Help Save the SSDI - Records Preservations Committee
The SSDI Call to ACTION KIT:
In cooperation with the Seattle Public
courtesy of The Seattle Public Library
CG, Librarian at the Seattle
Public Library presented a project to the PS-APG group at our December 2006
meeting. She had come into the
possession of a Scrapbook. The
Scrapbook was found resting on a shelf in the
Department of the Seattle
Public Library. Its origins were
After a preliminary examination, it became apparent that
someone had taken an accounting book for a shipping business and repurposed
it as a scrapbook. It was discovered that the ledger entries were
dated about 1854 and references were made to ships' names and ports.
Upon further examination of the ledger pages, it was found that goods were
being transported throughout the Great Lakes region.
About 20 years later, circa 1875, someone had turned the
accounting book into a scrapbook and added advertising cards. These
advertising cards are very colorful and have many different themes.
The majority of advertising cards were carefully removed to reveal the
ledger pages beneath. The accounting book/scrapbook came into the
possession of the Seattle Public Library about 1922.
The goal of PS-APG was to determine who had submitted the
Scrapbook/Ledger to the Seattle Public Library and why!
Research on this project was completed by
Seattle Public Library Contact:
Travel & Maps 206-386-4636