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Message from                                       WINDOWS                                             Library Acquires Manuscript Diary

                                             the Dean                                     Volume 28, No. 2                                      of Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn

                                                                                             Spring 2016
                            It is spring time! Let’s hope that these moderate
                            temperatures continue before the heat tells us that it                                              S    pecial Collections has acquired the manuscript diary of Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn which she kept while her husband, Henry
                            is summer. Our big event this spring, An Evening                                                         Dearborn, served as United States minister plenipotentiary to Portugal. The diary covers the period 9 July 1823 to 7 July 1824 in
                            of  Great Conversation, offered a most enjoyable                                                         over 400 pages.
                            night of fine dining and engaging conversations         ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
      with prominent table hosts. We have had such wonderful compliments that we                                                A previously unknown diary of Henry Dearborn’s wife, kept while he was serving as minister plenipotentiary in Portugal.  Dearborn
      intend to plan such an event again in the future. Special thanks to Shelda Dean   Dr. June Koelker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dean  (1751-1829) had a distinguished career as an officer in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. He served as Secretary of
      for designing such a memorable event.                                    Tracy Hull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Dean  War, collector of the port of Boston, and as a congressman from Massachusetts. In 1822 he was appointed minister to Portugal by
                                                                               James Lutz . . . . . ..Director of Administrative Services  James Monroe, a post he held for two years. He was accompanied in Portugal by his wife, Sarah Bowdoin (widow of James Bowdoin,
                                                                               Kerry Bouchard . . . . .Director of Automated Systems
      We are living the dream in a beautiful TCU library! Students made themselves                                              1752-1811). During her first year in Lisbon, Sarah Dearborn kept no diary and she explains this fact in the first entry of the present
      right at home last semester when the renovated Library opened. It is rewarding                                            diary.  Beginning on July 9, 1823 and continuing through the voyage home a year later, she kept the present daily journal.
      to see such extensive use of the new facilities. There is more exciting        DEPARTMENT HEADS
      building news in our immediate future. The interior of the West side of the   Cari Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Head of Music/Media  Entries range in length from one or two sentences to two full pages and more. Almost every entry describes in detail the Dearborns’
      building will undergo significant improvement this summer. Plans include   Dennis Gibbons . . . Head of Collection Development   dinner companions, noting the positions of the men and the social attributes of the women. She always notes the arrival and
      new furniture, carpeting and painting on two floors near the West entrance   Dennis Odom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head of Acquisitions  departure of dignitaries. The diarist comments on local customs, houses and the living arrangements of both the foreign officials
      (University Drive). We want the interior of the building on the West side to   Cheryl Sassman . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .Head of Circulation  and of the locals. She was a close observer of the domestic situations of her companions: their children, personalities, education and
      match the beauty of the entrance.                                        Sally Sorensen . .  . . .Head of Cataloging & Periodicals  general accomplishments.

      So what does one do after celebrating such a major milestone? In our case,   Shelda Dean .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . .Editor  In all, a journal, offering insight into the public as well as the domestic life of an American diplomat’s family in western Europe in the
      we began a review process to replace the library’s computer system. Largely                                               early 19th century. The journal is completely unknown, having descended in the Dearborn family until the present time.
      behind the scenes, the library’s computer system tracks thousands of invoices
      and circulation transactions each year. Library staff modify those financial       CONTRIBUTORS                           *Record 30039* [Dearborn, Sarah Bowdoin]: [MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF SARAH BOWDOIN DEARBORN, KEPT IN LISBON
      records to create bibliographic computer records (analogous to the old 3 x 5            June Koelker                      WHILE HER HUSBAND, HENRY DEARBORN, WAS SERVING AS U.S. MINISTER TO PORTUGAL]. Lisbon. July 9, 1823 -
      inch library cards) for thousands of items each year, and finally, the computer        Roger Rainwater                    July 7, 1824. Over 400 complete pages. Quarto. Original green boards. Spine perished, front board detached, slight wear to extremities. Very good. In a half
      system creates word indices so that all of this information is findable and                                               morocco and cloth box.
      integrated with existing computer records. We will also put the entire text
      database (close to 2 million records) through an “authorities” outsourced
      project. Many geographical places change their names over time. Years ago,
      as an example, we added Beijing as a word to the computer records that used
      Peking for the capital of China. These new names are standardized text that
      are added to the database. Today place names such as Yugoslavia, USSR and
      Bombay have all changed in recent years. We want students to find library                                                                                                                                    THEATER
      material by both the old and new names to improve the usefulness of the
      database.                                                                                                                                                                                                       OPENS

      If you have not visited the Library recently, please do so. It’s always a place to
      be!                                                                                                                                                                                                      TO THE TCU

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