Happy 4th of July from FSU Libraries Special Collections!

Text by Kat Bell and Gina Woodward
Photographs by Kat Bell

Flag Cake!
Flag Cake, from “The Cracker Cookbook” by Janet Owens, as prepared by Gina Woodward

In honor of the upcoming Independence Day celebration, Florida State University Libraries Special Collections would like to feature a small selection of books from our collections that relate to the holiday.

Beat the Drum
“Beat the Drum”, from the Shaw Collection, features poems for children

The Fourth
“The Fourth” is a poem by Shel Silverstein, featured in “Beat the Drum”

Child Life
July 1935 edition of “Child Life”, from the Lois Lenski Collection

Fourth of July Picnic in Tinseltown
“Fourth of July Picnic in Tinseltown” by Lois Lenski, from the July 1935 edition of “Child Life”

Dick's Festival Reciter
“Dick’s Festival Reciter”, compiled by William B. Dick, from the Shaw Collection

Fourth of July Program of Exercises
Fourth of July Program of Exercises, from “Dick’s Festival Reciter”, from the Shaw Collection

Oration by Thos. J. Boynton, Esq., at Key West, FL
Oration by Thos. J. Boynton, Esq., at Key West, FL, on July 4th, 1861, from our Rare Collection. Signed by Thos. J. Boynton, Esq.

Oration by Thos. J. Boynton, Esq., at Key West, FL
Oration by Thos. J. Boynton, Esq., at Key West, FL, on July 4th, 1861, from our Rare Collection

The Cracker Kitchen
“The Cracker Kitchen” by Janet Owens, from our Florida Collection.

Fourth of July Flag Cake
Fourth of July Flag Cake, from “The Cracker Kitchen” by Janet Owens, from our Florida Collection.

This post has inspired us to create a new section to this blog: Cook the Books. This new category will highlight recipes taken from books in our collections and a picture of the finished product, with instructions. Please keep an eye out for the next post in this section.

Published by Florida State University Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections & Archives Division of the Florida State University Libraries advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to rare and unusual books and original primary source materials. The division includes the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Heritage & University Archives, The Claude Pepper Library, and the Digital Library Center. Through exhibitions and programs, the division supports active learning and engagement. Collections of unique manuscripts, historic maps, rare books, photographs, and university archives offer abundant opportunities for discovery and scholarship. Strengths of the collections include Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, political papers, Florida history, Southern business history, and the history of Florida State University.

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