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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 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, 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. \"

Got a question? Ask the librarian

The Arizona Republic has A Nice Look at working on the desk. They call it \"the best and last hope for desperate people\" and point out despite the easier access to information on the Internet, calls to librarians have not diminished.

\"People still see us as a way to guide them to information, wherever it is, and there\'s a growing realization that not everything is on the Internet and, more important, that it may not be trustworthy,\"

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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Early Manuscript Collection in Norway Displays Digital \"Checklist\"

My wife\'s Uncle Dave sent me a link to The Schoyen Collection today. It\'s an enormous private collection of early manuscripts, including not only paper, papyrus, and parchment, but items of pottery, stone, and other materials. This site consists of only a representative portion of the more than 12,000 manuscripts collected. For an idea of its complete scope, take a look at the picture index and the slideshow

Pitt begins major deacidification project

From Library Journal:

The University of Pittsburgh\'s University Library System has taken steps to preserve at least 50,000 items in its collection of four million books, using Preservation Technology\'s deacidification process. Provost James Maher has earmarked $80,000 to start the work, which will continue with $50,000 in endowment money each year for the next ten years . . .

Complete article.

Howard Zinn on archives

A transcript of progressive historian Howard Zinn\'s recent speech \"Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest\" is available:

The archivist, even more than the historian and the political scientist, tends to be scrupulous about his neutrality, and to see his job as a technical job, free from the nasty world of political interest: a job of collecting, sorting, preserving, making available, the records of the society. But I will stick by what I have said about other scholars, and argue that the archivist, in subtle ways, tends to perpetuate the political and economic status quo simply by going about his ordinary business. His supposed neutrality is, in other words, a fake . . .

'Sights Once Seen' an Epic Reimagining of a Trip

SomeOne sent over this one on a neat project going on
at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Robert Shlaer uses the daguerreotype process to recapture lost images first made on Fremont's 1853 expedition to the Rockies.

University unearthes 500 Beatles photos

Charles Davis sent over This One that says five hundred photographs
of the Beatles, many of them unpublished, have
been found in the archives of Dundee University,
where they have been gathering dust for more
than 30 years.
The photos, discovered in the Scottish
university\'s archives, show the pop group on the
brink of international stardom in the early 1960s,
the Times reported on Monday.

Suzzallo Library open again after seismic upgrades

Charles Davis brings us a Seattle Post-Intelligencer piece on the re-opening of a remodeled academic library:
Described by one historian as the \"physical expression of a grand idea,\" the University of Washington\'s Suzzallo Library is open again after a two-year project to make it earthquake-resistant. \"We had a ribbon-cutting ceremony,\" UW President Richard McCormick said, \"and our beautiful library is back.\"


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