Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Rare American Illustrated Books Featured in Special Exhibition
One of the country’s finest private collections of rare illustrated books is the subject of a special exhibition opening at the Amon Carter Museum January 29, 2005.
Art Museum Network News
Library receives half-million-dollar gift to benefit Special Collections photo archives
UCSC has received a $500,000 gift to benefit Special Collections in the University Library. The endowment will be established in honor of the late Miller and Bunny Outcalt and their lifelong partnership in the field of photography.
UC Santa Cruz Currents
Digging deeper
In the basement of Young Research Library, rare manuscripts that have sat untouched for sometimes over 40 years are being discovered by graduate students working in the Center for Primary Research and Training.
The Daily Bruin
Viking Map Could Reroute U.S. History
Danish experts will travel to the United States to study a controversial parchment said to be the oldest map of America.
Discovery Channel
No holds bard on new Burns website
The works of Robert Burns and more than 8,000 other precious manuscripts, rare books, artworks and artefacts will be listed on a new website to be unveiled at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The Scotsman
UNL library hopes to save old books
The drive, titled, "Saving Our Treasures," is nearly $11,000 short of its $25,000 goal, said Ross McCown, the fundraising campaign's chairman.
Lincoln Journal Star

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Hebrew Union to reveal archive expansion plans
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Studies houses one of the largest collections of written Jewish history in the world. The college is embarking on a $17 million expansion to preserve and highlight that wealth in the written word.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Here and Now : Widener Library
Link to audio of a radio feature on Matthew Battle's new book, "Widener: Biography of a Library"
Salvaging a legacy in Weimar
Bent over books once held by Goethe and Schiller, workers in white lab coats brush away ash and creeping mold, doing their best to salvage the centuries-old victims of a recent fire that devastated one of Germany's cultural treasures.
International Herald Tribune, reprinted from the New York Times

Friday, November 19, 2004

UCLA Library Acquires Papers of Television Pioneer Harry Crane
The UCLA Library has acquired the papers of Harry Crane (1914–99), creator of "The Honeymooners" and a prolific writer of radio, television and film comedy. The collection encompasses scripts, correspondence, photographs, topical humor publications and awards spanning his career from the 1940s through the 1990s.
UCLA Press Release
Manuscripts of "father of blood bank" on display at Regenstein
In March 1937, an event occurred in Chicago that, although little noticed at the time, profoundly altered the history of medicine: Bernard Fantus opened what is now considered the world’s first blood bank in Cook County Hospital. In an exciting development for the University, Fantus’ niece, Muriel Fantus Fulton, has donated her late uncle’s papers to the University Library.
University of Chicago Chronicle
Rare 1858 Treaty Between U.S. And Sioux Will Be At Historical Society
A significant 1858 treaty between the United States and the Yankton Sioux has been acquired by the Minnesota Historical Society and will go on display here.
Beinecke seeks to attract undergraduates
One of Yale's unique resources, the Beinecke houses early books and manuscripts, letters, art and a myriad of other research objects. Widely used by graduate students for research projects, the Beinecke is making an effort this year to reach out to undergraduates in particular.
Yale Daily News

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Gutenberg Printing Method Questioned
Johannes Gutenberg may be wrongly credited with producing the first Western book printed in movable type, according to an Italian researcher.
Discovery Channel

Friday, November 12, 2004

BC getting first-ever Shaw Collection public exhibition
The first-ever public exhibition of material from the internationally noted George Bernard Shaw Collection of Boston College's Burns Library will open on Thursday, Nov. 18, and remain on view through April 2005.
Allston-Brighton TAB

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Ancient paper in modern miracle
Scraps from an ancient manuscript about angels and demons have been linked to torn pages found on the other side of the world using a contemporary source of miraculous power - the internet.
Australian IT
New UVa library dedicated
A ceremony dedicating the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVa celebrated the 56 signers of the Declaration, as well as Small, a Bethesda, Md. real-estate developer who has spent the past 50 years collecting rare books and manuscripts.
Charlottesville Daily Progress

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Boston's International Antiquarian Book Fair
Now in its 28th year, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the oldest antiquarian book fairs in the country, featuring museum-quality works on paper for display and sale. This year more than 135 dealers will gather at the Hynes Convention Center from November 19-21.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

New chapter for books haven
The John Rylands Library is almost halfway through a £16 million renovation that will start a new chapter in its history when it reopens in March 2006.
Manchester Evening News
Purveying the past
Local bibliophile sells rare books on Internet.
The Daily Northwestern
Australiana on the block
Rodney Davidson will sell his rare books, historical documents and maps worth as much as $8 million.
The Age
USC Gets $2 million To Expand Library
Rare books, paintings, even a tea service that are part of a collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald materials are crowded in an area about the size of a dorm room at the University of South Carolina library.
Trust does it buy the book
A collection of 1,300 rare books, described as one of the greatest collections of Romantic literature still in private ownership, has been bought by the Wordsworth Trust.
Lakeland Today

Friday, November 05, 2004

Anna Amalia post-fire update
An update from October 15th regarding the status of recovery operations since the fire. Some encouraging news about the reconstruction is balanced by word that the number of books lost is likely to increase.
Saving Anna Amalia
Exploring treasures in a rare opportunity
What's a nice place like the Cleveland Public Library doing with a prostitu tion collection? Relax, it's history.
The Plain Dealer
Classes Resume At UH; Library Access To Be Limited
Work crews are still pumping water out of the basement and mold has set in on the precious collections of rare books. Officials said whatever they cannot get to in the next two days will be lost.
Plates for printing Charleston money found
Charleston city employees have discovered steel plates used to print bills toward the end of the War of 1812. The plates were found in an old safe in City Hall by employees who were preparing the building for a major renovation.
The State

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

British Library accused of buying smuggled scrolls
A Norwegian television film is alleging that the British Library in London (BL) has acquired looted Buddhist scrolls. The birch bark scrolls in Kharosthi script, from the 1st century AD, are the oldest surviving Buddhist texts and the earliest known manuscripts in any Indic language. They have been dubbed ‘the Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism’.
The Art Newspaper

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Fales gets award for collection of New York art, lit
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York has awarded the Downtown Collection of the Fales Library and Special Collections at Bobst Library the 2004 Award for Innovative Use of Archives.
Washington Square News

Monday, November 01, 2004

UH salvages what's left after Halloween Eve flood
McBride and much of the library staff worked all day yesterday to try to save some of the 90,000 photographs stored in the basement along with rare government documents and Hawaiian maps.
The Honolulu Advertiser
Thousands of old photo negatives found at USD
The University of South Dakota is trying to save some 300,000 photo negatives that were found in a basement and give a glimpse of university life back to the early 1900s.
Sioux City Journal
Jewish heritage under threat
Sir Moses Montefiore was one of the great figures of Victorian Britain, a friend of the Queen, a member of a leading banking family, a renowned philanthropist and the most famous English Jew of his age. In 1866, he founded the Montefiore Endowment to promote Jewish religious studies, and during and after his lifetime this organisation assembled a superb collection of Hebrew manuscripts.
Floods destroy documents at Hawaii library
Heavy rain sent water as much as 8 feet deep rushing through the University of Hawaii's main research library, destroying irreplaceable documents and books, toppling doors and walls and forcing a few students to break a window to escape.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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