1. Log In - The New York Times →

    It is fitting that the quietest place at Wimbledon is the library.

    “It’s an oasis,” said Audrey Snell, who has worked there for 15 years.

    About 40,000 fans crowd onto the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club each day during the tournament, filling Centre Court, smothering Henman Hill and shuffling among matches, sipping Pimm’s and nibbling strawberries.

    Only a few each day find their way to the library, with the sport’s greatest collection of books and magazines.

    This special library does it the old-fashioned way: offline.

  2. uispeccoll:

University of Iowa Special Collections librarians and graduate assistants are attending the Rare Books and Manuscripts preconference of the American Library Association this week. We have been learning new research on how to use our space, new research on optimal temperature and humidity for rare materials, how to better teach with the primary sources, how to better assess what we are doing day to day, and much more!
Heartfelt congratulations to graduate assistants Laura Hampton (who does most Miniature Mondays) and Jillian Phillips (Thursday posts) for being awarded competitive scholarships to attend!
Librarians spend a lot of time making sure words in the catalog are the same so that they will come up correctly in searches so it was pretty funny (to us…) that every single one of us identified our home institution by a slightly different name: U. Iowa, University of Iowa Libraries, University of Iowa, U. Iowa Special Collections, etc. etc.

    uispeccoll:

    University of Iowa Special Collections librarians and graduate assistants are attending the Rare Books and Manuscripts preconference of the American Library Association this week. We have been learning new research on how to use our space, new research on optimal temperature and humidity for rare materials, how to better teach with the primary sources, how to better assess what we are doing day to day, and much more!

    Heartfelt congratulations to graduate assistants Laura Hampton (who does most Miniature Mondays) and Jillian Phillips (Thursday posts) for being awarded competitive scholarships to attend!

    Librarians spend a lot of time making sure words in the catalog are the same so that they will come up correctly in searches so it was pretty funny (to us…) that every single one of us identified our home institution by a slightly different name: U. Iowa, University of Iowa Libraries, University of Iowa, U. Iowa Special Collections, etc. etc.

  3. thegetty:

    The "artist files" in visionary curator Harald Szeemann’s archive at the Getty Research Institute are now processed and available to researchers!

    Housed in some 850 boxes, these files contain records on over 20,000 20th-century artists, from A to Z.

    Pictured above: the files of John Baldessari, John Lennon, and Keith Haring

  4. amnhnyc:

    Happy birthday to Alfred Kinsey, who was born on this day in 1894. Long before Kinsey studied human sexuality, he studied gall wasps. Check out his collection, featured in the above video. 

    Kinsey received his first entomological instruction at the American Museum of Natural History. During his years of entomological study, 1917 to approximately 1940, Kinsey amassed a significant collection of gall wasp specimens that eventually became part of the Museum collections after his death in 1956.

    Learn more about this collection.

  5. librarian-wanderer:

prairielights:

balletbookworm:

What a cake pan library collection looks like.

More cake.

Do they have donut pans?

Of course with those cake pans, you gotta have an oven. Check out these library kitchens: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/06/buildings/lbd/and-the-kitchen-sink-library-by-design/

    librarian-wanderer:

    prairielights:

    balletbookworm:

    What a cake pan library collection looks like.

    More cake.

    Do they have donut pans?

    Of course with those cake pans, you gotta have an oven. Check out these library kitchens: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/06/buildings/lbd/and-the-kitchen-sink-library-by-design/

  6. smithsonianlibraries:

    Says I to myself, says I … Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Here’s a little something from our sheet music collection, should a sing-along spontaneously occur later today (after a pint or two perhaps) we’ve got you covered.

  7. uispeccoll:

    When we order a new item for the collections it can sometimes feel just like receiving a present when it comes in the mail!  I filmed a quick video as we opened our newest acquisition - a puzzling map from the Milton Bradley Company from the 1880s.  Enjoy!

    Note - if you are scared of editing video, I filmed clips on my iPad, uploaded directly to YouTube, and used their built in tools. I combined the clips, uploaded the final still image and the logo image at the end, and set it all to public domain music, available through YouTube. It was intuitive and you can learn too.

    Looks like there’s a state missing!

