DeGolyer Library


OK, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness, Selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection

January 18 - March 28, 2018

Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library West, open Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, except University holidays 

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DeGolyer Library presents a traveling exhibition curated by book collector and bibliographer Caroline Schimmel featuring materials from her own collection. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Library Service at Columbia University, Schimmel, over the last 45 years, has gathered over 23,000 narratives and representations of women in the American wilderness, including the North and South Poles. The fiction portion of her collection, except for the items included in the exhibit, was donated to Penn in 2014. She continues to seek and document known and unknown intrepid women, both in fact and fiction and reminds us that "anonymous" is most likely a woman. The 145 books, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia in the exhibit, by 101 women and one man and dating from 1682 to 2015, reflect the sweep of women's experiences in the American wilderness. The materials range from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (1705), Maria Sibylla Merian's hand-printed and hand-colored copy of her monumental study of flora and fauna of Surinam; sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley's travel trunk and gloves, as well as an envelope she shot through the small printed heart from 20 feet away; Mary Godfrey's illustrated account of the "horrid massacre" of her family in 1825; Dale Evans's scruffy rhinestoned pink boots; and much more. Free and open to the public.

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Malinalli (Aztec), also known as Doña Marina Cortés, La Malinche, and
La Chingada
(1500?-1529?) Poem for La Malinche by Ira Cohen. Kathmandu: Bardo Matrix,
1974. #1 of 500 copies.
O-shaw-gus-co-day-way-quah, or White Feather, or The Woman of the
Glade (Ojibway/Anishanaabe), later Susan Johnston
Janet Lewis (1899–1998)
The Invasion: A Narrative of Events Concerning the Johnston Family of St. Mary’s. NY:
Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932.
Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (Piute) (1844-1891) Four-page autograph letter in maroon
ink, addressed to President Grover Cleveland, March 6, 1885.
Cæcilie Seler-Sachs (1855-1935) Auf alten Wegen in Mexiko und Guatemala: Reiseerinnerungen
und Eindrücke aus den Jahren 1895-1897 von Cæcilie Seler. Mit 65 Lichtdrucktafeln,
260 in den Text Gedruckten Abbildungen und Einer Karte.
Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst
Vohsen); [Druck von Otto Elsner], 1900.
Mourning Dove (Okinagan/Shwee-al-puh) (1884-1936) Coyote Stories, Edited and
Illustrated by Heister Dean Guie with Notes by L. V. McWhorter (Old Wolf ) and a Foreword by
Chief Standing Bear.
Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1933. Inscribed by her Anglo
mentor McWhorter (1860-1944) to Native American historian Jerome Peltier, on “Hunting
Moon 29 Suns, 1943 Snows.”
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Rosebud Sioux, 1933- ) The Christmas Coat: Memories
of My Sioux Childhood; Illustrated by Ellen Beier.
NY: Holiday House, 2013.
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw, 1947- ) Calling Myself Home. Greenfield Center, NY:
Greenfield Review Press, 1978.
Louise Erdrich (Chippewa, 1954- ) Love Medicine. NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1984. First edition, extra-illustrated throughout by the author in colored pens and with
mementos pasted in.
Taller Leñateros Conjuros y Ebriedades: Cantos De Mujeres Mayas, prólogo de Juan
Bañuelos; Versiones en castía por Ámbar Past; con la colaboración de Xun Okotz [i.e., Xalik
Guzmán Bakbolom] y Petra Ernándes [Hernándes].
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico, 1997.
Signed by Past and Bañuelos.
Diana Perez Martinez Nahua Codice. Mexico, 2016? Accordian-fold manuscript of 15
scenes of rural life in pen and ink on handmade paper.
Mary White Rowlandson (1637-1711) A True History of the Captivity & Restoration
of Mary Rowlandson.
London: Printed first at New-England: And Re-printed at London,
and sold by Joseph Poole, at the Blue Bowl in the Long Walk, by Christs-Church Hospital,
1682. Second (1st British) edition.
Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz (1651-1695) Poëmas de la Vnica Poetisa Americana, Musa Dezima . . . 3rd edition. Barcelona:
Por Joseph Liopis, 1691
Aphra Behn (1640-1689) Oroonoko: A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre=Royal, By
His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Tho. Southerne. [From the novel by Aphra Behn].
Printed for H. Playford in the Temple-Change. B. Tooke at the Middle-Temple-Gate. And
R. Bettesworth at the Red Lion on London-Bridge . . . , 1699.
Elizabeth Meader Hanson (1684-1737) An Account of the Remarkable Captivity
of Elizabeth Hanson, Her Four Children and Servant-Maid, Who Were Taken By the Indians.

