The New York Annual Register

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Edwin Williams’ The New York Annual Register was published by J. Seymour of New York in 1832. Part one of the register contained an almanac with astronomical and geographical information; part two listed statistics for New York that included Senate and Congressional districts, post offices, stage lines, roads and distances, branches of the United States Bank, and literary and scientific institutions of the state; part three contained lists of city clerks, judicial offices, and military establishments; part four contained information about the Federal Government including Cabinet members, members of Congress, finances, the census, tariffs, and imports and exports.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
overall: 4 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 3.175 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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National Museum of American History


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