July 29, 2014

Librarians Discuss Manuscript Preservation During Southeast Asian Library Conference

From The Jakarta Post: Librarians from all over ASEAN gathered in Bali to discuss ways to preserve and disseminate the precious heritage of ancient scripts during a congress that opened Tuesday. They raised concern about poor preservation efforts that could lead to the destruction of manuscripts in many countries, with some of the ancient documents […]

Israel’s National Library Director Pledges to Place Disputed Kafka Manuscripts on Internet

via Haaretz: The National Library in Jerusalem has prepared a program for handling Franz Kafka’s manuscripts and promises to make them and other rare collections available on the Internet. However, the court has yet to rule on the fate of the Czech writer’s manuscripts. The manuscripts, part of the literary estate of Kafka’s close friend […]

British Library Acquires Original Manuscript of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’

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From The British Library: The British Library has acquired the draft score of ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, one of the most famous compositions of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Completed on New Year’s Eve 1945, this original manuscript charts the composer’s earliest ideas for what has become one of the most frequently performed pieces […]

Baltimore: Walters Art Museum Receives $265,000 NEH Grant to Help Digitize Medieval Manuscripts

From The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum has received a $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to put toward digitizing its collection of medieval manuscripts and making it available, via computer, to the general public. The three-year project, “Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts,” includes 113 illustrated manuscripts, encompassing […]

Golding’s 'Lord of the Flies' Manuscript Displayed for the First Time at Bodleian Libraries

The exhibition opened today at the Bodleian Libraries (Oxford University). From the Oxford Web Site: William Golding’s manuscript of his classic novel Lord of the Flies, on loan from the Estate of William Golding, will be on public display for the first time. Curated by his daughter, Judy Carver, the Bodleian exhibition marks the centenary […]

Acquisitions: Yale’s Beinecke Library Acquires Eugene O’Neill’s “Lost” Play

From the Yale Library: The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired Eugene O’Neill’s “lost” one-act play, “Exorcism” (1919). The play, along with a facsimile of the typescript, will be published in a cloth edition by Yale University Press in February 2012, and will feature an introduction by the noted American […]

Yale Partners with the National Library of Korea to Digitize Rare Books and Manuscripts

From the Yale U. Public Affairs Office: Yale University’s East Asia and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript libraries have undertaken a collaborative project with The National Library of Korea to digitize Yale’s holdings of rare Korean works, totaling 140 volumes. This unique group of books and manuscripts includes religious, secular, and official publications from the […]

BBC: "Rare Jane Austen Manuscript Sells for $1.6 Million At Sotheby's"

From a BBC News Report: A rare Jane Austen manuscript has sold for £993,250 ($1.6m) in London, three times more than its estimated price. Auction house Sotheby’s had originally valued the unfinished novel – entitled The Watsons – at £200,000-300,000. The manuscript, originally owned privately, was purchased by the Bodelian Libraries of Oxford. Read the […]

Penn Libraries to Launch New Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies with $20 Million Manuscript Collection Gift

From an Announcement: The Penn Libraries have received a major collection of 280 Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, valued at over $20 million, from long-time benefactors and Library Board members Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C’53, WG’57, PAR’93) and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg. To promote the use of this and other manuscript collections at Penn, the Libraries will create […]