A Major Find You Can Adopt

A Major Find You Can Adopt

The Observer (Salem, New Jersey). Jan. 5, 1799, vol. 1, no. 2.

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When Clarence Brigham published his monumental work on early American newspapers in 1947, he located just one issue of this paper in a small New Jersey county historical society.  Later a bibliographer of New Jersey imprints went to that historical society to examine the issue and it could not be located (and is still missing today).  It was a pleasant surprise then when three issues turned up as part of a group of newspapers recently acquired by AAS.  Such new issues help us piece together a more complete history of the paper.  But where were these issues hiding all these years?  Our suspicion is they were part of a bound volume of newspapers repurposed later as a scrap book.  When these issues were received, remnants of articles were still pasted to them.  Our conservation lab spent much time treating the issues and carefully removing the pieces still pasted over the text.

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  2. A staffer will promptly get back to you.

  3. Once you have received confirmation of your adopt-a-book reservation, you may pay online here.

  4. Questions? Feel free to email adopt@mwa.org.

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