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Broadside advertising Don Alphonso, Lunenburg County (Va.) Clerks' and Miscellaneous Records, 1802-1925, (Barcode 1046170) Local Government Records, Library of Virginia.

When the first Saturday in May rolls around and the attention of the horse world gets fixated on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, I like to remind our Out of the Box readers that Virginia is full of horse history, too. Broadsides advertising horses for sale or available breeding seasons are a frequent find in local court records. A recent fun discovery was a broadside advertising the stud season of Don Alphonso, a “Thorough-Bred Jack-Ass.”

Don Alphonso was not a cross between a Thoroughbred and a jackass but rather a well-bred jackass, as the term “Thorough-Bred” is used here to denote purebred. Described by his owner, Richard Bland, as being of “high perfection” and possessed of “as much vigor as any Jack I ever faw [sic]; and that I believe him to be as fure [sic] a foal getter as any on the continent.” Don Alphonso stood for six dollars for the season lasting 10 March to 10 August 1802.

A stud book for Don Alphono’s 1802 season was included along with the broadside, but when opened it did not reveal Don’s breeding transactions for that season. Instead, listed inside were the “Amount of Articles purchased for D. S. McCormick’s Negroes.” The list was an account of items such as fabric, shoes, and clothing purchased for McCormick’s slaves for the years 1847-1849. Two female … read more »

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- Latest Issue of Broadside is Now Available

The summer 2011 issue of Broadside, the Library of Virginia’s quarterly magazine, is now available.  Broadside describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia.  Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved.

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- Latest Issue of Broadside is Now Available

The winter 2011 issue of Broadside, the Library of Virginia’s quarterly magazine, is now available. Broadside describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved. The current issue focuses on the Library’s Union or Secession: Virginians Decide exhibition.

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- Latest Issue of Broadside is Now Available

The fall 2010 issue of Broadside, the Library of Virginia’s quarterly magazine, is now  available.  Broadside describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved.  The current issue includes articles on U.S. Census records and the Robert Alonzo Brock collection.

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- Latest issue of Broadside is now available

The summer 2010 issue of Broadside, the Library of Virginia’s quarterly magazine, is now available.  Broadside describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved.  The current issue includes articles on the papers of journalist Charley McDowell, the Library’s new Civil War Research Guide, and on how a Library of Virginia collection played a key role in the return of a World War II veteran’s Purple Heart certificate and photograph. 

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