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Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler-Werfel, wife to composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and writer Franz Werfel, was given a bound volume containing seventy-seven letters from significant representatives of European and American cultural and intellectual history. The website, in German, offers a short introduction and presentation of the project, a summary of Alma Mahler-Werfel's biography, a bibliography, and the letters themselves.

Emilie Davis Diaries

Emilie Davis Diaries

The Emilie Davis Diaries provide a unique opportunity to see the fascinating work of a free African American Woman living in Philadelphia during the Civil War era.

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Pennsylvania German Broadsides and Fraktur

This collection includes over 250 images from the holdings of Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Special Collections Library.The collection includes broadsides (sheets of paper printed on one side only, such as commentaries on religious texts and political events) and fraktur, a type of German printing similar to old English Gothic. The collection also includes German-language newspapers.

letterhead priestley

The Joseph Priestley Collection

Priestley's considerable talents as an experimental chemist led him to make revolutionary scientific discoveries about the properties of gases. As a theologian, historian, and linguist, he wrote on education, politics, literary criticism, oratory, grammar, psychology, perspective, metaphysics, electricity, and optics. A Christian minister of the Enlightenment, Priestly was a seminal figure in the history of modern Unitarianism.

Double Exposure Photograph circa 1907 of Richter by Richter Source: Johnson, David R. Conrad Richter: A Writer's Life (University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001)

Conrad Richter

This Web site provides visitors with a sense of who author, Conrad Richter was which can not merely be gleaned by reading his many published works.

AME Church

The People's Contest

A Civil War Era Digital Archive is a collaborative project of the Penn State Libraries and the Richards Civil War Center. Its mission is to promote research into the lived experience of Pennsylvanian's between 1851 and 1874. The project website features a unique statewide bibliographic database of hidden collections, digitized manuscripts and contextual essays.

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