Wednesday, September 10, 2008

One Of My Favorite Book Blogs

This is one of my favorite book blogs. I'm always looking for historical and social information for my creative non-fiction family histories and my book on women wearing glasses; this site provides so much information I can get lost here for hours.


Digitized Book Of The Week
From The Library of The University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign


Featuring news and highlights of the large scale digitization initiatives at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a member of the Open Content Alliance, UIUC Library is digitizing and contributing to the Internet Archive books and serials from its collections that focus on Illinois history, literature, and natural resources; rural life and agriculture; railroad history and engineering; and works in translation. UIUC Library is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which has recently joined the Google Library Project. Visit the Illinois Harvest web portal to find more digital content from the UIUC Library. Description from the blog profile.

I enjoyed The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself, including his Golden Rules For Money-Making.

At the end of that time, after exhibiting in all sections of the country, we sold out the entire establishment – animals, cages, chariots, and paraphernalia, excepting for one elephant, which I retained in my own possession two months for agricultural purposes. It occurred to me that if I could put an elephant to plowing for a while on my farm at Bridgeport, it would be a capital advertisement for the American Museum, which was then, and always during my proprietorship of that establishment, foremost in my thoughts.

Also check out the Internet Archive listed in the blog's description above; another great place for books.


Illustration:

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZC4-13262]



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