It’s a Grand Old Collection: Patriotic Selections from Special Collections

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Patriotism has long been part of the fabric of life in America. In fact, a 1998 study done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago found that Americans are the world’s most patriotic people and are prouder of their country than any other people in the world. Expressions of pride, love of country, and nationalism take many forms. It’s a Grand Old Collection showcases these forms of patriotic expression as they are represented in the University Libraries’ Special Collections. Included are letters and publications from the Civil War era, World War II maps of D-Day, music and song books, and a 48-star flag.
We invite you to visit Special Collections, located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library and experience patriotism in the stacks!