Pennsylvania German Fraktur collection, 1750-1979

2428

Collection Overview

Title:
Pennsylvania German broadsides and Fraktur collection
Dates (Inclusive):
1750-1979
Creator:
Acker, Jon
Abstract:
This collection includes 148 manuscript and printed Pennsylvania German Fraktur, broadsides (sheets of paper printed on one side only, such as commentaries on religious texts and political events), and German-language newspapers.
Collection Number:
2428
Size:
148 item(s)
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
German

Historical Note

The term Fraktur originally described a type of German printing similar to old English Gothic. The term today refers to drawings on paper made with pen, ink, and watercolor, using fancy penmanship and illustrations such as birds, hearts, flowers, and angels. They were commonly used in the 18th and 19th centuries to document births and baptisms, marriages, and house blessings, among other occasions.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes 148 manuscript and printed Pennsylvania German Fraktur, broadsides (sheets of paper printed on one side only, such as commentaries on religious texts and political events), and German-language newspapers. These documents provide us with insight into the everyday life of German immigrants and show the process of acculturation of German settlers to their new environment.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Due to current collection work please consult with Special Collections staff for access to materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pennsylvania German Fraktur collection, RBM 2428, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

This collection was cataloged by Ann Copeland, Susan Hamburger, John Hamilton, and Ken Robinson, based on research and descriptions by Anthony Tedeschi, in 2004.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Acker, Jon

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