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A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings History Back to Life

23 Jun

Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There

23 Jun

The researcher responsible for digging a report of Lincoln out of an archive responds to a recent Atlantic essay about her find.

Source: Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There – The Atlantic

Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives

23 Jun

It’s not enough to have an archive full of great stuff—“Library 2.0” as I’ve come to understand it, means making your material accessible and compelling to all kinds of different people. How do you convince the average person on the street that the past matters? Not in some golly-gee whiz isn’t this neat kind of way, but in clear and simple language.

At the Junto, Katy Lasdow interviews Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. (I just finished reading Bendroth’s The Last Puritans. It is well worth your time to read.)

Source: Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives « The Junto

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

21 Jun

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas. Read about this ion Eliza McGraw’s post at the Smithsonian: Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles | History | Smithsonian

Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries

13 Jun

When bookmobiles brought literature to your doorstep: Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries – Atlas Obscura

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

25 May

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900.  The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s.  By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online | Library of Congress

How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall

10 May

What does one do when the scanner is too small? Read about what the British Library did: How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall – Atlas Obscura

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