The Library will be closed Monday, April 21 in observance of Patriot's Day. We will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, April 22.
X

Life of the Library » Library Collections

The world at your fingertips right in your neighborhood.

Portland Public Library’s mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library’s services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.


Moxie!

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Portland History

As we reach the weekend that follows 4th-of-July weekend, it’s time to celebrate Maine’s own and much-loved Moxie! Moxie Fest is this weekend, as always, in Lisbon Falls, Maine. In fact, the root beer-like soda, invented in 1884 by Dr. Augustin Thompson (of Union, Maine), was declared the Maine State Beverage in 2005. Maine is surely the heart of Moxie country, and we all know that Maine libraries have moxie!

IMG_1319sm

Moxie and Monument Square, with the Library at center.

To help celebrate the annual Moxie Festival, here are some images to encourage the enjoyment and study (yes, research is enjoyable, too!) of the fabled 19th century remedy / modern soft drink.

Moxie can surely be researched in the Portland Room, which produces the Maine News Index, navigating through microfilmed newspapers and hardcopy local periodical imprints.

As well, here are 2 popular Moxie references we have here in the Library:

MoxieMystiqueBook MoxieBaumerBook

 

Snapshots from the Moxie Parade, in 2011

Parade2011 MoxiePlane2011
MoxieMobile2011

The Moxie Mobile, which is actually steered from a “horseback” seat!

MoxieMan2011

Moxie Man stopped long enough for me to take his picture- and to offer his prescription to cure all that ails!

LisbonFalls2011

All of Lisbon Falls gets into the spirit !

KennebecGrocery2011

During Moxie Fest, the Kennebec Fruit Company (the Moxie birthplace store) serves Moxie ice cream and splendid Moxie floats.

From the Portland Public Library Archives

moxiepic

Checking out the Moxie supply, in 1947.

1984 TL 07_15 18

Moxie Fest, in 1984. Reading up on the goods!

1984 TL 07_15 10

Moxie Fest, 1984. At the wheel of the Moxie Mobile.

1984 TL 07_15 5A

Moxie Fest, 1984. Moxie expert, Mr. Frank Anicetti, packing up a purchase at Kennebec Fruit Company store.

1985 PH 06_21 5

Willie Nelson, playing a concert at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center, June 21, 1985. Willie’s Moxie hat tells us he knows what’s what!

Have a Wicked Good Weekend !

IMG_1316a

Whether you’re writing, reading, or enjoying parades and the outdoors, enjoy-

and know you’re always welcome at the Portland Public Library !

moxie

 

 


Conservation and Access : 1914 Portland Atlas now on Digital Commons

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Seniors | Government | Portland History

Along with the 1882 Goodwin Atlas, which we have recently conserved, digitally scanned, and posted on the Library’s Digital Commons site,  now you may view, research, and download the 1914 Richards Atlas of Portland. Like Goodwin, Richards is a footprint atlas, which means that each built structure and land parcel is outlined on this series of maps- which includes every street in the city of Portland, along with contiguous portions of South Portland and Casco Bay islands.

Just as 1882 shows us the pre-Deering merger Portland, 1914 shows Portland in its second decade as the merged city with amended street name changes.

Richards1

Deering Oaks Park, in 1914.
Notice the difference in the pond’s contour, compared to now, as well as that of Forest Avenue. At the top center is the old Portland Stoneware Company.

Richards2

Screen shot from the Digital Commons portal for the Richards Atlas.
(http://digitalcommons.portlandlibrary.com/richardsatlas/)

The original Richards Atlas has long been a very popular item in the Portland Room’s collections, such that our reference copy required some major conservation work, prior to digitization and continued research access. All the conservation work was done in the Portland Room.

Richards3

Richards Atlas plates were removed from an unsalvageable binding, and thoroughly cleaned before any further treatments.

Richards4

Removing the embrittled hinges, and preparing the plate halves to be joined in registration with the map’s lines.

Above and below: Richards Atlas plates had been on facing pages, with wide gutter-margins in between. For this project, the facing pages were joined together with acid-free, long-fibered Japanese kozo tissue and methylcellulose adhesive from the verso sides of the composite plate. Thus the viewing experience is now seamless- both in person, and in the digital scans.

Richards5

Repairs on the verso (rear) sides, with handmade kozo tissue.

Ricahrds6

Repairing a loss in the original paper, using kozo tissue.

Richards7

Above photo : The cleaned and repaired maps in their new archival box.

Below : The Richards Atlas conservation project provided many teachable moments for a Brandeis University intern, studying library and archival sciences. The maps have all been encapsulated in polyester mylar film enclosures.

Richards8
Ricahrds9

A detail from one of the digitized scans, showing the Stroudwater area of Portland. Can you recognize where the historic Tate House is?

In the digitized version of the Richards Atlas, we encoded the names of the maps’ respective Portland neighborhoods of coverage. Thus, the maps can be searched by neighborhood. Major city landmarks are also included, to help ease the research.

Richards10

A researcher in the Portland Room, using the conserved original maps.

Enjoy these, either online or here in the Portland Room!


Digital Commons and A New Map to an Old Atlas

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Seniors | Government | Portland History

Portland Public Library’s new Digital Commons portal has begun to take shape, and you are now able to view a 131-year-old city street atlas online. Here in the Main Library’s Portland Room, the Library’s homebase for Special Collections and Archives, we have conserved an 1882 Goodwin Atlas, and now present a digitized access of this great work to you, via Digital Commons.

Click on the screen shot (below) for the Digital Commons home page:

DigitalCommonsScreen

The link for the Goodwin Atlas is below, or use this URL: http://digitalcommons.portlandlibrary.com/goodwinatlas/

 

DCGoodwinScreen

Beginning with the conservation of the 18 x 24″ atlas, the original binding had broken (see photo below) after more than a century of use.  The Library’s copy of this atlas had been inked by hand, and the City Engineer, William Goodwin autographed each of the plates.

The maps are highly detailed, and show “footprints” of buildings, utility lines, and streets. The city-wide assessment that coincided with this unusual set of maps represents Portland shortly before the merging of the once separate municipality of Deering. The pre-1899 city boundaries are well-marked in Goodwin, and can be seen in maps that include Douglass Street, Brighton Avenue (then known as the County Road), Deering Avenue (then known as Grove Street), and Forest Avenue (then known as Green Street). When you search for Monument Square, you’ll find Market Square.

Goowin1Goodwin2

Along with the atlas’s binding, many of the plates (pages) needed to be conserved. Fortunately, the plates were printed on a thick, vellum-style paper stock.

Goodwin3

The photo below, shows the completely repaired binding and textblock- entirely conserved in the Portland Room-

with archival material.

Goodwin5

The photo immediately below shows how we repair paper, from the verso (rear) of the maps themselves, to keep the information as readable as possible. We use handmade Japanese kozo tissue, and our own mixture of methylcellulose and PVA water-based adhesives. The repairs are lightly heat-dried and pressed.

Goodwin4 Goodwin6

The New binding (above), with the preserved original label from the Portland City Clerk’s Office, plus a special archival box (below)  for the atlas.

Goodwin7

With the scanned Atlas plates, we’ve mounted downloadable jpeg files onto Digital Commons. In the photo below, subject analyses for each Portland neighborhood represented in the Atlas are being added as searchable metadata tags.

Enjoy this new resource of a gem from the 19th century!

Goodwin8
View Posts by Date:
Filter Posts:
Connect with the Library: