Scrapbook Making and Extra-illustrating

Scrapbook makers borrowed and imitated other forms of 19th century media to give their works authority. Read the rest of “Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Appropriation” here.



Welcome to the Scrapbook History website and blog. Here you’ll find materials on how ordinary (and extraordinary) people took media into their lives over a hundred years ago, through their scrapbooks. The site supplements my book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. I hope you’ll comment and contribute.