Archives and Rare Books

Emeritus by Park J. White

I’m Emeritus; I love it.
There’s no title that’s above it.
Since I have no claim to Highness,
Please address me as Your Spryness

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Christopher Irvine’s Marvelous Magnet

October is a good time to highlight some of the more unusual items in our collection.  It doesn’t get much more unusual than medicinal cannibalism, which is exactly what it sounds like: the practice of using human body parts as an ingredient in medicinal recipes.

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“Occupation: Social Evil”

“There has been sin in the universe ever since Satan tore Heaven asunder and hell was born, and hand to hand with sin, down through the aisle of time, both in sacred and profane history, has stalked ‘The Scarlet Woman’ – at once man’s creation, man’s sorrow and man’s curse.”

– "Missouri Republican", December 29, 1872

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“Honest food, sunshine, [and] pure air”: Ridge Farm convalescent hospital for children

Some 25 miles outside of St. Louis, on a hill overlooking the Meramec River near Valley Park, there once operated a convalescent hospital for children. Overseen by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, this hospital on 127 acres in the Missouri woods was officially called the Country Department of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, but was commonly known as Ridge Farm.

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What’s In A Title Page?

Do you pay any attention to the title pages in your books, or do you just skip past them to get to the text?  Most of today’s books have the title and author printed right on the cover o

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