Trade catalogs and pamphlets

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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.

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Purchase of Gatling Guns
Letter from the Secretary of War, relative to an appropriation for the purchase of a limited number of Gatling guns for the use of the Army. Contains also letters from Ordnance Office, Office of Board of Engineers for Fortifications, and Gatling Gun Co.
Industrial History of the United States
From title page: 'Industrial History of the United States, from the earliest settlements to the present time: a complete survey of American Industries, embracing Agriculture and Horticulture; Including the Cultivation of Cotton, Tobacco, Wheat; The Raising of Horses, Neat-Cattle, Etc.; All the Important Manufactures, Shipping and Fisheries, Railroads, Mines and Mining, and Oil; Also a History of the Coal-Miners and the Molly Maguires; Banks; Insurance, and Commerce; Trade-Unions, Strikes, and Eight-Hour Movement together with a description of Canadian Industries. In seven books, copiously illustrated with about three hundred engravings by the most eminent artists.'
Molly Maguires: Cut-Throats of Modern Times
From cover: 'The Molly Maguires: A thrilling narrative of the Rise, Progress and Fall of the most noted band of Cut-Throats of modern times, Giving data never before published, and which can be vouced for by persons who have belonged to the organization. Full and Complete Description of events in the early history of the blood-stained crew. The only reliable history of the Mollies ever published. Supplemented by the statement of Detective McParlan...'
Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, the case of The Commonwealth vs. Thomas Munley
From cover: 'Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq., of counsel for the Commonwealth, in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas Munley, indicted in the court of over and terminer of Schuylkill County, PA., for the murder of Thomas Sanger, a mining boss, at Raven Run, on September 1, 1875. Stenographically Reported by R. A. West.'
Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq. Before the Joint Committee of the Legislature of Pennsylvania
From cover: 'Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq. before the joint committee of the legislature of Pennsylvania, appointed to inquire into the affair of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company an the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company. At Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 29th and 30th, 1875, on behalf of said company. Specially reported by D. F. Murphy.'
History of the Great Riots
From title page: 'The History of the great riots. Being a full and authentic account of the strikes and riots on the vaious railroads of the United States and in the mining regions. Embracing brilliant and graphic pen-pictures of the reign of terror in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, and other cities. The conflicts between the troops and the mob. Terrible conflagrations and destruction o f property. Thrilling scenes and incidents, etc., etc. together with a full history of the Molly Maguires.'
Molly Maguires of the Foot Board : To Railway Managers
A message from William H. Johnson to railway managers alerting them of the vicious acts of the Molly McGuire organization known as the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Among the Assassins: The Molly Maguires and their Victims
From cover:'Full report of the evidence of Detective McParlan and Jimmy Kerrigan at the celebrated Molly Maguire trials, at Pottsville, [Pennsylvania].'