The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Provenance Timeline

This week for The Social Life of Books, we had to find a book with evidence of provenance and create a timeline of ownership. I chose the Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This book was particularly interesting because there were lots of marks and writings throughout it as evidenced in the gallery above. I had a lot of fun with this assignment, because in my research, I found that three of the four previous owners are from Wichita Falls, Texas where I go to school at Midwestern State University. Although I couldn’t find out a lot on one of the owners, I found three of the four to be related, so before it was donated to my university, it was passed down through a couple generations of the McGregor family. I really liked learning more about each owner and how Mrs. A. H. Carrigan was the daughter of one of the founders of Wichita Falls. It was really neat learning more about the history of the small town where I go to school. At one point, I even had to get Dr. Pauley and Dr. Bankhurst to help me interpret an Outline Descendant Report on Patsy McGregor. I would love to continue researching the previous owners of this book to try to find more on Patsy and Mr. Henkle.

Timeline JS was a little confusing at first, but I think I figured it out.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this assignment and would love to do another one like it.

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