Three almanacs - Almanacs were among Brigham’s first purchases, beginning in 1908. He acquired hundred of almanacs soon after becoming librarian and accepted thousands more as gifts, thereby assembling the most comprehensive collection of almanacs printed in North America and the West Indies in existence. Brigham purchased a large portion of the library of member Samuel W. Pennypacker of Philadelphia with materials in both German and English at auction. A sampling includes Bailey’s Rittenhouse Almanac, for the year of our Lord, 1819 (Philadelphia: Printed and sold by Lydia R. Bailey, ) [record]; The Columbian Almanac: or, The North-American Calendar, for the year of our Lord 1797 (Wilmington: Printed and sold by Peter Brynberg ) [record]; and Der Neue, Gemeinnützige Landwirthschafts Calender, auf das jahr, nach der heilbringenden geburt unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, 1803 (Lancäster : Gedruckt und zu haben bey Johann Albrecht ) [record]. Each has the bookplate of Samuel W. Pennypacker.
The Amerian Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012 - A View at the Bicentennial
A Keen Scent for an Old Book - Clarence S. Brigham and Waldo Lincoln, 1908-1927