

  18. KARL BODMER Capture of the Daughters of Daniel Boone and Richard Callaway by the Indians Courtesy of Yale University

  19. Now that I know more about their life, where would the information be?

  20. www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/index.html

  21. www.worldcat.org/

  22. Think Outside the Box • Historical Societies • Libraries • Churches • Local Government • Current Local Population • (basements, garage sales)

  23. How do I use them?

  24. Institutional Information • Protocols • Services • Restrictions to Access • Content of Collections • Links to Other Collections that Relate

  25. Handling One-of-a-kind Material • Paper Records • Remove folders from boxes for review, rather than “fingering” through the documents in the box • Devote extra time to carefully turning individual sheets • Pick up a document with two hands • Documents should be fully supported on desks or tables • Avoid writing on paper on top of the record material • Bound Volumes • Be careful when turning leaves in a volume, especially if it is weak, brittle, or extremely large • When available, use book cradles and supports for bound material

  26. Citing and Quoting • [item], [folder title], [series title], [name of collection], [accession or manuscript number], [name of curatorial unit], [name of institution] • Make sure to include box numbers or folder titles where appropriate (if not recorded, the item may be difficult, or impossible to locate again) • Specific institutions may have required citations. Make sure to check.

  27. Through the use of manuscripts not only will you learn about the world your ancestor lived in, but you may even find your ancestor.

  28. Contact Information Deborah E. Cribbs decribbs@gmail.com