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4th Week of November 2022

November 27th, 2022

Tuning in for World Television Day

For World Television Day, the Smithsonian highlights the 100 top television-related items from its collections, including a pair of sneakers that Fred Rogers slipped into on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

A pair of blue sneakers


Cunard’s “Around the World Cruise” Centenary

Delve into the University of Liverpool’s Cunard archives on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first passenger cruise liner to circumnavigate the globe.

Souvenir bookplet for a 1924 cruise around the world


Renewed Meaning: Exploring Madison’s Constitution Debate Notes

Library of Congress staff are using multispectral imaging to delve beneath the strikethroughs in James Madison’s notes from the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

A researcher views a screen showing a handwritten text under various imaging conditions


3rd Week of November 2022

November 20th, 2022

NMAAHC Debuts Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal

Access to the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, created by Congress during Reconstruction to support newly emancipated African Americans, providing a vital source of Black history and genealogy in the 19th century.

Screenshot of the search portal page


Student Book Collecting Prizes: Dates and details

Links to a number of book collecting competitions for students, including Harvard’s own Hofer Prize.

Stack of old books


Floating Phantoms: A. G. Mayer’s Medusae of the World (1910)

Public Domain Review highlights a beautifully illustrated work on jellyfish, available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Illustration of an orange and yellow jellyfish


Of No Small Account: A Lilliputian-sized Diary from World War I

As a young printer drafted into World War I in 1917, Irving Greenwald knew something about making the most of a page. He did just that to an astonishing degree in this 5 inch-high pocket diary.

Diary with extremely small handwriting, held open with a white string weight


New initiative will make Cather’s manuscripts available online

An NEH grant will enable the Willa Cather Archive to digitize 4,000 pages of manuscripts from it’s holdings and those of 19 other repositories.

Several pages of typescript with manuscript corrections


2nd Week of November 2022

November 12th, 2022

Inside My Favorite Manuscript
Launching November 15th, a new podcast from Dot Porter of the Schoenberg Institute at Penn. The first episode features guest Allie Alvis of Type Punch Matrix Books. I can’t wait to hear it!

Logo for Inside My Favorite Manuscript


The expenses of Queen Eleanor of Castile
As part of its ongoing Medieval and Renaissance Women digitization project, the British Library has digitized a manuscript documenting the expenses of Queen Eleanor of Castile from September 1289 to December 1290.

The first page of Eleanor’s wardrobe account: Add MS 35294, f. 3r


Fancy things: Cataloguing the Tercentennial Collection
The Bodleian reopens some of the presents it got for its 300th birthday in 1902 from libraries around Europe.

Scrolls making up the Tercentenary Rolls collection


1880s Chemistry Set of Harmon Cozzens
Columbia RBML acquires a chemistry set used by one of the students in its School of Mines in the late 19th century. This is one item you’ll be handling with gloves in the reading room, as it contains a number of substances you don’t want to get on your hands.

Harmon Cozzens’ Chemistry set


Code Cracking in the Tinder Postcard Collection
Knowledge of the “Pigpen Cipher” makes it possible to decode a 1911 romantic message from Myrtle to Leon.