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Exercise books

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Notebooks of usually ruled pages used by school children for the writing or drawing of exercises.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Composition book, 1821

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 23
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents:

Contains compositions, in pen and black ink, by Henry Pease. Includes some instructor comments in red ink. Henry’s compositions range in theme from English and world history, to ethics, to favorite hobbies and sports. Particularly notable are an essay “On the Pleasures of the Approaching Vacation,” a piece debating warfare, and another about winter sports, which for Henry included snowballing, “sliding” (sledding), and skating.

Dates: 1821

Jones family archive

Call Number: MSS 18

The collection comprises correspondence, photographs, sketchbooks, travel journals, notebooks, and printed material concerning Charles Jones (1780-1850) and his descendants. The correspondence spans the better part of the nineteenth century (1805-1878), with the bulk of the letters dating from the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s; it offers a window into the life of a large middle-class dissenting family in mid nineteenth-century London.

Dates: 1805-1945

Juvenile Compositions, 1843-1846

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 25
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: This schoolbook is the joint project of four Pease sisters: Emma, Jane, Rachel, and Elizabeth. It contains various essays on topics such as who the best king of England was, and about the different seasons. All writing is in pen and black ink; a couple graphite sketches accompany one or two essays. Within the schoolbook, there are some creative compositions, including poems and “A Letter supposed to be written by the page of an English nobleman during the crusades to his sister at home,...
Dates: 1843-1846

Latin exercise book, 1823-1825

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 24
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: The pages of this exercise book have been thriftily used during two separate years. The recto sides of the pages are dated 1823 and 1824, and the verso sides have been used (with the book flipped upside down) in 1825. The 1823/1824 portion contains Latin exercises; the 1825 portion consists of penmanship exercise. All are written in pen and black ink; some comments from an instructor or an older pupil--a John Irvine (or Irving)—appear on a few of Henry’s Latin exercises. Henry, in turn,...
Dates: 1823-1825

Livingston family papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 680
Abstract: The Livingston Family Papers spans the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries, and represents six generations of descendants of John Livingston (1750-1822) of Oak Hill and their relatives by marriage in the Curran, Mulford, Hopkins, and Rogers families. The correspondence, legal and land records, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, graphics, ephemera, and printed material chronicle the families' business and social lives, travels, interests, and investments. Also documented are their...
Dates: 1702-2003, bulk 1850-2003

Mathematics exercise book, 1839

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 18
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: Title page is inscribed "Emma Pease, Darlington, 1839" in an elaborate calligraphic hand. Exercises are written in pen and black ink throughout. It contains dozens of mathematical exercises, primarily in practical topics, such as "Addition of Money, Weights, and Measures," "Ale or Beer Measure," "Land Measure." The practical problems may have been meant to give a child a more concrete grasp of the application of mathematics, or perhaps they were meant to prepare a young female student for...
Dates: 1839

Mathematics exercise book, 1841

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 19
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: Inscribed "Emma Gurney Pease Darlington, 3rd Mo. 8th 1841." It continues the practical or topical mathematical exercises of her 1839 schoolbook. All writing is in pen and black ink. Each problem is labeled in a child's calligraphic hand, showing that Emma took pride in the appearance of her schoolbook, and that these exercises afforded her further opportunity to practice her handwriting. Exercises in this schoolbook include financial transactions and topics, such as "Stocks," "Brokerage,"...
Dates: 1841

Mathematics exercise book, 1817

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 21
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents:

Contains exercises in mathematics, in pen and black ink, done when Henry Pease was nine or ten years old. Multiplication and division exercises are accompanied by prose descriptions of the various sorts of mathematical methods. There is no indication of the name of Henry’s school or instructor.

Dates: 1817

Pease family collection of sketchbooks and exercise books

Call Number: MSS 6

The collection comprises sketchbooks and exercise books belonging to the Pease family of Durham and Yorkshire Counties, England. The Peases were part of an important network of Quaker industrialists in the northeast of England, and established the nation's first railroad in 1825. Items in the collection date from the early nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Dates: 1814-1909

Penmanship exercise book, 1816

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 20
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents:

Contains handwriting exercises throughout, the themes of which reflect such values as hope and the precariousness of wealth. Henry Pease created this schoolbook at the age of eight or nine. He carefully signed several pages, “Henry Pease, Darlington.” All material is written in pen and black ink. It is not known what school Henry attended, and there are no instructor comments in this particular exercise book. Most likely he attended a local nonconformist school.

Dates: 1816

Penmanship exercise book, 1821

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 22
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents:

Contains penmanship exercises, in pen and black ink, by Henry Pease. Moral values, such as the fear of wickedness, the importance of modesty, and avoidance of foul language, are promoted via the exercises. There are no instructor comments and there is no indication of the name or location of Henry’s school.

Dates: 1821

Science exercise book, 1876

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 17
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: Contains notes on zoology, geology, arithmetic, and engineering, by Edward Lloyd Pease, who was about fifteen years old at the time of the lessons recorded in it. Some of Edward's essays include illustrations of mechanical objects. Writing is in graphite or pen and black ink. It is possible that this schoolbook was used while Edward was at Oliver’s Mount School, where he is listed on an 1874 roster. However, no instructor comments appear. A rather fanciful and spirited inscription by Edward ...
Dates: 1876

Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature

Call Number: GEN MSS 764
Abstract: Collection consists of manuscripts (correspondence and drafts of writings), illustration material (drawings in all media, photographs, book dummies, and printing blocks and plates), and publication proofs by various authors and artists including Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Anderson, Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, Gelett Burgess, Harrison Cady, Palmer Cox, F. O. C. Darley, W. W. Denslow, Jo Mora, Peter Newell, and Symeon Shimin, as well as work produced for the McLoughlin Brothers...
Dates: 1640-2001