In Their Own Words – Life on Ante-Bellum Plantations as Recorded by the Owners

Curious about what planation life was like prior to the Civil War?  Want to try to trace your southern roots?  Gain a unique perspective on everyday life from the collected familial documents of plantation owners from the Revolution through the Civil War, as seen in their own words.  The collection includes are such things as slave registers, diaries, photographs, wills, business and personal letters and correspondence, etc.  Things that a family might hold on to, and because of this these documents escaped being destroyed during the Civil War when many of the official records were.

The general editor – Kenneth M. Stump created this series to aid researchers in answering questions surrounding planation life and slavery from the Revolution to the Civil War.  Family papers donated to various Southern mostly academic libraries and the Library of Congress are the source of this collection.  Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations can also be of interest to genealogists.  Of this 1213-reel microfilm collection, OSU Libraries owns the following units:

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War. Series J, Selections from the Southern Historical Collection, Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Part 4, Georgia and Florida (F213.R44 1990 Microfilm, 47 Reels)

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War. Series I, Selections from the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection, Louisiana State University Libraries (F213. R43 Microfilm, 18 Reels) [Only have Part 3 – Natchez Area]

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War. Series F, Selections from the Manuscript Department, Duke University Library, Part 1-3 (F213 .R39 1986 Microfilm,16 Reels) [Only have Part 2 – South Carolina and Georgia]

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War. Series B, Selections from the South Carolina Historical Society (E 445 .S7 R43 Microfilm,10 Reels)

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War : Series C, Selections from the Holdings of the Library of Congress Part 2 (HD1471.U5 R45 Microfilm, 5 Reels)

Besides the overarching series records in the catalog, broken out are records relating to a specific plantation and/or family with associated reel and call number information.

Don’t be Vulture Bate: Sobering Facts and Resources to Help Victims

1 in 3 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  1 in 7 have been injured by an intimate partner.  1 in 4 have been victims of severe physical violence.  1 in 7 have been stalked.  1 in 5 have been raped in their lifetime… (National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet)


Globally 1 in 3 have experienced physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime.  Women in low- and middle-income countries and regions are more likely to experience violence.  92% of detected human trafficking victims are women.  58% of the women killed in 2020 did so at the hands of an intimate partner. (UN Women)



Victim Connect Resource Center  This wesite is funded through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice.  Includes links to a national hot line, information/links for reporting a crime, victim assistance, etc.

Violence Prevention (CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) contains online courses, videos, prevention strategies, information on funding opportunities, lists of resources, etc. for various forms of violence including intimate partner and sexual.

VetoViolence (Injury Prevention & Control:  Division of Violence Prevention, CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) video training on topics about violence prevention programs and practices.

Victim Services (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction) contains links to online victim resources, state programs, etc.

Department of Public Safety (The Ohio State University) offers several safety programs including “Lyft Ride Smart” a late-night discounted ridesharing for students within the university designated service area from 7 pm to 7 am. and “Rave Guardian” an app on your phone that tracks you via GPS and notifies your selected virtual guardian when you are overdue.

Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention:  Title IX (Office of Institutional Equity, The Ohio State University) links to counselling services, self defense courses, and as well as non-OSU services and resources available to OSU students, faculty, staff, etc. who have been victims of violence.

Thru Her Eyes: History from a Women’s Perspective

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March is Women History Month celebrating their contributions to history, culture and society.  Since 1987 in the United States, the month has been set aside for this annual observation.  OSU Libraries’ has several noteworthy microform collections that examine history from the perspective of women who lived through those events. 

The Gerritsen Women’s History (HQ1121. G4 MICROFILM and HQ1121 G4 MICROFICHE4) is a diverse collection of women’s archival materials and feminist records covering fifteen languages and over 4,700 volumes originally collected by Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen.  The collection owned by the University of Kansas, was subsequently filmed and made available to libraries throughout the world.  OSU Libraries’ holding consist of 115 reels of microfilm and 3485 microfiche titles.

Herstory (HQ1101. H47 MICROFILM) is a collection of materials written from the feminist perspective, and or told from the women’s point of view filmed from the holdings of the International Women’s History Periodical Archive assembled by the Women’s History Research Center at Berkeley.  The 90-reel collection consists of over 800 women’s newspaper, journals, etc. from the 1950’s thru the 1970’s.  Although the main focus is material from U.S. sources, there are a few international publications included in the collection.

Pamphlets in American History -Women (HQ1410.P35 MICROFICHE) is a microfiche collection comprised biographies, memoirs, letters, congressional hearings, etc. written by women or concerning women from the early 19th thru the late 20th centuries.  The primary source of the material was from the collections of the Historical Society of Wisconsin and augmented with holding of other research libraries’ holdings. The collection contains over 600 titles, and is searchable by individual titles.

