1. July 12, 2014 marked the passing of an extraordinary librarian, Zoia Horn. Ms. Horn was best known in library circles for spending three weeks in jail in 1972 for having refused to testify before a grand jury regarding information relating to Phillip Berrigan’s library use.

  2. classicladiesofcolor:

    Anna May Wong's Certificate of Identity, August 18, 1924, National Archives at San Francisco.

    She was born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905 in Los Angeles to a Cantonese-American family that had lived in America since at least 1855. However, being an American didn’t matter in a time when people of Chinese descent were being heavily legislated against. Beginning in 1909, any people of Chinese descent entering or residing in the US, regardless of the country of their birth, had to carry a Certificate of Identity with them at all times. Even at the peak of her fame, Wong still had to carry papers like the one above to prove she was allowed to be here. Read the rest of the article.

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  3. hollybailey:

    NYC Subway, 1946 by Louis Stettner

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  4. boonelibrary:


    Have you ever seen over 2,000 library cards at once? It’s a pretty impressive sight.

    And here I was, happy with my 10+ cards. Gotta up my game.

  5. hungryghoast:

    Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive.

    cool idea. And i saw Sifu Lee Kong of Wing Tsun White Crane in there, awesome!

  6. ransomcenter:

    Scholar explores director Brian de Palma’s connections in archives of Robert De Niro, David Mamet, and Paul Schrader. 

  7. smithsonianlibraries:

    File under: library patrons, unusual.
    Our Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute library in Panama had an unexpected visitor doing some late night research in the head librarian’s office - a zariguella (aka opposum or Dedelphis marsupialis.) She was safely captured and released into the STRI arboretum but not before pawing through the collections a bit and generally making a mess of things. 

    Top illustration from Biologia Centrali Americana : Mammalia

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  8. It all started a few months back when I received a note from Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte. James pinged me to share something discovered by FireEye researcher Michael Shoukry and another researcher who wished to be identified only as “Kraeh3n.” They noticed a bizarre pattern in Google Translate: When one typed “lorem ipsum” into Google Translate, the default results (with the system auto-detecting Latin as the language) returned a single word: “China.”  

    Capitalizing the first letter of each word changed the output to “NATO” — the acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Reversing the words in both lower- and uppercase produced “The Internet” and “The Company” (the “Company” with a capital “C” has long been a code word for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency). Repeating and rearranging the word pair with a mix of capitalization generated even stranger results. For example, “lorem ipsum ipsum ipsum Lorem” generated the phrase “China is very very sexy.”

    Google has started the process of scrubbing these results from its translate service, but check out the article and see if you can’t get similar results.

  9. infopls:

    "The subject scope is intentionally broad, punk and related local music 1976-present, in order to capture a larger context and include well-know and lesser-known stories. In addition to bringing in donated archival collections, we are building a library of recorded music, at present focused on punk and related local music but to eventually expand to include other genres and time periods."

    Yes, the D.C. Punk Archive is a thing!

  10. ohsresearchlibrary:

    Elizabeth  Penney Wilson, photo by Wesley Andrews, Pocatello, ID, date unknown
    Photo file #561, Neg. # 10077