Lincoln’s Inaugural Photograph – May 4, 1861 “The avenue in front of the portico was thronged with people, the crowd extending to a great distance on either side and reaching far into the Capitol grounds, and every available spot was black with human beings, boys and men clinging to the rails, mounting on fences, and […]
UFO Documents released After decades of Freedom of Information requests, approximately 2,780 pages of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents detailing the government entity’s findings on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download. For UFO devotees this is an opportunity to see all of the reports catalogued since the 1940s. […]
Robert Caro Archives Early last year the New-York Historical Society arranged to acquire Robert Caro’s substantial archives. It includes the files for his Lyndon B. Johnson masterwork and for “The Power Broker.” “The Power Broker” illuminates the life and times of the Robert Moses. Moses used his political wiles to reshape the New York metropolitan […]
Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade, launched at the end of 2020. Joining with seven smaller, searchable databases, Enslaved.org allows anyone from academic historians to amateur family genealogists to search for individual enslaved people around the globe. All in one location. Enslaved.org, “will revolutionize our access to the past lives and experiences of our […]
Presidential Papers: All On Line The project began twenty years ago. The plan: Digitize all of the presidential papers in the Library of Congress’ collections. Staff members uploaded more than 3.3 million images to the online portal. The images include items from George Washington through Calvin Coolidge. The last presidents digitized were: Grover Cleveland, Benjamin […]
Manuscript Digest –January 2021 – This complimentary e-digest, now published bi-monthly, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.
Manuscript Digest –December 2020 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.
Charles Darwin Notebooks Missing Cambridge, England 2000 – Charles Darwin’s Notebooks are removed from the stacks to be photographed. Two notebooks, including Darwin’s seminal 1837 Tree of Life sketch. The work is completed in November 2000. In January 2001 during a routine check, the small blue box containing the notebooks is not found in its […]
Mel Blanc: A Portrait in Manuscripts By Kevin Segall 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the debut of Bugs Bunny which led me to reminisce about the voice behind the rabbit – Mel Blanc. Cartoons have always been a passion of mine so it was only natural for my grandparents to arrange an autographed photo […]
Fridtjof Nansen: Arctic Explorer, Scientist, Author, Diplomat, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize By James D. West Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was an Arctic explorer. Also a skiing enthusiast who was a 12-time cross country champion in his native Norway. A scientist who made early discoveries in the field we now call neurobiology. An oceanographer, […]