War on Pineapples

Picture of whole and varying sizes of pineapple slices falling by Kartika Nurani available from

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “We live in a world where the internet is rife with misinformation and disinformation.  In a precarious digital world, the need for awareness about this risk is greater than ever.”

The Resilience Series of graphic novels have been created as a medium to communicate the threat of inaccurate information, its impact on our world and to how to minimalize its impact through careful examination of facts.

Clint Watts.  Resilience Series:  Real Fake.  Washington D.C.:  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, 2020, p. 35.  Demonstrates how threat actors capitalize on political and social issues to stealthily plant doubt in the minds of targeted audiences and steer their opinion.

Clint Watts and Farid Haque.  Resilience Series:  Bug Bytes.  Washington D.C.:  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, 2020, p. 37.   Demonstrates how threat actors use social media and other communication platforms to spread inaccurate information for the sole purpose of planting doubt in the minds of targeted audiences to steer their opinion.

The War on Pineapple:  Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps.  A tongue in cheek look at how a disinformation campaign works.


Also, checkout CISA’s Tools of Disinformation:  Inauthentic Content.  A quick overview of various techniques used to spread disinformation.

Cyber Safety




October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual event which attempts to raise the public’s awareness of internet safety issues.  There is no single agreed upon definition of cybercrime, but some examples of it on a personal level include Identity Theft, Identity Fraud, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking, Phishing, Spoofing, and Malware.  As the line between our off-line and on-line lives blurs, the windows of opportunity for cybercriminals increases.  A cyber-attack occurs every 39 seconds according to a 2017 University of Maryland study.  Are you protecting yourself while surfing the web, using your smartphone, tweeting friends, or indulging in Facebook time?  Would you recognize a phishing attempt?  Do you know what to do to protect yourself/identity/devices against a cybercriminal?


Here are some websites that can help you be proactive:

Internet Social Networking Risks.  (U.S. Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Online Security Basics.  (The Ohio State University.  Cybersecurity.)

STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™  (Department of Homeland Security.  Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency)

Ten Steps to Smartphone Security.  (Federal Communications Commission)

Wireless Connections and Bluetooth Security Tips.  (Federal Communications Commission. Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau.)



And if the worst occurs here are some to help you get your life back together:  (Federal Trade Commission)

Identity Theft Basics. (State of Ohio.  Attorney General’s Office.)





JMSTC Where East Meets West

The Japanese imperial family outfitted in European-style finery in a landscape with Western architecture, gaslights, and a truss bridge in a traditional Japanese setting.


Nobility Enjoying the Cooling Air on A Summer Evening.  Yōshū Chikanobu. 1888. Princeton University Art Museum.


The Meiji Period (October 23, 1868 -July 30, 1912 of Japanese history was a time of great social, political, and economic upheaval, as Japan transitioned from a feudal state to a modern industrialized nation.  Western arts, literature, and technology began to influence traditional Japanese culture.  One the best ways to explore this key point in Japanese history is through the books published and collected during this period.  Because many of these collections are fragile and hard to access, several entities have undertaken the task of converting Meiji era publications to microform and/or e-documents so that scholars through out the world can have access to them.

Similar to the short title catalog projects for Early English publications, the Japan Meiji Short Title Catalog (JMSTC) or 明治期刊行物集成 (Meiji-ki kankobutsu shusei) is one of the more ambitious of these projects, drawing the holding of several prominent libraries holdings.  With the publication of Unit 94 in 2007, the JMSTC contained over 12,500 titles in the fields of languages and literature.  Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) has been purchasing JMSTC microfiche since 1992 and holds one of the most complete collections in the United States.  Since 2007 OSUL has systematically been cataloging JMSTC titles held for inclusion in its catalog as well as adding them to OCLC’s WorldCat. The JMSTC is currently housed in the Microforms Reading Room (215 Thompson Library).

The Wild Side of WOW!!!

Known as the "Land of Terror," the Tanezrouft Basin in Algeria is one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara Desert. Sand dunes and sandstone formations carved by relentless wind


The first word that comes to mind when thinking about government documents is not PRETTY. Statistics, data, law, hearings are more likely what most think of when government documents are mentioned. They are usually heavy on data, legalese or quick brochures on some currently hot topic such as COVID-19. All-in-all rather dry reading. But every so often the only word that does a document full justice is PRETTY, followed by WOW!!!, OMG, or just a plain deep exhalation.

I invite you to step out of the sometimes-dry side of government documents, go beyond your comfort zone, and take a walk on the wild side. But be warned the following link may be addictive. Oh, but what a way to go.

Paste the following link in your browser <>, and enjoy. If you must, read the captions, but keep in mind curiosity killed the Cat. But what the heck, so RIP, and above all enjoy!!!

P.S. Having a bad day or need another fix. Here are five more:

Earth as Art

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Earth as Art Three

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