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When Theisen put up a post on the library’s special collections’ Tumblr and Facebook, the library’s conservator, Giselle Simón, took note of the mystery and prompted Theisen to go at it with the library’s brand new microscope. As soon as Theisen carefully peeled apart the miniscule pages, she got what she’d been looking for—the book’s publisher, Toppan Printing Co., LTD. And she was able to see this info despite the fact that the page had under gone a wee bit of damage form prior perusing attempts.


How a Librarian Figured Out What Was Written in This Microscopic Book | Gizmodo

    When Theisen put up a post on the library’s special collections’ Tumblr and Facebook, the library’s conservator, Giselle Simón, took note of the mystery and prompted Theisen to go at it with the library’s brand new microscope. As soon as Theisen carefully peeled apart the miniscule pages, she got what she’d been looking for—the book’s publisher, Toppan Printing Co., LTD. And she was able to see this info despite the fact that the page had under gone a wee bit of damage form prior perusing attempts.

    How a Librarian Figured Out What Was Written in This Microscopic Book | Gizmodo

  2. thepinakes:

    uispeccoll:

    No gifs today since I was busy being ON THE NEWS!?  What?

    Kathrine Moermond, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Old Capital Museum and I, made a 19th century recipe for Marlborough Pie from a handwritten cookbook in the Szathmary Culinary Collection, transcribed through DIY History.  It just so happens the handwritten cookbook was from Alice Eleckta Pickard who was the daughter of the third president of the University of Iowa, Josiah LIttle Pickard. 

    You can make this recipe for our historic cooking contest at the Iowa State Fair! (see pg. 53 of the pdf in the link).

    Best library outreach ever?

    Seconded.

  3. uispeccoll:

    19th century printing?  Just a day in the life of a class in Special Collections. 

    (Thanks to Sara Sauers from The Center for the Book for the printing demo.)

  4. uispeccoll:

enigmaticrose:

I absolutely adore the U Iowa Special Collections blog and department in general. We’re blessed at Iowa with such an amazing collection and I think it’s fantastic that they’re on tumblr. Libralthinking is one of the special collections librarians (she does post some fandom related things here and there) and you should definitely be following her on here as well, they’re two of my all time favorite blogs. If you love anything academic, witty, old, or literature related, seriously consider following both of them.

In which we receive ALL THE LOVE.

The University of Iowa Special Collection tumblr knows what’s up.

    uispeccoll:

    enigmaticrose:

    I absolutely adore the U Iowa Special Collections blog and department in general. We’re blessed at Iowa with such an amazing collection and I think it’s fantastic that they’re on tumblr. Libralthinking is one of the special collections librarians (she does post some fandom related things here and there) and you should definitely be following her on here as well, they’re two of my all time favorite blogs. If you love anything academic, witty, old, or literature related, seriously consider following both of them.

    In which we receive ALL THE LOVE.

    The University of Iowa Special Collection tumblr knows what’s up.