Mary Person

852 RARE: The Weekly Special – Visions of Airships over Kissimmee

In March 1909, the town of Kissimmee City, in central Florida, sent the Harvard Law School Library a slender 79-page volume of The Revised ordinances of the town of Kissimmee City, published in 1892. Not surprisingly, the ordinances address the powers and responsibilities of local officials and issues of public health and safety typical of the ordinances of …

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852 RARE: The Weekly Special – Light Summer Reading?

Accounts of sensational crimes have long been a source of fascination, as illustrated by the Library’s large collection of 19th century British and American crime and trial literature, most produced for the popular press and including hundreds of broadsides as well as pamphlets. The vast majority of these accounts are based on verifiable events and, in an era when …

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852 RARE: The Weekly Special

Figuring out who once owned a book can be an intriguing and enlightening puzzle –as was recently the case with a book the Library acquired in 1924. I only needed to make a minor adjustment to the catalog record, but the book’s eighteenth century engraved bookplate piqued my interest. The book, The state of the prisons in England …

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