Thursday, May 26, 2005

Everton's Access to Godey's Lady's Book

If you are working on "fleshing out" your ancestors, i.e. putting them into historical perspective, it's imperative that you become familiar with surviving publications of the time period. One popular item in the US circa 1830-1878 was Godey's Lady's Book, claiming a maximum circulation of 150,000. I've been looking at the scanned images of the pages through my membership to Everton.

1. Go to
2. Log in as a member
3. Click on "Accessible Archives"
4. Click on Godey's
5. Browse to your heart's content.

Accessible archives describes the collection:

"In 1830, in Philadelphia, Louis Antoine Godey (1804-1878) commenced the publication of Godey's Lady's Book which he designed specifically to attract the growing audience of American women.

The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America. In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health & hygiene, recipes & remedies, etc. Each issue also contained two pages of sheet music, written essentially for the piano forte. Gradually the periodical matured into an important literary magazine and contained extensive book reviews and works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many other celebrated 19th century authors who regularly furnished the magazine with essays, poetry and short stories. The Lady's Book was also a vast reservoir of handsome illustrations, which included hand-colored fashion plates, mezzotints, engravings, woodcuts, and ultimately chromolithographs. In 1836 Godey purchased the Boston based American Ladies' Magazine, which he merged with his own."

You COULD join Accessible Archives on your own for $59 per year. Why not pay $11 less to join, and receive access to all their databases AND a subscription to GENEALOGICAL HELPER MAGAZINE to boot? ...Just one grandma's opinion I guess.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Bradenton, FL 34207

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