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tive arts. The library also includes six cases of rare books. Like other books in the collection, these volumes—many of them out of print and extremely hard to find—are conserved as funds are available. With the help of volunteers, Librarian Michele


Doyle rides herd on the crowded shelves. “While our own staff is our first priority,” Michele says, “we see lots of graduate students, seniors at Salem College, genealogists, and even the occa- sional visitor touring the museums will stop by. An added benefit of having graduate student researchers using our resources is that we


A r c h i v a l T r e a s u r e s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT


“At the superior court, Baldwin County, which sat at Milledgeville last week, a Mrs. Palmer, who seems to have been rather glib of tongue, was indicted, tried, convicted—and in pursuance of the sentence of the court was punished by being publicly ducked in the Oconee, for scolding.”


—Reported from an Augusta, Georgia newspaper in the Frederick Town Herald, Frederick Town, Maryland, 16 November 1811 ENTERTAINMENT


“Sportsmen, Attention! A BAG FOX will be let loose at Mr. Cunningham’s (formerly Tonson’s Tavern) on Saturday the 19th inst. at 10 o’clock in the forenoon. — Gentlemen Sportsmen are invited to attend.”


—From The Whig, Baltimore, Maryland, 16 November 1808 ANECDOTE


“Sensibility. – A lady who made pretensions to the most refined feelings, went to her butcher to remonstrate with him on his cruel practices. ‘How,’ said she, ‘can you be so barbarous, as to put innocent little lambs to death?’ ‘Why not! madam,’ said the butcher; ‘you would not eat them alive, would you.’ ” —From the Frederick Town Herald, Frederick Town, Maryland, 16 March 1816


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and MESDA co-founder Frank Horton that documents Wachovia residents, as well as subject cards covering categories such as Salem’s saw- mill, cemeteries, brewery, and so on. Beginning in the 1940s, Frank Horton and his


mother toured the South widely in search of a context for the decorative arts objects and people who created them. Before computers, or even electric typewriters, Horton brought his details together on typed index cards documenting the craftsmen of the early South. They’re supported by the photos and data sheets of 20,000 indi- vidual objects, and a set of subject file cards with intriguing gleanings of cultural life before the Civil War. Together with later additions, these resources provide clues and confirmations for researchers around the world.


Old Salem Museums & Gardens


Director of the Research Center Kim May (right) and Researcher Martha Rowe are on the vanguard of southern decorative arts studies.


normally get a finished copy of their papers— which in turn become part of our holdings.” Genealogists and others with connections to


Salem and Wachovia can tap into the library’s family records, photos, and other materials including files on each of Salem’s historical lots. There is also a collection of index cards assem- bled by Old Salem’s first director of restoration


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