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USING THE GENERAL COLLECTIONS
GENERAL COLLECTIONS EXTERNAL SITES
The General Collections hold about one hundred purportedly true accounts of the brief but exemplary lives and pious deaths of precocious children, and about eighty of these works describe girls. This unusual collection contains titles such as:
Women (and more frequently men) were memorialized in a similar fashion. Relatives or friends published biographies, often with excerpts from diaries, letters, poems, and funeral sermons.The volumes were meant to show how a life should be lived. As one author explained in writing of her grandmother, she hoped “that the example of her pure and lovely life might have its effect upon her great-grandchildren, as well as upon my own generation.”10 These biographies, usually brief, provide rare glimpses into the lives of lesser-known women.
Among the topics often covered are
Davis, Gwenn, and Beverly A. Joyce, comps. Personal Writings by Women to 1900: A Bibliography of American and British Writers. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. Z1229.W8 D38 1989 MRR Alc [catalog record]. Search the index under “Memorial volumes.”
SAMPLE LCSH: As a rule, the only subject heading for memorial volumes is the name of the child or woman, so they must be searched by call number or through bibliographies.
LC CALL NUMBERS: Mostly in BR1714-BR1715 (for children) or CT275 (for women and men). Others on women have call numbers for specific occupations, such as nurses (some in RT37) or teachers (some in LA2317).[Top]
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