London: Printed and Sold by Samuel Clark, 1760. 1st Bownas edition.
Françoise d’Issembourg d’Happoncourt, Mme de Graffigny (also spelled
Lettres d’une Peruvienne. A Peine [Paris: Veuve Pissot, December 1747 or
January 1748].
Fanny Noble Tilton Shute (1754?-1819) “Narrative of Mrs. Shute ’s captivity.
(Communicated by John Kelly, Esq. of Northwood),” pages 116-123 of Historical Collections
[of New Hampshire],
Vol. 1, No. 2, Concord, NH, 1832. This is bookseller/bibliographer
Edward Eberstadt’s copy.
Susanna Haswell Rowson (1762-1824) Reuben and Rachel; or, Tales of Old Times.
A Novel. By Mrs. Rowson. . . .
Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring . . . , 1789. 1st edition.
Mary (Mrs. Samuel) Smith Shocking murder! A distressing account of the murder of Mr.
Samuel Smith, and his three daughters: one an infant at the breast, by the savages, in July 1805.
Related by Mrs. Smith. “O Read with attention the melancholly Tale, and it shall send you weeping
to your beds!” 
New Haven, CT: [No publisher], 1805. Broadside, illustrated with woodcuts.
Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney (1791-1863) Two-page autograph letter to Col.
William Leete Stone (1792-1844), Hartford, November 16, 1842. 2 pages on one sheet, with
integral posting marks.
Juliette Augusta Magill Kinzie (1806-1870) A Narrative of the Massacre at Chicago,
August 15, 1812, and of Some Preceding Events.
Chicago: Ellis & Fergus, 1844. First edition.
Mary Godfrey An Authentic Narrative of the Seminole War; its Cause, Rise and Progress,
and a Minute Detail of the Horrid Massacres of the Whites, by the Indians and Negroes, in
Florida, in the Months of December, January and February. Communicated for the press by a
Gentleman who has spent eleven weeks in Florida, near the scene of the Indian depredations, and
in a situation to collect every important fact relating thereto. [Edited by David F. Blanchard.] 
Providence, RI: Printed for D. F. Blanchard and Others, Publishers, 1836. First edition, first
Lucia Garratt Smith, later the 2nd Mrs. Lorenzo Lyons (1808-1892) Honolulu, As seen
From the foot of Puawaina, Punch-bowl hill. Drawn by E. Bailey, Engraved by Kaliana Lahamabma.

Honolulu, 1837. With tiny ink annotations by Lucia: “a. No 1 Corner where Marcia’s
room is. 1. Mr. Castle’s dwelling 2. Mr. Bingham’s [ditto] 3. Book Bindery. 4. Printing Office
5. Mr. Chamberlain’s dwelling. 6. Dr. Judd’s Yard. 7. Native Chapel. 8. Bell house 9. Mr.
Cook’s dwelling. 10. Mr. Dimond’s [ditto] 11. Native School-house. 12. Charity School-house.
13. House of the British Consul. 14. Fort & Residence of the chiefs. 15. Seamans Chapel.”
Hannah Anderson Ropes (1809-1863) Six Months in Kansas, by a Lady. Boston:
Published by John P. Jewett and Co., 1856. First edition, first issue, in the original printed
paper wrapper.
Sarah F. Burrus Wakefield (1829?-1899) Six Weeks in Little Crow’s Camp.
Shakopee, MN: Argus Book and Job Printing Office, 1864. Second edition, reset and
Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young, later Denning (1844-1917) Autograph letter, signed, May
26, 1881 to Jennie Anderson Froiseth, 13 pages on 7 leaves, letterhead of Richmond House,
Paducah, Ky. (p. 1) & John S. Hopkins Steam Packet “Leaves Evansville Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday at 4 O’clock” (pp. 2-13).
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) Tell My Horse. Philadelphia, New York, London,
Toronto: J. B. Lippincott, 1938. First edition.
Dorothy L. Pinckney Pillsbury (1888-1967) No High Adobe, With Vignettes by M. J.
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1953. Third printing. Robert S. Morris’s
copy, with correspondence, an undated note and 1953 4-page letter from the author.
Marianne Greenwood (1916-2006) Indianerna kallar det sött salt. Höganäs, Sweden:
Bokförlaget Bra Böcker, 1975. First edition. Inscribed to me in 2005.
Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842-1933) Her two-piece mohair & cotton dress, made by James McCreery
and Co., New York City, n.d.
Calamity Jane, born Martha Jane Cannery, a.k.a. Marthy C. Burke (1852-1903) Life and
Adventures of Calamity Jane. By Herself.
Livingston, MT, 1896. Second edition, original pink
wrapper, engraved portrait on front cover & 46A. Studio photo by R. L. Kelly, signed in the
Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey, 1860-1926) Photo, London, 1891, inscribed
“Compliments of Annie Oakley, Strassburg, April 18th, 1891.”
[Anonymous author/photographer] “Yakima river, near the starting place . . .”
Washington state, 1900? Album of 22 annotated candid photographs.
Bessie Marchant (1862–1941) Daughters of the Dominion: A Story of the Canadian
Frontier, Illustrated by William Rainey, R.I.
London &c: Blackie & Son, Limited, 1909. First
Ellen Elliott Jack (1842-1921) The Fate of a Fairy. Chicago: W. B. Conkey, 1910. Signed
in pencil & with photo portrait laid in & 51A. “The Miner’s Dream, copyright 1909 Ellen E
Burlington, Wisconsin: Badger, Multiscope and Film Co., 1909. Real-photo postcard.
Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) Photo portrait, draped on a chaise longue. NY: Sarony
Publishing Company, 1888? & 52A. A group photo portrait at Niagara Falls, 1911, signed by
the entire Bernhardt troupe.
Margaret O’Bannon Womack Vandercook (1877-1958) The Ranch Girls at Rainbow
NY: The John C. Winston Co., 1911. First edition.
Dale Evans (1912-2001) Black and white photo, 1946? Inscribed to another singing actress,
Jean Sargent & 58A. Pink rhinestone boots, 1940s & 58B. Dale Evans and Danger in Crooked
Canyon: an Original Story Featuring Dale Evans, Well-Known Television and Motion-Picture
Star, by Helen Hale, Illustrated by Henry Luhrs.
Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Company,
1958. First edition.
Mesannie Wilkins (also known as Annie Wilkins, 1898?-1980) Last of the Saddle
Tramps, by Mesannie Wilkins with Mina Titus Saywer; Preface by Art Linkletter.
Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1967. First edition.
Constanza Ceruti (1973- ) Trekking pole, Zhejiang, China: Aoqila, n.d. & 61A. A color
photo portrait with the “Inca Ice Maiden” on the summit of Volcán Llullaillaco, 1999.
Lydia Byam (1752?-?) A Collection of Fruits from the West Indies, Drawn and Coloured from Nature,
and, with Permission, Most Humbly Dedicated to the Princess Elizabeth. By Lydia Baum [sic].