  8. ucsdspecialcollections:

Image TM & ©  Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., All rights reserved.
Every year the University of California, San Diego Library, the world’s repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss, holds a campus birthday party to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss. The party will be held at noon on Monday, March 3, but it’s the UC San Diego Library that is getting the gift—a gift of more than 1500 additional items donated by Audrey Geisel from the personal archive of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the reading public as Dr. Seuss.
The recently donated materials, which are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, include hundreds of rough sketches and drawings for a variety of unpublished projects such as “Cat Ballooning,” “The Pet Shop,” “Bee Watches,” “How Welk Can You Spelk,” “The Clock Book,” and “Arabian Adventures.” Geisel’s ink drawings for a version of “Daisy Head Mayzie” are among the materials donated, as is “Tex McTarbox and the Fountain of Youth,” the latter, in Geisel’s words “the treatment for half of a screen play which I thought had great possibilities for mirth.”
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration, a selection of the new materials are now on display at Geisel Library and will continue to be exhibited until the end of March.
The annual birthday party will be held on Monday, March 3 at 12 noon, in front of Geisel Library, which was named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995, in recognition of their generous support to the University and the Library.
The party, which marks Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday anniversary, will feature a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as some 2,000 cupcakes that will be served to mark the occasion. Chancellor Khosla and Brian E.C. Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out the cupcakes and greet attendees.
Mandeville Special Collections houses more than 10,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, which includes original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

    ucsdspecialcollections:

    Image TM & ©  Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., All rights reserved.

    Every year the University of California, San Diego Library, the world’s repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss, holds a campus birthday party to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss. The party will be held at noon on Monday, March 3, but it’s the UC San Diego Library that is getting the gift—a gift of more than 1500 additional items donated by Audrey Geisel from the personal archive of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the reading public as Dr. Seuss.

    The recently donated materials, which are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, include hundreds of rough sketches and drawings for a variety of unpublished projects such as “Cat Ballooning,” “The Pet Shop,” “Bee Watches,” “How Welk Can You Spelk,” “The Clock Book,” and “Arabian Adventures.” Geisel’s ink drawings for a version of “Daisy Head Mayzie” are among the materials donated, as is “Tex McTarbox and the Fountain of Youth,” the latter, in Geisel’s words “the treatment for half of a screen play which I thought had great possibilities for mirth.”

    In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration, a selection of the new materials are now on display at Geisel Library and will continue to be exhibited until the end of March.

    The annual birthday party will be held on Monday, March 3 at 12 noon, in front of Geisel Library, which was named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995, in recognition of their generous support to the University and the Library.

    The party, which marks Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday anniversary, will feature a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as some 2,000 cupcakes that will be served to mark the occasion. Chancellor Khosla and Brian E.C. Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out the cupcakes and greet attendees.

    Mandeville Special Collections houses more than 10,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, which includes original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

  9. Follow all of The University of Iowa Tumblr pages!

    uispeccoll:

    iowaarchaeology:

    uispeccoll:

    The Hevelin Science Fiction collection : hevelincollection.tumblr.com

    The Iowa Women’s Archives: iowawomensarchives.tumblr.com

    Map Collection: uimapcoll.tumblr.com

    And the list grows!

    UI Office of the State Archaeologist: iowaarchaeology.tumblr.com

    UI Museum of Natural History: iowanaturalhistory.tumblr.com

    You’re right, I didn’t say just libraries! Follow ALL THE PAGES!

  10. Follow Special Collections Libraries on Tumblr

    uispeccoll:

    Like our site?  You’ll probably like some other Special Collections’ sites too!  Here is a reminder that there is a list of Special Collections that are on Tumblr.  Check out Special Collections content all over Tumblr.  And if you are a Special Collections and you aren’t on the list, let me know and I will update it.

    See the list.

  11. awesomearchives:


The Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature comprises nearly 1500 volumes written by American Indian writers, from the 1700s to the 21st century — including myths and legends, tribal histories, religious tracts, biographies and memoirs, fiction, poetry, drama and historical and political writings. It includes nearly 600 volumes of nonfiction and almost 900 volumes of literary work.

The collection was acquired in August, by Amherst College, and the catalog for the collection can be found here.

“This collection is significant because it is a collection of works written by Native Americans,” said College Librarian Bryn Geffert. “It presents a unique opportunity for Native American Studies scholars here at Amherst and elsewhere to mine the most complete collection ever compiled by a single collector.”

Sources here and here.

    awesomearchives:

    The Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature comprises nearly 1500 volumes written by American Indian writers, from the 1700s to the 21st century — including myths and legends, tribal histories, religious tracts, biographies and memoirs, fiction, poetry, drama and historical and political writings. It includes nearly 600 volumes of nonfiction and almost 900 volumes of literary work.

    The collection was acquired in August, by Amherst College, and the catalog for the collection can be found here.

    “This collection is significant because it is a collection of works written by Native Americans,” said College Librarian Bryn Geffert. “It presents a unique opportunity for Native American Studies scholars here at Amherst and elsewhere to mine the most complete collection ever compiled by a single collector.”

    Sources here and here.

  12. libralthinking:

    uispeccoll:

    Did you know we have massive fandom related collections in UISpecColl?  50th anniversary of Doctor Who!  I had to go exploring.

    Monday I pulled out all the Doctor Who fanzines in the collection and we spontaneously filmed a video looking at them!  

