1. Special Collections Librarian Job at The University of Iowa →

    uispeccoll:

    WE ARE HIRING!

    A special job for a special librarian!

  2. digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

    We had so much fun uncovering gilded and fanciful book cover after gilded and fanciful book cover for our recent Summer of Archives feature that we thought we’d share a few more just for the heck of it. These five covers were designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962) and Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), our two most favorite designers of the bunch.

    A bit about Armstrong:

    "Margaret Armstrong was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner’s, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books." [source]

    And Bradley:

    At the peak of Will H. Bradley’s career in the late 19th and early 20th century he was acknowledged as one of the premier American graphic artists of his time and had made a marked impact on fine and commercial graphic arts. He contributed to the growth of various artistic movements within the United States and influenced developments in illustration and layout practices in the book and periodical arts. He did not restrict himself to a narrow range of styles, and his body of work, including his publishers’ bindings, shows him to be one of the more diverse artists of his generation. [source]

    Love vintage book covers? DPLA’s got you covered.

    Image credits

    1. Binding for “Like a Gallant Lady" (1897 edition) by Kate M. Cleary. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
    2. Binding for “The Quest of the Golden Girl" (1896 edition) by Richard Le Galliene. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
    3. Binding for “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" (1911 edition) by Henry David Thoreau. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available
    4. Binding for “Astoria, or, Anecdotes of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains" (1897 edition) by Washington Irving. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
    5. Binding for “The Bird’s Calendar" (1894 edition) by H.E. Parkhurst. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.

  3. mhc-asc:

    ::Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections::circa 1916

    Need inspirations for decorating your dorm room this year? Look no further than the dorm decors of Louise Dunbar, a member of Mount Holyoke’s class of 1916. An antique tea kettle like hers is exactly what you need to complete your packing list this year! 

  4. thebrooklyncollection:

    Who knew there were so many songs about Coney Island in our sheet music collection? And with such bright beautiful covers, to boot. Although “Coney Island Washboard”, with its cover image of an oboe, has me puzzled…

  5. othmeralia:

    Looks like the Doctor couldn’t resist another visit to our library….

    What’s the other book this Time Lord found? Die Schule des Elektrotechnikers : Lehrgang für die angewandte Elektricitätslehre (c.1900) - an electrical engineering book discussing the various parts of a dynamo

    Another clever way to promote your collection!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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/

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.