Massachusetts Historical Society

Season 2, Episode 5: Small Objects

In this episode, we are taking a close look at some of the smallest objects in the MHS collection. Inspired by a visit from Dr. Madeline Zehnder, a postdoctoral fellow in the Literary and Epistemic History of Small Forms Research Training Group at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, we first examine small copies of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, Curator of Art & Artifacts Anne Bentley shows us some of her favorite small artifacts from the collection.

Episode transcript

Click the images above to view the photos and to learn more.

View more coins from the California Gold Rush:

Souvenir California quarter dollar

California half dollar 1852

California half dollar 1853

California half dollar 1853, pierced

Episode Special Guest:

Madeline Zehnder is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin. Her current book project investigates relationships between pockets, small print formats, and fantasies of spatial and population control in the nineteenth-century United States.

This episode uses materials from:

Burned by Podington Bear (Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported)
Psychic by Dominic Giam of Ketsa Music (licensed under a commercial non-exclusive license by the Massachusetts Historical Society through Ketsa.uk)
Curious Nature by Dominic Giam of Ketsa Music (licensed under a commercial non-exclusive license by the Massachusetts Historical Society through Ketsa.uk)

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