This digital collection contains a selection from Hagley Library's collection of trade catalogs and pamphlets. The materials date from 1783 to 1988 and vary in size. The trade catalogs contain lists, often illustrated, of items sold by an assortment of manufacturers, mostly American. The pamphlets largely consist of promotional materials, although other subjects are included. A comprehensive view of Hagley's trade catalogs and pamphlets can be found by searching our online catalog.
The commentary fills 59 frames of microfilm. It is a typescript with corrections in longhand. It follows the organization of the journals, which cover Richard B. Osborne's life from about 1829 to 1857. The commentary is partly based on letters and other documents in possession of the family and partly on research in published genealogies, memoirs and obituaries. It corrects many of the errors of genealogy in the journals, particularly Osborne's oft-stated claim to be descended from the first Duke of Leeds. It contains much additional information on members of the Osborne, Boyse and Carr families in Ireland and their rather tempestuous personal and social lives. It also contains information on Richard Boyse Osborne's education and the circumstances surrounding his emigration and wanderings in North America. There are also vignettes of some of the influential people in Osborne's life. The notes on Osborne's American railroad work are based on secondary sources and are less reliable. There is a brief summary of Osborne's professional career after 1857, the year in which the journals break off., John C. Osborne was the grandson of Richard Boyse Osborne (1815-1899), a civil engineer who constructed railroads in the U.S. and Ireland. He donated his grandfather's journals to the National Library of Ireland along with a commentary. Original at: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, 1640, Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Presentation copy to Henry A. du Pont from Benjamin A. Colonna., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, D* E476.6 .S65, Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807