Month: June 2012

A Look through The Samuel Richey Collection of the Southern Confederacy

A recent visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park inspired me to look through our Samuel Richey Collection of the Southern Confederacy for references to Gettysburg. While few letters in the Richey Collection discuss Gettysburg, there is correspondence from some

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Marginalia from the stacks

mar·gi·na·lia – noun pl \ˌmär-jə-ˈnā-lē-ə\:  marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book) We have all seized the white perimeter as our own and reached for a pen if only to show we did not just laze in an armchair

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From the Stacks: Grandville’s Les Fleurs Animées (The Flowers Personified)

One of my favorite things about my job is cataloging our rare book collections because I never know what I’ll find when I look between the covers of the books that cross my desk.  I’ve cataloged hundreds of early print

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Head’s Up: The Ancient of Days

A recent post on a listserv led me to a fascinating article in the Harvard Gazette. The story concerns some 4000 year old cuneiform clay tablets that were looted from Iraq, seized by U.S. Customs from smugglers, and consequently survived

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