If only I could think and write as well as Jill Lepore … sigh. Read this fascinating interview with Lepore at the Harvard Gazette: The writing life of Harvard historian Jill Lepore | Harvard Gazette
The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them: In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money : NPR
The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday.
People will still have to visit the library in London or the US Holocaust Museum to read the actual files.The move is expected to increase interest in the archives of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, including the names of some 37,000 people identified as war criminals and security suspects. The commission operated in 1943-1949, but access to its records was restricted for political reasons in the early days of the Cold War.
Read the rest of Danica Kirka’s story on this at the Christian Science Monitor: London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder – CSMonitor.com
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.” Read James Somers’ fascinating–and sobering–account of the Google library of scanned out-of-print books, posted at The Atlantic: Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria – The Atlantic
Happy 217th birthday, Library of Congress!: Today in History – April 24 | Library of Congress
My old alma mater’s library–and the rethinking of libraries in the 21st century: Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space – LA Times
Beautiful reflections by Calvin College literature professor Jane Zwart on William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying and Easter: As I Lay Dying: He is Risen Indeed – THE TWELVE