The 1841 Harrison Almanac

The 1841 Harrison Almanac was published by J. P. Giffing of New York in 1840. The timing of the publication suggests it was tied to William Henry Harrison’s presidential campaign. Besides containing annual almanac information, it also included a short biography and history of General Harrison. The almanac outlined his military service under General Washington in both the War of 1812, and the Battle of Tippecanoe and it featured tales of Harrison’s valor and morality while outlining his plan for the country as president. The almanac also contained several pieces of music celebrating Harrison, and stereotype prints by R. C. Valentine depicting various moments of Harrison’s life.
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.
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overall: 8 in x 5 1/8 in; 20.32 cm x 13.0175 cm
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Copp Collection
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Copp Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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