1. thisisaadl:

    You can find more about Steichen here at the library

    hyperallergic:

    (via Edward Steichen’s War Years)

    Edward Steichen was the first modern fashion photographer, best known for shadowy portraits of silver-screen stars like Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, and Louise Brooks. That the dark room master spent two years during World War I developing photographic surveillance techniques is less common knowledge.

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  2. blimeyhermione:

    blessedwithgloriousbutt:

    maycontainfeminists:

    One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.

    wow. 

    No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.

    This is how I’d teach books like Huck Finn as a teacher

    (Source: best-of-imgur, via buckeyeballerina)

     
  3. todaysdocument:

    Learn about the Conservation and Re-encasement of the Declaration of Independence (and solve an Independence Day Mystery!)

    via preservearchives

    Kitty Nicholson, retired Supervisory Conservator at the National Archives, details the conservation of the Declaration of Independence and shares a small mystery in an exclusive video on the National Archives YouTube Channel

    Watch the following video and see if you can help solve the mystery!

    Happy Independence Day!

     
     
  4. bwansen:

    Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist

    His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly impossible inventions before his time. Unseen for decades and salvaged by a junk dealer in the 1960s from a trash heap outside a house in Texas, his entire body of work would later go on to marvel the intellectual world. But during his lifetime, Charles Dellschau had only been known as the grouchy local butcher.

    […]

    In 2009, Pete Navarro finally published his co-written The Secrets of Dellschau, revealing a lot of the script he had decoded from the books. Four books still remain in the Menil Collection, locked in a humidity-controlled room. Researchers continue to unearth new pieces of information through  surviving relatives.

    […]

    (via Messy Nessy Chic)

    (via cipherface)

     

  5. beckerrarebooks:

    The Becker Medical Library has a rather spectacular collection focusing on the works of Paracelsus and his followers that contains several alchemical tracts, including three copies of the Aurem Vellus, oder Guldin Schatz und Kunst-kammer (Golden Fleece, or Golden…

     
  6. bookpatrol:

    The Libraries of Chinguetti 

    It was once known as seventh holy city of Islam. It was also called the “City of Libraries” and home to the cultural elite of West Africa. Now Chinguetti is in the process of being swallowed up in its entirety by the desert and will disappear in a few generations.

    Less than ten libraries and thousands of rare books remain including important Islamic manuscripts on religion, science and literature.

    I hope an army of conservators and preservationists are on their way.

    More at Messy Nessy Chic: The Lost Desert Libraries of Chinguetti 

    (via erikkwakkel)

     

  7. awesomearchives:

    Hey guys, I floated over the idea of starting a tumblr to show off all the neat stuff I get to photograph on my job, and my boss agreed to it! So I’ll be putting up a few items a week of all the coolest stuff we get in at the shop here. 

    If you like rare books, please follow!

    Reblogging for the evening set.

     
  8. digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

    Putting It on the Line: Citizen Participation in the Democratic Process, Georgia State University’s Digital Collections

    Most special collections started as the “Treasure Room” of a large library, a room or a caged-in area where valuable or fragile materials were stored. Georgia State University’s Special Collections and Archives department, on the other hand, started life as the Southern Labor Archives, a large collection of labor union and arbitration manuscript collections.

    Read Stephen Zeitz’s full blog post about GSU’s work documenting the phenomenon of social activism in post-World War II America, with particular emphasis on the South. New acquisitions embrace women’s and gender issues, social change, and social activism, as well as popular culture as a barometer of social change.

    Image above: Clipping from the Southern Voice about the 1993-murder of Raven Wolfdancer, a murder case never solved. Clipping loaned to GSU for digitization. GSU is a contributing institution to DPLA through the Digital Library of Georgia.

     

  9. Hey guys, I floated over the idea of starting a tumblr to show off all the neat stuff I get to photograph on my job, and my boss agreed to it! So I’ll be putting up a few items a week of all the coolest stuff we get in at the shop here. 

    If you like rare books, please follow!

     
  10. nyupreservation:

    Today in the lab!

    A pair of 17th-century parchment documents from the University Archives take their turns drying on the suction table after being lightly humidified in a Goretex stack. They are now resting comfortably under thick felts.

    Robert B. McKay Papers, 1919-1990 MC208