Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

New Law Database: HeinOnline

WKU Libraries now subscribes to HeinOnline, one of the most valuable law databases in existence. We are very excited to offer this resource to our patrons.

HeinOnline, named to the 2007 EContent 100 “list of companies that matter most in the digital industry,” is the world’s largest image-based legal research database. With almost 50 million pages of legal information at the touch of a button, HeinOnline is a virtual treasure trove of resources for legal researchers and professionals worldwide.

All content within HeinOnline is image-based in PDF format, from inception and fully searchable, making it the most user-friendly database available.

A Core subscription to HeinOnline includes such valuable collections as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library and much more! Also available in HeinOnline, are several unique a-la-carte collections, including: U.S. Congressional Documents, Foreign & International Law Resources Database, World Trials, Session Laws and many more.

From on campus, you can click here to access HeinOnline. When off campus, you can access HeinOnline through our databases page.


Filed under Acquisitions, Latest News

1828 Letter Describes Presbyterian Revival

Rhoda Anderson's 1828 letter

Rhoda Anderson’s 1828 letter

In the summer of 1828, Presbyterian pastor Nathan H. Hall spearheaded a memorable religious revival in and around Lexington, Kentucky.  The protracted meeting lasted four days and brought several hundred new members to the church.  In the summer’s other news, Thomas Metcalfe, recently resigned from the U.S. Congress, won a narrow victory in the state gubernatorial election.  On August 9, 52-year-old Rhoda Anderson sat down to write of these events to her nephew, Joseph O. Boggs.  Her letter has recently been added to the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library.

Mrs. Anderson had been a close observer of the revival.  She described the public response to Hall’s sermons, quoting an elderly convert’s cry of “Sir I can’t resist any longer I must surrender.”  She told her nephew that “you might have heard a pin drop” when an assembled congregation of some 600 bowed their heads to pray.  Nevertheless, she was somewhat disappointed in the aftermath.  “I lament a coldness already,” she mourned, when church attendance dropped off after the revival.  As for the election, Mrs. Anderson proudly reported “very little noise or fighting,” although she might have revised this remark had she known that Metcalfe’s predecessor, Joseph Desha, briefly considered making a stand inside the governor’s mansion rather than vacate in favor of a candidate of whom he strongly disapproved.

To download a finding aid and typescript of Rhoda Anderson’s letter, click here.


Filed under Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

Rachel Pearl and Treva Blomquist perform at Java City

Rachel Pearl and Treva BlomquistRachel Pearl and Treva Blomquist entertain an appreciative crowd on a beautiful afternoon outside Java City in Helm on Wednesday.  Great music and a Spring day in Kentucky, it doesn’t get much better!  Next week’s noon concert will feature the modern Americna sound of Screen Door Porch who hail from Austin, TX and Jackson, WY.  Thanks to Independence Bank for their sponsorship.


Filed under Events