The Great Fire of 1879 Notre Dame Scrapbook & Early Photographs
Interesting lot: 1) 1879 scrapbook leads off with articles on the "Great Fire" which destroyed the main building of the university: "Our Great Calamity... The University Destroyed by Fire." 2) Mounted portrait Professor James Edwards who was the curator of the internationally famed Catholic Archives of America, housed at Notre Dame University at South Bend, Indiana. Wanting to preserve the history of Catholicism in America he is singularly responsible for creating this incredible archive. 5.5x8.5". 3) Group of unmounted Carte de Visites (each 2.5x3.5") of students and faculty. There are eight in various states of completeness, four on each sheet. Identified includes (sic): Professor Baggen, Jas. Findlay, Jas. Cunea, R. and B. Heffernan, D. Wile, R. McCarthy, S. Ryan, Roger Brown, George Hartnett. Most of these CdVs have tears, burns, and significant paper loss.
Recently discovered in an estate sale in Brookfield, IL, one of the thrilling finds of 2019. The collection of Mark N. Foote, class of 1873 Notre Dame graduate, this includes the earliest known image of Cap Anson in a baseball uniform. Acknowledged as the greatest player of the 19th century, despite his racial intolerance, which led to the color line being established in the 20th century. Anson’s father sent his son Adrian to the high school at Notre Dame in 1866 thru 1888. These pieces are not only valued for the Cap Anson connection but for their historical context for one of America’s great educational institutes.