New Rare Books in the Spotlight

For a brief period Wednesday, normal activity came to a halt in the Special Collections Research Center. Our fabulous Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Friedgard Cowan, brought down a cart packed with recently cataloged rare books from Technical Services. When a rare book is donated or acquired, it is first cataloged in Continue Reading

Constructing Preservation Enclosures: Double Tray Book Boxes

Constructed in the clamshell style, book boxes built like those described below completely enclose the volumes housed inside of them, providing support and protection to items with fragile or damaged bindings or covers. Custom cut individually to fit each specific item, these enclosures consists of three basic parts: a lower Continue Reading

Earth Laughs in Flowers

“Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs; Who steer the plough but cannot steer their feet Clear of the grave.” – “Hamatreya” by Ralph Waldo Emerson This post was written by Khalid Tamimi, Research Services Student Assistant and undergraduate in marketing.  Continue Reading

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month! Here in the Special Collections Research Center, we are honoring Women’s History Month by highlighting the collections and ephemera that document women’s contributions to American history. Below, we have a pamphlet from the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, dated from 1910. Here the authors connect Continue Reading

Ok…So we found THIS during Rare Book Inventory.

We are in the midst of doing an inventory or our rare books collection in SCRC. While working in the folio section, a colleague and I stumbled upon this disturbing yet intriguing volume.  Wie die Ostmark ihre Befreiung Erlebte: Adolf Hitler und sein Weg zu Grossdeutschland (How Austria Experienced its Continue Reading