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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


Annuals and Gift Books

The Collection

Between the 1820s and the 1850s appeared a number of yearly volumes in decorative bindings illustrated with high quality steel engravings which became known collectively as the "annuals." An important feature of American bookselling, they featured in their heyday contributions from many of the foremost writers and artists of the period. Not only do they include little-known contributions by well-known writers, but they also serve as a resource to the tastes and social attitudes of the times.

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts

Size: 58 reels

Call Number: MFILM N.S. 14321

Finding Guides: A detailed inventory, Indices to American Literary Annuals and Gift Books, 1825-1865, is available in Green Library Reference under the call number AY10 .T52. k57 f. For every volume of each annual or gift book, the work records full publishing information, table of contents, and lists of illustrations. It also contains separate indices for editors, publishers, cities and states of publication, stereotypers, printers, titles of poems and stories, authors, titles of illustrations, painters, and engravers.

Content: A microform collection reproducing the contents of the 469 titles listed in Ralph Thompson's American Literary Annuals and Gift Books, 1825-1865, representing some of the best literature and art from the pre-Civil War period. Among the authors included are: Hawthorne, Emerson, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Keats, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dumas. Among the longer running annuals in the collection are:

  • The Amaranth
  • The Annualette
  • The Boston Book
  • The Christian Keepsake and Missionary Annual
  • Christmas Blossoms
  • The Forget-Me-Not
  • Friendship's Offering
  • The Gem of the Season
  • The Gift
  • The Gift of Friendship
  • The Hyacinth
  • The Iris
  • The Keepsake
  • Leaflets of Memory
  • The Liberty Bell
  • The Lily of the Valley
  • The Odd Fellows Offering
  • The Opal
  • The Pearl
  • Remember Me
  • The Rose of Sharon
  • The Snow Flake
  • The Token and Atlantic Souvenir
  • Youth's Keepsake

 

 

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