January 18, 2022

Qur’an Manuscript Held by University of Birmingham Dated Among the Oldest in the World

From the University of Birmingham: A Qur’an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods. Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried […]

New Digital Collection: Rare Elizabeth Gaskell Manuscripts Go Digital for the First Time

From the University of Manchester: The only known complete handwritten manuscript of one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels will feature in the world’s largest online collection of her works which went live this week – giving the public free unlimited access to it for the first time. Highlights from the collection are the unedited ‘warts and […]

New Report: ARL and Ithaka S+R Release Findings on Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections

New from the Association of Research Libraries and Ithaka S+R. From an ARL Announcement: ARL and Ithaka S+R today released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries, a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support […]

New Issue Alert: Research Library Issues (June 2012): Special Collections in the Digital Age

This issue features four “significant documents” assembled by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the the Digital Age. They are, “to serve as a community toolkit for navigating some of the decisions involved in expanding access to special collections via digitization.” Direct to Full Text of Pre-Publication Version of Research Library Issues […]

William Noel to Head Penn Libraries’ Special Collections Center and Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

From the U. of Pennsylvania: William Noel has been appointed as the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ director of the Special Collections Center and founding director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. “Will Noel is one of the few working scholars today with the training, experience and vision to lead SIMS into the future and […]

Albuquerque Special Collections Library Reopens After Restoration Project

From the Albuquerque Journal: The 1925 Pueblo/Spanish Revival-style building housing the Special Collections Library of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries reopened Tuesday after a $1.2 million restoration project, the city of Albuquerque said in a news release. “Reading is fundamental to a functioning society,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry, who took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony […]

History: University of Arkansas Libraries Releases Digitized Collection From Black Americans for Democracy Student Group

From U. of Arkansas News: In honor of Black History Month, the University Libraries’ special collections department has released two collections from the Black Americans for Democracy, a registered student organization active at the University of Arkansas from the late 1960s through the 1970s. All 20 issues of the organization’s newspaper, the BAD Times, have […]

Exhibit in Evanston: Hidden Treasures of Northwestern University Library and Archives Opens to the Public

From Chicago Tonight (WTTW-TV): It’s not often you see a letter by George Washington, a limited edition Barbie doll and Groucho Marx’s autograph as part of the same exhibit. But that’s exactly what’s on display as Northwestern University opens its library archives to the public. “Because we’re a library and not a museum, many of […]

New Special Collections Library at University of Georgia Formally Unveiled

Via Online Athens: The University of Georgia formally unveiled its new special collections library Friday, and a crowd of more than 500 people liked what they saw. The library houses UGA archives of political papers and memorabilia, film, TV and radio recordings, rare books and manuscripts and much more. And unlike much of what’s on […]

A First Edition of Mark Twain's "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Donated to Indiana St. University Library

From an ISU News Release: One of Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library’s newest additions comes with a little wear on its green cover. That’s OK. It’s 123 years old. Barbara Cordell donated the 1889 first edition of “A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain to the library’s special collections department. “Connecticut” wasn’t […]