>New job, new horizons.
Being a “special collections” librarian is a great ride. I discover something cool every single day. So I’m starting this blog to share these discoveries with anyone out there who cares to ride along.
One of the great collections here is on Irish history and culture. I came across a box of pamphlets the other day which the Library bought in 1967 (I was not yet born!), where they have sat until now, completely uncataloged. There are over 100 of them, all of them printed in Dublin between 1851 and 1860, all written by the same guy–Daniel William Cahill (1796-1864), an Irish Catholic who wrote political and religious sermons blasting the Britsh government for its imperialist policies, and everyone else who oppressed Catholics anywhere. As far as I can tell, we have the best collection of these in the world, with the possible exception of the National Library of Ireland. I am going to try to post images of one of these–Cahill came to America in 1860 and lectured to packed crowds in Boston. I hope to post the title-page of his first lecture in America, as well as the first page, to show how sloppy the printing was because the printer was always in such a rush to get these things out (you’ll notice lots of mis-spellings and inverted letters).
Here is the web page of PPL special collections: