Uncle Tom's Cabin Collection
Through the good offices of Gigi Barnhill, AAS has received the James F. O'Gorman collection of nearly 60 editions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's international best-seller Uncle Tom's Cabin. An emeritus professor of art history at Wellesley College, O'Gorman began the collection in order to research the novel's illustrated editions, also picking up interesting unillustrated printings along the way.
The collection ranges from the "25th thousand" (one of the earliest printings, in 1852) to the Reader's Digest edition of 1991; supplemented by several 20th-century juvenile adaptations, comic books, and 18 foreign language editions in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, and Welsh. AAS already had a good holding of 19th-century printings, including translations, but the O'Gorman gift provides a welcome opportunity for AAS to augment these with a representative range of 20th-century editions.
Serendipitously, the gift arrived just in time for use in the 2009 AAS Summer Seminar, which is devoted a day to Uncle Tom's Cabin. We anticipate frequent use by researchers and participants in AAS's various outreach and education programs.
--David Whitesell, Curator of Books
"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