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Guide to the William Oland Bourne Papers
1837-1881
 MS 69

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Margaret Bausman

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2019
Finding Aid is written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Oland Bourne Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1837-1881
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, newspaper clippings and lectures related to the career of William Oland Bourne (1819-1901), a social reformer, editor and author in New York City. Of particular note are materials related to his publication, Soldier's Friend, a newsletter for Civil War Veterans through which Bourne organized a Left-handed Penmanship Contest for veterans who had lost their right arm. The collection contains photographic portraits of four of the contest participants, left-handed writing samples and a sample written with a prosthetic arm.

Material related to left-handed penmanship is digitized and available in the  Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
Quantity: 0.75 Linear feet
Language: The William Oland Bourne Collection is written in English.
Mixed Materials [Box]: 2
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: MS 69