January 2017 – at a Depot in Feltham, near London. Repelling down and back up ropes, the thieves stole 200 centuries-old books. First editions of Galileo and Newton, a text by Italian scholar Petrarch, rare versions of Dante, plus, 80 sketches by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya were among the stolen items. This month, Romanian […]

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Library of Congress – Lincoln Letters Project Last month, the Library of Congress completed a two-year, crowdsourced project to transcribe 10,000 documents in its vast collection of Abraham Lincoln’s papers and make them legible. Now anyone can read the scribbling of correspondents. Each wrote with a variety of spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. The Lincoln […]

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75 Years in the Making September 1945.  A call goes out.  It was from Kansas City radio broadcaster Ted Malone. Malone hosted a nationally-syndicated ABC show “Between the Bookends.” He asked listeners to send in wartime correspondence. The letters would be considered for a book of war letters. The book would be edited by University […]

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Dr. Walter Evans,  a leading collector of African-American art, acquired the bulk of his Douglass collection in the 1980s from a dealer. The collection became a seedbed for Dr. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2018 biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” And now, it has been acquired by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. It will […]

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At the end of the 19th century, family members and associates of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison donated a number of his letters and other documents to the Boston Public Library.  They are now in the Anti-Slavery Collection. Today, the archive has grown to include roughly 40,000 items—letters, pamphlets, books, memorabilia, and even a copy of […]

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