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**John Burroughs, Edward Harriman & John Muir on each other and their trip to Alaska

It occurred to me that the pioneer conservationists Muir and Burroughs were befriended by their antithesis; the immensely wealthy financier, railroad magnate, and some said Robber-Baron who provided the impetus to open up and develop the wilderness that was America. How curious that these seeming opposites could attract and benefit each other's way of thinking; and how their lives were changed because of it!
I have collected here bits of the writings of John Muir and John Burroughs, primarily concerning Edward Harriman and their association with him during the Harriman Expedition - that voyage to Alaska in 1899 to study the feasibility of building a railroad around the world. Harriman gathered the finest scientific minds of the Victorian era to accompany him, and allowed them unfettered use of his resources to explore their every whim while on the journey. The result was an unprecedented collection of specimens of the flora and fauna of the north, as well as more data on the geography and peoples of that great unknown, Alaska, than has singly been gathered before or since.

It even includes 5 b&w photos. All on a fully searchable IBM 3.5"DS/HD diskette needing VGA but no hard disk space. One non-compressed IBM diskette $10.00 + $1 S&H (and NY sales tax to NY addresses)



History CDs follow the title links to complete descriptions and explanations.

__ The Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan on CD-ROM 

__ Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New York in 15 volumes. Includes Cadwallader Colden's 5 Indian Nations, and 4 Munsell Colonial Tracts, with editorial essays by O'Callaghan. Adobe - PC or Mac - fully searchable on 1 CD 

__ The Colonial History of New York Under the Dutch in 5 volumes. (Brodhead, O'Callaghan, and Jameson) A scholar's companion to both the "Documentary History of New York State" and the "Documents Relating to the History of New York State" CDs mentioned above. 

__ Peter Force's American Archives 2 CDs - a 9 Vol History of all the Colonies for the years 1775 & 1776. Originally completed in 1840, this edition is on 2 CDs for IBM Windows use only. There are 1000 pages of Table of Contents and Indices with complete (boolean) searchability. Then you can leap to the page you want. Called the "Most Important Colonial Reference", certainly one of the scarcest! 

    __ Hessian Collection Volume I - by Bruce Burgoyne. Four essential works focus on the Hessians (German troops used by the British in the American Revolution) and their palce in the era.
    * Canada During the American Revolutionary War: Lieutenant Friedrich Julius von Papet's Journal of the Sea Voyage to North America and the Campaign conducted there. Covers from May 1776 to October 1783.
    * Eighteenth Century America (A Hessian Report On the People, the Land, the War) As Noted in the Diary of Chaplain Phillipp Waldeck. 1776-1780.
    * Waldeck (Germany) Soldiers of the American Revolutionary War - contains brief biographies of everyman who served from Waldeck in the 3rd English-Waldeck Regiment.
    * They Also Served: Women with the Hessian Auxiliaries. An unpublished account of the "camp followers".
    This CD-ROM uses the powerful Adobe Acrobat reader (for Windows and Macintosh, provided free on the CD; the corresponding viewer for other operating systems can be downloaded free of charge at www.Adobe.com). NOTE: This CD works best when viewed with monitor resolution 800x600 or higher. 1999, 650 pages $21.00 #1123

___ New York Volume 1 -This CD-ROM includes electronic image reprints of four important volumes of early New York records. The books are presented as graphic images, so the user sees the works just as they were originally published. They are intended to look and function very much like "real" books. The material in the books is alphabetically arranged and/or the books have human-generated, manual indexes. There are no electronic indexes, and there is no electronic text to search. However,
extensive electronic tables of contents have been added to facilitate navigation through the books.
* Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664 - ed. by J. Franklin Jameson, Ph.D., LL.D., (1909).
* Historical Papers on Shelter Island and its Presbyterian Church, with Genealogical Tables - Rev. Jacob E. Mallmann (1899). A detailed history of the town and of the church.
* The Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York, with Genealogies - George Rogers Howell, M.A. (1887). Emphasis is on the period prior to the American Revolution, with genealogies listing hundreds of families.
* Staten Island Wills and Letters of Administration, Richmond County, New York, 1670-1800 - Charlotte Megill Hix, C.G.R.S. (1993). The author has created a much-needed index as this information was taken from 17 volumes of abstracts.
This CD-ROM uses the powerful Adobe Acrobat reader (for Windows and Macintosh, provided free on the CD; the corresponding viewer for other operating systems can be downloaded free of charge at www.Adobe.com). NOTE: This CD works best when viewed with monitor resolution 800x600 or higher. 1999, 1552 pp., $33.00 #1153

__ New York Volume 2 - This CD-ROM contains the following works on Westchester County, New York, and the town of New Rochelle:
* Westchester Patriarchs: A Genealogical Dictionary of Westchester County, New York Families Priort o 1755 - Norman Davis (1988). This work contains an alphabetical listing of family articles. Each article gives dates and places of birth, marriage, and death, names of parents, spouses and children, occupations and places of residence to the fullest extent possible.
* History of Westchester County, New York - Frederic Shonnard & W.W. Spooner (1900). Westchester County is an original shire; it was formed in 1683 although it was settled much earlier. This book contains the history from its origins to the time of the books original publishing. The author takes a look at the earliest settlers, such as Anne Hutchinson; the Philipses and the Van Cortlandts~ Pelham Manor; the Battle of White Plains; Fort Washington's Fall; events during the Revolution as well as many other interesting accounts of the county.
* Records of the Town of New Rochelle, 1699-1828 - Jeanne A. Forbes (1916). This book contains 17th and 18th Century public archives. These records include: town meetings; wills & inventories; land grants; deeds; court cases, as well as many others. In English and French with translations. This CD-ROM uses the powerful Adobe Acrobat reader (for Windows and Macintosh, provided free on the CD; the corresponding viewer for other operating systems, can be downloaded free of charge from www.Adobe.com). The format preserves the look of the original page and allows the user to search the text for names of people and places. When you run a search, the hits are highlighted on each page for easy identification. This CD is best viewed with monitor resolution 800x600 or higher. 1999, 1535 pp., $30.00 #1253

