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Exhibit Theme

Wartime Reading

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Loan Receipt Book "M" (...
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Loan Receipt Book "M" (1863-1867), Loans to Senator Charles Sumner from Library of Congress

While located in the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress kept handwritten records of book loans. These pages list books that Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner borrowed in the 1860s. Sumner read widely--his borrowings included Homer's Odyssey, works by Voltaire, and Battle-fields of the South.

Library of Congress Archives, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress