Friday, March 6, 2009

Libraries' Surprising Special Collections

"Tucked away in libraries across the country are unexpected archives and world-class treasures" according to the Smithsonian.

Although the article is interesting, Jessamyn West made it much more useful by providing links to these collections (where available) at Unburied. The comments lead the reader to even more special collections across the country! I like stbalbach's observation that "Special collections are often the end result of one persons lifetime magnificent obsession."

And I learned that there is actually a name for all those pictures we draw on the page edges of our textbooks: fore-edge paintings! Wow! There is a name for everything! Tarleton, too, has special collections, which were noted in a previous blog. They are housed in a special section (of course) of the library. Visit us!

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