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Featured Collections: Books and Printed Materials

William H. Helfand Collection of Proprietary Medicine Pamphlets The William H. Helfand Collection consists of approximately 1,000 books, pamphlets, and advertisements relating to 19th-century American popular, patent, and proprietary medicines. Often referred to as “quack” remedies, these medicines entered the American market in the late 18th century. Portraits of American Women Biographies and prints feature […]


Featured Acquisition

Philadelphia shopkeeper Samuel Curtis Upham, self-described as a printer of “mementoes of the Rebellion” and described by Southerners as a counterfeiter of Confederate notes, used the Civil War to his economic advantage. As a stationer, Upham recognized early the profit to be had from the marketing of patriotic and anti-Confederate paper novelties during the war. […]