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The Library of Virginia announced in its latest e-newsletter that they have launched two (2) shiny new websites. The new main library website is at http://beta.lva.virginia.gov (which, among its many other fine qualities, is a URL slightly easier to remember than its predecessor, http://www.lva.lib.va.us). The second new site, which focuses on the Library of Virginia’s many wondrous digital collections, is at http://www.virginiamemory.com. Check out the companion website to their current exhibit on the Fry-Jefferson Map: it’s pink!

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It seems you can’t turn around these days without tripping over a fabulous online digital collection.  While searching this morning for an intriguingly-titled Civil War pamphlet (“Interior Causes of the War: The Nation Demonized and its President a Spirit-Rapper,” by “A Citizen of Ohio”), I found that the lovely people at Cornell University had made it available online as part of their Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection:

Numbering over 10,000 titles, May’s pamphlets and leaflets document the anti-slavery struggle at the local, regional, and national levels. Much of the May Anti-Slavery Collection was considered ephemeral or fugitive, and today many of these pamphlets are scarce. Sermons, position papers, offprints, local Anti-Slavery Society newsletters, poetry anthologies, freedmen’s testimonies, broadsides, and Anti-Slavery Fair keepsakes all document the social and political implications of the abolitionist movement.

Visit the collection online here.

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