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4th Week of January 2023

January 29th, 2023

An Exhibit with Legs

Restoring an 1883 lifesize papier mache model of a giant octopus at Harvard’s Museums of Science and Culture.

Restorer Terry Chase and the model


Video: Hesburgh Libraries Analog Preservation and Conservation

A short video about preservation work at Notre Dame Libaries (featuring an appearance by my former Houghton colleague Luke Kelly!)

Still from the video: three librarians examine a book


Posters Power!

An introduction to the poster collections at the Library of Congress.

Palais de glace--Champs Elysées / Chéret.


Three Alexander the Great manuscripts newly digitised

More items from the British Library’s current exhibition Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth.



3rd Week of January 2023

January 22nd, 2023

UAlbany Professor Finds New Poem by Famed Early American Poet Phillis Wheatley

The poem “On the Death of Love Rotch” dated 1767, was found in a Quaker commonplace book at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania attributed to “A Negro Girl about 15 years of age.”

UAlbany Professor Wendy Roberts


The Anne of Green Gables Manuscript

An extensive new site makes the fully digitized manuscript available along with explanatory notes and other supporting material.

Stack of manuscript leaves


Now open: Pattern and Flow

A new Grolier Club exhibition available in person or online on the golden age of American decorated paper.

Marbled paper by Iris Nevins


Brrr–Frost Fairs on the Thames

The Thames River completely froze over during several winters between 1608 and 1814, providing London denizens with a sudden new space to utilize for work and play.

Map of the Frost Fair of 1683-4


2nd Week of January 2023

January 15th, 2023

Early Astronomy in the University of Michigan Collections

A new online exhibit featuring a selection of manuscripts, early printed books, and artifacts illustrating Mesopotamian, Greek, Islamic, and Western European astronomies.

Sharḥ al-Jighmīnī. Mūsá ibn Muḥammad Qāḍīʼzādah al-Rūmī (d.1436?) ca. 1473


Jane Segar, an artist at the Elizabethan court

A newly digitized manuscript made as a New Year’s gift for Queen Elizabeth and inscribed “the handyworke of a maiden your majesty’s most faithful servant … graced with my pen and pencell.”

The upper cover of Jane Segar’s ‘Divine Prophecies of the Ten Sibylls’


The Secret (Past) Lives of Library Books

Documenting the history of Library of Congress collections for the Material Evidence in Incunabula project.

Multispectral imaging reveals erased inscriptions


A Master Tailor’s Manual

Master tailor Diego de Freyle’s 1583 manual, Geometria y Traça para el Oficio de los Sastres

Woodcut illustration of a tailor’s shop


Top 9 of 2022 from NLM Collections on Instagram

NLM reviews the year’s most popular posts.

Frontispiece from Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno


1st Week of January 2023

January 8th, 2023

Caught Our Eyes: More Brünnhilde the Cat

No contest for which story I’d put in the top slot this week. Brünnhilde!

Cat in Wagnerian opera costume


A Year in Review: Newly Scanned Maps of 2022

Recent digitization from the Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division

Authorized birds eye view of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.


Meg Piorko’s Weekly Picks: Public Domain Day 2023

To celebrate Public Domain Day, Villanova’s Falvey Library highlights newly public domain publications from 1927 in its digital collections.

Cov er of Pirates of the Prairies



A Tiny Press Calls for a Tiny Book

Duke conservator makes a miniature book to go inside a miniature book press for an exhibition on conservation work.

Miniature book and press


Wax Cylinders Hold Audio From a Century Ago. The Library Is Listening.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts acquired a machine that transfers recordings from the fragile format. Then a batch of cylinders from a Met Opera librarian arrived.

Wax cylinders from NYPL