About

Primary Sources, Uncharted Americana is Robin Beck, PhD and Laoma Beck, MD.  Last year, after two decades of focused collecting in a very narrow slice of Americana, we issued our first catalogue of primary source material that spanned the breadth of the American experience.  This year we are pleased to present our second such offering.  Whether manuscript diaries, ledgers, or letters, printed pamphlets and broadsides, photographs, or even a children’s spelling book, they all contribute new ways of seeing and thinking about broader currents in American history.  Our name is what they have in common.  They are primary sources, and they are largely uncharted.  So here are twenty-five new and unexpected items, fresh to the trade.  Thanks again to everyone who supported our first effort, and we hope that you enjoy browsing Catalogue 2.  We look forward to hearing from you.