Month: October 2012

The little book in the big box

Like most libraries Special Collections uses the height of books to determine the distance between our shelves. Books that are 30 centimeters (approximately 12 inches) tall or more are considered folios and we shelve these together in a separate area.

Head’s Up: The Kindness of Strangers

In the course of preparing for an upcoming talk to the McGuffey Museum Volunteers, I’ve been reminded that some aspects of the academic enterprise never change: in this case, fundraising. Both the University and the University Libraries have relied upon

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New Acquisitions: The Kelmscott Chaucer

Miami’s Walter Havighurst Special Collections is happy to announce the recent acquisition of one of the most famous private press books ever printed.  Issued in 1896 by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered the crowning achievement of

Special Collections copy: ephemera laid in

One of my favorite things about cataloging Special Collections materials is finding little treasures left in the book by its owner. Often they have nothing to do with the subject matter and seem to be placed there for safe keeping