London: Printed, at the Oriental Press, by Wilson & Co., For the Author; And sold by J. Booth,
No. 14, Duke-street, Portland-place, 1800. First edition, with six hand-colored engraved plates.
Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) An Island Garden with Pictures and Illustrations by Childe
Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1894. First edition, issue in olive cloth.
Nancy Ruth Leavitt Early Morning—Excerpts from An Island Garden. Full-color manuscript
created in Stillwater, ME, 2010-11.
Paula Barragán Manuela: [Mosquita]. Quito, Ecuador: Taller Seri Grafico, 2015. Color
print. One of 60 copies.
Isabel Sharpe Shepard (1861-?) The Cruise of the U. S. Steamer “Rush” in Behring
Sea, Summer of 1889.
San Francisco: The Bancroft Company, 1889 & 83A. Passport: United
States of America, Washington, DC, 1931[-35].
Nellie Bly [pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman] (1864-1922) Game of Around the
World with Nellie Bly; A Novel and Fascinating Game With the World’s Globe Circler; with
Plenty of Excitement by Land and Sea.
NY: McLoughlin Bros Pub., 1890.
Eleanor Gates (1875-1951) Cupid – the Cowpunch, Cover art by Dan Sayre Groesbeck. NY:
The McClure Company, 1907. First edition.
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) “America the Beautiful.” Wellesley, MA: Privately
Printed, 1918. Four-page pamphlet, signed by the author for D. F. Bond, University of Chicago,
with typed stamped envelope.
Julia Mood Peterkin (1880-1961) Roll Jordan, Roll, The Photographic Studies by Doris
NY: Robert Ballou, 1933. Two copies: first trade edition, with 76 photos & 90A.
Special edition with 98 copperplate photogravures, one of 23 out-of-series copies.
Carol J. Blinn A Poultry Piece: Being a Discourse on the Joys of Raising Ducks and Geese.
Written and Illustrated by Carol J. Blinn.
Easthampton, MA: Warwick Press, 1978. One of 250
Elizabeth Emeny Renkert (1943- ) “High One and Five.” Kaycee, WY: 2000. Printed
illustrated greeting card.
Jean Creighton (1923- ) Dude on Arrival [by] J. S. Borthwick [pseud.]. NY: St. Martin’s
Press, 1992. First edition, inscribed “To Julienissimor and Ethelissima from former Dunes
person . . . What a curious & ugly name– Sounds like a blunt instrument or a bad soup!”
Gwen Petersen (1928?- ) & Jeane Rhodes Cowpunchers, Sheep Herders and Plain Pig
Farmers: Wild West Limericks; Illustrated by Alan Rhodes.
Big Timber & Whitefish, MT:
Cowpunchers, 1985. First edition.
Ann E. Bancroft (1956- ) Color photo with Anne Dal Vera, Sue Giller, and Sunniva
Sorby, South Pole, 1993 & 100A. Black Gore-Tex mittens & 101B. Bollé Irex 100 sunshield
glasses & 101C. Souvenir shoulder patch, embroidered in black, red, white, and blue, including
the USA and Norwegian flags, all from the 2000-01 Trans-Antarctica Expedition.