Rare Books & Manuscripts Library

Nineteenth-century American Literature Resources

Paula Bernat Bennett Research on Sarah Piatt
These extensive papers document Paula Bennett’s research on Sarah M. B. Piatt, which resulted in her selection of poems published in Palace-Burner: The Selected Poetry of Sarah Piatt (2001). 

The following supplemental files were sent after the original research materials were donated, and should be consulted along with the finding aid. The researcher is cautioned that these lists will in turn be updated to accommodate newly identified poems published by Piatt.

The Larry R. Michaels Collection
The finding aid lists his collection of biographic research notes related to Piatt. Michaels's books and serials on Sarah Piatt may be found with a keyword search of the catalog on "gift of Larry R. Michaels." 

Ohio Memory
See the Ohio Memory Project (A Collaborative Project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio) for more on the Piatt Family, as well as other resources for the history of Ohio. A CD of selected contributions is available in RBML: PS586 O35 2002.

The Early Poems of Sarah Morgan Bryan (Piatt) in the New York Ledger, 1857-1860
This project, housed in the Library's Knowledge Bank, provides digitized versions of poems published by Sarah Piatt under her maiden name, using the byline Sallie M. Bryan, in the popular 19th-century paper, The New York Ledger.

The Capital
Washington, D.C. newspaper. Donn Piatt was editor off and on until 1879, and published the work of newly discovered authors. Early volumes held at Piatt Castles were loaned to OSU and scanned. They are available online through OSU's institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank. The original high resolution scans are available on request.

Some gaps in coverage may be filled by our microfilm holdings. Request and view the following issues in the Thompson Library Special Collections Reading Room:

January 4, 1880 - March 13, 1881 (microfilm)  
January 14, May 27, 1883 (microfilm)
March 2, August 17, 1884 (microfilm)
June 20, 1886 (microfilm)
January 1, 1888 (microfilm)
January 6, 1889-June 23, 1889 (microfilm)

Jerry Tarver Collection of Elocution, Rhetoric and Oratory Ephemera
Click on the above link to explore the collection's finding aid. To identify books and serials that form part of the collection search the library catalog with this title: "Jerry Tarver Elocution, Rhetoric and Oratory Collection."

Tuttle American Poetry Collection
This was a special purchase of 19th and early 20th century books of poetry. To pull up a complete list from the catalog search for the title "Tuttle American Poetry Collection."

Visual Materials

Photograph Collections
Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and calotypes are listed in the inventory. Contact a curator about browsing the collection of cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite and stereocards.

Trade Catalogs
The Dr. Ivan S. Gilbert Trade Catalog Collection includes catalogs for a wide variety of consumer goods. Many date to the 19th century. 

Ancillary Resources

The Kevin Elder Almanac Collection contains several 19th-century almanacs.

Children's Science Texts
The Emanuel Rudolph Children's Science Collection includes over 1200 19th-century texts. One may limit a title search on the "emanuel rudolph children's science collection" to just those dating from the 19th century.

The Peter D Franklin Cookbook Collection includes some from the 19th century. After performing a title search in the library catalog for "peter d franklin cookbook collection," limit the results to those predating 1900.

19th-century Newspapers
Various issues of approximately 45 newspapers, predominantly dated between 1810-1870.  This is a boxed collection of selected issues. See also individual titles, such as Every Saturday.

Sheet Music
The Fanny Arms collection of American popular sheet music, ca. 1865-1950, contains thousands of pieces of sheet music. Please contact a curator for assistance.

Personal Correspondence, Journals and Papers
The following collections provide personal accounts of life in the 19th century:

  • Anderson, William B. Civil War Correspondence. 1862-1864.
  • Cox, Samuel Sullivan. Journal of a tour to Europe. 1851,
  • Doane, Louisa A.  Manuscript diary of Louisa A. Doane on two voyages: New York to Marseilles and return, and New York to Chinchas Islands and return. 1852.
  • Dumaresq, Philip K (Philip Kearney). Daily Diary. 1879.
    Diary of an American working as a special agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company in China, primarily in Shanghai, including details of his family, social life, and work.
  • Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody. Letters to Elizabeth Palmer Peabody. ca. 1837-1868.
  • Newlon, William. Day Books, 1843-1891.
    The books contain financial records, as well as some poems and drawings.
  • Peers, Valentine. Valentine Peers papers. 1777-1854.
  • Sherrard, Thomas J.  Correspondence Collection.
    Personal family correspondence to or from Thomas Sherrard, his wife, Mary Campbell Sherrard and his wife's immediate family. Rev. Thomas J. Sherrard led several Presbyterian congregations in the second half of the 19th century. See finding aid on the web.
  • Smith, Lucius Clark.  Diaries, 1859-1862.
    Two volumes of the manuscript diaries of school teacher and farmer, Lucius Clark Smith, resident of New Albany, Plain Township, Franklin County, Ohio. See an edited version of selected entries in the Library's Knowledge Bank.