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Three tourists sit in an early automobile in front of a grove of giant sequoias.

Highlights from the Gary D. and Myrna R. Lowe collection on the Big Tree of California

January 9, 2020
by Brian Bethel

Last year, I had the pleasure of processing one of the most fascinating collections I’ve had the opportunity to work on: the Gary D. and Myrna R. Lowe Collection of Big Tree materials. As the title suggests, the Lowe Collection by and large consists of photographs, prints, postcards, ephemera, pamphlets, government reports, periodicals, and souvenirs related to ‘Big Trees’ -- the original vernacular term for the awe-inspiring redwoods we know today as giant sequoia trees.

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Stanford Libraries staff anniversary honorees 2019

December 19, 2019
by Kimberly R. Kay

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, the Stanford Libraries staff gathered at Paul Brest Hall to celebrate the past year and honor staff who are marking employment anniversaries. Congratulations to all!

Volvelle page 42. Tebalducci, Claudio. Delli dialogi della quantita et del numero delle sfere terrestri et celesti. Roma: Per il Santi, & Comp., 1588.

Volvelles: the rotating diagrams with some assembly required

December 18, 2019
by Ann K.D. Myers

A recently cataloged 16th century astronomy book provides fascinating insight into how a particular kind of diagram was printed and constructed. These rotating diagrams, called volvelles (from the Latin volvere, to turn), were used in both manuscripts and printed books to calculate data related to calendars, tide tables, astronomy, astrology, and more. They typically consist of one or more circles surmounted by other graduated or figured circles or pointers which rotate from a central axis. The circles could be made of paper, cardboard, or vellum, and the pivots were typically made of string or thread. The most common were printed with woodcuts.

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Databases of the week: Finding journal articles in biology

December 16, 2019
by Michael L Newman

Listed below are seven of the most frequently used databases for finding biological literature. Which is the best database for finding journal articles in biology? The quick answer is that it depends on your specific topic. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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Students find it in the stacks: Plantasia

December 12, 2019
by Nathan Coy

Play nice music for plants. Be confident. Get to know your plants better. Don’t worry too much about them. Relax! Read and learn as much as you can. Plants are very understanding.” Listening to the space-age sounds of Plantasia, there’s nothing to do but relax.

For this blog the Archive of Recorded Sound invited one of our student workers to write about an item in the archive. Read on and find out about the soothing sounds of Plantasia as written by guest blogger and student worker extraordinaire Jonah. -Nathan Coy

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