Books and Borrowing 1750-1830

Month: July 2023

On the Streets of Philadelphia: Annotations and Marginalia in a Philadelphian Political Pamphlet

Fittingly, my brief tour of American subscription libraries finished where it all began, in Philadelphia and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Founded in 1731, it is America’s oldest subscription library and cultural institution. Foremost amongst the Library Company’s founders was the polymath, and future Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. Together, Franklin and forty-nine fellow shareholders chose […]

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An Englishman in New York: A visit to Manhattan and the New York Society Library

Continuing my tour of American subscription libraries, I left Charleston and flew almost 650 miles north to New York and LaGuardia Airport. New York City is a true cornucopia of libraries, ranging from the magnificence that is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of New York Public Library, to the equally impressive Morgan Library & Museum, […]

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I’d Rather Charleston: A Trip to South Carolina and the Charleston Library Society

Last year, I was lucky enough to be awarded a SGSAH visiting researcher grant to fund a three-month placement at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello in Virginia. Whilst I’ll spend the majority of my time in Charlottesville, the nearest city to Monticello, I’m also taking advantage of being ‘stateside’ by making a […]

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Books and Borrowing’s Big Day Out

On Monday 26th June, Matt, Maxine, Kit, Gerry, Isla, Jill Dye, and I all met up for a Books and Borrowing Summer Social day out in Edinburgh (the rest of the team members were either abroad, unwell, or otherwise engaged, so do stay tuned for a full-team day out update later this year!). The idea […]

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Conference Report: BARS ‘Romantic Boundaries’

Over the course of the past year, I have been organising, in my remit as Postgraduate Representative (PR) for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), the 2023 BARS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, alongside my fellow PR, Yu-Hung Tien (University of Edinburgh), and Dr Amanda Blake Davis (University of Derby), the Early Career Representative […]

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