"The David P. Harris Collection: A Collector's Look at the War of 1812"
February 27 - June 1, 2012
Curated by Barbara DeWolfe
Curator of Manuscripts
In the exhibit case at the east end of the Main Room, this exhibit supplements our main exhibit, The War of 1812: A Bicentennial Exhibition. It presents selections from the David P. Harris Collection on the War of 1812, a significant addition to the Library's holdings on this topic.
David P. Harris, a graduate at Kenyon College, received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1954 and retired as Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University in 1990. In his retirement he has pursued his longtime interest in early U. S. history, collecting original documents with a concentration on the War of 1812 and particularly on materials that reflect the effects of the war on so-called ordinary people or illuminate the personal lives – as distinct from the official acts and decisions – of the better known military figures of the time.
The David P. Harris Collection is a “Collector’s Collection.” A donor who has specific collecting interests donates materials to the library as he or she collects them and thereby builds a collection gradually. Collectors’ collections enhance the subject strengths of the library, or they expand our holdings in new areas, providing a foundation on which to build. The Harris collection does both – it fills in gaps in the Clements’ War of 1812 materials, and identifies new subjects, such as the United States Revenue Cutter Service, 1780-1802, another Harris donation. Collectors’ collections are both partnerships and legacies. We are truly appreciative of donors who wish to build their collections at the Clements Library.
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