Digital Collections

noahhart.jpgNoah Hart Papers
The Noah Hart Papers consist mainly of correspondence during the Civil War from Captain Noah Hart (1813-1891) to his wife Emily Julia Peck Hart (1824-1884). Of particular note are the letters of July and August 1864 regarding General Sherman's siege of Atlanta.

snowflake.jpgWilson A. Bentley Snowflakes
155 glass plates containing detailed, close-up images of snowflakes and of other forms of water.



Letter from Melvil Dewey, February 17, 1879ALA Correspondence 1879
The idea for the formation of the American Library Association came into being from a gathering of library professionals during the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. During the Exposition, 103 librarians (among them were Justin Winsor, William Frederick Poole, Charles Ammi Cutter, Melvil Dewey, and Richard Rogers Bowker) decided on holding a “Convention of Librarians” to be held October 4-6 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The register for charter members was signed on October 6, 1876 which marks the foundation of the American Library Association.
The 27 pieces of correspondence in this collection originate in the Association‘s decision to pursue an official Charter. These letters are written by various officers of the ALA and other constituents who were to attend the 1879 annual gathering regarding the Charter.

Man constructing a bangasaJapanese Lantern Slides
The Japanese Lantern Slide Collection consists of 154 lantern slides, circa 1880s, depicting a variety of Japanese scenes. The collection includes images originally photographed by Kinbē Kusakabe (1841-1932) and Kazumasa Ogawa (1860-1930) and original slides manufactured by Chicago’s McIntosh Stereopticon Co. Of particular note are slides depicting the wisteria trellises at Kameido Shrine and the destruction resulting from the 1891 Nōbi earthquake.

Ricci Poster 290Patricia Ellen Ricci Posters
Patricia Doyle (née Patricia Ellen Ricci), Rosary College alumnae from the class of 1957, was a graphic designer who worked for numerous Catholic institutions in the Chicago area for several decades. Born July 10, 1934, Patti was a lifelong Chicagoland resident who took part in and contributed to the cultural and religious life of the city, until her passing in May of 2010.
This digital collection showcases some of her posters created for Dominican University (known as Rosary College until 1997) and for Argus Communications.