The Library’s captive historian Bob Vitz, author of At The Center and who is still in the hunt for images of missing Library presidents, filled in a gap in the collection with a copy of Daniel Aaron’s Cincinnati: Queen City of the West. It was an embarrassing work not to have, since it’s the definitive work on the state of the city in the Founding Era. It’s what we’ve been reading when we are avoiding the stack of unpleasant un-dones. It’ll get catalogued when we’re through, which won’t be long, as it’s a pleasant read. We just finished the bit about the labor movement in the 1820s. We didn’t know the labor movement went back that far, but there’s a great deal we don’t know. The establishment, including the newspapers, were out to strangle it in its cradle. Plus ca change, etc.
The book will wind up in the Cincinnati case on the 12th floor. One of the privileges of membership is having one of the librarians make the long climb up the spiral to unlock the case and then spending a couple of hours getting lost in the local stuff. Highly recommended.