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"The Sober Giggler" newspaper, 1873 - 1875

 File — Box: 2, Folder: 2


  • Creation: 1873 - 1875

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection documents the creative life of Massachusetts schoolboy Austin W. White roughly between the ages of nine and sixteen. Materials include small handmade books of fables detailing the adventures of American boys, several school compositions, sketchbooks, and a two-year run of a weekly handwritten satirical newspaper, "The Sober Giggler." The three volumes of White's sketchbooks contain captioned pencil drawings, and subjects include landscapes, dramatic events, personages, and buildings, most significantly those in Brockton and neighboring towns. White's newspaper includes spoofs of editorials, advertisements, news accounts of current events, and many illustrations. Two columns appear in every issue: "The Self Made Men of Our Times" and "Popular Songs Illustrated." "The Sober Giggler" portrays contemporary attitudes towards women, Irish Americans, African Americans, commerce, professional and social class distinctions, politics, and temperance.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; a portion is also availalbe digitally.


From the Collection: 1.25 Linear Feet (2 containers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States