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The dawning light

Identifier: M194 .D396

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Scope and Contents

Ledger used to record a manuscript newspaper issued by an unidentified women's society in Steep Falls, Maine, containing editorials, literary compositions, brief essays, commentary on local and national issues of the time, and minutes of society meetings. Topics include women's issues, the abolition of slavery, and anti-Catholicism. The contributions, submitted by members of the society and signed by given name only, presumably were submitted to the editor, who then composed a single fair copy for each issue and passed the ledger along to society members for their edification. Volume 1, issued in 4 numbers, appears in a single hand on bound-in pages; vol. 2, no. 2, is laid in on unbound, unruled violet sheets with text written in another hand. Aside from the newspaper entries, the ledger is blank.


  • Creation: 1854-1855

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

If not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


.1 Linear Feet (1 volume ;26 cm)


Title from newspaper header.

Table of Contents

vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 25, 1854) -- vol. 1, no. 2 (Dec. 7, 1854) -- vol. 1, no. 3 (Feb. 6, 1855) [incomplete] -- vol. 1, no. 4 (Apr. 20, 1855) -- vol. 2, no. 2 (Oct. 24, [1855]).


Forms part of the Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection in the Bowdoin College Library, Special Collections & Archives.

Finding Aid for the The dawning light :newspaper,1854-1855
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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