This is a typical but nonetheless remarkable example of an album amicorum or stammbuch, a book of friends or autograph book. Primarily intended to record friendships, these manuscripts also collected commonplace and unusual quotations from literature, especially poetry.
Winston Churchill began his BBC Radio broadcast on Ocrtober 1st, 1939 by declaring: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”* Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out what he thought the key was, but in the meantime, Stanford Libraries provide access to a wide array of online resources to help students and researchers find their own keys to the conundrum of a country that is still very much in the news. Here are just a few of my favorites:
This week, Larry Dahl announced he will retire at the end of February culminating an impressive 47-year legacy with the Stanford Libraries. Larry, or “Stackman” as he is affectionately known, first set foot on campus in 1973 as a graduate student studying Chemistry. While working towards his Ph.D., he wrote two major publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics. At the end of 1980, he began working with the Stanford Libraries as an hourly student worker where he was one of the book movers who moved collections into the newly completed East Wing of Green Library.
Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery kicks off with a series of livestreamed presentations on archival discovery and delivery on February 10, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).
We encourage you to register for the livestream in advance so you can join in for what we hope will be an engaging set of presentations on four key themes:
- The Evolving Systems Ecosystem: What software and other systems do we use to make archival discovery and delivery possible, and how is that changing within institutional contexts?
- Networks and the Big Picture: What issues are impacting archives and libraries at the level of the sector, consortia, or beyond, related to discovery and delivery?
- Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Concerns: How have factors like privacy, cultural protocols, copyright, and others impacted our ability to address archival discovery and delivery, on a technical, operational, or strategic level?
- Impacts on Public Services and Outreach: How does archival discovery and delivery fit within the front-line work of library and archives workers focused on reference, outreach, public service, and community needs?