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Library receives donation of valuable reference books from the Daughters of the American Revolution

DAR BOOK DONATION TO LIBRARYThe Muskingum University Library has accepted the donation of a valuable set of reference books from the Cambridge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Anna Asbury Stone Chapter of the DAR has donated the three-volume set, America's Women in the Revolutionary Era 1760-1790: A History Through Bibliography. Published by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the books are available for purchase only from the DAR, and currently are available at one public library in Ohio. The Muskingum Library intends to make the volumes available to the public for research in the library only, as well as to other library directors on OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.

The set is an annotated bibliography of published resources from the 18th century to the present day that describe and document women's and girls’ lives during the era of the American Revolution. Volumes one and two contain subjects from broad to narrow. Each of the 53 chapters begin with General Studies and moves to more specific topics.

Examples of the books’ chapters are Women and girls during the Revolutionary era; Women in the family and in society; The religious experiences of American women during the Revolutionary era; and Women and the American economy. Volume three is an alphabetical listing of entries by author, editor or title.

In accepting the DAR’s donation, Muskingum Library Director Dr. Sheila Ellenberger said, “These books are a unique, in-depth research tool and we are honored to accept this generous donation. Our faculty and students will benefit from this excellent addition to our reference collection. This is a valuable aid to understanding existing literature and illuminating gaps that will encourage future research.”
Dr. Ellenberger also said that there are only 85 other sets of these books available in the United States and Muskingum’s Library now has only the second set in Ohio.

In the photo: Pictured from left to right are Mary Davis, Mary Lou Eagleson, president of the Anna Asbury Stone Chapter of the DAR in Cambridge; Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, Muskingum University’s Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian; and Bernice Litt.