University of Manchester: New online exhibition featuring Japanese collections launches. “Travels in Tokugawa Japan is the latest exhibition on Manchester Digital Exhibitions. The exhibition allows viewers to take a virtual journey through Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) using maps and travel guides from the Japanese maps collection.”
Smithsonian Magazine: James Smithson’s Family Squabble. “James Smithson, … was the illegitimate child of the first Duke of Northumberland and Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie. In the late 18th century, his mother and her sister went head-to-head in court over ownership of property springing from their ancestral roots in the Hungerford family, which had been prominent in the medieval era. Today, to mark the Institution’s 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives launches the virtual exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Sisters: The Hungerford Deed and James Smithson’s Legacy,’ providing viewers an opportunity to ‘turn the pages’ of this recently recovered document.’”
AP: Old records shed new light on smallpox outbreaks in 1700s. “A highly contagious disease originating far from America’s shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed. Sound familiar? Newly digitized records — including a minister’s diary scanned and posted online by Boston’s Congregational Library and Archives — are shedding fresh light on devastating outbreaks of smallpox that hit the city in the 1700s.”
EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution. “The MIT Press announced today the publication of Databases, Revenues and Repertory: The French Stage Online, 1680-1793 an innovative collection of original essays that explore an important initiative in the digital humanities, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP).” Free, not paywalled.
State Archives of North Carolina: Early Newspapers Added to DigitalNC. “In 2009, the North Carolina Digitization Project allowed the State Archives to digitize newspapers that were, up until that time, only available on microfilm. Made possible by a LSTA grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina, it included papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1789-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).”
Out of the Box: Virginia Untold: Lancaster County Fiduciary Records 1657-1872. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of the Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1657-1872, to Virginia Untold. This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people.”
Digital Collection now Complete: The General Assembly Session Records (State Archives of North Carolina)
State Archives of North Carolina: Digital Collection now Complete: The General Assembly Session Records. “After three years, The General Assembly Session Records digital collection is now online! This digital collection covers the session records from 1709 to 1814, located in the State Archives of North Carolina.”
The Chronicle: South Carolina Historical Society Digitizes Historical Assets. “The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is excited to announce that more than two hundred plats from the John McCrady Plat Collection (1696–1924) are now available for viewing on the Lowcountry Digital Library – an online resource containing historic assets about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The John McCrady Plat Collection consists largely of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plats pertaining to properties in the Lowcountry.” A plat in this case is a map of a plot of land. Ancestral Findings has an article on how to use them in genealogy.
Dalhousie University: Cooking Soup And Catching Rats, 18th‑Century Style. “How to cure the bite of a mad dog. How to dye silk. How to make ginger beer. A remedy for a cough. These are just some of the recipes you can discover in Early Modern Maritime Recipes, an online database that’s about way more than baking a cake. The Early Modern Maritime Recipe database was created by Lyn Bennett, associate professor of English at Dalhousie, Edith Snook, English professor at the University of New Brunswick, and a team of student researchers and scholarly technologists. The fully searchable database contains 497 recipes from the Maritimes, almost all of which were written before 1800.” The Maritimes is a coastal section of eastern Canada; Rough Guides has an overview.
BBC: Maps show land confiscated from Old Fox. “Maps made to help the government control the confiscated estate of a notorious Jacobite have been made available to the public online. They are among more than 400 maps belonging to the Lovat Estates near Beauly in the Highlands. After the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, the British government took control of the estates of the 11th Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, who was known as the Old Fox.”