December 2012

Lazy Like a Fox

Here's an item that's probably best described as a "multimedia" production:



Research Tips and Tricks: Historic Business Research

Many requests that come across my desk have to do with historic business research. Patrons often want to find out any information on a particular business in Rhode Island; anything from where the business was located to how long they were in business. When I tackle such requests, one of my first impulses is to consult our collection of city directories.


Time Machine: 6 December 1775

237 years ago today James Macpherson wrote this letter to Gen. Philip Schuyler of the relatively new Continental Army. The purpose of the letter is to request that Shuyler remove him from what was essentially a desk job and let him join the soldiers on their way to Canada: