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A Small Archive of Items, Related to Booth’s Prison Work

Booth, Maud Ballington A small pamphlet, an ALS, and a handbill; various places, various dates, 1899 - ca 1907. Maud Ballington Booth, born Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth (1865 - 1948), was a social activist, co-founder of Volunteers of America, and a Salvation Army leader. She also dilligently campaigned on improving the conditions of prisons and toured the Chautauqua circuit. Among other things, her work was instrumental for improving parole procedures, including incorporating social-skills development in the process.- Booth, Mrs. Ballington. "Volunteer Prison League. What It Is and What It Does." New York: By the author, n. d. (ca 1907). First edition; 5 1/4 x 5 1/2; pp. 2-16, including text to back wrapper; off-white stock, printed and ruled in black; light creasing and a few minor rubbed spots to lower margin; very good condition. The Volunteer Prison League was founded in 1902, after Booth's second visit to Sing Sing prison. She had visited the penitentiary in 1896, on the invitation of, then, Warden Omar V. Sage, and had given a passionate speech, which was said to had given the inmates a glimpse "of a possible future through (Maud Booth) and the Volunteers of America. - Booth, Maude Ballington. "Making Good." S. l. (New York): By the author, n. d. (ca 1902). Handbill; 3 x 6 1/4; green card stock, printed and ruled in black; text to recto only; sun-fading to margins and slight ink-smudging to first line of text; very good condition. The handbill advertised a speech, titled "Making Good," to be given by 'Leader of the Volunteer Prison League' Maude Ballington Booth on Sunday, Dec. 28, at the West Side Y. M. C. A. Auditorium.- Booth, Maud. ALS. Chicago: By the author, 1899. Manuscript on Booth's letterhead; 7 x 4 1/2; single sheet of cream stock, folded, pp. [4]; very light age-toning to margins; slight ink-bleeding on pp. 3-4; very good or better condition. At the time, working in Chicago and addressing one Mrs. Wallace, Booth described setting up a "Home" (halfway house [?]) for men, released from Joliet State Prison and her efforts to raise enough money to support it. She acknowledged the tireless work of many volunteers and outlined her hopes of having sympathetic citizens commit to a yearly donation of a hundred dollars or more towards achieving her goals. In the end, she implored (her friend) Mrs. Wallace to become one of those kind souls.
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A College of Electrical Science

Fuller, Frank Broadside; 12 x 9 1/2; off-white stock, printed in black; fragile, with two small chips to left corners and several closed cuts to edges; good to very good condition.Published in April, 1883, at a pivotal point in the history of electricity and its applications, the circular would be reprinted in late June, 1883 in the "Electrical Review." Just months earlier, the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany had introduced the first course in Electrical Engineering in the world. In the US, the first Electrical Engineering curriculum was created at MIT in 1882, in the Physics Department, although the first Department of Electrical Engineering and the first Electrical Engineering graduates were not produced until 1885 at Cornell University. The current broadside outlined, in great detail, the urgent need for an entire educational institution with various departments of Electrical Science. It pointed out that various technical colleges gave classes in matters. pertaining to electricity, but the studies were not nearly complete enough to satisfy the rising demand for such specialists. It also stated the fact that Menlo Park, New Jersey, home of Edison's laboratory, would be the perfect place to establish a college of electrical science. The circular ended with a description of the proposed, future institution, the promised investments in it by prominent gentlemen, and the possibilities for future inventors to develop new technologies under the best possible conditions. OCLC lists one variant copy at the Smithsonian; none in the trade.