Handwritten page from George McIlvain 1835 Diary

George McIlvain Diary, 1835

George McIlvain’s personal diary of the trip, accompanied by his mother Mary Porter McIlvain, along Pennsylvania Canal (and other waterways) from Williamstown, Lancaster County, PA to Paoli Indiana, April 8 to May 30, 1835. Diary contains itinerary, expenses, and observations. Diary is part of larger Muench Family papers collection. George Duffield McIlvain was born on February 22, 1811, in Lancaster County, PA the son of Robert McIlvain and Mary Porter (b. 1765?). He married Caroline Margaret Slaymaker on November 21, 1837. Their son Robert Porter McIlvaine was born January 12, 1839, died 1918. George ran a limestone quarry and lime kiln in Paradise Township, Lancaster County from about 1832 until he died on February 24, 1857.

Title Page of Lancaster Farming, Volume 1

Lancaster Farming

The Lancaster Farmer began publication as a monthly journal in 1869 under the auspices of the Lancaster County Agricultural and Horticultural Society. Volumes 1-16 were digitized and published on the Internet Archive by Lancaster History, in partnership with Lyrasis and the Sloan Foundation.

Illuminated manuscript, Folio 13 Recto

South Netherland Book of Hours

Illuminated Manuscript written on finely prepared vellum in an excellent upright Dutch liturgical script, 18 lines to the page set on rules in brown ink. Written on 177 leaves in single column, most pricking preserved at extreme margins; the collation has proven very difficult to work out due to the tightness of the rebacking of the binding, but apparently complete, edges plain. Rubricated. Leaf-size 168 x 118 mm. (about 6 3/4 x 4 5/8 inches). There is no indication of early ownership; small black-gold outlines to the tendrils of the opening border and a tiny gold shield at right in the same are decorative elements.

Front page of the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, January 1, 1880

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer (1880-1890)

Founded in 1864, the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer had become by the 1880s the leading daily in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a crusading opposition publication in a city beset with growing pains. It was already one of the oldest continuous newspapers in the state and nation, and by this time it had transformed itself from primarily a political organ into a conduit for local information and an advocate for clean politics and civic reform.