Oxford college cellar unearths rare views of Canada

Charles Davis writes "from
The Guardian:

A filthy bundle of papers, which had been lying in a corner of the cellars of Balliol College in Oxford for at least a century, has turned
out to contain rare landscapes of 18th century Canada, including the oldest known views of the green hills and scattered houses
around what are now the cities of Montreal and Quebec.

The paintings, by a British army officer who was also a talented amateur artist, include scenes of Niagara Falls before it became one
of the most popular tourist attractions in the world."

Museum discovers Lewis & Clark letters

The Associated Press Reports Three letters that explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wrote during and after their expedition 200 years ago are on view at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The letters had been in the Cincinnati Historical Society's archives since 1885. They were donated by Aaron Torrence, son of an executor for the estate of James Findley, a soldier who was an associate of the explorers but didn't go on their expedition.

Rare photos given to San Francisco museum

Charles Davis writes "Story from

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's venerable photography collection has grown noticeably richer with the
donation of more than 100 ``rare and precious'' photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries by some of the
medium's most important practitioners.

Collectors Carla Emil, a member of the museum's board of trustees, and her husband, Rich Silverstein, a San Francisco
advertising executive, have agreed to give the museum works by such seminal 19th century photographers as Eugene
Atget, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll and such 20th century masters as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Alfred
Steiglitz and Paul Strand."

Archimedes Lost Book - sold for $ 2 million

Steve Fesenmaier writes "PBS' Nova series broadcast one of the most interesting investigations into a lost book I have ever seen. Archimedes wrote a book on his "Methods." For hundreds of years the book was lost, reused by medieval monks. Recently it was sold for millions to an unnamed billionaire. Researchers are discovering that Archimedes knew much more about infinity than anyone believed.
Visit the website at"

Preserving Ephemera of Recall Campaign

rteeter writes "The New York Times has this article on archivists rushing to preserve material from the California recall election. (Registration required)"

They say With just over a week before the election, their campaign bumper stickers, buttons, Web sites and in one case thong underwear are becoming treasured artifacts. Researchers, archivists and historians holed up in museum offices and library basements across the state — people who normally think in terms of years not days — are scurrying to preserve the stuff of this election.

Heinlein archive gets $300k boost from widow's estate

Mock Turtle writes "The UC Santa Cruz archive of renowned science fiction writer Robert Heinlein has received a gift of materials and cash, valued at $300,000, from the estate of Heinlein’s late widow, Virginia.

The donation was accompanied by a grant to establish the position of a Heinlein Scholar at the campus, who will work to organize, document, and promote the scholarly use of the archive, housed in the University Library’s Special Collections since 1968.

William H. Patterson Jr. has been selected by UCSC as the campus Heinlein Scholar for 2003-04. Patterson is also the person designated by Heinlein’s late wife to write the definitive, authorized biography of her husband.

UC Santa Cruz Currents has more about Heinlein, Patterson, and the archive.

(There are a couple of neat old photos at the site as well.)"

Civil rights archives to go online

Mock Turtle writes "The Hattiesburg American reports:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $463,322 to the University of Southern Mississippi to develop and launch the Mississippi Digital Library, providing online access to USM's extensive collection of materials on the civil rights movement. Letters, diaries, photographs, state and organizational records, oral histories, and other primary sources that provide firsthand documentation of the history of race relations in Mississippi will be included in the digital collection. USM is collaborating on the project with Delta State University, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Mississippi."

Dershowitz to donate archives to Brooklyn College

Mock Turtle writes "Newsday reports that attorney Alan Dershowitz is donating an archive containing more than 1,000 boxes of memos, manuscripts, letters, legal documents, clippings, and other artifacts to his alma mater, Brooklyn College. Documents from the Simpson and von Bulow cases will be included."

Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook

David Dillard writes "Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook, from
The Society of American Archivists is a full text monograph online that is available at no cost to the reader at the above website. A significant part of the coverage of this
book is of interest and value to the general library user in general
collections as well as of importance in archival practice. The section
covering subject headings would be a prime example of this.

It's a music mecca

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Sacramento Bee article describes the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University."
They say the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the only facility of its kind outside Europe devoted to the great composer.

With a multimillion-dollar collection of first-edition music, books, handwritten notes, and even a peculiar lock of hair no one dares touch, the center serves as a resource for everyone from scholars to armchair enthusiasts.


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