    With: 

    Colleen Theisen, Outreach & Instruction Librarian for UISpecColl

    Peter Balestrieri, Processing Librarian for UISpecColl

    Patrick Olson, Special Collections Librarian for UISpecColl

    Lisa Martincik, Electronic Resources Librarian for UI Libraries

    Most importantly: Film & Editing by Matthew Butler, Multimedia Consultant, who always takes our crazy banter and somehow puts it together in a way that makes sense.

    SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE!

    Guide to Doctor Who fanzines in the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives:

    Brian Knapp Fanzine Collection, MsC 294

    Collection of fanzines and science fiction convention materials from Connecticut-based fan Knapp, mostly dealing with Star Trek but including other media properties as well.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0294

    Celeste Hotaling-Lyons Fanzine Collection, MsC 400

    Fan writer and editor. A collection of science fiction fanzines, primarily consisting of pieces of fan fiction, and a few related items, including some science fiction convention materials.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0400

    M. Horvat Genre Apazines Collection, MsC 825

    A collection of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and other genre apazines (publications similar to newsletters or fanzines, and published by fan groups called Amateur Press Associations, or apas).  Horvat founded the American Private Press Association and for a time in the 1980s edited “South of the Moon”, a catalog of publications of amateur press associations.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0825

    Mariellen (Ming) Wathne Fanzine Archives Collection, MsC 313

    The Fanzine Archives was designed to preserve and circulate fanzines and other fannish material through the maintenance of an extensive permanent archive, and came to the University of Iowa in 2008.  Large assemblage of fanzines and works of fan fiction relating to multiple media fandoms, including Star Trek, Star Wars, and other movies and television shows.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0313

    Deidre Johnson Media Fandom Materials Collection, MsC 960

    Collection focused on the television series Battlestar Galactica.  Material formats include books, magazines, fanzines, comic books, catalogs, clippings, scripts, and merchandise.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0960

    Morgan Dawn Fanzines and Fanvids Collection, MsC 403

    Collection of fanzines and fanvids (fan-created montages of video clips from assorted media fandoms set to music) relating to numerous media fandoms, assembled by long-time fan writer and vidder Dawn.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0403

    Susan Hill Fanzine Collection , MsC 401

    Science fiction fan and fanzine collector. Collection of fanzines - mostly works of fan fiction, with particular emphasis on multimedia anthologies and on the British science fiction TV show Blake’s 7.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0401

    Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction Collection, MsC 320

    Collection of science fiction and other genre fanzines, pieces of fan fiction, and related fannish artifacts donated by various fans through the cooperation of the Organization for Transformative Works, established to preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture.

    http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0320

    I love my job.

    O mein Gott! I’m hyperventilating! All those acid-free boxes! I’m flashing back to my archives class in library school.

  13. uispeccoll:

Today is the day!  Catch me in the Learning Commons at 12:30pm if you’re local. 

Wish I could be there in person, but I will be following the Twitter livestream at #StudioTalk.

    uispeccoll:

    Today is the day!  Catch me in the Learning Commons at 12:30pm if you’re local. 

    Wish I could be there in person, but I will be following the Twitter livestream at #StudioTalk.

  14. continuants:

    vandtree:

    Sweden 2013 - Starting work at Märta Måås-Fjetterström (prt2)

    The next day after breakfast, I had gone down to the wool archives in MMF, a library of hand dyed wool done in house, in the basement. I thought this would be a pretty straight forward process, 5 different colours of wool for each colour, which would then be hand made into yarn balls. I took my time picking what I thought was the right colours then got straight too it eagerly. This is the exhibition room where I worked during my stay, Bettan had already prepared a loom for me to use and began to teach me how to set up the process. 

    Wool.
    Library.
    Ahhhhhhhhhh.

    For all you knitting tumblarians!

  15. uispeccoll:

Fine Books Magazine profiled our own Patrick Olson as a “Bright Young Librarian.”  Read all about it!
Thoughts on the future of special collections librarianship?

I think the future is looking good. Use statistics are generally up and the demand for rare materials sure isn’t letting up. Our instructors at Iowa are increasingly interested in bringing their students to special collections, and our administrators really seem to understand the unique value these collections add to the institution. Methods for delivering content are fast evolving, and probably always will, but people are constantly finding new and important ways to study and appreciate the originals.

    uispeccoll:

    Fine Books Magazine profiled our own Patrick Olson as a “Bright Young Librarian.”  Read all about it!

    Thoughts on the future of special collections librarianship?
    I think the future is looking good. Use statistics are generally up and the demand for rare materials sure isn’t letting up. Our instructors at Iowa are increasingly interested in bringing their students to special collections, and our administrators really seem to understand the unique value these collections add to the institution. Methods for delivering content are fast evolving, and probably always will, but people are constantly finding new and important ways to study and appreciate the originals.