_____New York Volume 3.
This CD-ROM contains electronic image reprints of the following four works of New York history: Genealogical Gleanings Abstracted from the Early Newspaper of Penn Yan, Yates County, New York 1823-1833 & 1841-1855 - Dianne Stenzel (1991), Genealogical Gleanings Abstracted from the "Yates County Chronicle" Penn Yan, New York, May 1856 to October 1867 - Dianne Stenzel (1992), Notable Men of Rochester & Vicinity - Dwight J. Stoddard (1902), and Semi-Centennial History of the City of Rochester - William F. Peck (1884). 2000, 1686pp., $28.00 #1251


__ New York Abstract of Wills 1665-1801 CDRom
Originally published in 17 volumes by the New York Historical Society, this single CD presents abstracts of all the wills on file in the Surrogate’s office in New York City. Eleven volumes contain abstracts of letters of administration from 1744-1800, two volumes contain unrecorded wills prior to 1800. All other original documents found in the records of wills have been included, as-well-as any Historical Society notes. The pages are presented as images and the index as a searchable text file, so a click on the index entry will bring up the appropriate page referenced. System Requirements - IBM/Windows 3.1 or higher OR Macintosh System 6 or higher $100.00 #CD9M

__Calendar of New Jersey Wills.
This CD-ROM contains electronic image reprints of the following three essential volumes of New Jersey genealogical data: Calendar of New Jersey WilLs, Vol.1, 1670-1730,  ed. by William Nelson (1901), Calendar of New Jersey Wills, VoL II, 1730-1750, ed. by A. Van Doren Honeyman (1918) and Calendar of New Jersey Wills, VoL III, 1751-1760, ed. by A. Van Doren Honeyman (1924). Each volume in this series contains abstracts of wills, administrations, and guardianships. The abstracts of the wills. and administrations were taken from the originals in the office of the Secretary of State; included are many unrecorded wills and inventories. There are complete, human-generated, name and place indexes in each volume. In addition, Volume 1 includes an extensive essay on probate practices in early New Jersey which genealogists will find informative. The books arc presented as graphic images, so the user sees the pages just as they wore originally published. They are intended to look and function much like "real" books, i.e., the user looks for entries of interest in the table of contents or index, and then turns to the page cited and scans it for the desired.information. Numerous electronic bookmarks have been added which make it easy to navigate through the books and indexes, and to jump from one book to another. This CD uses the powerful Adobe Acrobat viewer which is included on the CD for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. This CD is best viewed with monitor resolution 800x600 or higher. 1999, 1839 pp., $27.50 #1171

_____Civil War Volume 1. CD-ROM
This CD-ROM contains electronic image reprints of the following five books of Civil War history: * The Civil War through the Camera, Parts 1-8 - Henry W. Elson (1911). This volume reports on the beginning of the conflict at Fort Sumter, Bull Run, the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson (including fabulous photographs of wooden gunboats), Shiloh3/4The First Grand Battle, The Monitor, "Stonewall" Jackson in the Shenandoah, Stuart's Raid, Antietam, Murfreesboro, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and other important episodes. A surname index has been provided. * The Civil War through the Camera, Parts 9-16 - Henry W. Elson (1912). This volume includes Gettysburg, Fort Sumter, the capture of Charleston, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, the Wilderness, the Red River Expedition of May 1864, the Battle of Mobile Bay, Spotsylvania and the "Bloody Angle," Cold Harbor, the march to Atlanta, incidents of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek, Petersburg, the March to the Sea, the capture of Fort Fisher, the last of the Blockade Runners, the final invasion of Tennessee, Appomattox and Lee's surrender. A surname index has been provided. * Women of the War - Frank Moore (1867). This book recognizes the women "who went down into the very edge of the fight to rescue the wounded, and cheer and comfort the dying with gentle ministrations; who labored in field and city hospitals, and on the dreadful hospital-boats; who penetrated the lines of the enemy on dangerous missions; who organized great charities; who were angels of mercy in a thousand terrible situations." Biographical sketches are included for forty exceptional women. A surname index has been included. * Annals of the War - Leading Participants (1879). This book provides first hand accounts of many great battles of the Civil War, including narratives by Gen. James Longstreet, Gen. A. L. long, Col. J. E. M'Gowan, Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton and others. Topics include characteristics of the opposing armies, confederate Negro enlistment, the death of Gen. John H. Morgan, Lee's West Virginia campaign, Morgan's raids into Indiana and Ohio, Stonewall Jackson and his men, the Baltimore riots, mistakes at Gettysburg, Vicksburg during the siege and many more. A surname index has been provided. * Four Years of Fighting - Charles Carleton Coffin (1866). Discusses the origins of the Civil War and many episodes of the war. Important dates, battles (i.e. Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania, etc.) and figures (i.e. Grant, Sheridan, Butler, Banks, Patterson, etc.) are mentioned throughout. A surname index has been included.  The books are presented as graphic images, so the user sees the works just as they were originally published. They are intended to look and function very much like "real" books, i.e., the user looks for entries of interest in the table of contents or index, and then turns to the page cited and scans it for the desired information. Although there are no electronic indexes, numerous electronic bookmarks have been added which make it easy to navigate through the books and indexes, and to jump from one book to another. This CD is best viewed with monitor resolution 800x600 or higher. 2000, 1636 pp., $32.00 #1274


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