Tag: Manuscripts

Head’s Up: The Value of Special Collections

  “How much is it worth?” That’s often the first question we’re asked about materials in Special Collections, and when people ask that question they’re really asking about market value – the monetary value an item has in the marketplace.

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James Reiss: Poet and Professor Emeritus of English, Miami University

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is home to a number of manuscript collections. One such collection is the papers of James Reiss. James Reiss is a widely published writer and poet. Reiss was born in New York City and grew

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Discovering Uncataloged Materials

Not all materials held by a library are necessarily cataloged. Recently, a single leaf of vellum was found in a frame with nothing more than a note on the back reading ‘1240 France Bible’. Although we have no more information

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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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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: P.T. Barnum to David Swing, March 20, 1889

Welcome to the inaugural post in our Signed, Sealed, Delivered blog series, where we’ll highlight some of our favorite, and most fascinating, letters from the Walter Havighurst Special Collections!  Miami’s special collections contain thousands upon thousands of original pieces of

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