1. beatonna:

    The University of California’s English Broadside Ballad Archive is also a fantastic project, with a dedicated team making previously hard to find (on microfiche or in archive) broadsides available to everyone, and transcribed to modern eyes and ears.  Amazing.  What we have online is amazing.


  2. 72,300 ancient manuscripts to be digitized in India



    Several thousand manuscripts that are several centuries old are set to be digitized and made available over the Internet in the public domain, thanks to an initiative by the state government of Tamil Nadu in India.

    The 72,300 rare and original palm-leaf manuscripts are currently stored at the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library in the state’s capital city, Chennai. A majority of the manuscripts are written in the ancient language of Sanskrit, while the remaining, about a third, are mostly in the Tamil language. The topics covered by them include mathematics, philosophy, treatises on the Vedas, and architecture. Read more.

  3. thecivilwarparlor:

    Turning Circles Around The Confederates

    Maj. Albert J. Myer, a U.S. Army Surgeon, created this cipher disk to further protect Union Army communications. This disc functioned by aligning the letters on the upper two disks with the numbers on the two lower disks. In this image the letter “A” would be sent as 81. The No. line would be completed with a number to help account for the device.

    National Archives, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer


  4. broadcastarchive-umd:

    From the Ralph E. Becker Collection — This impressive looking conglomeration of tubes, dials and contradictory manufacturer labels and warning placards is a completely non-functional gag gift presented to Mr. Becker by staff at one of his many radio and TV management postitions over a long career.  Mr. Becker, though now a bit was hazy on the provenence of the “device,” displayed it prominently in his home office for many years before donating it to SCMM&C.

    Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture

    Ask A Question | Tumblr Archive

  5. libralthinking:


    Down the Rabbit Hole: Visiting Bauman Rare Books Part 1 of 5!

    Members of the UISpecColl team took a trip to Las Vegas for the American Library Association conference and stopped by Bauman Rare Books to chat with Rebecca Romney about books, life, the universe and everything. Rebecca Romney appraises rare books on the TV show ”Pawn Stars" on the History Channel.

    In this video we look at Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by Salvador Dalí, discuss the public domain, interpretations of Alice, and the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  

    Part 1 of 5. We will release one video per week for the next 5 weeks.

    We only had an iPad, but we made do, and thanks to some clever editing (from my colleague Katie Buehner), I think we really pulled off something special & funny that showcases some great books, and might just teach a little.  

    Rebecca Romney was gracious, funny, kind, and took up the greater chunk of a day chatting with our team, showing us some REALLY great books, and teaching us about how our partners in this education business - the dealers - research and work and try to do much the same thing we are doing with an equal level of passion, despite our different end goals.

    Please click through, watch, and maybe even share this video. For the love of the books :)

  6. Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

    The above photos are from New Jersey, Hawaii, St. Paul, and Denver respectively. 


  7. libralthinking:

    Fascinating, sad, and complicated copyright case that could have implications for archives and special collections in the (admittedly rare ) cases where we purchase collections from individuals that have purchased defaulted storage lockers or from dealers who have purchased those items.

    (via archivistic)

  8. vintagelibraries:

    The Saint Paul Public Library, Women on the Bookmobile, 1950s.


  9. cipherface:

    Feds wanted to fine Yahoo $250K/day for fighting PRISM



    We’ve known since the start that Yahoo fought the NSA’s Prism surveillance program tooth-and-nail; but as unsealed court docs show, the Feds made the process into a harrowing ordeal, and sweet-talked gullible judges into dropping the hammer on Y.

    By the time Foreign Intelligence…

  10. uwmspeccoll:

    This week’s staff pick is by Lee. Wisconsin loves libraries, and we always have.  Wisconsin had a library even before it became a state; the Wisconsin territorial legislature allotted $5,000 for a library in 1833, which is the equivalent of $140,000 today! (A bigger budget than some public libraries now.) With many of Wisconsin’s residents living in rural areas, it was, and still can be, a challenge to keep materials up-to-date and relevant.  

    Enter the Free Traveling Libraries in Wisconsin.  This week’s pick is an informational pamphlet on the benefits of these libraries in 1897.  The idea was to move books from library to library so that people can keep coming back for new books. Some of these libraries had their own buildings, but many were just a cabinet in a public building or in people’s homes. If this description or some of the pictures remind you of the current Little Free Library movement, it is not a coincidence.  The Little Free Library website, which began in Wisconsin, cites Lutie Stearns, the first Secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, and her “traveling little libraries” as an inspiration. 

    See it in the catalog here