The Bibliographical Society of America

The oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects

The American Language Reprint Series

The American Language Reprint (ALR) series aims to compile the various word-lists, vocabularies and phrase books which were collected in the early years of North American settlement. The series begins with the languages and dialects of the Eastern Woodlands, with a primary emphasis on the Eastern Algonquian and Iroquoian families. We hope to progressively extend the geographical scope of the project to form a comprehensive linguistic record of native North America prior to the advent of modern linguistics.

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

Collection Summary Creator: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 Title: Papers of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft 1788-1941 (bulk 1820-1856) Size: 25,000 items; 90 containers plus 1 oversize; 28 linear feet; 69 microfilm reels Repository: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress Abstract: Author, ethnologist, explorer, geologist, glass manufacturer, and Indian agent. Correspondence, journals, articles, books, manuscripts of magazines, poetry, speeches, government reports, Indian vocabularies, maps, drawings, and other papers reflecting Schoolcraft's career as a glass manufacturer, mineralogist on an exploring expedition in the Ozark Mountains, geologist on the Cass expedition to the Northwest Territory, leader of expeditions throughout the Great Lakes region, member of Michigan's legislative council, Indian agent, superintendent of Indian affairs for Michigan, ethnologist, and author of works concerning the Iroquois of New York state and other Indians of North America.

Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)

THIS EXHIBITION presents Renaissance editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from The Newberry Library. The Zahm collection ranks among the top Dante collections in North America. Purchased for the most part by Zahm in 1902 from the Italian Dantophile Giulio Acquaticci, the 15th- and 16th- century imprints presented here form the heart of Zahm's collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes, including rare editions and critical studies from the Renaissance to the present. The nine incunable editions and nearly complete series of 16th-century imprints featured in this exhibit constitute essential primary sources for both the history of Dante's reception during the Renaissance and the early history of the printed book.

Simms, William Gilmore (1806-1870)

William Gilmore Simms: Novelist, Poet, Editor, Biographer, Historian, Orator, Essayist, Letter Writer. Active 1825-1870 in USA, North America—The Literary Encyclopedia


AY! Unto thee belong		
The pipe and song,		
Loved by the satyr and the faun!		
To thee the olive and the vine,	
To thee the Mediterranean pine,		
And the soft lapping sea!		
Thine, Bacchus,		
Thine, the blood-red revels,		
Thine, the bearded goat!	
Soft valleys unto thee,		
And Aphrodite’s shrine,		
And maidens veiled in falling robes of lawn!		
But unto us, to us,		
The stalwart glories of the North;	
Ours is the sounding main,		
And ours the voices uttering forth		
By midnight round these cliffs a mighty strain;		
A tale of viewless islands in the deep		
Washed by the waves’ white fire;	
Of mariners rocked asleep,		
In the great cradle, far from Grecian ire		
Of Neptune and his train;		
To us, to us,		
The dark-leaved shadow and the shining birch,	
The flight of gold through hollow woodlands driven,		
Soft dying of the year with many a sigh,		
These, all, to us are given!		
And eyes that eager evermore shall search		
The hidden seed, and searching find again	
Unfading blossoms of a fadeless spring;		
These, these, to us!		
The sacred youth and maid,		
Coy and half afraid;		
The sorrowful earthly pall,	
Winter and wintry rain,		
And autumn’s gathered grain,		
With whispering music in their fall;		
These unto us!		
And unto thee, Theocritus,	
To thee,		
The immortal childhood of the world,		
The laughing waters of an inland sea,		
And beckoning signal of a sail unfuried!
Annie Fields [1834-1915]