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Territorial Library: Periodicals and Newspapers; Catalogues

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 05, 2008

See here for John M. Bernhisel’s assembly of the original Utah Territorial Library. See the comments to previously posted sections of the catalog for discussion on our plans for linking the titles in this catalog to their Google Books scans – and see here for one section of the catalog that has been almost entirely linked to images (thanks, Researcher, for your work on that section. Edje has made contributions to other sections – and anyone else who is interested in helping, a lot or just a little, is welcome to join the fun. Contact me at “keepapitchinin dotAOLdotcom” — note that “keepapitchinin” ends with “inin” rather than with a single “in.”)

As each catalog section is posted, the links in all previous posts will be updated so that you can move freely around the catalog. (Some links here may not yet be functional, if they lead to sections that I have drafted for posting but not yet published – sorry.)

Catalogue of Books, Maps, &c. Belonging to the Utah Territorial Library, October, 1852.

Theology, Ecclesiastical History and Law.

Law, Government, Political Economy, Statistics, &c.

Medicine, Surgery, Anatomy and Physiology.

Natural Philosophy.

Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism.



Astronomy, Navigation, and Surveying.

Mechanics, Hydraulics, and Hydrostatics.

Chemistry, Meteorology, Electricity, &c.

Natural History.

Mineralogy and Geology.


Domestic Animals, and Veterinary.

Agriculture and Gardening.

Arts, Manufactures, and Domestic Economy.

Trade and Commerce.

Architecture, and Engineering.

Drawing, Painting, Engraving, Sculpture, and Music.

Encyclopaedias and General Dictionaries.

Memoirs, Transactions, and Publications of Literary, and Scientific Institutions.

American History.

European History.

Asiatic and African History.

General, and Literary History, and Chronology.

Geography and Topography.

Maps, Atlases, Globes and Busts.

Voyages and Travels.


Antiquities, Ethnology, Genealogy, Heraldry, Mythology, Numismatics.

Collective Authors, and Polite Literature.

Poetry and Drama.

Orations, Addresses, Eulogies, Speeches, Lectures, and Letters.

Dictionaries, Grammars, and Alphabets.

Novels, Tales, Games and Sports.

Periodicals and Newspapers.

Albany Cultivator. (Albany).

A.B. Allen and R.L. Allen, editors. American Agriculturist. (New York).

— . American Agriculturist. Vol. 9, vol. 10.

American Phrenological Journal . Vols. 2, 2, 3, 5 (2 copies), 6 (2 copies), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. (Philadelphia).

Bidwell, W.H. Eclectic Magazine . January 1849.

Brother Jonathan. (Philadelphia).

Bulletin of the American Art Union. No. 1. (New York, 1851).

Christian Parlor Magazine. (New York). Broken set.

Christian Observer. (Philadelphia).

Congressional Globe. 1st and 2nd Sessions, 23rd Congress; 1st and 2nd Sessions, 24th Congress; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sessions, 25th Congress; 1st and 2nd Sessions, 26th Congress; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sessions, 27th Congress; 1st and 2nd Sessions, 28th congress; 1st and 2nd Sessions, 29th Congress; 2st and 2nd Sessions, 30th Congress (2 copies); 1st and 2nd Sessions, 31st Congress (3 copies). (Washington).

Deseret News (Great Salt Lake City). Presented by the Editor.


Farmer and Mechanic. (New York).

Godey’s Lady’s Book . (Philadelphia, 1851). Several numbers missing.

Journal of Education.

Journal of the American Temperance Union. (New York).

Journal of the New York State Agricultural Society. Vol. 1. (Albany).

Knickerbocker Magazine , from Feb. to Aug. ‘51, inclusive. (New York).

Little’s Living Age. 344 to 401 Inclusive. Several numbers missing. (Boston).

Magazine for Mothers.

Merry’s Museum. (New York).

Missionary Herald.

Mothers Magazine. (New York).

Mrs. Whittlesey’s Magazine. (New York, 1851).

New York Courier and Enquirer. (New York).

New York Evangelist. (New York).

New York Evening Mirror. (New York).

New York Herald. (New York).

New York Merchants Day Book. (New York).

New York Evening Post. (New York)

New York Morning Star. (New York).

New York Semi-Weekly Tribune. (New York)

New York Semi-Weekly Commercial Advertiser. (New York)

New York Temperance Recorder. (New York).

New York Weekly Sun. (New York). 2 copies.

New Yorker.

Nile’s National Register. (Philadelphia, 1811 to 1849). 75 volumes.

Norton’s Literary Advertiser.

Ohio Teacher. No. 23 and 24. (Cincinnati, 1851).

Parlor Magazine.

Philadelphia Saturday Courier. (Philadelphia).

Prairie Farmer. (Chicago).

Scientific American.

Sear’s New Pictorial Family Magazine. Vol. 5, no. 12. (New York).

