1. To mark the centenary of WWI, the German government has digitized and made freely available 700,000 documents related to the war on the website of the Federal Archive. The material includes audio recordings, films, and photos in addition to an array of personal and governmental documents. Records of politicians, military and civilian authorities, propaganda films, and even personal letters from the front are all part of the newly accessible treasure trove.

  2. "But woe to those outsiders who take casual liberties with the basics. Younger staff members admit to playing a drinking game based on the howlers in “The Ninth Gate,” a biblio-thriller starring Johnny Depp as a rakish rare-book scout given to carelessly cracking spines and looking up 17th-century hand-press books in Books in Print."

    Rare Book School at the University of Virginia - NYTimes.com

    Rare Book School sounds amazing: “In a Hogwarts-worthy reading room on an upper floor of the university’s Alderman Library one morning, students in Advanced Descriptive Bibliography were bent over books with tape measures and mini light sabers called Zelcos, scanning the pages for watermarks, lines and other clues that can potentially trace a given sheet back to a specific paper mold in a specific mill.”

    (via housingworksbookstore)

    (via housingworksbookstore)

  3. shadowtobabylon:




    via bookporn:

    Threats and Warnings on Bookplates
    It was traditional, particularly before the invention of the printing press when books were all hand written manuscripts, to letter a curse into the book to prevent theft. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have worked very well, as the books also had to be chained into place. Even chains had limited effect. Witness the many ancient libraries where there are still chains in place… but no books.
    Here are a few examples:
    Thys boke is one
    And God’s curse another;
    They that take the one
    God geve them the other.
    He who steals this book
    may he die the death
    may he be frizzled in a pan…
    This present book legible in scripture
    Here in this place thus tacched with a cheyn
    Purposed of entent for to endure
    And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne
    Fro eyre to eyre wherfore appone peyn
    Of cryst is curs of faders and of moderes
    Non of hem hens atempt it to dereyne
    Whille ani leef may goodeli hange with oder.
    Steal not this Book my honest Friend
    For fear the Galows should be your hend,
    And when you die the Lord will say
    And wares the Book you stole away?
    A variation on the same theme:
    Steal not this book, my worthy friend
    For fear the gallows will be your end;
    Up the ladder, and down the rope,
    There you’ll hang until you choke;
    Then I’ll come along and say -
    "Where’s that book you stole away?"
    From the Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, a blanket curse for the entire library…(I really wish this one existed, but unfortunately, it appears that it is apocryphal — there is no monastery in San Pedro. It’s so nasty though that I include it anyway.)
    For him that Stealeth a Book from this Library,
    Let it change into a Serpent in his hand & rend him.
    Let him be struck with Palsy, & all his Members blasted.
    Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy,
    Let there be no Surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution.
    Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not,
    When at last he goeth to his final Punishment,
    Let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye.”

    (source: Littera Scripta).

    Lew Jaffe, from Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, shared his collection of bookplate threats and warnings done by different artists.

    1. Lloyd Douglas. 2. Marion Nutt. 3.  Stanley Dressler Lovegrove. 4. Malcolm M. Ferguson. 5. Philip Reed. 6. Artist unknown.

    "I should warn you, however, that I have several volumes devoted to curses for people who don’t return books.” “I’d like to borrow those, too.” ― Steven Brust (Morrolan e’Drien, Vlad Taltos; Dragon)

    Mmmm hmmmm

    I used to write “This Book Stolen From Brigid Lastname” in my books before lending them to people. I got MOST of them back.

    Ah, the Malcolm Ferguson bookplate! I remember him, he was awesome.

  5. iowawomensarchives:

    Sept. 17, 1918 - Tonight the big hospital train came in and every one was on duty until late bathing and dressing the poor boys. Such horrible wounds. How can any one of us complain after seeing the brave acceptance which the boys display…

    Here’s a sneak preview from our upcoming World War I digital collection and transcription project, featuing the photo album and journal of Louise Liers, a Clayton, Iowa, native and Army nurse who spent 16 months in France treating wounded soldiers. Check back for links to the full items soon!

    Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the Louise Liers papers, 1911-1983

    View all Women’s History Wednesday posts

    (via uispeccoll)

  6. theabsolutemag:

    Rare Footage of Malcolm X Showing His Humorous Side on British TV

    From the way most of us are taught history, you’d be surprised to learn Malcolm X—El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at the time this interview was conducted in late 1964—ever smiled. The juxtaposition of his evolving black nationalism with MLK-style integration rightly depicts his politics as more antagonistic but less accurately suggests humorlessness. Fortunately, that’s where YouTube comes in. While calmly fielding questions about the threat of a massive black uprising from an interviewer, Malcolm is all smiles, accompanying his quick responses with bits of humor that almost go unnoticed. A great interview for the personality as much as the history.


  7. "

    Horn left Russia with her family when she was 8 — “maybe because I immigrated, I took very seriously what the Constitution said,” she muses — and started working at libraries in 1942. In January 1971, she was the chief reference librarian at Bucknell University in sleepy Lewisburg, Pa., when two FBI agents showed up unexpectedly at her home.

    They asked her to answer some questions and look at photos. When she refused, she was handed a grand jury subpoena.


    FBI snooping has librarians stamping mad / Local woman jailed in ’70s in informant flap,” a San Francisco Chronicle article about Zoia Horn.

    Horn, who was 96, died on Saturday. (Hat tip to AL Direct, which linked to this obituary notice from OIF. Check it out for links to more information about Zoia Horn.)

    (Source: womenoflibraryhistory, via thelifeguardlibrarian)


  8. The Guggenheim wins at social media.


    If you’re like me and follow a bunch of museums on places like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc, you might have noticed more than a few posting about Marc Chagall’s birthday, where the museum/institution in question highlighted one of his works in their collection and wished him a happy birthday. I first started seeing these posts on Sunday, and, puzzlingly, they continued into today. When I googled his birthday, Wikipedia told me it was July 6 (Sunday). Why then, I wondered on twitter, were museums posting about it a day late?


    As someone who is in charge of social media for a museum, I know how hard it is to monitor your different channels and respond right away. Plus, huge institutions like the Guggenheim, the Met, and the National Gallery must get tons of mentions every hour. I didn’t really expect a reply.

    But then!


    Which set off this chain:


    Not only did the Guggenheim respond with a link to their website with his date of birth from their records, but they also promised to look into why the date was different on various websites - way above and beyond the scope of just their social media person.

    A few hours later, I got this notification:


    I had an answer! From a reputable source, which I could then pass onto all of you:


    This is how you do social media well. I’m insanely impressed and was reminded today why I love the internet.

  9. digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

    We’re celebrating insects all this week here at DPLA, and these lovelies are hard to ignore. Really, if all insects were as beautiful as these tiger beetles, more people might appreciate them!

    From Color and color-pattern mechanism of tiger beetles, with twenty-nine black and three colored plates, by Victor E. Shelford. Published in Urbana, Ill., University of Illinois, 1917. From the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign via the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

    Like bugs? Check out some more over at DPLA.


  10. 15 New Libraries in the DMMapp


    15 New Libraries in the DMMapp!

    New libraries in the DMMapp

    June has been a productive month for the DMMmaps project: we were at the DH Benelux Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, presenting this project, but we have also received many new links to that were added to the database. So, without further ado, let’s present the additions:

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