“These are the times that try all men’s souls…” Thomas Paine [The American Crisis, 19 Dec. 1776] The OFFICIAL COLLECTED WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE Project is looking for manuscript Thomas Paine correspondence held in private hands. This Project is led by leading Paine scholars in Europe and America. Do you have a Paine letter original? […]

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Document Conservation: Today’s challenge In 2019, NEDCC [Northeast Document Conservation Center] worked on the conservation of the State of South Carolina’s seven Constitutions. They also worked to conserve a certified copy of the 1790 Constitution. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History was concerned with prior restoration techniques.  Were they affecting some of the […]

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John Holmes Jenkins was a Texan. He was a gambler. A rare book collector. Poker pro “Amarillo Slim” Preston described Jenkins as “a sneaky, clever rat.”  John Holmes Jenkins’ life and times is illuminated by Santa Fe rare books dealer, Manuscript Society member and onetime Jenkins acquaintance Michael Vinson. His new book is , “Bluffing […]

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Stacie Peterson is exhibitions manager and registrar at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been working for eight years to digitize letters, diaries, journals. They are from soldiers, sailors, and families during the First World War. Today, the National World War I Museum and Memorial has found […]

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Volunteers Needed Become a Digital Volunteer. Help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. The Smithsonian Transcription Center wants your help making its collections more accessible. Librarians, archivists, and museum staff work hand-in-hand with digital volunteers to transcribe historic documents and collection records.  The kinds of items you work with are endless. Transcribe field […]

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