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Special Collections Unbound

Rare book cataloging projects during shelter-in-place, part 1

May 14, 2020
by Ann K.D. Myers

Rare book cataloging activities are somewhat limited during shelter-in-place, since without the books in hand, we cannot create complete and accurate catalog records for them. We may do some preliminary cataloging of some new acquisitions based on dealer descriptions and other information, but for the time being, we have been focusing our efforts on editing existing metadata for rare books. In this post, I'll describe a project that has been completed; in part 2, I'll describe a large, on-going metadata cleanup project.

Carleton Watkins. The Wreck of the Viscata. 1868.

Carleton Watkins Spotlight exhibition launched

May 8, 2020
by Peter P Blank

Among the many great treasures destroyed in the April 18, 1906 earthquake and the fire that followed were the last remaining papers, glass plate negatives, and photographs still in the possession of the ageing Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). This tragic loss is deepened by the realization that days before the massive quake on April 15 Harry C.

ePADD 1st Quarter Update

In January, the ePADD project team began work on the current phase of development to the software, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The focus for this first quarter of the year is on the redevelopment of the ePADD’s attachment review feature. Attachments are a rich source of information in an email collection, providing context to the archive owner’s work, communications, and relationships.

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More than Trees in the Big Tree Collection: The Murphys Hotel & Daily Doings in 1880s Calaveras County, Part One

April 29, 2020
by Franz Kunst

It shouldn’t be too big a surprise – many individual items in large collections are inevitably overshadowed for one reason or another – but here’s a great example of something really worth a closer look. This California hotel register from the 1880s, acquired by Gary Lowe for his collection of giant Sequoia-related material (the Gary D. and Myrna R.

Sketches of Arctic clothing

The Kane Diary in Special Collections

April 29, 2020
by Tim Edward Noakes

Many years ago I was fascinated by the Shackleton expedition to the Antarctic, and how from 1914-1916 Shackleton and his crew were cut off from the world in their harrowing struggle for survival. A remarkable story of courage and perseverance, this epic adventure story captured my attention and imagination. 

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