Sears, Robert. Pictorial National Library. Vol. 1, no. 6. 3 copies.

Skinner, J.S. Plough, Loom and Anvil. (Philadelphia).

Star & Stearns. Farmer and Mechanic , for ‘47, ‘48, 49′ and ‘50. 2 vols. (New York).

Student, The. (New York). Presented by Fowlers and Wells.

Temperance Journal.

Walter & Smith. Cottage and Villa Architecture. 4 no’s. (Philadelphia, 1846). Presented by the Publishers.

Water Cure Journal. (New York).

Working Farmer.

Youth’s Cabinet.

Youth’s Temperance Advocate.

So far as we have information, the newspapers and Periodicals were presented by the publishers. Owing to the mail, many numbers of all the publications are missing, and of the high priced and most valuable to general readers, nearly all.


Allen, E.B., & Co. Catalogue of Agricultural and Horticultural Implements. (New York, 1850).

Annual Report of the Trustees of the New York State Library. (Albany, 1849).

Annual Report of the Trustees of the New York State Library. (Albany, 1851).

Appleton Library Catalogue. (New York and Philadelphia, 1849).

Catalogue of Bowdoin College. (Bowdoin, 1849).

Catalogue of Historical Papers and Parchments in the New York State Library. (Albany, 1849).

Catalogue of Lea & Blanchard’s Publications. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Catalogue of Maps and Surveys in the New York State Library. (Albany, 1851).

Catalogue of New York Mercantile Library. (New York, 1850). Presented by the Association.

Catalogue of [the] New York State Library. (Albany, 1850).

Catalogue of Sears’ Pictorial Works. 2 copies.

Catalogue of Shells in the Collection of John C. Jay. 3rd ed. (New York, 1839).

Catalogue of the South Carolina College. (Columbia, 1849). Presented by Gov. Means.

Collins, Robt. B. Catalogue of School and Miscellaneous Books. (New York, 1850).

Harper. Catalogue of Standard Works. (New York, 1850).

Landreth, D. Catalogue of Garden Seeds. (New York).

Lippincott, Grambo & Co. Catalogue of Books. 4 copies.

Newman, Mark H. Catalogue of Books. (New York, 1849). 9 copies.

Pike, B., jr. mathematical, Optical and Philosophical Instruments. (New York, 1848).

Pike, B., jr. Mathematical, Optical and Philosophical Instruments. (New York).

Putnam, Geo. P. Catalogue of Foreign and American Books. (New York).

Voorhis, John s. Catalogue of Books of All Kinds. (New York, 1849). 4 copies.

Wood, Samuel S., and William Wood. Catalogue of Medical and Agricultural Books. (New York, 1850).




  1. I’ve been offline a lot lately, so missed the earlier installments. This is wonderful work!

    Comment by J. Stapley — July 6, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Ardis, if you have a preference, which citation style do you prefer? Turabian? MLA? Something else?

    Comment by Researcher — July 6, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Tur-whobian? I had to look that one up — learned a new one, thanks. I’ve been using Chicago Manual of Style, although I need to make a sweep through the catalog when we’re done to regularize the punctuation.

    Author Last, First. Title. Edition. Volumes. (Place: Publisher, date). Presented by … Copies.

    Of course, very few entries have that much. The original catalog is very sketchy in its citations, including whether an author is listed first as author, or in a possessive opening to the title (“Smith, John. Roadbuilding.” – vs – “Smith’s Roadbuilding.”) I’ve been leaving that as given in the 1852 catalog, unless I can find a GoogleBooks title page that lets me correct the entry.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 6, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  4. As I worked through the Ethics section, the Committee on Ways and Means (my husband) asked if I’d seen any books that would be worth purchasing.

    After some deep thought (of about two seconds duration) I had to answer, “No.”

    Many of the books are dated. A book that went through 150 editions such as Johann Georg Zimmermann’s Solitude would be very hard for a modern reader to get through.

    From what I’ve seen and read, most of the books would be primarily of interest to a historian or rare book collector. Or an author trying to get a flavor of the times.

    Despite that, the breadth of the collection continues to fascinate me. It was a very comprehensive library for the time and Bernhisel did an amazing job with the resources he had available to him.

    Comment by Researcher — July 7, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  5. I agree, Researcher — outside of a single volume of Shakespeare and the Don Quixote, there really isn’t anything here that was of lasting value. Perhaps that was partly (not much, but partly) a function of 90% of the books having been published in 1850 or 1851 — how many of the books published in any one or two years of the recent past will be of much interest to readers 150 years from now?

    Yet there is such balance. He tried to cover every practical subject (the less practical ones — say, the books on navigation) tended to be gifts. If we were to build a similar-size library today, we wouldn’t be doing too bad to replace the outdated titles with modern titles on exactly the same subjects (supplemented by books on entire fields that didn’t exist then).

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 7, 2008 @ 11:14 am

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