Description: The Ohio Memorial Gift Plate of the Columbus Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the American Library in Manila was presented in 1902 by Mary E. Rath-Merrill to the Columbus Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The purpose of the gift was to mark the books in the Ohio Memorial Alcove of the American Library in Manila and to purchase additional volumes for this collection through the sale of proofs signed in autography and the ordinary impressions of the plate to individuals and to institutions collecting bookplates.
These copies were intended for books in the Ohio alcove in the American Library at Manila. Reading "In God W Trust To Our Fallen Heroes," the design is framed in a border of buckeyes, the emblem of the state of Ohio. In the center of the design is a tablet upon which rests the Bible. Around the tablet is the Palm Wreath of Victory, while above it is a winged hourglass, held by a chain. Behind and supporting Daughters of the American Revolution and the seal of the state of Ohio. In the center and directly over the arched window in the library alcove is the shield containing the arms of the United States. Through the open window are ships and emblems of war, in reference to the navy and the army. On either side of the library alcove is a Corinthian column, encircled by a Chain of Love and surmounted by the Lamp of Truth. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05719 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates, American; Books and reading
Description: Portrait of John Hay, from "The Complete Poetical Works of John Hay" (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916). Hay's signature is located under the portrait. John Milton Hay was a prominent politician and author born in 1838. He was good friends with President Abraham Lincoln and was Lincoln's personal secretary. Lincoln also appointed Hay to the U.S. Embassy in France. He was later appointed Assistant Secretary of State by President Rutherford B. Hayes and Secretary of State by President William McKinley. Hay also published a number of books including co-authoring a biography of Lincoln and a volume of poetry and personal recollections. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL03868 Subjects: Hay, John, 1838-1905; Ohio authors; Politicians; Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)
Description: Postcard of Daniel Emmett and his home in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Emmett is considered to be the author of the antebellum song "Dixie," written in 1859, which became the unofficial song of the Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. He was born in Mount Vernon in 1815 and taught himself the fiddle, and later became associated with minstrel shows and helped to define that genre. Minstrel shows traveled around the United States, presenting skits and musical performances. Emmett also composed many other songs, including "Old Dan Tucker," "Turkey in the Straw," and "The Blue Tail Fly." He died in 1904. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04104 Subjects: Authors, American--Ohio; Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Songs; Musicians Places: Mount Vernon (Ohio); Knox County (Ohio)
Description: This is a portrait of journalist and author William Dean Howells, ca. 1900. Howells was born on March 1, 1837, in Martinsville (now Martins Ferry), Ohio, but later moved with his family to Hamilton, Dayton, Xenia, Columbus, Ashtabula and finally Jefferson. By his early 20s, Howells had become a newspaper reporter; he also began to write poetry and published his first collection in 1859. The Atlantic Monthly also began to publish his literary work, and Howells' reputation grew quickly. In 1860, the Republican Party selected him to write a biography of their presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln won the election of 1860 and rewarded Howells by appointing him the United States Consul to Venice. Howells remained in this position until 1865, when he returned to the United States and became an editor with The Atlantic Monthly, and later with Harper's and Cosmopolitan. Howells became a well-known novelist during the late 19th century, publishing his first novel, "Their Wedding Journey," in 1872. He authored 35 novels over the next fifty years, as well as numerous short stories, plays, and poems. Howells was the first president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on May 11, 1920. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL02671 Subjects: Authors, American--Ohio; Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Journalists
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