This week ye Bibliographer begins compiling our research reading lists.
The first one is for the summer reading in the histories of Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston up to the commencement of the Civil War. If anyone has suggestions they are welcome. For instance Madison Smartt Bell has written Charm City: A Walk through Baltimore (nonfiction) Crown, 2007. This goes on the list, of course, but as it deals with so much post the Civil War, it can't be as useful as more specificlly historic works will be.
The second list is of primary document depositories, archives and special collections in the region that contain various aspects of the research, such as insurance, licenses, fees and taxes, i.e., the business of the trade.
This is merely to start. It is going to be a long journey, which includes boots on ground, which we're looking forward to muchly.