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Lifting the Lid on a Treasure Chest

\"During a rehearsal for \"A Streetcar Named Desire\" at the Barrymore Theater in New York more than half a century ago Marlon Brando dropped his address book.\"

\"I beg you return this,\" he had written inside the cover. \"I lost eight others already and if I lose this, I\'ll just drop dead\"

\"The finder, however, did not return it. Today it is part of a collection of literary and cultural treasures here at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, part of the University of Texas. (from The New York Times)

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

Rob Lopresti writes \"This is not really about libraries but I can\'t imagine a public or academic library that wouldn\'t be interested. Am I the last to discover the Movie Archive?


It contains thousands of short movies, mostly pre-1970 from what I saw, all ready to download or stream from the web. See \"The Librarian,\" a 1947 career guidance flick. Or \"A Day Called X\" about the nuclear destruction of Portland, Oregon (featuring the actual mayor). Or \"Destination Earth\" in which \"Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.\" Amazing... \"

Cold blamed for National Library water leak

Sam King sent over More Bad News for the National Library of Canada.
recent cold snap in Ottawa is being blamed for a break in the water main this week at the National Library\'s storage facility.

The library\'s \'Response Action Team\' managed to save more than 2,000 books from water damage.

Water leaks are not a new problem for staff at the National Library. There have been as many as 72 floods since the early 1990s, says National Librarian Roch Carrier.

Thurmond's retirement boosts Clemson archive

TheState.com has This Story on Strom Thurmond's papers, which he has donated to Clemson, from which he graduated in 1923.
Burns estimates Clemson has received more than a million pieces of correspondence alone, plus speeches and other documents. But Clemson's collection includes more than papers. It also has more than 3,000 artifacts and memorabilia Thurmond received during his 70-plus-year political career.

"He saved everything," Burns said. "We're running out of space."

\'Asset stripping\' of cultural treasure

Charles Davis points at this
Guardian Story on the Commonwealth Institute\'s plans to modernise, that they say will lead to loss of national resource and damage to
multicultural understanding, say critics.
The trustees and governors of the Commonwealth Institute, in Kensington, London, are accused of planning to sell off the organisation\'s prestigious headquarters for millions of pounds
and dump its unique 50-year-old library on a struggling Bristol museum.

Newsreel archive launched online

Bob Cox sent over This BBC Story on a New Online Archive of Hundreds of hours of historic newsreel footage. It can be viewed free of charge. The bi-weekly news bulletins, which played in cinemas from 1910 to 1970, have been released via the Pathé website thanks to a grant from the National Lottery.

Pacifica Radio Moves to Save Nation\'s Oldest Public Radio Archive

Brian DeShazor writes \"a href=\"http://www.pacificaarchives.org\">Pacifica Radio Archives
annouces an effort to save and restore more
than 47,000 historic tapes that span half a century of
radio programming, the five-station Pacifica Radio
network will broadcast a national on-air fundraising
benefit on Tuesday, November 19, featuring rare
recordings from the endangered archives. -- Read More

Precious piece of blotting paper joins British Library collection

Charles Davis writes: Story at
The Guardian:

\"A small but precious piece of folded blotting paper has joined the stock of 150m documents and books held by the British Library.
Kept in a black-edged envelope of mourning, it holds a few pressed wild flowers, picked nearly 150 years ago on the battlefield of Balaclava by a relative of one of the gallant horsemen who died in the Charge of the Light Brigade.\"

HP and the Holy See unveil joint project

Charles Davis sent us this quick synopsis from yahoo.com: A full story is available here. \"HP and the Holy See have unveiled a joint project to deliver on-line access to the manuscripts, documents and
ancient texts of the Vatican\'s Apostolic Library. A new section of the Vatican\'s Web site, www.vatican.va will
include images of manuscripts that have until now only been accessible to professional scholars and professors.
The Apostolic Vatican Library was founded by Pope Nicholas V and specialises in humanistic disciplines such as
history and classical literature. \"

Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved

SomeOne writes \"A Story says Elmhurst\'s mystery of vets\' graves is solved. The Story about how a library solved a mystery in a short time, when one man spent 18 years trying to find an answer. \"

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