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1) Alan, a former student of mine, Michelle Macdonald, completed an MA last year that used the survey. Her work is called "A Loyal Son of the Soil," and it is available through the University of New Brunswick. It details the history of this survey, and offers some contextualization. You may find it useful! Cheers, and best with your research, Sasha Mullally Associate Professor, UNB s.mullally@POLYVALENCE.NET -----Original Message----- From: H-Public editors [mailto:hpubliceditors@GMAIL.COM] Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 09:43 AM To: H-PUBLIC@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: QUERY: 1876-era historical surveys Dear H-Public:In 1876, a historically-minded group of citizens on Prince EdwardIsland, Canada, distributed a survey to oldtimers around the island,asking what life was like around the beginning of the century. While Iunderstand there were other such surveys in this general era --seeking military memorabilia, political papers, or aboriginalartifacts -- this one seems unusual in its breadth. It asked 99questions, everything from "Were they formerly happier than now, as arule?" to "What kind of horned cattle had farmers then?" to "Werethere many bears?" I am writing about this survey and the 19 responsesthat have been preserved.My question: Do you know of any similar surveys happening anywhere inthe United States or Canada that may have served as inspiration? Itwas the American centennial, of course, so there was an uptick inhistorical interest around then. Any help you can provide would bemuch appreciated.__________________ ________________Alan MacEachernAssociate Professor & Graduate Chair, Department of History -firstname.lastname@example.orgDirector, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment - niche-canada.orgThe University of Western OntarioLawson Hall room 2268London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8p 519 661-2111 x84993 --- 2) Dear Alan, The survey you mention sounds familiar to me. Many early historical societies in the United States issued circular letters asking for donations -- often including questions. For that matter, at least two or three historians did so as well around 1800. The Massachusetts Historical Society did so in the 1790s and many of the items printed in the first volumes of the Society's Proceedings were replies to the circular. The New-York Historical Society's circular of 1804 included a list of very specific questions about New York history, some of which are similar to the examples you note. Ditto the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's mid-1840s circular and an anonymous contribution to the _Virginia Historical Register & Literary Advertiser" in 1849 under the heading "Hints to the Historical Society." My dissertation focused on historical societies in the United States to 1850, so I'm not quite as familiar with the second half of the century. However, I did compile a table tracing the establishment of historical societies across the United States to the early 1900s showing a definite up-tick in the number of historical societies established around the U.S. centennial--and across the U.S. The table is based on Appleton P.C. Griffin's 1890s/1900s bibliographies of American Historical Societies, drawing in turn upon known publications of early historical societies (and thus at a minimum missing any societies which either didn't publish). At least two versions of the bibliographies are available on the Internet Archive -- and the citations there may also provide some leads in the U.S. and Canada. This is a subject of interest to me, not least as I'm currently revising the chapter containing the table to cover the whole of the 19th century in the U.S. I'd be happy to send along citations and learn more about your research. Alea alea.henle@GMAIL.COM -- H-Public To post to the list: H-PUBLIC@h-net.msu.edu Home page: www.h-net.org/~public sponsored by the National Council on Public History (www.ncph.org) --