Selections from the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives


This collection contains a selection of diverse materials from the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives, reflecting its focus on Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history.

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The midnight knell : a poem, 1881 September 20
The Midnight Knell, a poem. Dated September 20, 1881. This poem by Henry C. Dane memorializes the death of President James A. Garfield. Imprint at bottom of the broadside reads, "Published by N. W. Appleton, 7 School Street."

Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox, 1881 June 16
Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox. Dated June 16, 1881. In this letter, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox replies to a friend's ("Shipmate") request to serve as a reference to the newly elected Garfield administration.

Guiteau's dream, about 1882
Guiteau's dream. Dated about 1882. A song written from the perspective of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated United States President James A. Garfield. Sung to the melody of “Sad and Lonely.”
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