Manuscript Periodical by Atkinson Academy Students
"The Weekly Offering," 1850.
This manuscript volume is Vol. 3 no. 5 of a periodical produced by the female students of Atkinson (NH) Academy. Written in several hands, it has pieces on reading, the impermanence of life, and a humorous story entitled "Attempt at suicide" about a young man in the village who became "desperately hal-Lucy-nated with a pretty black eyed Miss." A few penciled marks indicate that this might have been corrected by a teacher, suggesting it might have been a project assigned to students.
In recent years we have been actively adding to our collection of these periodicals circulated in handwritten form. Some, like this, were produced at schools; some were done by individuals, and others were the products of small town lyceums that served more as social organizations for the young than as lecture hosting groups.
Atkinson Academy opened its doors in 1787, and in 1791 it became
the second academy in New England to admit students of both sexes. This
is a fine addition to our holdings of material relating to the academy,
which also include manuscript records of the Academy's trustees from
1803-1945, the diaries of Rev. Stephen Peabody, one of the academy.s
founders, and various catalogs and ephemeral publications.
Lee and Conway funds.
-Thomas G. Knoles, Marcus A. McCorison Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS