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Bicentennial year for

Two Famous Men

This short guide provides a tribute and informational sources for two major figures, one British, one "the quintessential American icon"*. Each has engaged our minds and hearts from their own times to the present. Events, symposia, lectures, and celebrations will occur through this 200th birthday year.

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ALincoln-earliestAbraham Lincoln, 1809-1865

C-SPAN Lincoln 200 Years is a massive, easy to navigate website from the C-Span cable television network. Notice the author talks through Book TV and the podcasts of past shows. Numerous links to Lincoln sights and sites throughout the United States.

Read Project Gutenberg's free online texts of all of Abraham Lincoln's writings. Especially useful website when all the books are signed out, or the web connection is very slow.

The Library of Congress has numerous, extensive webpages devoted to varous aspects of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Begin with Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide and use the sidebar for other major Abraham Lincoln websites.

Many sources exist within the National Archives and Records Administration website for Lincoln and Civil War research. Visit the new exhibit at the Northeast Region's locations in Waltham and Pittsfield in Massachusetts or New York City. Participate in National History Day.

The Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's website has a daily calendar of events around the country relating to Lincoln as well as the groupings of websites, historical associations and house museums.

There is no formal presidential museum for Abraham Lincoln through the federal government, but recently the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum opened in Springfield, Illinois, and is intended to replace that lack.

The Massachusetts Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has a smaller set of pages but these are focused on Abraham Lincoln's visit to Massachusetts and events taking place in the Commonwealth.

Brown University's beautiful white marble John Hay Library in Providence, Rhode Island, is the home of a major Lincoln collection, as John Hay was Lincoln's secretary and a Brown alumnus. The Charles Woodberry McLellan Collection of Lincolniana is a special collection and not generally open to the public. Books acquired for the collection, however, are duplicated in the Brown University library catalog. The library's special exhibit for the bicentennial is entitled "The Man, The Myth, and the Making of the President." The Brown History Department and Friends of the Library will host a special one-day Lincoln symposium on Saturday, Febrary 28th, 2009. The schedule is given. All events are free and open to the public. Rhode Island's website for their tribute to the Lincoln Bicentennial has a list of events.

Many local instititions have Abraham Lincoln exhibitions in this bicentennial year. Brandeis University's Farber Archives hosts an Abraham Lincoln exhibit in early 2009. Ditto Harvard University's Houghton Library, followed by a Lincoln Symposium.

Tufts University's Tisch Library was one of only forty libraries throughout the United States to host a three-month exhibition in 2005 on the traveling exhibit from the American Library Association entitled "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation". This major endeavor attracted many visitors and provided a showcase for the many re-enactors, museum and historical societies, educators, history and anthropology experts, and special collections within the area. Although portions of the website are now inactive, the section for Resources continues to provide websites and bibliographies for educators and students about the famous president and issues surrounding the Civil War. The author of this webpage researched and created an orginal presentation for October 25, and subsequently presented updated versions at the Providence Public Library, which has a new set of Lincoln programs in 2009, and most recently at the Tewksbury Public Library in Massachusetts.

Additional exhibitions are at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History Museum in Weston, Massachusetts, and the Medford Historical Society in Medford, Massachusetts, will display their collection of original Civil War photographs.

Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has a collection of Abraham Lincoln materials.

NPR's Two Hundred Years of Abraham Lincoln from National Public Radio.

In southwestern Vermont, Manchester and Bennington may be visited to see Hildene, the Robert Todd Lincoln family home, which mounts a permanent Abraham Lincoln exhibit including original artifacts, and the Bennington Museum which contains an extensive research library of history and Civil war materials.

*McPherson, James M. "We Cannot Escape History": Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001, p6.


DarwinLOCsmallCharles Darwin, 1809-1882

Read the Complete Works of Charles Darwin online through this University of Cambridge British website. This is the most complete authorized site of Charles Darwin in the world. Please notice and adhere to the restrictions about use of the images.

When the U.K. site of Darwin's works is not available, read the complete works of Charles Darwin through the Project Gutenberg website.

Lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in February 2009 which will become a podcast at a future date.

Gallup Poll
search results for "Darwin" sorted by date. Findings may be a surprise!

Scientific American Darwin 200th Site

NPR Health and Science Darwin 200

DarwinDay Celebration

Salem State College's Biology Department hosts an annual Darwin Festival All events are free and open to the public.

Harvard University Cabot Science Library Exhibit

Brown University's Cogut Center for the Humanities in Providence has already begun "a year-long celebration and examination of the impact of Darwin and the theory of evolution on science and the humanities". See the list of events for the upcoming panel discussion and art exhibit. All events are free and open to the public.

Science Tracer Bulletin of Scientific Biographies in Biological Sciences from Library of Congress, including Charles Darwin and many other prominent science figures. A very extensive bibliography for serious researchers and those would have a strong interest in the topic. Look for some of these works in McQuade Library.

Science Tracer Bulletin for Human Evolution (Historical) from Library of Congress, including Charles Darwin and many other prominent science figures. A very extensive bibliography for serious researchers and those would have a strong interest in the topic. Look for some of these works in McQuade Library.

Books in McQuade Library and Beyond

Use McQuade's online catalog to find books. Within the college libraries in the NOBLE system, books about Abraham Lincoln go back to the 1860s, and those for Charles Darwin go back to the 1920s. A subject search for a person will give best results when entered as lastname, firstname or initial. Don't forget you may request books through interlibrary loan which are not found at McQuade.

A number of books about Lincoln and his legacy are currently on display in the Roddy Reference Room, first level. Please note that catalog entries which say DISPLAY-REF or DISPLAY-CIRC instead of ON SHELF may generally be signed out. Current book displays are changed twice a month. New reference books are showcased opposite the current circulating book display. Circulating books are housed on the second and third levels of McQuade Library.

See also the DARWIN DAY booklist.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
This electronic resource includes over 1700 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Areas include: African, American, Asian, Latin American, European (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern), Middle Eastern, World/Comparative, Byzantine/Mediterranean and Australasian/Oceanian history, plus history of the Native Peoples of the Americas and of Science and Technology. Plus archaeology, art history, folklore, religion, musicology, and political science.

Please contact a librarian if you need help with any of these resources.

Additional links to regional library catalogs:

| Boston Public Library | Virtual Catalog | NOBLE Complete Collection |


Articles from Merrimack Subscribed Databases

Biography Resource Center

This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. With the Complete Marquis Who's Who(R), find quick reference information on an additional 900,000 people. Gale via InfoTrac, courtesy MBLC.


Credo Reference
from the publisher: "Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology." Approximately 350 reference sources, all cross-searchable and with links to McQuade's other online resources.

Provides fulltext .pdf articles from major scholarly social sciences and science publications. Since many of these journals go back to the late 1800s, you may wish to limit your search to sets of years to see what was being debated and researched at that time.

Academic Search Premier
The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for more than 4,500 publications, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis. via EBSCOHost


Massachusetts Newsstand
Full-text coverage of 12 Massachusetts newspapers. Gale via ProQuest, courtesy MBLC