An unknown reader clipped articles from the Springfield (Mass.) Republican and, possibly, from a few other papers, from Jan. 12, 1854, to June 30, 1856, but mainly in 1856. Most of the clippings relate to emigration to Kansas and the ensuing civil war there. A scattering of other topics are also covered: the Crimean War, weather and storms, murders, election results, California gold and crime, Sen. Preston Brooks's attack on Sen. Charles Sumner, and the early days of the Fremont campaign for the presidency.
The compiler pasted these clippings onto 39 leaves of Illinois in 1837 (Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1837). The cover, title page, and copyright page of that volume were left unobscured.
The Library acquired this scrapbook in 1927.