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Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 16:47:55 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 820.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 08:05:45 +0100
             From: "Laura Gottesman" <lgot@loc.gov>
             Subject: Library of Congress American Memory: Spalding Base Ball
    Guides, 1889-1939

    The Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of a new
    online collection "Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939." The
    collection is available on the Library's American Memory Web site at:

    "Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939" comprises a historic
    selection of Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide and the Official
    Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides,
    which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late
    nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spalding's Official Base
    Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game
    of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state
    of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous
    season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called
    minor leagues across the nation.

    The Library of Congress has more than one thousand of these guides,
    believed to be the largest collection held by any institution. A small
    sample is offered here in "Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939"; in
    the future, the entire collection may be digitized and made available on
    this Web site. The twenty Official Indoor Baseball Guides and fifteen
    Spalding's Official Base Ball Guides currently presented are examples of
    the annual guides described above.

    More information about the content of this collection is available at:

    American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating
    to the history and culture of the United States. Its more than 120
    collections range from the papers of the U.S. presidents, Civil War
    photographs and early films of Thomas Edison to papers documenting the
    women's suffrage and civil rights movements, Jazz Age photographs and
    the first baseball cards. The collections contain over 8 million items
    from the Library of Congress and other major repositories.

    Please direct any questions to American Memory's "Ask A Librarian" web
    form: http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-memory2.html

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