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April 3, 2018

ReMix: March edition

ReMix March issue
Eva Grace Lemon (7 years old), Martin Luther King Jr., Aretha Willis (7); background Andy Young, Hosea Williams, march to integrate schools, Grenada, MS, 1966. Bob Fitch photography archive -- Martin Luther King Jr. gallery, 1965-1966. Courtesy Stanford Libraries Special Collections Department.

Capturing A Movement: Bob Fitch Reflects from Behind the Lens

As our nation commemorates Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) and marks the 50th anniversary of the King assassination (April 4), we would like to highlight the important words of Bob Fitch, legendary photographer and activist during the Civil Rights era.

Preparing the Syriac Galen Palimpsest for an Xray Study, an Intern's Perspective

Hidden Medical Text

With X-ray imaging at SLAC's synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th-century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been scraped off the parchment manuscript and written over with hymns in the 11th century. Read more about this process, and watch a video on the preparing of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest for the X-ray study, from the perspective of an intern in the Libraries' Preservation Department.

Early Printing: Pieces of the Puzzle

In fiscal year 2017, Stanford Libraries gratefully accepted donations of rare and unique materials appraised at more than $5,000,000. For example, an alumnus recently donated anonymously the 15th-century fragment pictured here. Is its surface vellum or paper? Is its text handwritten or printed? Why was it given and how will it be used? The answers reveal the coalescence and fine-tuning of Special Collections at Stanford Libraries.

Dr. Moses Li donates a set of the Wenlan ge siku quanshu to the East Asia Library
News & Views

Celebrating the donation of a landmark publication ... Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription ... Sharing the Libraries ... Next-Gen Digital Humanities ... EarthWorks Updates ... and other news.
Dr. Dan Voytas

Dr. Dan Voytas will be on campus in April as the 2018 Dr. Sam-Chung Hsieh Memorial LecturerHe will discuss the rapid advancement of plant gene-editing and its implications for global agriculture