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Diverse Collections

Private Passions, Public Legacy is the first full-scale display of a collection of 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon.


The Tiny Rosenbach Museum at 2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia, that sounds like a neat place. They\'ve staging exhibitions of some relevance to its collections


Studying Malcolm X A Columbia Universtiy project delves into black leader\'s life and papers.

\'\'Very few historical figures are more powerful in death than in life, but Malcolm is one of them,\'\' Marable said, sitting in his book-lined office. \'\'How do you explain it? How does a man go from Public Enemy No. 1 to white America - to having his image engraved on a US postage stamp?\'\'

Priceless historical documents being left to rot

Charles Davis writes \"Tens of thousands of priceless historical documents are being left to rot,
fade and disintegrate in the attics of the French National Archives, according
to furious scholars who have described one of France\'s most famous
institutions as being in \"an appalling mess\".
Full Story at
The Telegraph \"

Library urged to save \'raw history\' of world

Ever-helpfull Charles Davis sent in this one From UK Daily Telegraph on a growing campaign to stop the British Library from throwing out thousands of historic
overseas newspapers was launched yesterday.
There is a legal obligation to keep a
copy of every British newspaper and the library is committed to keeping
Commonwealth papers, not so for foreign papers though.
I can\'t seem to find a link for this movement, anyone else know anything?

\"Michael Crump, director of reader services at the library, said such appeals
were \"sentimental\". \"The reality is that we have limited resources and limited
space. There are 32km [20 miles] of newspapers in the library and this is
growing by a third of a kilometre [364 yards] a year.\"

First airing since 17th century for music discovery

Charles Davis writes \"From
Ananova.com
a Story on a rare piece of music that popped up in The Bodleian Library. It\'ll now be performed for the first time since 1637!How\'s that for an encore?\"

A Day on the Job: Archivist

Someone writes \"Here\'s an interesting little story from CNN on an archivist in Alaska.\"

It\'s good to see some of the over looked parts of the LIS world get some attention. The story is on Kathleen Hertel, processing archivist in the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

Literary gems languish in library

Bob Cox sent along This Story on the Wilmington Institute Free Library\'s basement.
They have issues of Time dating from 1924 and Scientific American from 1846 and a full 20-volume original set of The North American Indian. They just don\'t have the money to properly maintain the archives.

\"Attics and basements are the worst places to keep your materials,\" Dimunation said. \"When you have extended spikes in either temperature or humidity, it subjects the paper and bindings to expansion and contraction. Those are the extremes we try to avoid when we store books in a rare book vault.\"

A Visit to the Ol Library

Bob Cox sent in This Nice Story from the NY Times on one woman\'s visit to her old college library (James Gamble Rogers\'s Butler Library at Columbia).

\"Gone are the long library tables that were underused because students prefer to space themselves out for privacy. In their place are individual carrels and square desks that seat four to six. But the old, sturdy Windsor armchairs are still the seats of choice, with easy chairs in small corner rooms that have been opened up for study.\"

Archivists make technology work for them

CS Monitor.com has a Story on how archivists are using technology to over come all the problems other technologies cause.

\"You\'re going to have to have a technology room off of all these repositories so you can have MS-DOS, Java, HTML,\" Mr. Neff says. \"We don\'t know which [program] is going to go the way of the 8-track.\"

Maine special collections in the news

Deb Rollins writes \"

\"Digging Through Maine\'s Closet\", starting with Edna St. Vincent Millay\'s nightgown! Focuses on some special collections in southern Maine, from the Maine Times weekly newspaper... \"


They cover Collections of historic records and other materials all over the great state of Maine.

LC expropriates CPUSA Docs

The Library of Congress has recovered a large number of documents of the Communist Party of the United States which were taken to the Soviet Union for safe-keeping during the Cold War. The problem is, they didn\'t consult the still-existing Communist Party about the colletion of documents. The CP, naturally, is interested in gaining access to its own documents and would like to keep them in its own archive. They weren\'t even consulted about the creation of the access tool for the documents. Mark Rosenzweig, who is the librarian at the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, has written an open letter to the LC about the issue. It can be found in the latest issue of Library Juice, along with some discussion and LC\'s original press release.

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